James A. Hartley, a farmer and stockman who for the past three years has resided at Knoxville, is a native of
this county, his birth occurring in Dallas township, March 20, 1876. His father, John David Hartley, is still living
at Dallas and his mother, who in her maidenhood was Miss Catherine Stevenson, has passed away. They were pioneer
residents of the county and contributed much to its early development. They had several children, who now are residing
in various parts of the country.
James A. Hartley received a good common school education, which fitted him to take an intelligent part in the world's
work. When he was but seven years of age he lost his mother and while still a youth assumed a large share of the
management of the farm, as his older brother, who had been directing its operation, died. The self reliance which
he gained then has continued a salient trait of his character and has been an influential factor in his success
in life. He has continued to farm and now owns some fifteen hundred acres of land in Dallas and Washington townships,
Marion county, and in Pleasant township, Lucas county, Iowa. He also has other interests, as he is a partner in
the firm of Stotts & Company, who conduct a general store at Melcher; is likewise vice president of one of
the banks there and owns stock in the other. He removed to Knoxville three years ago in order to give his family
educational advantages, and this city has remained his place of residence ever since.
Mr. Hartley was married in this county to Miss Carrie C. Wagner, a daughter of the late Daniel Wagner, and they
have two children, a son and daughter: Byron Dale, who was born January 5, 1904, is attending school, being in
the fifth grade; and Helen Deborah is in the third grade.
Mr. Hartley usually supports the republican candidates at the polls but reserves the right to vote independently
whenever he considers that the interests of good government will be best served by so doing. His wife is a member
of the Methodist Episcopal church and he is affiliated with the Masonic order. Mr. Hartley is a very practical
man and manages his affairs excellently, displaying sound judgment and knowledge of business conditions. He is
one of the well to do men of the county and it is generally conceded that his prosperity is due to his enterprise
and wise management. He is never remiss in the duties of citizenship and his influence is always on the side of
justice and true progress.
History of Marion County, Iowa
And its People
John W. Wright, Supervising Editor
W. A. Young, Associate
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Marion County, IA
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