John O. Rinehart, successfully carrying on general farming on section 13, Union township, was born in Frederick
county, West Virginia, September 5, 1863, a son of Charles and Rhoda (Slonaker) Rinehart. The former was born in
what is now West Virginia on the 29th of November, 1825, and the latter was born in Hampshire county, the same
state, on the 5th of September, 1830. Their marriage occurred in West Virginia and the father farmed there until
1863, when he removed with his family to Ohio and remained there for a few years. They came to Iowa in the fall
of 1867 and settled near Dunreath, this county, purchasing one hundred and twenty acres of land in Pleasant Grove
township. He moved his house across the Des Moines river on a flatboat and immediately began to prepare his land
for cultivation. He farmed until his death, which occurred April 8, 1891. His widow survives and lives in Pleasant
Grove township with a son, who operates the home place. The father was a republican in politics and his religious
adherence was given to the Methodist Episcopal church. Four of his eight children are living. The record is as
follows: Edgar, deceased; Howard, a resident of Knox township; Sidney, deceased; Charles, who resides with his
mother upon the home farm; Molly, who married W. N. Bacon, a resident of Pleasantville, Iowa; Edmonia, the deceased
wife of William Koons; John O., of this review; and one who died in infancy.
John O. Rinehart is indebted to the public schools of Pleasant Grove township for his educational opportunities
and to his father's instruction for much of his knowledge of agriculture. He farmed rented land for two years previous
to his marriage and continued to operate land belonging to others for about three years. After that event he then
purchased his present place, which comprises eighty acres on section 13, Union township, and has since resided
there. He is a progressive and successful farmer and raises both grain and stock, finding that in this way waste
is eliminated and the course a profitable one.
Mr. Rinehart was married in 1888 to Miss Eliza Jane Ruckman, who was born December 28, 1863, a daughter of E. B.
Ruckman, a sketch of whom appears elsewhere in this work. She was reared in this county and educated in the district
schools of Union township. Mr. and Mrs. Rinehart have become the parents of two children. Eliphalet Benton, born
on the 5th of July, 1889, is now assisting his father with the work of the homestead; and Charles William, whose
natal day was the 6th of March, 1892, also resides at home. The elder son is a member of Knoxville Lodge, No. 90,
I. O. O. F.
Mr. Rinehart is a republican and has served as township trustee, road supervisor and school director. He has also
been a delegate to county conventions of his party, and was the successful candidate for township trustee in November,
1914. His energy and ability make him one of the representative farmers of the county and all who know him hold
him in high respect.
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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