H. N. Rouze, the period of whose residence in Marion county covers a half century, devoted his attention to
general agricultural pursuits throughout his active business career and is now living in honorable retirement at
Tracy. His birth occurred in Indiana on the 28th of September, 185o, his parents being W. K. and Mary T. (Marsh)
Rouze, both of whom were natives of Ohio. In 1864 they came to Marion county, Iowa, settling on a farm in Clay
township, where they spent the remainder of their lives. Three of their four children survive.
H. N. Rouze was reared under the parental roof and attended the common schools in the acquirement of an education.
On attaining his majority he took charge of the home farm in Clay township, continuing its operation throughout
his entire business career with such success that he was eventually enabled to put aside the active work of the
fields and retire with a comfortable competence. He disposed of his farm property and took up his abode in Tracy,
where he has since made his home and enjoys well earned ease. He owns a nice residence and other town property
Mr. Rouze has been twice married. In 1873 he wedded Miss Cordelia Black, a native of Ohio and a daughter of Andrew
and Ann (Heubanks) Black, who were likewise born in the Buckeye state. They eventually established their home in
Marion county, Iowa, but subsequently removed to Kansas and in that state spent the remainder of their lives. To
them were born six children, one of whom yet survives. H. N. and Cordelia (Black) Rouze became the parents of six
children, as follows: A. L., who is a resident of Missouri; Ora M., living in the state of Washington; W. V., of
Clay township, this county; Andrew F., a sketch of whom appears on another page of this volume; W. H., a resident
of Tracy, this county; and one who died in infancy. The demise of the wife and mother occurred in 1892 and her
remains were interred in the Bethel cemetery. In 1894 Mr. Rouze was again married, his second union being with
Miss Mary E. Durham, a native of Clay township, this county, and a daughter of D. T. and Emeline L. (Evans) Durham,
both of whom are deceased.
In politics Mr. Rouze is a stanch republican and has ably served as assessor and also as a member of the school
board for several years. Fraternally he is identified with the Masons, belonging to Bellefontaine Lodge, No. 163,
A. F. & A. M., at Tracy, while he is also a member of the Modern Woodmen of America. Both he and his wife are
affiliated with the Methodist Episcopal church and exemplify its teachings in their daily lives. His career has
been such as to give him high standing in the eyes of the community and he is generally recognized as a man whose
long years of earnest labor have not only contributed to his own prosperity but have also been a boon to the community
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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