Biography of Seth Hart
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Seth Hart, a retired farmer of Brighton township, this county, now residing in the village of Brighton, has met with splendid success in the pursuit of his chosen occupation, his untiring energy and excellent business judgment having enabled him to acquire a competence that now enables him to live in the enjoyment of well earned rest and at the same time figure prominently in the financial circles of the community as a money broker. His birth occurred in Trumbull county, Ohio, November 9, 1830, and he is a son of Amos and Sophia (Bushnell) Hart. His father, who was a native of Connecticut, removed to Ohio with his parents in the early days and in the fall of 1840 came to Brighton, Iowa. He resided on a farm situated one mile west of the village until death terminated his career. His wife, also a native of Connecticut, whom he married in Ohio, died in Brighton. To them were born seven children: Dennis, deceased; Louisa, widow of William Pringle, a resident of Brighton; Ambrose, deceased; William, a retired agriculturist of Lamoni, Iowa; Seth; Austa, deceased; and Hulda, the widow of George Draper, of Alberson, Washington.

When Seth Hart came to this locality the village of Brighton contained but two residences, the occupant of one of which was a school teacher who conducted a course of instruction at his residence and it was there that Mr. Hart received his education. Under the parental roof he remained, assisting in the duties of the farm until he attained the age of twenty one years, when he commenced agricultural pursuits on his own account in Clay township, where he won the reputation of being one of the most progressive farmers in the vicinity. Upon that farm he continued until twelve years ago, in the meantime having acquired a very large tract of land. Owing to the ill health of his wife, he then removed to Richland, where he resided with his son for a period of two years, and after the lapse of that time he settled in the village of Brighton, where he has since been living with his niece. During his business career he accumulated a great deal of valuable real estate, all of which he has disposed of and, being one of the most affluent men in his part of the county, he is conducting a money loaning business. Although he has attained the age of seventy eight years Mr. Hart possesses much of the vigor of his youthful days and is able to transact his business affairs in a shrewd and profitable manner. He has never been compelled to use eyeglasses. He is an interesting conversationalist, his memory being clear, and he can relate the incidents of early pioneer life in this region with uncommon acccuracy, delighting to review the events of those days when the Indians roamed throughout this section of the state.

In 1878 Mr. Hart wedded Miss Sarah A. Johnson; and two children have resulted from this union, namely: Lizzie, the wife of Frank Moyer, by whom she has one daughter, MaybeII, and a son, Ralph, who is an agriculturist, his farm being located six miles north of Fairfield, Iowa; and Dennis, who wedded Martha Miller, and has two children, Jay, deceased; and Seth Wesley. Dennis Hart is one of the most progressive farmers in Clay township, where he owns above two hundred acres of highly improved land, which he keeps continually under cultivation. In 1898 Mr. Hart lost his wife and her remains were interred in the cemetery in Clay township. Early in life lie was affiliated with that political party known as the whigs, upon the dissolution of which he became a republican, and while he has never desired office he has always been a stanch and able advocate of republican principles and a loyal supporter of his party candidates. A member of the Congregational church in Clay township, he is interested in religious affairs, and both as a citizen and business man is worthy of honorable mention for the benefit which has accrued to the community through his energies.

From:
History of Washington County, Iowa
From the First White Settlement to 1908
Vol II
BY: Howard A. Burrell
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Chiago 1909


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