John Heck, now owning and operating a well improved farm of ninety seven and a half acres in Iowa township,
was born in Johnson county, Iowa, on the 15th of May, 1865, his parents being John and Catherine (Miller) Heck.
The father, a native of Bohemia, was a lad of twelve years when he accompanied his parents on their emigration
to the United States. They first resided for a short period in Chicago and then journeyed further westward, establishing
their home on a farm near Solon in Johnson county, Iowa. Subsequent to his marriage John Heck, Sr., followed teaming
for three years in Iowa City and then came to Washington county, purchasing a farm of eighty acres in Iowa township.
He was successfully engaged in its cultivation until the time of his death at the age of fifty five years. His
wife passed away when but thirty five years of age. On the outbreak of hostilities between the north and the south
he enlisted as a soldier of the northern army and loyally fought for the interests of the Union until its supremacy
had been established.
John Heck was reared on the home farm and obtained his education in the district schools. When seventeen years
of age he secured employment as a farm hand, being thus busily engaged in the work of the fields for nine years,
when he rented a tract of land which he operated successfully until 1902. Having accumulated sufficient capital
through his untiring labor and careful expenditure, he then purchased his present farm of ninety seven and a half
acres in Iowa township and at once began its improvement and development. As the years have gone by he has transformed
the place into a highly cultivated and valuable farming property and is a most energetic and enterprising agriculturist,
his efforts being annually rewarded by bounteous harvests. He deserves much credit for what he has accomplished,
for he started out in business life empty handed and the success which has come to him is entirely the result of
his unremitting energy, indefatigable industry and capable management.
In February, 1892, Mr. Heck was united in marriage to Miss Anna Yansky, of Washington county, by whom he has four
children, namely: Bessie, Alva, Jesse and Mabel, all at home. Politically Mr. Heck is a stanch advocate of the
republican party, believing that its principles contain the best elements of good government. He has resided in
this county throughout practically his entire life and is a man whose marked strength of character, genial disposition
and genuine worth have gained him the unqualified respect and good will of his fellowmen.
History of Washington County, Iowa
From the First White Settlement to 1908
BY: Howard A. Burrell
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Washington County, IA
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