George Moothart was for some time identified with industrial interests, although for a considerable period he
has concentrated his energies upon general agricultural pursuits. He is now engaged in farming in Cedar township,
having eighty acres of land on section 8. He was born in Clarion. county, Pennsylvania, February 4, 1848, and is
a son of Solomon and Esther (Moore) Moothart, who Were likewise natives of the Keystone state. In the year 1865
they came to Iowa and in 1868 took up their abode upon the farm where the subject of this review, now lives. The
father then devoted his time and energies to general agricultural pursuits, giving his attention throughout the
remainder of his life to the further development and improvement of this place. He died in the year 1890, having
for a few years survived his wife, who passed away in 1886. They were the parents of thirteen children, but only
four are now living: Edwin, a resident of O'Brien county, Iowa; George, of this review; Lydia, who makes her home
with her brother George; and Sarah, the wife of John V. Hoeford, of English River township.
George Moothart was reared in the usual manner of farm lads and remained at home until twenty five years of age.
His father trained him in the work of the fields, while his intellectual training was received in the common schools.
At length, however, he believed he would find other pursuits more congenial and profitable than farming, and took
up the painter's trade, which he followed for three years in Washington. On the expiration of that period he learned
carpentering and was employed in that way for about twelve years. After his father's death he purchased the home
farm, whereon he now resides and is today the owner of eighty acres on section 8, Cedar township. This is a good
property, the soil of which is carefully tilled, as he produces the crops best adapted to climatic conditions here.
Year by year he labors earnestly and persistently in the further development of the place and is now one of the
substantial agriculturists of the community. His political views are an endorsement of the republican principles
and he has served as school director for several years, but otherwise has, never sought nor desired office, for
his business affairs make full claim upon his time and attention and in the conduct of his interests he is nearing
the goal of prosperity.
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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