Joseph Civis, who is engaged in general farming in Honey Creek township, has occupied his present farm, comprising
eighty acres on section 8, for twenty years and the excellent appearance of the place indicates his careful management,
his careful methods and his enterprising spirit. He was born in Belle Plaine, Benton county, May 9, 1870, a son
of Joseph and Mary (Nekola) Civis, in whose family were four children, two sons and two daughters. The parents
were natives of Austria and there spent their childhood days, coming to the United States after their marriage.
It was in 1866 that they crossed the Atlantic and made their way to Iowa, settling in Tama county, where the father
followed the occupation of farming. He afterward took up his abode upon a farm in Benton county and there remained
until his death, which occurred in 1901, when he was sixty one years of age, the result of a railroad accident.
His widow survived him for eleven years, dying in 1912, at the age of seventy three years. Their children were:
Barbara, the wife of Joseph Benda, of Belle Plaine, Iowa, by whom she has five children; Joseph; James, of Benton
county, who married Miss Rosa Nova and has one son; and Mary, the wife of Ralph Lester, of Belle Plaine, by whom
she has two sons.
Joseph Civis, whose name introduces this review, was reared in the usual manner of farm lads, spending the period
of his boyhood and youth in his native county, during which time he acquired a good English education in the public
schools and at the same time gained a practical knowledge of every phase of farm life through the assistance which
he rendered his father in the work of the fields and the care of the stock. He has never desired to follow any
other occupation and for twenty years has resided upon the farm on section 8, Honey Creek township, Iowa county,
which is still his place of residence. He has converted this into productive fields, from which he annually gathers
good harvests, and he has made many other improvements upon the place which add to its attractiveness and value.
In 1899 Mr. Civis was united in marriage to Miss Katherine A. Bech, who was born in Austria, a daughter of Joseph
and Katherine (Urbon) Bech, in whose family were five children. To Mr. and Mrs. Civis have been born three children:
Bessie, who was born September 22, 1897, and is the wife of Ernest Bricker; Mildred, born August 4, 1903, and Esther
Louise, August 29, 1913. The parents attend the Methodist Episcopal church and in the community where they live
are highly esteemed by a large circle of friends.
In his political views Mr. Civis is a democrat, giving stalwart support to the party and its principles. He is
now serving as a trustee of Honey Creek township and was also township clerk for four years. The record which he
has made as a public official is indicative of his fidelity to duty and at all times his life measures up to the
highest standards of manhood and citizenship.
History of Iowa County, Iowa
And its People
By: James C. Dinwiddie
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Iowa County, IA
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