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Alexander Beatty Jr.
Born 2 April 1879


Alexander Beatty, Jr., is one of the successful agriculturists of Richland township. He was born on the farm on which he now lives April 2, 1879, and is a son of Alexander and Mary (South) Beatty. The latter was born in Pike county, Missouri, but the father was a native of Ireland, coming to America in 1848, at the time of the great famine when so many of Erin's sons sought refuge in this country. He made his way almost directly to Jones county, Iowa, Where he bought the land on which his son Alexander makes his home today. Upon this place his wife died in May, 1895, and here he passed away January, 1901. Nine children were born to them: Agnes, who is now the wife of Robert Lee, of Muscatine, Iowa; John S., who lives in Richland township; Joseph, of Independence, Iowa; Eva, who is the wife of J. B. Atchison, of Cascade, Iowa; Hattie, who married J. L. Fober, of Dubuque county, Iowa; Alexander Jr., the subject of this sketch; and Thomas, William and Mary, deceased.
Alexander Beatty, Jr., has always lived on the farm which was his birthplace and is his home today. He attended the district schools of the township, from which he derived a fair education, and then returned to the duties at home which had not been relinquished during the years he was a student, for from an early age he assisted in the cultivation of his father's farm. When the latter was released from the cares of this world he assumed the management of the place, purchasing the interests of the other heirs. Since then he has devoted all his time and energies to agricultural pursuits, making the one hundred and thirty acres produce bountiful harvests. His industry has brought him a pronounced success and it has also served as an inspiration to others who have witnessed the substantial returns that have resulted from it.
In June, 1894, Mr. Beatty wedded Miss Sadie Nachtrieb, who was born in Cascade, Iowa, in 1870, and was a daughter of John and Harriett (Lewis) Nachtrieb, one of the three children born to the couple. Both parents are dead now but during their lives they were important members of the agricultural community of Dubuque county. Mrs. Nachtrieb was a native of Indiana, while her husband was born in Germany, but he had come to the United States in his youth. Two children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Beatty: Beulah M. and Gladys.
In political matters Mr. Beatty has always given his support to the republican ,candidates, being wholly in sympathy with the platform of that party, but has never sought office or any public recognition of his abilities, He has been very active, however, in the Cascade Lodge, No. 127, A.F.&A.M., not only participating in most of the meetings but through the occupancy of many of the chairs directing the policy of the organization there. With his wife he belongs to the Eastern Star, No. 626, at Cascade, and like her is a consistent member of the Baptist church.

Source: History of Jones County, Iowa, Past and Present, R. M. Corbitt, S. J. Clarke Publishing Co., Chicago, 1910, p. 222.

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