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Walker D. Hart
Born March 28, 1870
Walker D. Hart, a member of the Olin Lumber Company, of Olin, Iowa, is one of the representative men of the county, and is associated in business with Hans Jorgensen and his son, Fred Jorgensen, a sketch of whom appears elsewhere in this work. Mr. Hart was born in Fremont township, Cedar county, Iowa, near Mechanicsville, March 28, 1870, son of Lewis and Lucy A. (Sefton) Hart, natives of Michigan and Ontario, Canada, respectively. They were married in Illinois and later came to Cedar county, Iowa, where the mother died June 5, 1905, aged sixty-five, having been born in 1840. The father, who survives her and is living at Stanwood, was born in 1837. They had six children: Thomas, who died at the age of three years; Nettie, who passed away when six months old; Ellen, who died in 1901; Horace, who lives in Cedar county; Walker D., of this review; Wallace, who is also a resident of Cedar county. Walker and Wallace are twins. Ellen married first Ernest C. Chase and afterward became the wife of James Elmer Moore.
Walker D. Hart resided in Cedar county until the spring of 1893, when he came to Jones county, locating on a farm of eighty acres in Rome township, south of Olin. Later he added to it until he had one hundred and twenty acres on section 35, which he improved until it is now worth one hundred and fifty dollars per acre. Here he resided until December, 1908, when he removed to Olin and entered the Olin Lumber Company, January 1, 1909. The company owns two yards and controls the lumber business of the locality. The three partners form a strong firm, each member being specially fitted for the duties assigned to him, and the volume of their trade is steadily increasing.
In 1891 Mr. Hart married Ellen E. Coppess, who was born in December, 1869, a daughter of Harvey Coppess. She was brought to Jones county when two years old. Mr. Hart is a republican but has not taken any active part in politics. He is a member of the Reformed church, and fraternally he is connected with Ancient Landmark Lodge, No. 20, A.F.&A.M., of Olin, and the consistory at Clinton, Iowa. He is an excellent farmer and solid, reliable business man whose aim is to faithfully discharge any obligation he assumes. Although a new resident of Olin he has convinced the people here of his sincerity and has many friends, some of whom he had gained before settling within the city limits.

Source: History of Jones County, Iowa, Past and Present, R. M. Corbitt, S. J. Clarke Publishing Co., Chicago, 1910, p. 464.


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