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Joseph Henik
Born March 17, 1854


The agricultural interests of Jones county find a worthy and successful representative in Joseph Henik, who owns a valuable and well improved farm of two hundred and fifteen acres on section 13, Hale township. He was born in Bohemia on the 17th of March, 1854, his parents being Michael and Josephine Henik. They crossed the Atlantic to the United States when their son Joseph was but six months old, settling in Iowa City, Iowa. The demise of the mother occurred near Salem, Iowa, in 1896, when she had attained the age of, seventy-three years, while the father was called to his final rest in 1899, when seventy- seven years of age. They were the parents of eight sons and three daughters, namely: Antone, whose death occurred in Oxford; Frank, who enlisted in the Fifty-forth Iowa Volunteer Infantry, at the time of the Civil war and was killed while in the service; George, a resident of Kansas; Joseph, of this review; John, living in Hale township; James, of Oxford township; William, who makes his home in Hale township; Frank, who resides in Cedar Rapids; Katie, the widow of Frank Nowachek, of Oxford Junction; and two daughters who have passed away.
Joseph Henik remained tinder the parental roof until the time of his marriage, and for nine years following that important event in his life he was successfully engaged in the cultivation of his farm of fifty-six acres near Iowa City. After disposing of that property he came to Jones county, purchasing a tract of eighty acres on section 13, Hale township. As the years went by and his financial resources increased, owing to his well directed industry and capable management, he gradually extended the boundaries of his farm by additional purchase until it now embraces two hundred and fifteen acres of rich and productive land. The many substantial improvements which are seen on the property stand as monuments to his thrift and enterprise and he is widely recognized as one, of the progressive and representative agriculturists of the community. In addition to cultivating the cereals best adapted to soil and climate he also devotes some attention to stock raising, which branch of his business adds materially to his income.
On the 29th of April, 1879, Mr. Henik was joined in wedlock to Miss Mary Sobers, whose birth occurred in Johnson county, Iowa. Her parents, James and Mary Sobers, both of whom were natives of Bohemia, passed away in this country. Mrs. Henik was one of a family of four daughters and one son and by her marriage has become the mother of seven children, as follows: Lily, the wife of Albert Vohoska, of Cedar county; Anna, the wife of Frank Vansickle, of Hale township; and Mary, Frank, Lydia, George and Charles, all at home.
In his political views Mr. Henik is a stanch republican, while his religious faith is indicated by his membership in the Bohemian Catholic church of Oxford Junction. His aid and cooperation can be counted upon to further every movement calculated to benefit the community and he and his estimable wife are held in high regard by their many friends.

Source: History of Jones County, Iowa, Past and Present, R. M. Corbitt, S. J. Clarke Publishing Co., Chicago, 1910, p. 125.

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