|W. F. Hintz
Born March 31, 1870
|W. F. Hintz, one of the well known agriculturists of Lovell township, was born in, Cook county, Illinois, March 31, 1870, and is a son of William and Ida (Ehrke) Hintz. The parents were natives of Germany, but came to the United States in 1868, locating first in Cook county, Illinois. After about seven years' residence in that state they came to Iowa, settling in Buchanan county, where the father engaged in agricultural pursuits. He is still living there, but his wife has passed away.
W. F. Hintz attended the district schools of his native county, while he obtained practical instruction for the responsibilities of life at home, under the wise guidance of his parents. Until he attained his majority, he remained upon his father's farm, but it was not until 1905 that he came to Jones county and located in Lovell township. In that year he purchased a tract of one hundred and eighty-two acres, on which he is living today. It is cultivated carefully for the production of cereals, but Mr. Hintz gives much attention to the raising and feeding of cattle and hogs, which he ships in large numbers to the important markets. His land is improved according to the best methods, while it is cultivated with full regard to the rotation of crops, a consideration of which subject does so much toward prolonging the fertility of the soil.
It was in 1898 that Mr. Hintz was united in marriage to Miss Anna Rettig. She was born in Fostoria, Ohio, in 1868, and is a daughter of George and Louise Rettig. Her parents, who were natives of Germany, had come to America shortly after their marriage, and after spending a number of years in Ohio came to Iowa, where Mr. Rettig followed farming for many years, but he has now retired and with his wife is enjoying a well deserved rest in Monticello. One of the twelve children born to her parents, Mrs. Hintz received a good education in the public schools and then attended Highland Park College, from which she was graduated. The five years before her marriage she spent in teaching, winning a reputation as a successful and progressive member of the profession. She has become the mother of two children: Irving R. and Paul W.
Mr. and Mrs. Hintz are members of the Presbyterian church, making its teachings of practical value in their daily lives. Since he has been of an age to exercise the franchise right of an American citizen, Mr. Hintz has invariably given his political support to the candidates of the republican party, feeling the utmost confidence in its principles. For himself, however, he has not sought for official preferment, although he has rendered valuable service to the people of Lovell township as a school director.
Source: History of Jones County, Iowa, Past and Present, R. M. Corbitt, S. J. Clarke Publishing Co., Chicago, 1910, p. 60.
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