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Date: 5/12/2005 at 14:26:16

Biography reproduced from page 389 of the History of Kossuth and Humboldt Counties, Iowa published in 1884:

J. C. Heckart was born in Wayne Co., Ohio, Dec. 2, 1838, and is a son of John and Elizabeth Heckart. When fourteen years of age, he removed with this parents to Elkhart, Ind., remaining there until 1856, when they came to Algona, Kossuth Co., Iowa. In 1861 Mr. Heckart enlisted in company F, 2d Iowa Cavalry, remaining with this command until the following February. In August, 1862, he again enlisted in the 32d regiment, Iowa Volunteer Infantry, company A., and participated in the following engagements—Fort DeRussy, Pleasant Hill, Lake Chicot and Fort Blakely. He also took part in the capture of two rebel transports, on Little Red river, Ark, while detailed on board the gunboat Lexington, in 1863. After the close of the war, he returned to Kossuth county and engaged in farming. In 1871 he went into the mercantile trade, which business he has since followed. In 1866 Mr. Heckart married Amelia M. Phelps, of Fond du Lac, Wis., by whom he has had three children—Grant W., Jessie and Hattie. Mr. Heckart is a Master Mason, a member of Prudence Lodge, No. 205. He is also quartermaster of James C. Taylor Post, G. A. R.


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