Buena Vista County, IA
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Extracted from:  Wegerslev, C. H. and Thomas Walpole. 
 Past and Present of Buena Vista County, Iowa
Chicago:  S. J. Clarke Publishing Co., 1909, p. 515-16.

Transcribed by Paul Nagy

Biography of  George Hobart

George Hobart, who has met with a well merited degree of prosperity in his farming operations in Grant township, was born in Champaign county, Illinois, on the 24th of April, 1863.  Isaac Hobart, the father, who was a physician by profession, passed away when his son George was but six years of age, his remains being interred in Sugar Grove cemetery.  Mrs. Hobart later married again and survived until 1904, her demise occurring in Danville, Illinois.  The brothers and sisters of our subject are as follows:  Esther, the wife of Leonard Slusher; Amy, who became the wife of William Wyman; Charles, deceased; and Mathew, a resident of Oklahoma.


Following the death of his father George Hobart made his home with an uncle in Ohio until fourteen years of age, when he started out in life on his own account.  When he had attained the age of nineteen years he secured employment as a farm hand and, carefully saving his earnings, was at length enabled to purchase a team. On the 4th of March, 1885, he was united in marriage to Miss Stella Mockbee, a native of Kentucky.  Her father now makes his home in Danville, Illinois, but the mother has passed away.  Unto Mr. and Mrs. Hobart have been born the following children, namely:  Bertha, the wife of Elmer Pewsey; Charles, at home; Wanda, who is attending school; Lena, who is also yet under the parental roof; Georgia Buena Vista, who was named in honor of this county; and Laura Belle and Mary Ellen, who are also at home.


Subsequent to his marriage Mr. Hobart began farming in Illinois and was thus successfully engaged until 1895, which year witnessed his arrival in Buena Vista county, Iowa, where he has since been numbered among the progressive and prosperous agriculturists.


In his political views Mr. Hobart is a stalwart republican and is capably serving in the office of school director.  His wife is a member of the Methodist Episcopal church, in the work of which she takes an active and helpful interest.  Whatever success he has achieved is attributable entirely to his own labors and his life has been one of activity and usefulness.