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Herman B. Reth


Section 23 Delhi Township


      Herman B. Reth holds title to a fine tract of land comprising two hundred and eighty acres on section 23, Delhi township. He was born in Eitzen, Minnesota, August 13, 1867, a son of Herman and Phenia (Maurer) Reth, both natives of Germany. The father emigrated to the United States at the beginning of the Franco Prussian war, more than four decades ago, and the mother came a year later. Mr. Reth worked in Cincinnati, Ohio, for a year, after which he removed to Eitzen, Minnesota, where he was married and where he continued to reside for about two years. At the end of that time he removed with his family to Dorchester, Iowa, where the family home was maintained for about twelve years. A removal was then made to Delaware county, Iowa, and Mr. Reth rented a farm near Earlville for eight years, after which he bought three hundred and eight acres in Delhi township, which he cultivated until 1912, when he retired from active life. Ten children, of whom six are living, were born to his union with Miss Maurer: Herman B.; Fred, residing in Delhi township; Henry, who lives in Oneida township; Frank, a farmer of Delhi township; Carrie, who makes her home with her brother Frank; and William C., residing in Delhi township, a sketch of whom appears elsewhere in this work. The father died November 1, 1913, but the mother survives and makes her home in Earlville.
     Herman B. Reth owes his education to the public school system and in addition to his training in book learning he received much practical instruction and also a great deal of experience in agriculture, as he assisted his father with the work of the homestead. Since coming to mature years he has continued to devote his time and energies to farming and now owns two hundred and eighty acres of excellent land situated on section 23, Delhi township, but two and a half miles from the town of Delhi. He has improved his place by erecting a house and barn and has the land in a high state of cultivation. The good income which he annually receives from his farm is the natural result of his industry, enterprise and good management and, as he is careful to save a part of his income each year, his capital is steadily increasing.
      Mr. Reth was united in marriage on the 20th of September, 1893, to Miss Minnie Maass, a daughter of Ernest and Wilhelmina (Pantan) Maass, both natives of Germany, who came to the United States and almost immediately made their way to this county, arriving here in May, 1891. Her father died in March, 1911, but her mother survives and makes her home in Delaware, Iowa, with her son William. To Mr. and Mrs. Reth have been born eight children, namely: Charles, William, Emma, Louis, Martin, Harry, Herman and Anton, all at home.
      Mr. Reth is a republican in politics and has always taken a marked interest in community advancement and is particularly concerned for the welfare of the public schools, having served as school director for five years and for one year was president of the board. He is diligent in his business affairs and is prospering financially, but he does not forget his civic duty which is as binding as any obligation of life. His marked public spirit and his strict adherence to the principles of honesty and right have won for him the respect and esteem of his fellow citizens.


~ source: History of Delaware County, Iowa and its People, Illustrated, Volume II. The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1914, Chicago. Page 501-502. Call Number 977.7385 H2m; LDS microfilm #934937.

~transcribed and contributed by Constance Diamond for Delaware County IAGenWeb


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