| William C.
Reth owns two hundred acres of land on section 24, Delhi
township, and is one of the representative and successful stock
raisers of the county, making a specialty of full blooded
shorthorn cattle and red Jersey hogs. He was born September 7,
1884, in Oneida township, this county, a son of Herman and Phenia
(Maurer) Reth, both natives of Germany, who emigrated to this
county many years ago. They are mentioned more at length in the
sketch of Herman B. Reth, the brother of our subject, which
appears elsewhere in this work.
William C. Reth attended the common schools in
the acquirement of his education and assisted his father in the
work of the homestead, thus thoroughly familiarizing himself with
efficient methods of agriculture. Since reaching man's estate he
has continued to devote his time and energy to farming, believing
that it is at once healthful, congenial and profitable. He is
progressive and up to date in all that he does, using the
latest machinery in facilitating the cultivation of the fields
and the harvesting of the crops, and his methods are those
approved by men who have given their lives to a scientific study
of agriculture. He not only raises grain but also devotes a great
deal of attention to stock, breeding full blooded shorthorn
cattle and red Jersey hogs. He is as successful in this as in
other phases of his work and his labors yield him a gratifying
On the 7th of February, 1912, Mr. Reth was united
in marriage to Miss Logina Meiners. Her parents, Fred and Louisa
(Linde) Meiners, were natives of Germany and Allamakee county,
Iowa, respectively. However, their marriage occurred in Houston
county, Minnesota, and both are living there at the present time.
Mr. and Mrs. Reth have two children: Louisa, born April 16, 1913;
and Irving, whose birth occurred July 26, 1914.
Although Mr. Reth is yet a young man, he has
accomplished much and his ability and enterprise give promise of
still greater achievement in the years to come. He manifests a
deep interest in the public welfare, being ready if need be to
subordinate personal desires to the general good.