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Delaware County, Iowa


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William C. Reth


Delhi Township


      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 annual income.
      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.


~ source: History of Delaware County, Iowa and its People, Illustrated, Volume II. The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1914, Chicago. Page 515-516. Call Number 977.7385 H2m; LDS microfilm #934937.

~transcribed and contributed by Constance Diamond for Delaware County IAGenWeb


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