AMOS B. HETHERINGTON belongs
to Delaware county's small class of native-born citizens. His
birthplace is near where he now resides in Delaware township,
and he first saw light June 1, 1856. He is a son of Thomas
Hetherington, one of Delaware county's early settlers, a sketch
of whom appears in this work. Reference may be had to that
sketch for the facts concerning the ancestral history of the
subject of this notice.
Amos B. Hetherington was reared in this county and has
always resided here. Having been brought up in farming pursuits,
he naturally selected farming as the business of his life on
reaching his majority. January 1, 1879, he married Miss Helen
Martin, who, like her husband, is a native of Iowa, having been
born in Black Hawk county, January 23, 1861. She is a daughter
of James P. and Harriet (Rose) Martin, who were comparatively
early settlers of Black Hawk county, but who now reside near
Denver, Colo. Her father was born and reared in Indiana, is a
carpenter by trade, having followed this all his life, and
having been fairly successful for his opportunities. His father,
whose Christian name was also James P., was a native of Germany,
coming to the United States when a young man, and ever
afterwards lived in this country.
Mrs. Hetherington's mother, whose maiden name was Harriet
Rose, was born in Michigan. To James P. and Harriet (Rose)
Martin were born seven children, of whom Mrs. Hetherington is
the third in point of age, the full list being: Tyrus C.,
Isabel, Helen, May, Oliver, Electa and Jessie. Mr. and Mrs.
Hetherington have had born to them two children: Gracie,
born November 15, 1879, and Morris, born August 5, 1881.
Upon his farm of one hundred and twenty acres, four miles
north and east of Manchester, Mr. Hetherington is comfortably
located and is engaged in the peaceful pursuits of agriculture.
He has a small but very desirable place, and one that gives
evidence of the thrift, industry and good management that
prevail there. Mr. Hetherington has most of his farm under
cultivation and he raises his share of such products as are
grown in his locality. His farm is well stocked. A comfortable
residence, with such outbuildings as are necessary for farm
purposes in the rear, and all surrounded by a handsome
artificial grove of maple and other thrifty trees, form the home
of Mr. Hetherington, a pleasant country place, suggestive of the
quiet, unostentatious life of its owner. A lover of home and all
that goes to make home life happy, Mr. Hetherington has at all
times given his influence and hearty cooperation towards
promoting those interests of an industrial, social and
educational nature which tend to build up, dignify and ennoble
the farmer's life.