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Delaware County, Iowa

 Biography Directory


Amos B. Hetherington


Delaware Township




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.


~ source: Biographical souvenir of the counties of Delaware and Buchanan, Iowa; Chicago : F. A. Battey, 1890. Page 620; LDS microfilm #985424

~ contributed by Thom Carlson