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Clinton County >> 1911 Index

History of Clinton County, Iowa
ed. by P. B. Wolfe. 2 vols. Indianapolis, Ind.: B. F. Bowen, 1911.


Unless otherwise noted, biographies submitted by Dick Barton.

No family has been more prominently identified with the interests of Liberty township than the one whose history is recounted in this sketch. Of active and enterprising Irish stock, they have been among the most successful farmers and business men of their community, have taken a large part in all its progress and have been in all respects citizens whom their community could not afford to lose and to whom it owes very much.
Edward Hart, Sr., was born in Canada on October 1, 1846, the son of Peter and Mary (Dougherty) Hart, natives of Ireland, who came to Canada in 1841, and removed to Clinton county, Iowa, in 1855. They settled on a farm of eighty acres in Liberty township, and lived on it for ten years, then moved to De Witt, where Mrs. Hart died in 1868, while Mr. Hart died in Crawford county, Iowa, in 1889. They were the parents of nine children, of whom two sons and two daughters are living. Strongly attached to the Catholic church, and a member of the Democratic party. Peter Hart was much respected as an honest, upright man and substantial citizen.
Edward Hart, Sr., grew up on the farm and attended the common schools of Clinton county. Since boyhood he has followed farming and stock raising, in which he has been successful and has accumulated five hundred and forty acres of land. In politics he is a Democrat, was active in local politics, held the office of assessor, clerk and tax collector in his township, and was elected to the Legislature from Clinton county, representing it in the twenty-first, twenty-second and twenty-third General Assemblies and rendering to the people efficient service in this capacity.
In March, 1869, Edward Hart was married to Mary Ann Cavey, a native of Ohio, the daughter of Mathias and Margaret Cavey, mentioned in this work. As a result of this marriage, eleven children were born: Margaret, who married George W. Mowry: Edward, Jr.; Mary, the wife of W. F. McGarry; Peter C, a merchant of Nichols, Iowa; M. B., partner with Edward in the mercantile business at Toronto, Iowa; T. J., a farmer of Flandreau, South Dakota; John P.. a farmer of Liberty township. Clinton county: Ann. at home; W. A., a farmer of Liberty township; Reuben C. and Stephen A., at home.
Edward Hart. Sr., is an affable and accommodating man and has many friends. In physique he is tall and strong, of athletic proportions, and his sons have inherited from him their powerful bodies.
Edward Hart, Jr., was born in Liberty township, Clinton county, on May 17, 1871, and attended the township public schools and Duncan's Business College at Davenport, from which he graduated in 1891. In 1891 his father bought a general store at Toronto, Iowa, and put his son Edward in charge. Two years later the subject and George W. Mowry, his brother-in-law, bought the business and conducted it under the name of Hart & Mowry until 1907, when Matthew B. Hart, a brother, bought out the interest of Mr. Mowry, and the firm has since been Hart Brothers. They carry on the only general store in Toronto, keeping a well stocked line, and doing a large and increasing business, on up-to-date principles.
On November 26, 1901, Edward Hart, Jr., was married to Mary Josephine Scanlon, of St. Louis, Missouri. She has borne to him the following children; Edward, Merwin Vincent and Merritta. Mr. and Mrs. Hart are members of the Catholic church, as is the entire Hart family. Mr. Hart is a Democrat, another family characteristic, and has served as township clerk and for the past eight years as school director. He is also clerk of the town of Toronto.
It is rare that one meets with a family of men and women who evidence more of worth and ability than the sons and daughters of Edward Hart, Sr., and not the least of his achievements is the rearing of this family and their upbringing to usefulness.

Thomas Evan Hauke 

In no department of county government is absolute honesty and freedom from graft more essential than in the supervisor's office. On these men depends the administration of the county's finances, and there are the greatest opportunities for, on the one hand, private gain at the public expense, and on the other, the conservation of the county's money and saving to the people. It is well for the people of Clinton county that they are represented in the supervisors' office by such men as Mr. Hake, whose honesty is absolutely above suspicion and whose devotion to the public interests is so marked and so well known.

Thomas Evan Hake was born in Lincoln township, Clinton county, Iowa, on November 28, 1867, the son of George and Martha (Polhaumus) Hauke.  George Hake was born in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, and was one of the early settlers of Clinton county, a respected man of strong influence in his community. He was a Republican. He died in 1900, his wife in 1904.

Thomas E. Hake was reared on the farm, and received his education in the common schools and the college at Fulton, Illinois. He spent his time in work on the farm until 1889, when he went to work for the Chicago Daily News as a route agent, and remained with them two years.  He then returned to the farm, and has since made farming his occupation, now owning one hundred and eighty acres of excellent land in Lincoln township, one and a half miles from the Clinton city limits, which he has made by careful tillage and good management to yield him a competence. In 1904 the Republicans nominated Mr. Hake for county supervisor, and he was re-elected in 1906, 1908 and 1910 (the last time by a substantial majority), having served to the present date eight years. His service in this office has been satisfactory to every friend of good government. Mr. Hake was elected president of the State Supervisors' Association of Iowa in 1908 and declined re-election again in 1909.

In his fraternal relations Mr. Hake is a thirty-second degree Mason, and a member of the Elks, the Turners, the Modern Woodmen of America, the Woodmen of the World, and the Odd Fellows, taking an active part in the work of all.

In May, 1901, Mr. Hake was married to Ida Woodruff, a native of Clinton, who was born on June 10, 1872. She is a lady of many accomplishments. Mr. Hake has many friends who esteem him for his true worth. A successful farmer and business man, and an efficient public servant, he has made himself known to the people of his county as a man of more than common ability and ordinary character.