Lee County Biography

David Hartman
Nelson Township


Lee County is fortunate in that the farmers, who form such an important proportion of her population, are in general a highly intelligent, energetic, thrifty and business-like set of men. Of one of these, David Hartman, we write. His farming operations center on section 22, Nelson Township, where he has two hundred acres of land under good cultivation and supplied with all the necessary improvements that go to make up a desirable farm.

Our subject was born in Somerset County, Pa., July 1, 1849, one of the six children of Conrad and Susanna (Raymond) Hartman, natives, respectively, of Germany and Pennsylvania. Mr. Hartman came to the United States from the old country alone, when he was a young man, and joined his brother in Somerset County, Pa. He there met his future wife, and a few years later they were married. She was born and reared in that county, and was of Dutch descent. After the birth of all their children, Conrad and Susanna Hartman came to Illinois in 1855, and buying new and unbroken lands in Nelson Township, became pioneers of the county. Mr. Harirnan was a hard worker, and in time had a large farm under substantial improvement, comprising four hundred and forty acres of fine arable and pasture land, and had besides ten acres of valuable timber. He has grown old in his adopted township, which has been developed partly by his labors, and August 4, 1891, marked the anniversary of his birth seventy- eight years before. Notwithstanding his advanced age, he is yet hale and active, and his fellow- townsmen, who look upon him with the respect due to his years and greal worth, hope that he may live to enjoy life a great while yet. He is a valued member of the Lutheran Church. as is his wife also, and in politics he is faithful to the Repubican party. Mr. Ha~tn~an `irst wife died in their home, in this township. in 572. at the age of sixty- five years and was truly mourned by all who had known and loved her for her many excellencies. Mr. Hartman took for his wife Mrs. Sarah Hax, nee Zorn, who was born and reared in Somerset County, Pa. By her first marriage with Peter Hax, she had three children, one of whom was the wife or our subject. Her first husband was a German by birtb. They came from Pennsylvania to Illinois in 1855, and lived in Dixon for some years. They subsequentlv removed to Sterling where Mr. Hax died in middle age.

David Hartman has passed the most of his life in this county, on the very farm that he now owns, in Nelson Township, as he was but six years old when the family removed to this State. He received an excellent education in the local schools, and a good training in all that pertains to farming, so that when he adopted that calling for his life work, when he attained his majority, he was well equipped for it. He is constantly making improvements upon his farm, which is amply provided with buildings of a good class, and substantial farming machinery of the best manufacture, and he employs the most advanced methods in carrying on agriculture.

The marriage of our subject to Miss Sarah Hax was celebrated in this township. She was a native of the same Pennsylvanian county as himself, the date of her birth was August 24, 1854, and, like him, she was reared in this State. Comfort and hospitality reign in their home, and three of the four children born unto them complete their present household, namely; Clarence C., Estella C. and Myrtle E. Their daughter Lulu, died young.

Mr. and Mrs. Hartman attend the Lutheran Church, contribute generously to its support, and are identified with its every good work. Theya re very much liked by the people among whom they have lived so long, as they possess traits of character that win consideration and confidence. Mr. Hartman is an active local politician, a thoroughly good Republician, who interests himself in all that concerns his township. He has held all the civic offices within the gift of his fellow-townsmen, is at present Assessor of Nelson Township, and in these various capacities has done much to advance the welfare of the community.

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