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History of Adair
County, Iowa, 1915.

Biographical.  Volume 2.


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Earl R. Waltz.

Earl R. Waltz, who carries on general farming, was born on the place where he now resides, on section 28, Union township, his natal day being November 16, 1888.  He is a son of Adam and Jane (Gravatte) Waltz, both of whom were natives of Pennsylvania, but became residents of Illinois, where their marriage occurred.  Afterward they removed to eastern Iowa, where they lived until the early '80s, when they arrived in Adair county, taking up their abode upon the farm which is now the property of their son Earl.  The father acquired five hundred and twenty acres of land, of which he still owns one hundred and eighty acres, having deed the remainder to his two sons, Charles L. and Earl R.  For many years he was actively and successfully engaged in farming but in 1911 removed to Union county, living in the suburbs of Creston, where he owns a small place of ten acres.  He feels that this is a sufficient amount for one of his years to care for and moreover, he desires to enjoy the fruits of his former toil.

Mr. and Mrs. Adam Waltz

Earl R. Waltz was reared in Union township and supplemented his early education acquired in the district schools by study in the Orient high school and by a commercial course in Creston Business College.  When his textbooks were put aside he returned to the farm and upon his father's removal to Creston received a deed to eighty acres of land.  He also purchased an adjoining tract of eighty acres, so that his farm at the present time comprises one hundred and sixty acres, on which stands the old homestead, a handsome residence.  There is also a large modern barn built by him and other up-to-date improvements which indicate his progressive spirit.  In addition to tilling the soil in the development of the crops best adapted to conditions here he makes a specialty of raising thoroughbred Hereford cattle and Shire horses.

In 1911 Mr. Waltz was married to Miss Jessie Brown, a daughter of Frank D. Brown, then of Union township, Adair county, but now a resident of Idaho.  Mr. and Mrs. Waltz have become parents of a son, Dale Monte.  The parents are members of the Christian church and in his political faith Mr. Waltz is a republican.  He is one of the progressive and enterprising young farmers of Union township, meeting with success, which is the ultimate outcome of well directed labor.



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