ITS HISTORY AND TRADITION
J. M. HATHAWAY
Standing for many years among the leading and most influential citizens of
Monona county, and evincing his faith in the prosperity and the future of the
county by large investments in its farm lands, Julius M. Hathaway is entitled
to specific mention in the permanent record of the annals of this section of
Mr. Hathaway is a native of Iowa, born at Council Bluffs on the 17th of
April, 1855, and is a son of William N. and Rachael (Sweet) Hathaway. The mother was born in London, Ontario, Canada, whence in young girlhood she was brought to the United States by her parents. The father was born in North
Wilbraham, Hampden county, Massachusetts, and at an early age moved to Cortland county, New York, and was there reared and educated. Later he moved to Michigan, where he lived for a time, and in 1848 came to Council Bluffs,Iowa. In 1856 he came to Monona county, where he acquired land and thereafter engaged in farming until his death, which occurred in 1898. His wife passed away in 1887. In 1863 Mr. and Mrs. Hathaway made a trip overland to California, returning the following year. There were no railroads and their experiences were sometimes thrilling and dangerous. They were harassed by Indians and at one time met a band of eight hundred redskins. However, by diplomacy they succeeded in gaining the friendship of the Indians, and they made their round-trip journey without injury.
Julius M. Hathaway attended the public schools of Monona county and then
assisted his father on the home farm until twenty-five years of age. He then
entered politics, being elected to the office of justice of the peace and other
township offices. In 1891 he was elected county treasurer, serving four
years, and was also a member of the school board for many years. He was engaged for a time in the formation of farm organizations, and was elected to represent Monona and Ida counties in the state legislature, serving in the
twenty-seventh general assembly. Mr. Hathaway next engaged in the agricultural implement business for four years, at the end of which time he returned to the home farm, buying the interests of the other heirs in the place, and operated it for eighteen years with marked success. He then moved to Onawa and became secretary of the Monona County Mutual Insurance Company, holding that position three years, and also serving as agent for the Iowa Tornado Mutual Insurance
Company. During these years Mr. Hathaway wisely invested from time to time in Monona county land and is now the owner of about nineteen hundred acres. On June 18, 1879, in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, Mr. Hathaway was united in marriage to Miss Clara Normand, who was a school teacher prior to her marriage. To their union have been born the following children: Edith, who is the wife of J. E. McNamara, of Castana, Iowa, editor of the Castana Times; Georgia, who
is the wife of Arthur Whitehorn, of Great Falls, Montana, and her twin sister, Genevieve, who is the wife of Warren Winegar, of Turin, Iowa; Delwin B., who is a farmer in Monona county, as is William Newton; and Ruth, the wife of
J. D. Stone, who also is a farmer in Monona county.
Politically Mr. Hathaway has always given his support to the democratic
party and has been interested in public affairs. he served one year as mayor of
Onawa, six years as a member of the city council, and six years as a member
of the school board, being a member of the committee which had in charge the
erection of the present school buildings. During the World war he rendered
effective service as a member of the county council of defense. He has done a
great deal of traveling, visiting many parts of the United States, as well as
foreign lands. He is a close reader, keeps well informed on the great
questions of the day, and is a splendid conversationalist and an agreeable
companion. Because of his splendid public record, his business success and his
attractive personality, he is easily accorded a place in the front rank of the
citizens of his county.
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