Transcribed from History of Wyandotte County Kansas and its people ed. and comp. by Perl W. Morgan. Chicago, The Lewis publishing company, 1911. 2 v. front., illus., plates, ports., fold. map. 28 cm. [Vol. 2 contains biographical data. Paged continuously.] p. 748-749 transcribed by Jenna Flood, student from USD 508, Baxter Springs Middle School, Baxter Springs, Kansas, on January 19,2001.


Frank Hartig

FRANK HARTIG. - In the early part of his life Frank Hartig of Walcott, Kansas, followed in his father's footsteps, and like him he too has come back to the farm as the place where he would like to do his life work. Every year there are more and more men who become farmers for themselves rather than be employed for any one else. This is a very desirable condition of affairs. It seems suitable that the man who works should receive the result of his labors. There is no class of work in which this is so much the case as in farming.

Frank Hartig was born in Wyandotte county, Kansas, in 1882. He was the son of John Adam Hartig, who was born in Germany, in the province of Hesse county. In 1828, when he was fourteen years old, John A. Hartig came to this country and located in Pennsylvania in the German settlement. He had learned the trade of a mechanic in Germany and during the Civil war he served as bridge builder for the government. After the war was ended he entered the employ of the Frisco railroad as foreman of the car repairing department. In 1886 he had saved up a nice little sum of money and he went to Wyandotte county, Kansas, and bought the farm where his son now lives. John Adam Hartig married Nancy Jane Couts in 1844, a native of Boone county, Missouri, who was born in 1848. She died in 1895, but her husband is still living at the old home.

Frank Hartig was born on the farm where he now lives. He attended the district school and worked on his father's farm in his spare time. After he had left school, he was employed by the railroad, as his father had been before him. After working on several different roads, employed as a brakeman, he came back to the farm. He is very successful farmer, raising wheat, cattle and hogs on his hundred and sixty acre farm.

In 1910 he married Nora Ready, a young lady who was born in Wyandotte county, Kansas, of Irish descent. The young couple expect to make their permanent home in this county and they have already made their presence felt in the community and are hoping to do much for their native state.



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