Carol Slocum Fish is now 81 years young. She wrote the following:

My second grade country school teacher, Carol Parcher of Rockford, sent me the newspaper clipping about the store.  My school was 4 miles N.W. of Rudd, where I grew up.  My mother, Ethelyne Bartz, was the last of the Bartz's to occupy the 'home place'  1/2 mile N of Roseville (on the east side of the road).

 

A Little Bartz Farm History

By, Carol Slocum Fish

 

William Federick Bartz, his wife Caroline & their two sons, August (age 5) & Charles (age 3) immigrated to Wisconsin in 1852 from Prussia (Germany).  They settled near Watertown, Wisconsin, where they farmed and where three more children were born.  The older sons, August & Charles, moved to Floyd County ,Iowa in 1869 where they purchased land from the government in Ulster Twp, Section 25.  August bought land on what is now  the west side of Hwy 14 and Charles bought on the east side in the mile north of what was to be called Roseville.

 

Charles married Bertha Dougs April 30, 1869. (Bertha was born in Germany)  They had three children: Edward, Mathilda and Walter Bartz.  Walter farmed with his dad, eventually buying the farm. Walter married Mathilda Gelhaus May 4, 1900. They had three children: Victor, Ethelyne & Harold.

 

Ethelyne married Chester Slocum in 1926.  Walter and Matilda retired and moved into Charles City (on Kelly St.) in Nov of 1943.  Chester purchased the Bartz Farm from Walter and continued to farm until he retired to Charles City also. (on Oliver St. across from Orville Kielsmeier).  Chester died Feb.21, 1976 & Ethelyn moved to Hemut, California to be with her daughter Carol (me) and her grandson Steven.  Ethelyn died in Oct. 1999.  I flew back for burial in the Riverside Cemetery in Charles City, beside my father.

That was the last time I saw the farm. The only recognizable building is the big red barn with the dirt ramp up to the second floor.  The cupola used to have 1893 painted on it.  Chester sold the farm to Merfelds.

 

The August Bartz farm is now owned by Alphonse & Rose Wihlm, I believe.

Mathilda Gelhaus Bartz had a sister Lydia, who married Henery Pfundheller and they set up farming a mile NW of the Bartz's--along Flood Creek.

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