Henry E. Hartman is well known in Wilson township where he has spent his whole life, having been born at the family homestead in August, 1875. His parents were Evert and Jane B. (Beckers) Hartman, whose marriage occurred in Holland, May 12, 1855. He is the brother of Derrick J. Hartman, of Oostburg, the cousin of Henry W. Hartman, sketches of whom appear elsewhere in this book.
The youth of Henry E. Hartman was spent upon his father's farm, where his time was divided between attendance at the district school, participation in boyish sports and pastimes and the performance of the less arduous tasks about the farm.
Unlike many young men who leave their country homes to join the throngs which congest the great cities, Henry E. Hartman chose to remain in the community among whose members he numbered his friends, and not even at the time of his marriage, which occurred in his thirty-second year, did he remove from the home place, to which he was bound by many close associations. He assisted in the cultivation of the fine farm which his grandfather and father had developed from the wild land which the former had purchased in 1846, and in all departments of agricultural work he became experienced. In 1907 he purchased sixty-five acres on section 32, Wilson township, which he has developed into an attractive property, where he carries on general farming and dairying. He belongs to the younger generation of agriculturists, many of whom are devoting their best energies to the development of what is termed scientific farming and to whom the study of the soil, the breeding of blooded stock and the cultivation of improved plant varieties are matters of deep interest.
On the 26th of June, 1907, Mr. Hartman was united in marriage to Miss Minnie Lemke, a daughter of Herman Lemke, a resident of the adjoining township of Holland. They are the parents of two daughters: Marie, born April 18, 1908; and Evelyn, whose birth occurred July 24, 1911. Mr. Hartman is a member of the Dutch Reformed church, in which denomination many of his ancestors and relatives have been prominent.
The spirit of progressiveness is characteristic of Mr. Hartman and the measure of success which has attended his labors is attributable entirely to his industry, perseverance and resourcefulness.
Information gathered and adapted from History of Sheboygan County, Wisconsin, Past and Present
Carl Zillier, Editor
Pubished by The S.J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1912, Chicago, IL