Alva C. Hyatt, who owns a farm of forty acres located a half mile from Hingham, where he successfully engages in dairying, was born in Holland township on the ad of November, 1859. He is a son of F. Russell Hyatt, one of the pioneers of Sheboygan county, whose history is more fully given elsewhere in this work.
Alva C. Hyatt was reared at home and began his education in the district schools of Holland township, continuing his course of study in the public schools of Hingham, which he attended until he was a youth of eighteen. He then began to earn his own livelihood, his first position being that of a teacher in the country schools. The first year he taught he boarded in the home of a cheese maker, from whom he learned the trade, and for seven years thereafter taught in the winter and worked in a cheese factory in the summer. At the expiration of that time he turned his attention to agricultural pursuits, with which he was already familiar, having been reared on a farm. He cultivated leased land for three years, and then purchased the place he now owns. His place contains forty acres, a portion of the tract being devoted to pasturage, as he makes a specialty of stock-raising and dairying, and is now milking twelve cows. Of recent years, Mr. Hyatt has been doing considerable experimenting with alfalfa, and now has seventeen acres in this grass. It is his intention to plant his entire tract to alfalfa believing he can thus eliminate the Canadian thistles and at the same time greatly enrich his soil.
In Holland township on the 26th of March, 1884, Mr. Hyatt was married to Miss Florence Rhodes, a daughter of Henry and Debra ( McConkey) Rhodes, the father a native of England and the mother of Ireland. They were married in Sheboygan county, and for many years resided in Holland township, where the mother still makes her home but the father is now deceased. Five children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Hyatt, as follows: Bessie, who is teaching in Milwaukee; Olive, who is a milliner in Sheboygan; Edna, who graduated from the Sheboygan high school in 1911, at the age of seventeen years, and subsequently engaged in teaching in South Dakota, where she has been very successful and has been retained for another year; Frank, a youth of sixteen and a graduate of the Hingham grammar school ; and Russell, a school boy of ten years.
The family affiliate with the Methodist Episcopal church of Hingham, and the political allegiance of Mr. Hyatt is given to the republican party. He is a stockholder in the Plymouth Farmers' Mutual Fire Insurance Company, and is a member of its board of directors. He is well known in this vicinity, his family having resided here for more than sixty years, and has many friends, who hold him in high esteem.
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