On the roster of the county officials of Atchison county appears the name of Frederick Hartman, who is faithfully discharging the duties of sheriff in a most capable manner. Upon the battle-fields of the south through the Civil war he manifested his loyalty to the government, and at all times he is a public-spirited and progressive man, advocating whatever tends to promote law, order, reform and progress in the material development and commercial welfare of the community.
Mr. Hartman was born on a farm in Franklin county, Indiana, December 7, 1844, his parents being Jonathan and Christina (Wolking) Hartman. His paternal grandfather, Henry Hartman, was a native of Pennsylvania and of German lineage. Having arrived at years of maturity he married Miss Alice Case, and they were living in Indiana at the time of the birth of Jonathan Hartman. on the 22d of January, 1822. The latter became a carpenter and builder and in 1846 removed to Missouri, locating in Platte county. In 1857 he removed with his family to Atchison and afterward went to Fort Williams, but soon took up his abode in Mount Pleasant township, Atchison county, where he pre-empted one hundred and sixty acres of land, transforming it into a richly cultivated farm, upon which he still makes his home. He married Miss Wolking, a daughter of Frederick Wolking and a native of Holland. When a little maiden of seven summers she came with her parents to America, the family locating near Cincinnati, Ohio, Her death occurred on the old homestead in Mount Pleasant township, Atchison county, in 1878. Eight children were born to the parents of our subject, six sons and two daughters, namely: Henry, who was a soldier in the Civil War; Frederick; Robert D., a farmer on the old homestead; William Morris; James S., who follows agricultural pursuits in Atchison county; Alice, the wife of Elija Esham, is now deceased; Mary; and Richard M., who is living on the old homestead with his father.
Frederick Hartman, of this review, accompanied his parents on their removal to Platte county and with them came to Atchison county, Kansas, where he completed his education in the public schools. He was early trained to habits of industry on the home farm, where he continued until eighteen years of age, when he responded to the country's call for troops, enlisting in 1862 as a member of Company F, Thirteenth Kansas Infantry, Captain Hays commanding the company and Colonel Bowman the regiment. He took part in a number of important engagements, including the battles of Prairie Grove, Arkansas, and Kane's Hill, and faithfully followed the old flag until mustered out on the 25th of July, 1865.
With an honorable war record Mr. Hartman returned to the farm in Atchison county and soon after was married to Miss Cynthia Parnell, of Mount Pleasant township. She was born near De KaIb, Missouri, and is the daughter of Andrew and Mariah Parnell. Mr. and Mrs. Hartman have eight children, namely: Henrietta, deceased; Hannah, the wife of James Iddings, of Atchison; Dora, deceased; Jonathan; Jessie; and May Florence, Bertie B. and Frederick, at home.
Mr. Hartman is the owner of a good farm of one hundred and sixty acres in Mount Pleasant township and the rental therefrom materially increases his income. In politics he is a stalwart Republican and does all in his power to promote the growth and secure the success of his party. He has served as a trustee of Mount Pleasant township and was justice of the peace there for one term. In 1880 he was elected county commissioner and re-elected in 1883, serving for six consecutive years. He has been twice elected sheriff, first in 1895 and again in 1898, so that he is the present incumbent. He is prompt and reliable in the discharge of the duties, and in various public offices which he has filled has ever won and merited the confidence and commendation of his fellow men. Socially he is connected with Washington Lodge, F. & A. M., the Fraternal Aid Association and E. C. Johnson Post, G. A. R.