Name: Joseph Sartori
Reference Number: 5229
Birth: 25 FEB 1831 in Dúrlinbach, Baden, Germany
Death: 19 JAN 1913 in Los Angeles, California
Burial: Greenwood Cemetery, Cedar Falls, Iowa
Change Date: 30 AUG 2012
Joseph Sartori was a stonecutter and mason, bricklayer and plasterer. He came to America from Germany in 1852 to avoid military conscription, and then to Cedar Falls in 1857. He soon became a successful contractor and his home was widely admired as proof of his skill as a builder. His son "Little Joe" became a leading banker in Los Angeles. He ("Little Joe") gave the city $25,000 to erect a hospital building in honor of his parents (Joseph and Theresa.) Sartori Hospital was opened in 1915.
From: "Bicentennial Outlines of Cedar Falls" by Herb Lake and "The Sartori Legacy" by Neva Henrietta Radell and The Sartori Committee, with much information contributed by Elizabeth Lennon Hamilton
"Joseph Sartori, vice-president of the State bank of Cedar Falls, Iowa, and one of the city's leading capitalists, was born in Germany, February 25, 1831. He is one of two (actually 9) children born to his parents, Joseph and Catherine (Faist) Sartori. The former was a large contractor in Germany, where he died in 1837 (23 February 1838 in military action.)
Joseph Sartori, the son, was educated in Germany, completing the common-school course at the age of 15 years. He learned the affiliated trades of stone-cutter, mason, bricklayer and plasterer. Thus equipped, he came to America in 1853." he worked in New York, Dubuque, Iowa, and then came to Cedar Falls when he was 24 years old.
Mr. Sartori erected the first brick block in Cedar Falls in 1863, and in 1865 he built 2 stores. He soon became a successful contractor; in addition he had a talent for buying the right property and selling it at the right time. By 1870 he had established his reputation as a skilled and reliable builder and in 1870 he built a his own house doing all the mason and brick work himself. In 1875-6 he farmed, then returned to town and continued building and contracting, and invested in timber lands. His investments prospered and his skill in financial transactions was acknowledged when in 1890 he was elected Vice President of the State Bank of Cedar Falls, and also one of its directors. Among the many imposing buildings in Cedar Falls that he built is the Methodist Episcopal Church, completed in 1892.
He is a thoroughly respected citizen of Cedar Falls, and the city owes much to his liberality and public spirit.
from:History of Black Hawk County, Iowa and Representative Citizens, pub.1904
The Sartori House, 6th and Clay Street, Cedar Falls, Iowa
Architectural Notes: Despite some infulence of the Italianate style, this huse can be classified as a late Gothic Revival. the arches over the windows are made of iron although they normally would be of stone. The wood scrollwork of the bargeboard, often called gingerbread, probably is the best of its kind in the region. Among the other interesting features is the bay window and what appear to be original exterior shutters on the windows. Sartori built the house himself in 1875 doing all the brickwork and masonry with his own hands.
Father: Matthias SARTORI b: 11 JAN 1799 in Dúrlinbach, Baden, Germany
Mother: Katharina FAIST b: 28 AUG 1809 in Dúrlinbach, Baden, Germany
Theresa Wangler b: 27 SEP 1833 in Schweighausen Elsass-Lothringen, Germany
20 JUN 1857
in New Jersey
- Joseph Francis Sartori b: 25 DEC 1858
- Ludwig Sartori b: 17 OCT 1861