William H. Ebendorf


William H. Ebendorf, who for the past sixteen years has been one of the leading tailors in Waukon, is a native of Iowa, born in Clayton county, June 11, 1873. He was reared and educated in his native section and after laying aside his books learned the tailor’s trade at Elkader, later attending a cutting school in Chicago, where he finished the course, becoming a skilled and expert workman in this line. Upon his graduation he returned to Iowa, settling in Elkader in 1896.

He established himself in business there, but remained only one year, coming at the end of that time to Waukon, where he has since remained. His patronage increased rapidly as his fine workmanship and reasonable prices became more widely known and in 1907, Mr. Ebendorf was obliged to purchase his own business house, in which he today conducts a large and growing tailoring concern. in connection with this he does French dry cleaning and has secured a liberal patronage.

Mr. Ebendorf married, January 25, 1898, Miss Anna Beer, a native of {missing line??} Three children: Lura May, Harry and Herbert. Mr. Ebendorf is a member of the Masonic Fraternity, holding membership in the lodge and chapter, and he has held various important official positions in the organization. He is also a member of the Knights of Pythias and is serving as chancellor commander. He belongs to the Modern Woodmen of America and in that organization served as national delegate to the convention held in Buffalo, New York, in June 1911, and to the Chicago convention held in January, 1912.He is prominent in local republican politics, being now in the third term of his able service as township trustee, his official life being distinguished by the same successful business career.

-source: Past & Present of Allamakee County; by Ellery M. Hancock; S. J. Clarke Pub. Co.; 1913
-transcribed by Diana Diedrich

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