Anton T. Nierling

Anton T. Nierling

Signal ability, energy and steadfast purpose have formed the watchwords in the life of Anton T. Nierling, who stands as a central figure in financial circles of Allamakee county through his connection with many important banking in the business world, being today cashier of the First National Bank of Waukon and identified also with various other financial and commercial concerns.

He was born in French Creek township, February 8, 1872, and is a son of Anton Nierling, born in Germany on the river Rhine in 1826. The father came to America when he was a young man after having served three years in the German army and after his arrival came immediately to Iowa, locating in Lansing about 1849, where he lived for three years, after which he settled on Lansing Ridge, coming two years later to French Creek township. He was a miller by trade and followed that occupation in his native country for several years, but he abandoned it after settling in Iowa, giving all of his attention to the clearing and improving of his two hundred and sixty acres of wild land. He married in Lansing Miss Mary Buck, a native of Wurtemberg, Germany, and they became the parents of a large family of children. The father never left the homestead, which he developed, dying upon his farm in 1888, when he was sixty-two years of age. His wife survived him for a number of years, passing away in 1902.

Anton T. Nierling was reared upon the home farm and from his early childhood assisted in carrying on the work of the homestead. He acquired his primary education in the district schools and later completed his studies at the Breckinridge School at Decorah. After laying aside his books he engaged in teaching in Allamakee county but after two years entered the Bayless Business College at Dubuque, from which he graduated, receiving a thorough business training. When he had completed it he formed a partnership with Otto J. Hager and aided in the organization of the First National Bank of Waukon, an institution founded with a capital stock of fifty thousand dollars, which has recently been increased to one hundred thousand dollars. Mr. Nierling first took the position of bookkeeper and assistant cashier, but for the past ten years has been cashier, serving ably and efficiently in the discharge of his duties. In this connection his excellent business and executive ability have been called forth and the success of the institution is in large measure due to him. As the years have passed Mr. Nierling has extended the field of his activities and is now connected with a great many important financial concerns, being president of the New Albin Savings Bank, a director in the Waterville Savings Bank and in the Dorchester Savings Bank. From the time of its organization in 1903 to January 1913, he was a director and manager of the Farmers Stock & Produce Company, which he aided in organizing and promoting and of which he served as treasurer. The object of the organization is purely for the purpose of establishing and maintaining a good stock market for Waukon, which object it accomplished during the time of his ten years' management, to January 1, 1913. In Waukon he is known as a man of resourceful and discriminating business ability, basing a distinct success in the world of finance upon an exhaustive knowledge of his business and upon the aggressiveness, energy and enterprise which makes this knowledge effective in financial circles.

Mr. Nierling married, February 3, 1896, Miss Winifred Taylor, who was born and reared in Waukon, a daughter of G. W. Taylor, a pioneer in the settlement of Allamakee county and a veteran of the Civil war, now a well known resident of Waukon, where he is living retired in the eightieth year of his age. Mr. And Mrs. Nierling became the parents of three children, Gertrude, Shirley and Paul A.

Since casting his first vote Mr. Nierling has been a member of the republican party but has never aspired to public office, although he served in a creditable and able manner as city treasurer and also as school treasurer. He has also the honor of serving as trustee of Upper Iowa University. He is a member of the Masonic order, holding membership in the Waukon blue lodge, in the chapter and in Decorah commandery. In both the lodge and chapter he has served in a number of official positions and he is also well known in the affairs of the Knights of Pythias, of which he is now vice chancellor. He and his wife are members of the Rathbone Sisters Lodge, O.E.S. Mr. Nierling is undoubtedly one of Waukon's most representative and successful men and his citizenship is of that loyal and public-spirited kind which evidences itself in far-sighted and constructive work in the public service. No movement which has for its object the betterment of municipal conditions or improvement of the city along any line lacks his cooperation and hearty support and he is especially interested in the work of the committee on public improvements and paving, of which he is now acting as chairman. A man of broad and modern views and high ideals, he is leaving the impress of his work and personality upon the city both along lines of material welfare and upbuilding and in standards of citizenship, and his name is respected and esteemed wherever it is known.

-transcribed by Jan Miller