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Edward C. Waskow


Edward C. Waskow, who devotes his attention to the pursuits of farming and stock-raising, is the owner of a valuable tract of land comprising one hundred twenty-eight acres on section 11, Franklin township. His birth occurred at North McGregor, Clayton county, Iowa, on the 5th of August, 1881, his parents being Herman and Caroline (Gautke) Waskow, who were born in the years 1847 and 1857 respectively. The father, a native of Germany, followed the sea for a period of thirteen yeas becoming a sailor when a youth of but thirteen. While still a young man to took up his abode in the United States and was married at Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin. At an early day he established his home in North McGregor and was there employed as foreman in a sawmill for a number of years. Subsequently he took up his abode on the farm in Franklin township which is now in possession of his son Edward, maintaining his residence thereon until March, 1908. Since that time he has lived retired at Monona, spending the evening of life in well earned ease. Unto him and his wife were born four children, as follows: Anna, the wife of Julius Collignon, an agriculturist of Clayton county; Elvena, the wife of Henry Take, who is living practically retired at Monona, Iowa; Edward C., of this review; and Robert, who follows farming in Clayton county and resides south of Monona.

Edward C. Waskow acquired his education in the district schools of Franklin township and when a young man of twenty-two years started out as an agriculturist on his own account, being at that time married and establishing his home at Luana. There he cultivated rented land for a period of four years and then returned to the old homestead on section 11, where he has remained continuously since. He owns one hundred and twenty-eight acres of valuable land and is busily engaged as a grain grower and stock-raiser, both branches of his business returning to him a gratifying annual income. He is likewise a stockholder in the Monona Creamery company and deserves representation among the substantial and enterprising citizens of the community.

On the 25th of December, 1903, Mr. Waskow was united in marriage to Miss Edith Ellsworth, who was born near Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on the 27th of March, 1887, her parents being Whitney and Mary Christian (Fish) Ellsworth. The father, an agriculturist by occupation, passed away near Cedar Rapids. The mother subsequently married George Meskimen with whom she resides on a farm near that of our subject. Mr. and Mrs. Waskow have four children, namely: Cecil, who was born on the 16th of October, 1904; Goldie, whose birth occurred in September, 1907; Lawrence, born November 17, 1908; and Marie, who was born November 27, 1911. In politics Mr. Waskow is a republican, while his religious faith is indicated by his membership in the German Evangelical Lutheran church at Monona. His entire life has been spent in this part of the state and he is well known here as a successful young agriculturist and representative and esteemed citizen.

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

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