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Who's Who in Iowa, 1940
Allamakee co. Biographies


The Iowa Press Association's Who's Who in Iowa, a Biographical Record of Iowa's Leaders in Business, Professional and Public Life; Pub. by Iowa Press Association, Des Moines, Iowa; 1940

Unless another county is indicated, the biographies are from the Allamakee county section pgs 42-50. The others are the biographies of persons who were born or lived in Allamakee co., but in 1940 were living in other counties.

The biographies were transcribed by Diana Henry Diedrich & S. Ferrall, unless otherwise credited

Bahr, Albert G., Farmer & Dairyman; born Cleveland, Wisc May 14, 1893; son of Louis Bahr & Matilda Boettcher; education rural schools, Cleveland, Wis; married Margarete C. Helming Mar 18,1920 Waukon; son Charles L, Donald F; daughter Elsa Mae; 1913-1916 worked on farms, Wis; 1916-1917 & 1919-1936 worked on farms Allamakee Co. 1936- owner & Operator farm & dairyman, near Waukon, dairy farmer since 1931; director school board; director Federal Land Bank of Omaha, Neb of Waukon; during World War Entered US Army Feb 24, 1917, 77th division 305th field arty, Camp Dodge, Camp Upton, Long Island, Overseas 13 months, discharged May 27 1919; American Legion, post finance officer; Allamakee Co Farm Bureau; past member Cow Testing Assn, past president several times; AAA*; Tennessee Valley Authority; IOOF; Zion Reform Church, member since 1920; hobbies: modern machinery, fishing hunting Guernsey cattle; Residence Route 1, Waukon
~*note: the abbreviation key for AAA gives Agricultural Adjustment Administration or American Automobile Association; it isn't known to which of these organizations Mr. Bahr belonged.

Bahr, Mrs Margarete C., Homemaker; born Waukon, Iowa; daughter of C. G. Helming & Charlott Silwold; educated Waukon HS; married Albert G. Bahr Mar 19,1920 Waukon; son Charles L., Donald F; daughter Elsa Mae; 1917-20 school teacher, Ludlow twp; 1920- homemaker, Allamakee; 1927 school teacher, Ludlow twp; American Legion Aux; Neighbors Club, treasurer; Zion Reform Church, member since 15 years old, president ladies aid society; independent; hobbies: flowers, gardening; Residence Route 1, Waukon.

Baily, Mrs Maude V., Librarian; born Farnammills, Va. Aug 16, 1877; daughter of Amos D. Sprague & Mary Cox; educated rural & HS, Wisc, married Samuel Clark Baily Oct 16,1893 Hub City, Wisc; sons: Presley, Richard, Eli; daughter: Harriott; 1893- homemaker, Postville; 1915- member library board, Postville, 1938- Librarian; during World War & since vice chairman local American Red Cross; American Legion Aux of Postville; past member Federated Womens Club, past county chairmen; PEO; Presbyterian Church; Republican; hobbies: flowers, gardening; office Library; residence Tilden, Postville.

Bakke, Theodore, Farmer & Stockman; born Waterville, Iowa May 17, 1898; son of John P. Bakke & Ingeborg Hangen*; educated rural school near Waterville; Sioux Falls Business College 1 year; LaCrosse Business College 1 year; married Gladys V. Fossum Mar 10, 1937 Paint Creek twp; son Donald Ordell; daughter Louis* Irene; 1928- partner of father on farm, Allamakee Co; 1938- director creamery, Waterville; during World War registered but not called; member AAA* & Soil Conservation; past member Allamakee Co Farm Bureau; Lutheran Church, past trustee; Republican; hobby: fishing; wife’s parents Theodore H. Fossum & Lavina Knudtson; residence Route 1 Waterville.
~*transcribers note (dhd): I believe daughters name should actually be Lois Irene & mothers maiden name should be Haugen.
~*note: the abbreviation key for AAA gives Agricultural Adjustment Administration or American Automobile Association; it isn't known to which of these organizations Mr. Bakke belonged.

Bakkum, Eilert H., Farmer; born Allamakee Co., Iowa Dec 8,1889; son of Hans E Bakkum & Matilda Erieckson; education Allamakee Co; Waukon Business College 1907; married Irena A. Barthell Mar 17, 1918 Waukon; sons: Bartell & LaVerne H. daughters: Marjorie & La Gertha; 1907-20 farmer, Allamakee Co; 1935- Secretary Farmer’s Co-Op Creamery, Waterville; trustee Center twp 9 years; past director Center twp school district; past member Allamakee Co Farm Bureau; West Paint Creek Lutheran Church; hobbies: baseball & horse shoes; office & residence Waterville.

Bakkum, Roy C., Chiropractor, b. Allamakee Co., Iowa, June 10, 1903; son of H.R. Bakkum and Carrie M. Larson; educated Allamakee Co; Waukon HS; Valder Business College, Decorah; Palmer School of Chiropractic, Davenport, DC 1927; married Jessie Hubbard, June 6, 1928, Nashua; son Robert J.; daughter Delores Anne.  1927-28, assistant in Wisc Gen Chiropractic Hospital, Prairie du Chien Wisc; 1928-30, chiropractor partner of Dr Booke, Waukon; 1929-30, assistant in Clear View Sanitorium for Nervous & Mental cases, Pasadena California, off, Brooke & Bakkum, Lansing; 1934, chiropractor, Waukon; 1936, built new 23 room hospital and clinic building, Waukon, operated since, was 1st general chiropractic hospital in Iowa; member legislative committee of Chiropractic Society of Iowa; Iowa State chairman of Fountain Head Chiropractic Hospital Assn; Chiropractic Society of Iowa, com member; Natl Rifle Assn member; Kiwanis, member and chairman Underprivileged Child committee; Lutheran Church; Republican; hobbies - hunting, fishing.  Office 21 E. Maine; residence Waukon.

Baxter, William James; Clergyman; b. Waukon, Iowa Jan 28, 187; son of Charles Baxter & Joanna Butler; educated Allamakee Co., Loras College, Dubuque 1900; St. Paul Seminary 1900; St. Mary's Seminary 1903; 1903 ordained by Archbishop Moeller, Cincinnati, Ohio; 1903-07 pastor St. Patrick's Ch, Parkersburg; 1907-18 pastor St. Patrick's Ch, Britt; 1918-22 St. Patrick's Ch, Tama; 1922-32 St. Athanasius Ch, Jesup; 1932-36 St. Thomas Aquinas Ch, Webster City; 1936- Sacred Heart Ch, Osage; Knights of Columbus chaplain 1932-36; 1936- dir Ladies Aid of Sacred Heart Ch; hobby: walking; res 1204 State, Osage. (Mitchell co., pg 843)

Beardmore, Thomas Alfred; District Judge; b. Allamakee Co., Iowa Oct 27, 1883; son of Alfred Edward Beardmore & Emma Jane Bulman; educated Waukon 1903; U of Iowa, LLB 1908; married Georgia Ethelyn Slinger Feb 14, 1914 Charles City; son- Alfred Andrew; 1908 employed in W.W. Bulman law office, Sheldon; 1908- prac law, Charles City; 1932- appt'd judge of 12th dist.; past Floyd Co & Charles City atty; library bd, past trustee; Mexican border 1916, company commander, capt of Nat'l Guard Co E, 1st Iowa Inf.; during World War, Co E 134th US inf. 34th div., over-seas Sept 1918-June 1919, disch June 1919, Camp Dodge; capt. Amer Legion, 1st post commander, Charles City; Floyd Co Bar Assn, pres since 1939; 12th Dist Bar Assn, past VP; Iowa St Bar Assn; Congl Ch; hobbies: orchard grafting & farming; res 204 Leland Ave., Charles City. (Floyd co., pg 449)

Beck, Francis W.: County Supervisor, b. Lansing, Iowa July 14, 1884; son of John Beck & Marie Steckelberg; educated Lansing HS, Amer Sch of Correspondence of Armor Inst, EE 1903-06; married Bertha Steck Mar 1, 1913 Albert Lea, Minn; daughter: Helen Burk; 1902-03 worked on farm near Lansing; 1903-06 emp by Bell Tele Co, LaCrosse, Wis; 1906-08 emp in electrical div of B&O RR Co.; 1909-11 farmer, N.D.; 1911-26 emp in auto co., Waterloo; 1926-31 auto service work; 1933- with Iowa Highway Commission, 1934- electrical supvr, Waterloo, chmn of bd 1938; Iowa Co Ofcrs Assn; AF&AM, Lansing; German Presby Ch; hobby: woodcraft; father came from Germany 1852; off Courthouse; res 521 Park Ave, Waterloo. (Black Hawk co., pg 92)

Bisping, Adolph H.: Clergyman; born New Albin, Iowa Apr 27, 1884; son of Henry Bisping & Dorothea VonderOhe; educated New Albin; Elmhurst ILL Coll, 1905; Eden Theological Seminary, St. Louis, Mo 1905-08; married Elsie Baur Oct 5, 1910 St. Louis, Mo.; sons: Theodore & Hubert; daughters: Elizabeth (Mrs. Vernon Tipton) & Ruth; 1908-09 pastor First Luth Ch, Dansville, N.Y., 1909-15 St. Thomas Evang Ch, St. Louis Co., Mo., 1915-19 St. John's Evang Ch & Zion Evang Ch, Keokuk; instr in music at St. Thomas Evang Ch; since he has been in Keokuk Sunday School enrollment has increased from 230 in 1919 to 460 in 1940 & church mbrship from 600 to 900; 1932-33 church enlarged & installation of new pipe organ; has 2 church choirs, sr choir 48 mbrs & jr choir 35 mbrs; delagate to natl confs at St. Louis, Rochester N.Y, Columbus Ohio, Chicago, IL & Cincinnati Ohio; delagate to natl kingdom service, Pittsburgh, Chicago, Cleveland & Columbus; delagate to natl homes mission conf. Milwaukee, St. Louis; pastor adviser Natl Womens Bd 1929-33 & 1933 attended Women's Union Conv. Buffalo N.Y.; 1927-36 chmn Iowa Home Mission Bd, 1936- VP Iowa dist; chmn kingdom service bd of Iowa synod of Evang & Reform Chs; contributor articles to denominational church paper & Christian Family Altar a book of devotions; 1926- pres Iowa Orphans Assn; pres Ministerial Assn of Keokuk 3 times; mbr Monday Music Club, 1922-27 contributor of vocal numbers; Keokuk Civic Music Assn; past mbr C of C; past mbr Lions; Evang Ch; Rep; hobbies: sports, music, poetry writing, collecting; res 1020 Exchange, Keokuk. (Lee co., pgs 701-702)

Bollman, Donald J.: Secretary Co-Operative Ceamery Co.; born Allamakee Co, Iowa Apr 9, 1907; son of Ira S. Bollman & Edna May Perkins; educated Luana HS; 1931-34 painter, emp by Louis Shultz, Luana; 1934-36 opr Shell Filling Station, Luana; 1936-39 yardman, Luana Lumber Co; 1939- secy Farmers Co-op Creamery Co., Luana; secy Luana vol fire dept; secy-treas Luana Dance Club; Commercial Club; hobbies: baseball, sports, hunting & fishing; off & res Luana. (Clayton co., pg 289)

Boyden, Charles N., Osteopathic Physician & Coroner; born Toronto, Canada July 19, 1880; son of Paddey McGuiness & Margaret Birch; education Northfield Ohio HS 1916; Kirksville, Mo American School of Osteopathy, 1922; married Florence Denman June 25, 1924 Oxford, Ohio; foster son George Wilson; 1922-23 Osteopathic physician with Dr. J. V. McMannis Electronic Hospital, Kirksville, Mo.; 1923-24 in charge of Dr. Patton’s office, Anamosa; 1924-26 osteopathic physician, Pawnee, Okla; 1926-1932 Dubuque; 1932- Waukon; 1938- Allamakee Co coroner; during World War in US army medical branch Mar 10, 1918 hospital service, overseas 14 months, stationed Camp De Meucon France, discharge July 15, 1919 Camp Sherman Ohio; past member American Legion; Presbyterian Church; Republican; hobby: gardening; office South High; residence Waukon.

Broderick, John James: Superintendent of Schools; born Harpers Ferry, Iowa Feb 11, 1901; son of Patrick Joseph Broderick & Mary Ann Heffron; educated McGregor HS 1920; Iowa State Teachers Coll, BA 1927; U of Iowa, working on MA; married Inez Ellen Lyons May 29, 1939 La Crosse Wis; son: James Patrick; 1920-22 baker Bickel's Bakery, McGregor; 1928-31 HS prin, 1938- supt of schs; pres Clayton Co. Schoolmasters Club, past VP; Iowa State Teachers Assoc, del from Clayton Co; National Educational Assoc; McGregor Service Club; St. Mary's Cath Ch; hobbies: hunting, golf, tennis & nature study; off High School; res McGregor. (Clayton co., pg 290)

Brogan, Michael J., Clergyman; born Offaly, Ireland June 12, 1893; son of John Brogan & Jane Cayne; education Parochial school, Philadelphia Penn; graduate Wilton College, Cork, Ireland; graduate St. Mary’s, Baltimore, Md, ordained Oct 31, 1920; Nov 1, 1920 gave 1st mass at Lead S. D; 1920-38 missionary worker, S D; 1938- pastor St. Mary’s Church, Dorchester, 1940- also pastor St. John the Baptist Church of West Ridge, Waukon, Mar 31, 1939 church partially burned, completely remodeled under his direction; Knights of Columbus, Waukon; hobbies: Writing, flowers; office & residence Dorchester.

Brush, Samuel Albert: Owner & Operator Grain Co.; born Postville, Iowa Mar 19, 1873; son of Arzy Brush & Jennie Cole; educated Chelsea HS 1890; U of Iowa 1892-93; married Catherine Wilkinson Aug 8, 1900 Chelsea; sons: Cecil W., Merle B., Burnell B. (deceased 1934); daughters: Marie (Mrs. H.B. Cobet) & Amber B. (Mrs. J.R. Vermazen); 1874 with parents came in covered wagon to Chelsea from Postville; winters 1888-90 & 1893-98 rural sch tchr, during summers farmer, Chelsea; 1898-1914 owner & opr farm near Chelsea; 1914- owner & opr S.A. Brush Grain Co., Chelsea; owner 2 farms near Chelsea; 1927-31 senator from Tama-Benton Co. dists; 1914-18 & 1932-36 mayor, town waterworks orgd while mayor 1st term; past mbr town & co. sch bds 29 yrs; 1918-32 mbr town council; 1914-20 tongueman vol. fire dept; 1936- pres & ogr Chelsea Savings Bank; during World War 4-min man, draft bd; Tama Co. Grain Assn; mbr Iowa Western Grain Assn since 1914; American Red Cross 1917-36 pres.; AF&AM 581 past master; Meth Ch, past mbr ofcl ch bd; hobbies: feeding livestock, watching things grow; off & res Chelsea. (Tama co., pg 1159-60)

Burling, William Hale, Attorney; born Postville, Iowa May 10,1885; son of Frederick S. Burling & Flora Ketchum; education Postville HS 1902; Upper Iowa University; University of Iowa Law School 1 year; married Edna Holter Nov 9, 1910 Postville (deceased 1937); sons: Carl Frederick & Robert Hale; daughter Bernice; took work under father in law office, Postville, admitted to Iowa St bar 1909; 1909-1920 practiced law with father, 1920-36 private practice of law, 1936- partner of Arthur J Palas, Postville, past member city council, Postville, also mayor; member library board; attorney for CRI&P RR; city attorney, Postville; trustee Upper Iowa University 9 years; during World War active in Liberty Bond sales; Iowa St & Allamakee Co Bar Associations; past chairman local American Red Cross 18 years; Commercial Club, committeeman; AF&AM 204; Presbyterian Church, elder; Democrat; office & residence Postville.

Burns, Michael M.: Retired; born Allamakee Co., Iowa, Sept 17, 1859; son of John Francis Burns & Anna Kelley; educated Mason City; by former marriage daughters: Mae Lenora (Mrs. Glen Baker & Sadie M. (Mrs Frank JOhnson); married Edith Walker Apr 27, 1892 at Sanborn; son: Warren W.; 1873-1937 worked for Milwaukee RR, passenger conductor I & D div; 1937- retired, Sanborn; past mbr sch bd; land owner & farm supvr; has traveld in U.S.; Milwaukee Veterans Assn; hobby: reading; res. Sanborn. (O'Brien co., pg 894)

Byrnes, John F., Farmer; born Waukon, Iowa Dec 8, 1881; son of Michael Byrnes & Anna Larkin; education Valders Normal School, Decorah; married Eleanor Link Apr 8, 1913 Waukon; sons Leo & James; daughters Edna, Betty & Loretta; 1912- farmer, Allamakee Co; director twp Farm Bureau 2 years; president twp school board 4 years; twp Elk 8 years; 7 years chairman twp AAA* committee; 3 years member county AAA committee; 6 years director Federal Farm Loan Assn; Knights of Columbus; residence Route 3, Waukon.
~*note: the abbreviation key for AAA gives Agricultural Adjustment Administration or American Automobile Association; it isn't known to which of these organizations Mr. Byrnes belonged although the former is the most likely.


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