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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

Cavanaugh, Michael A.: Superintendent of Schools; born Harpers Ferry, Iowa Mar 17, 1913; son of Thomas C. Cavanaugh & Elizabeth Guthneck; educated Harpers Ferry HS 1930; Columbia Coll, BA 1934, magna cum laude; summer work on MA U of Mich, Harvard & Drake Univs; Phi Alpha Rho; married Yvonne Menelaus June 14, 1939 Creston; son: Gary; 1934-37 athletic dir, Blockton HS; 1938- supt of schs, Blockton; listed in Astronomers & Mathematicians Who's Who; Taylor Co. Schoolmasters Club, pres 1940; Iowa State Teachers Assoc., Nat'l Teachers Assoc.; Catholic Ch; hobbies: baseball, politics, travel; off & res Blockton. (Taylor co., pgs 1175-76)

Chesire, Mrs. Martha: Homemaker; born Lansing, Iowa; daughter of N.A. Nelson & Anna Jacobson; educated Lansing HS; State Tchrs Coll, Winona Minn; married Dr. Matthew Chesire Oct 22, 1907 Chicago, IL (deceased); sons: Matthew, Robert & John (deceased); daughter: Louise; 1901-07 sch tchr, Marshalltown; 1907- homemaker, Marshalltown; trustee lib bd; ch mbr Evangelical Womans Assoc., Lansing; State Hist Soc; State Hist Soc of VA; mbr 1st community theater bd, Marshalltown; ch mbr Binford House bd; City Federation Womens Club; Iowa Federation of Womens Clubs, past dist. committeewoman; active in American Red Cross & Comm Chest work; past pres Twentieth Century Club; Entre Nous, past pres; past pres Arnold Mother's Club; past pres Visiting Nurse Assn; hobbies: reading, sewing; res 711 West Main, Marshalltown. (Marshall co., pg 815)

Cole, Harry Dean, Dentist; born McGregor, Iowa Nov 13, 1888; son of Dr. William Cole & Kathryn Lee; educated Postville HS 1908; University of Iowa, DDS 1911; Psi Omega; married Rose A. Shaffer June 30, 1915 in Cascade; sons: Harry Shaffer & William; daughters Jane Rose & Margaret Mary; 1911- dentist, Postville; past member school board, Postville; member town council since 1932; Allamakee Co & Iowa St Dental Societies; American Dental Assoc.; Commercial Club, past secretary; member Boy Scouts of America committee, Postville many years; life member Nat’l Rifle Assn, expert rifleman; Knights of Columbus; St. Bridget’s Catholic Church, Independent; hobbies: rifle & pistol shooting; office & residence Postville.

Connor, Miles L., Automobile Dealer; born Warren, Wisc. Feb. 25, 1911; son of James Connor & Ella Griffin; education Warren, Wisc.; Tomah Wisc HS; Wausau Business College, Wausau, Wisc; married Virginia Peyton Aug. 13, 1932 Necedah, Wisc; sons: Robert E. & James P.; daughter Carol Ann; 1932-33 bookkeeper Ford garage operated by Pattunde Brothers, Necedah Wisc, 1933-34 salesman; 1934-36 partner of 3 other men in garage business Pattunde Motor Co Inc., Tomah Wis; 1936-38 partner with Norbert A’Hearn in garage business, Waukon; 1938- owner & operator Connor Auto Sales, Ford dealer, Waukon; BPOE (Elks); Knights of Columbus, lecturer; St. Patrick’s Catholic Church; Democrat; chairman Allamakee Co Young Democrats, alternate for delegate to Nat’l convention, Chicago, Ill 1940; hobbies: travel, dancing; parents born & reared in Allamakee Co, went to Wisc 1890; office Connor Auto Sales; residence Waukon.

Coon, Robert Earl: Attorney; born Waukon, Iowa Mar 29, 1915; son of Frank Watson Coon & Nettie M. Pearson; educated McGregor HS 1932; U of Iowa, BA 1935; Harvard Law Sch, LLB 1938; Wilson Law Club; married Gladys M. Noble Sept 14, 1940 McGregor; 1938- prac law, McGregor; Clayton Co, Iowa St & Amer Bar Assns; AF&AM 135, secy; Methodist Ch; hobby: music; off & res McGregor. (Clayton co., pg 291)

Coppersmith, Floyd C.: Dentist; born Dorchester, Iowa Sept 3, 1896; son of George Coppersmith & Mary Kumpf; educated West Des Moines HS 1916; U of Iowa, DDS 1919; Delta Sigma Delta; married Laura Henick Aug 11, 1921 Oneida; 1919- dentist, Des Moines; Des Moines Dist & Iowa St Dental Socs; American Dental Assoc.; Des Moines Dental Research Club; Lions; Des Moines Golf & Country Club; AF&AM; Scot Rite 32; Grace Meth Ch; hobbies: golf, fishing, hunting; off 906 Equitable Bldg; res 922 39th Des Moines. (Polk co., pg 793)

Cota, Paul Dennis, Owner & Manager Theaters; born Harpers Ferry, Iowa Aug. 25, 1888; son of Theodore Cota & Emma Frenette; education Harpers Ferry; married Ruth May Eaton Sept. 18, 1912 Waukon; sons Paul Dennis Jr. & Mayhew Eaton; prior to 1904 farmer with father, Harpers Ferry; 1904-06 clerk T. W. Melaven General Store, Harpers Ferry; 1906-10 with clerk in grocery department of G. Kerndt & Brothers General Store, Lansing, 1908-10 clerk in dry goods department; 1910- owner & operator Cota Theater, Waukon, 1913 built new theater building; 1937- owner & operator Town Theater, Waukon; during World War entered US army Sept. 18,1917 88th Division, command 2nd It Co I 350th Infantry, discharge Dec 1918; American Legion post 62; member Allied Theater Owners of America; Republican; hobbies: fishing, hunting; office Theater; residence Waukon.

Cota, Mrs Ruth May, Homemaker; born Waukon, Iowa; daughter of Mayhew W. Eaton & Ella M. Minert; educated Waukon HS 1909; University of Iowa; business course St. Paul Minn; studied voice under Mary M. Brackett, Minneapolis, Minn; married Paul Dennis Cota Sept. 18, 1912 Waukon; sons: Paul Dennis Jr & Mayhew Eaton; prior to 1913 stenographer for Standard Telephone Co., Waukon; 1912- homemaker, Waukon; 1919- with husband in charge of theaters, Waukon; American Legion auxiliary, church member, president; Methodist Church, choir member many years; Republican; hobbies: music, voice, in quartet that won 2nd place in Cleveland, Ohio 1936 & in trio that won 3rd place in Chicago, Ill 1939; residence Waukon.

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