IAGenWeb Project - Allamakee co. Biographies

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

These biographies are from the Allamakee county section pgs 42-50 and
were transcribed by Diana Henry Diedrich

DeBuhr, Edmond M., Clergyman; born New Holstein, Wis. June 26, 1892; son of Tonjes DeBuhr & Jennie Bosma; education Calumet Co. Wisc; Mission House Academy; Mission House College, BA 1917; Mission House Seminary 1920; University of Dubuque, Master Theology 1935, post graduate work; married Lydia A. Zenk Aug. 3, 1920 Cambellsport, Wis; son Calvin H; daughter Ethel M; 1920-22 pastor Zion Reform Church, Dale, Wisc.; 1922-28 First & Second Reform Church, Reeseville, Wisc.; 1928- Salem Reform Church, Waukon; past president board of visitors, Mission House College, Plymouth Wisc; member Iowa Synod; past president Minnesota Classis; Evangelical & Reform Church; Republican; hobbies: reading, gardening; residence Route 1, Waukon.

Dotseth, John, Mayor; born Decorah, Iowa Jan 10, 1891; son of Ole A. Dotseth & Hilda M Hamersborg; education Decorah; married Millie V. Nyland Dec. 31,1919 Minneapolis, Minn; sons: John A. & Robert E.; daughter Jean L; 1915-40 owner & operator bakery, Waukon; 1940- operated farm, Winneshiek Co; 1935- mayor; past member school board 8 years; during World War entered US army Sept 4, 1917 headquarters troop 68th division, Camp Dodge, overseas Aug. 16, 1918-June 1, 1919, discharged from Camp Dodge June 15, 1919; American Legion post 62, post commander.; post & chair member Kiwanis; Waukon Golf Club; BPOE 143, Decorah; Norwegian Lutheran Church; Republican; hobbies: baseball, sports; residence 608 Allamakee, Waukon.

Douglass, Ray R., Druggist; born Postville, Iowa Nov. 10,1894; son of Ruben N. Douglass & May Hamilton; education Postville HS; Iowa State College; University of Iowa, graduate in Pharmacy 1916; married Ruth Brooks Feb. 14, 1920 Corning; daughters: Betty Mae & Darlene Ruth; 1916-24 Associated with father in drug store, 1917- partner of brother, Postville; 1933-39 secretary to Fred Biermann, congressman, Washington DC; during World War entered July 25, 1918 medical corps Camp Gordon overseas 1 year, Jievres France in medical supply depot, discharged Sept 1919; American Legion, charter member & 1st adjutant, post commander; VFW; Pharmacy Association; Chamber of Commerce; IOOF; AF& AM 204; RAM; York Rite; Republican, Allamakee Co chairman 1928, 1930 member State central com. 1933 del to nat’l convention, Chicago; hobbies: study of spiders & writing; office & residence Postville.

Dravis, Paul F., Grocer; born Allamakee Co, Iowa Sept. 2, 1880; son of C. H. Dravis & Hermina Rumph; educated Allamakee Co.; Waukon HS 1900; married Lydia Elliker Jan. 1, 1907 Marengo; son Calvin C; daughter Gertrude R (Mrs Roy Hefte); 1904-05 clerk in grocery store, Waukon; 1905- owner & operator grocery store, Waukon, 1923- Rossville; 1928- wholesale grocery, Waukon; 1931- member school board, Waukon; Zion Reform Church, past deacon; Republican; Hobby: travel; office & residence Waukon.

Dunlevy, Mark Francis, Editor; born Lansing, Iowa May 26, 1888; son of John Joseph Dunlevy & Jeanette Elizabeth McGarrity; education Lansing HS; married Mary Ellen Bohrer Dec. 1, 1918 Chicago, Ill; married Margaret G. McKenna Aug 13, - Waterbury, Conn; son Thomas Mark; --- editor Allamakee Journal & Lansing Mirror, Lansing; in World War 13 mos; office & residence Lansing

Dunlevy, Michael Joseph, Editor; born Lansing, Iowa Apr. 1, 1898; son of John Joseph Dunlevy & Jeanette Elizabeth McGarrity; education Lansing HS 1915; University of Minn. 2 years; St. Thomas Colleget, St. Paul, Minn. 1 year; married Mary Ethel Casey Dec ----, 1927 Chicago, Ill; son James (deceased); daughters: Mary Joan, Colleen Annette & Katherine Rose; Knights of Colombus 1570, Waukon; Catholic Church; office & residence Lansing.

Dunlevy, Richard A., Postmaster & Publisher; born Lansing, Iowa May 3, 1882; son of John J. Dunlevy & Jeanette McGarrity; education Lansing HS 1898; married Agnes Curran June 20, 1912 Wexford (deceased Jan. 11, 1933); sons: John R. & Jerry; daughters: Kathleen (Mrs. Ken Zosel) & Jean Ann; 1898-1933 with Allamakee Journal, weekly newspaper, in all departments from printers devil to editor; Oct. 1933- Postmaster Lansing; Kiwanis; Woodmen; Yeomen; Knights of Columbus; Catholic Church; office & residence Lansing.

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