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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


Gaunitz, Harold W., Merchant; born Lansing, Iowa Mar. 2, 1891; son of Ferdinand F. Gaunitz & Anna C. Bartheld; educated Lansing HS 1908; married Ethel M. Thompson June 8, 1920 Lansing; 1909-12 employed by Oliver Iron Mining Co., Eveleth, Minn; 1912-1916 employee in RR construction work with H. E. Carleton & Co., Prince George, BC, Canada, later in Canadian Provincial police force at BC; 1916-18 with father & brother in Gaunitz Market, Lansing, 1919- partner of brother; member school board, Lansing, past president; during World War enlisted in US Army May 17, 1918 Camp Humphrey, Va, Sergeant July 17, 1918, August transferred to Officers Training School (OTS), Camp Taylor, Ky, Nov. 26, 1918 commanded field artillery; American Legion post 50, past 4th district command; Kiwanis; Boy Scouts of America (BSA), area committeeman; OES 177, worthy patron; AF&AM 144, past master; Presbyterian Church; Republican, county chairman Republican Service League; hobbies: hunting, golf; office Gaunitz Market; residence Lansing.

Gilbertson, Thomas S., Post Office Clerk; born Lansing, Iowa June 3, 1905; son of Henry H. Gilbertson & Mary Schafer; educated Lansing HS 1923; married Irma McGee Dec. 29, 1933 Decorah; 1923- clerk in post office; Kiwanis, president; past member Waukon Golf Club; AF&AM 144, post master; Federated Church; Republican; hobbies: fishing & golf; office & residence Lansing.

Gilchrist, W. T., Optician; born Wheeling, West Va. April 27, 1853; son of John Gilchrist & Elizabeth Singleton; educated Wheeling, W. Va.; Union City; Lansing HS; University of Iowa 1882; Rush Medical College, Chicago, Ill, MD 1884; married Alice I. Nesmith April 6, 1875 Lansing; son Dr. J. M.; daughter Ethel; 1884-1916 operated drug store & practiced medicine, Waukon; 1916- Optician & Optometrist Waukon; past director Waukon schools; past member city council; member volunteer medical service corps. US Army; past member Waukon Golf Club; AF&AM 154, 50 years member, treasurer; Methodist Church, past trustee; Republican; hobbies; golf, fishing; office & residence Waukon.

Glynn, Samuel, Railroad Station Agent; born Clayton, Iowa July 15, 1884; son of Alfred V. Glynn & Lena Lape; educated Lansing HS 1903; married Betsy Kolsrud Feb. 26, 1916 Waterville; son Raymond E.; daughter Caila V.; 1903-05 operator in RR station, Lansing; 1905-13 relief man at various stations; 1913-14 employee in brother’s cement block plant, Lansing; 1914- station agent for CMSTP&P RR, Waterville; past mayor 10 years; past member & president Waterville consolidated school board; Brotherhood of RR Telegraphers; PTA; Lutheran Church, past trustee; Republican; hobbies; baseball, basketball; office Milwaukee Station; residence Waterville.

Gordon, W. Howard, Secretary & Business Manager Creamery; born Brewster, Minn. May 28, 1909; son of Willis S. Gordon & Anna A Frienz; educated Brewster, Minn HS 1928; Iowa State College, short course; married Lorna L. Sherman June 20, 1939 Waukon; 1933-1940 Dairy Herd Improvement Assn. supervisor, Waukon; 1940- Secretary & business manager Farmers Waukon’s Co-op Creamery, Waukon; Allamakee Co Farm Bureau; Member Cow Testing Association; past active Allamakee Co. 4-H Club work; Zion Reform Church; Republican; hobbies: fishing, hunting; office Co-Operative Creamery; residence 502 Allamakee, Waukon.

Graeber, Boyd Horace, Superintendent of Schools; born Sheldahl, Iowa Jan. 14, 1901; son of Phillip L. Graeber & Harriett Allemann; educated Mayfield rural school; Sheldahl HS 1921; Iowa State Teachers College (ISTC), BSc 1927; University of Iowa, MA 1932; Kappa Delta Phi; Alpha Delta Alpha; married Mary N. Hasking June 16, 1936 St. Paul, Minn; daughters: Susan M. & Gail D; 1923-24 teacher, Meriden, 1924-25 coach & principal; 1925-27 coach & principal, Grand Meadow consolidated school; 1927-31 Superintendent of Schools, Grand Meadow Consolidated School; 1931-38 Superintendent of Schools, Guttenberg; 1938- Superintendent of Schools, Postville; Allamakee Co. Schoolmasters Club, president; Iowa State Teachers Assoc. (ISTA); National Education Assoc. (NEA); Commercial Club; with others organizing Postville Golf Club; AF&AM, Presbyterian Church; Independent; hobby: reading biographies & history; office School; residence Postville.

Grangaard, Alexander, Merchant, born Waukon, Iowa Dec. 24, 1892; son of Arne Grangaard & Carrie Sandel; educated Waukon; Valders College, Decorah; Southern Minn. College, Austin, Minn; married Mable H. Johnson June 4, 1918 Waukon; son Walter H; daughters: Arleen, Bernice M. & Adeline M.; 1928-31 Manager Equity General Store; 1931-33 Distributing agent, Bankers Life Insurance Co., Des Moines; 1933- Owner & Operator grocery store, Waterville; past member school board 18 years; member volunteer fire department, Waterville; city councilman, Waterville; Lutheran Church; Independent; hobbies: fishing & hunting; office & residence Waterville.

Gray, Wayland R.: Druggist; born Postville, Iowa Oct 6, 1885; son of Joseph H. Gray & Jennie E. Craig; educated Cedar Falls HS; U of Iowa, PhD 1907; married Bertha Gaide Jan 26, 1926 Waterloo; daughter: Helen E. (Mrs. F.D. Harold); 1912 ptr in Severin & Gray drug store, Cedar Falls; 1916- owner drug store, Dike; mbr city council 12 years; Iowa St. Pharm Assn; BPOE; AF&AM, ch & past master; hobby: travel; Democrat; res Dike. (Grundy co., pg 492)

Green, Heine Otto: Physician & Surgeon; born Postville, Iowa June 10, 1870; son of Dr. John S. Green & Mary A. Cameron; educated Postville HS 1887; Western Coll, BSc 1891; Coll of Phys & Surgs, St. Louis Mo., MD 1895; married Judith B. Bernheim Jan 1918 Helena, Mont; son: Joseph E.; 1895- prac med, Spencer; Clay Co & Iowa St Med Socs; American Medical Assoc.; AF&AM; off & res Spencer. (Clay co., pg 283)

Grimwood, Edmund Albert: Retired; born Rossville, Iowa Dec 8, 1863; son of Isaac Grimwood & Eliza Moore; educated Allamakee Co; Independence HS; 1883-84 emp by Kemerer, Lamb & Co., Independence; 1884 clk Empire House Hotel, Independence; 1884-87 clk Havey's Drug Store, Independence; 1887-96 ptr of G.R. Moore in drug store, Oxford Junction; 1896-1920 owner Grimwood Drug Store, Oxford Junction; 1920- ret; 1921-27 mbr Iowa St. House of Rep from Jones Co; KP, grand chancellor 1922-23; Order Eastern Star; AF&AM 435, past master; Republican; hobby: vocal; off & res Oxford Junction. (Jones co., pg 672)

Griebel, John K., Publisher; born Decorah, Iowa Feb. 4, 1886; son of M. Griebel & Rachel Helgeson; educated Decorah public schools; married Alice Daniels July 13, 1916 Decorah; daughters: Shirley, Genevieve, Kathleen & Joan; 1899-1904 employee in job department of Decorah Pasten; 1904-06 with father operator job plant, Decorah; 1906-08 printer, Denver, Colo; 1908 homesteaded in Slope Co., N.D., 1908-13 during winters printer on weekly paper Bowman Co. Pioneer, N.D, during summers on homestead; 1913 took course on linotype operating, Chicago, Ill; 1913-14 employee on Fayette Co. Union, 1914-19 Decorah Journal; 1919-21 employee in various firms, Minneapolis, Minn; 1921-26 editor & publisher paper, Elkader; 1926-28 owner third interest in J.F. Widman & Sons plant, McGregor; 1928- owner, editor & publisher Waukon Democrat; past member school board, Elkader; Iowa Press Assoc. (IPA), member since 1921; National Editor Assn; Iowa State Historical Society; past member Kiwanis; Geographical Society; past member IOOF; AF&AM, Blue Lodge; First Presbyterian Church; hobby: Woodwork; office Waukon Democrat; residence 208 W Main, Waukon.

Grimm, Lois A., County Superintendent of Schools; born Waukon, Iowa Aug. 30, 1907; daughter of Bert C. Grimm & Lela Cummens; educated Waukon HS; Jr. College, Waukon; University of Iowa, BA 1929, graduate work in education & sociology; Phi Sigma Lota; 1929-39 English & social science teacher, Waukon HS; 1939- Allamakee Co. superintendent of schools, Waukon; Iowa State Teachers Assoc. (ISTA); National Education Assoc. (NEA); Iowa Society for Crippled Children, secretary-treasurer Allamakee Co. Unit; Searchlight Club of Waukon; Presbyterian Church; Republican; Hobbies: travel, flowers; office & residence Waukon.

Grossheim, A. H., Clergyman; born Cincinnati, Ohio Nov. 6, 1905; son of Carl Grossheim & Rose Lepple; educated Cincinnati Ohio HS; Hughes Night School of Cincinnati; University of Dubuque, BA 1929; Presbyterian Theological Seminary, BD 1932; graduate work University of Iowa; married Helen C. Gerndt June 28, 1933 Monticello; 1932 pastor First Presbyterian Church, Malcom; 1936 Williamsburg, 1939- Waukon; Tri-Co Ministerial Association; OES, past patron; Kiwanis; AF&AM; hobby: woodworking; residence 515 W. Main, Waukon.


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