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

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

Larson, Ludwig; Owner Dry Cleaning Shop; b. Allamakee Co., Iowa Jan. 6, 1892; son of Lars J. Larson & Anna Usgaard; education: Jefferson twp. grade school; Waukon Business College, Commercial Normal College, Thief River Falls, Mn. Married Alga G. Stadsbold June 15, 1921 Waukon; daughter, Joyce Marilyn; 1911-12 emp. in Lee Brothers Dept. Store; 1912 part owner Model Restaurant; 1915 part owner cleaning establishment, Waukon; 1916-18 part owner cleaning shop, Thief River Falls, Mn. 1919- owner & operator cleaning business, Waukon; 1931-35 mayor, Waukon; during World War enlisted in US Army Feb. 24, 1910, private Co. D 139th Inf, 35th Civ. C/S Apr. 25, 1918, disch May 7,1919, Camp Grant, Ill; American Legion post 62, Kiwanis, Waukon Gun Club; St. John’s Lutheran Church; Republican; hobbies: fishing & hunting; Office & residence Waukon.

Leas, Harold Leslie: Machinist & Industrialist, Owner Manufacturing Co; born Rossville, Allamakee Co., Iowa Apr 3, 1895; son of Albertus Leas & Virginia Dunn; educated Rossville, Allamakee Co; married Zeida Deal Nov 18, 1932 Chicago, Ill; daughters: Phyllis Marlene & Karn Lorraine; 1910-22 ptr with brother James Roy Leas in threshing outfit & sawmill, near Rossville; 1922-28 ptr of brother in machine shop, Monona; 1928- owner highway construction business, also mfr stakers & miscellaneous heating equipment, Monona; during World War enl Sept 18, 1917 Waukon, sent ot Camp Dodge, Nov 25 went to Camp Pike with the 312th engrs, Feb 22, 1918 tsfrd to Camp Merrit N.J., overseas Mar 5, 1918 sailed on steamship Manchuria landed in France Mar 20, then to Abbeville & attached to British 5th army, inf unassigned, after action on the front during German Spring offensive in battle of Picardy released from British army, Apr 16 went to Angers for recuperation, tsfrd to Co E 116th engrs US army 41st div, July 19 promoted to rank of corporal, Dec 25, 1918 rec orders to return to US, sailed Jan 10, 1919 from St. Naqaire on steamship Mercury to Hoboken N.J. Jan 21, 1919, then to Camp Merrit, disch Feb 7, 1919 Camp Grant; Amer Legion post 519; Commercial club; AF&AM, Waukon; Scot Rite, Clinton; Presbyterian Ch; hobby: his children; off H. Leslie Leas Co; res Monona. (Clayton co, pg 296)

Leschensky, William A.; Owner Bottling Works; b. Marion, Wisc. Jan. 17, 1900; son of August Leschensky & Minnie S. Zushe; education Marion HS 1917; married Hazel Helms Oct. 6, 1925 Marion, Wisc; son: William D; 1924-26 grocer, Waukon; 1926- owner & operator bottling works, Waukon; 1934 Allamakee Co. Deputy Sheriff; past member Kiwanis; AF&AM #154; German Reform Church, Waukon, Republican; hobbies, Hunting & fishing; Office & residence Waukon.

Leui, Mrs. Jennie; Homemaker; b. Postville, Ia; daughter of James Orr & Margaret Ellison; education, Postville HS; married William Leui Oct. 1885 Postville; daughters: Harriott Suzanne (Mrs. Louis Hill), Helen Margaret (Mrs. Arbe Behrens); 1883-85 school teacher, Postville,; contributor of poetry to Spring Anthology, World’s Fair Anthology, Who’s Who among Prairie Poets, Nat’l Order of the bookfellows, Flame on the Hills Anthology, Silk of the Corn Anthology; Nat’l League of American Penman; Iowa State Poet’s Assn; Womens Federation Assn; member Historical Committee 2 years; Congregational church; Presbyterian church; Republican; hobbies: writing & reading, study of outdoor life, flowers & birds; residence; Postville.

Link, Ambrose F.; Rural Mail Carrier, b. Dubuque Co., Ia. Feb. 25, 1899; son of Charles Link & Louisa Stellmunkes; educated Allamakee Co; married Marlis O. Dahlen June 15, 1925 Waukon; daughter: Dolores Anne; 1920- rural mail carrier, out of Waukon; member vol fire dept; Rural Letter Carriers Assn; Waukon Golf Club; St. Patrick’s church; hobbies; bridge, golf & coins; residence 106 E Orange, Waukon.

Ludeking, Simeon W.; Bank President; born Allamakee Co., Ia. July 24, 1872; son of Henry Ludeking & Charlotte Fiet; education Winneshiek Co; Decorah Institute; Drake University BSc 1896; married Martha E. Siekmeier Sept. 1,1904 Waukon; reared May Lou Carpenter (Mrs. Willard Kesau), 1897-1902 asst. cashier Waukon State Bank, 1902-19 cashier; 1919- pres; past treas. Waukon indep school board 2 years; American, Iowa & Allamakee Co Bankers Assns; Presbyterian Church, treas 15 years; Republican, past delegate to 4th district; hobbies; driving car & gardening; office & residence Waukon.

Luehr, Frederick Oscar: Dentist; born Dorchester, Iowa Oct 6, 1896; son of Frederick John Luehr & Amelia Bublitz; educated Postville HS 1918; U of Iowa, DDS 1923; Phi Kappa Sigma; married Elva Loretta Webber Jan 11, 1928 in Cresco; daughter Martha Elva; 1923- dentist, Cresco; 1940-42 mbr city council; during World War enl Co 4 Coast Arty Pensicola Fla, disch Jan 1919; American Legion post 135, 1940 commander; American Dental Assoc; Iowa St & Dubuque Dist Dental Socs; Northeastern Iowa Dental Study Club; Chamber of Commerce, secy 1926-27; Kiwanis, past pres; Howard Co Conservation Assn; Order Eastern Star; IOOF, past noble grand; AF&AM 150, past master; hobbies: gardening, conservation, fishing, hunting & farming; off 230 N Elm; res 121 4th Ave E, Cresco. (Howard co., pg 569)


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