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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


McCabe, John B.; Farmer; b. Waukon, Ia. Mar. 16,1873; son of Hugh McCabe & Lydia Alice Gates; education Jefferson twp; Waukon Business College; married Cora Mable Teeple Sept. 3, 1912 Waukon; son: Robert John (dec); daughters: Alice M. (Mrs Louis Williams), Helen G. & Mable; 1899- farmer, Allamakee Co; past director, twp school; member Allamakee Co. Fair Board since 1920; charter member Allamakee Co Farm Bureau, member township committe Past director Jefferson twp; KC, Catholic Order of Foresters (COF) since 1893, charter member; St. Patrick’s Catholic church: Democrat Past county delegate; hobbies: reading, horses, purebred cattle, horseback riding, residence Route 3, Waukon.

McKinney, Herbert A.; Railroad Station Agent; b. Elliota, Mn. May 21, 1879; son of P. McKinney & Almeda Allen; education Canton, Mn; married Cora Ellinghouse May 1, 1915 Iowa City; son: Harlan O.; 1900-05 station agent & operator CMStP & P Rail Road Harmony, Mn, 1905-20 Spring Grove, Mn, McGregor, Bellevue, 1920- station agent & operator, Lansing; member Lansing city council 8 years; Order of Railway Telegraphers (ORT); CMSTP&P RR Veterans Assn of Chicago & Milwaukee Service Club; Waukon Golf Club; AF&AM #144; Evangelical Church; Republican; hobby golf; office & residence Lansing.

Marston, Euclid C.; Secretary Co-operative Livestock Assn; born on farm Postville, Ia. Sept. 20, 1891; son of Arthur Fisher Marston & Jennie Carithers; education rural schools; Postville HS 1909; Cornell College, BSc 1914; Iowa State College, summer sch; 1914; U of Iowa 1915-16; married Marie Donner Aug. 27, 1918, Yale (deceased 1932); sons: Joseph A., Dwight & J. Craig; daughters: Jean E. & V. Virginia; married Amy K. Meier Nov. 27, 1936 at Waterloo; 1914-15 HS teacher, Guthrie Co; 1916-34 operated old homestead for parents; 1934- with Postville Farmers Co-op Livestock Assn, 1930- secy. This co-op was 1st farmers Co-op Livestock assn. in US; 1932 unsuccessful candidate for state senate Rep ticket; past pres Minert school board 12 years; 1937 pres board of education, Postville Pub. Schools; charter member Farm Bureau & one of 1st local officers; an organizer & 1st secy Big 4 Cow Testing Assn; Commercial Club; one of organizers & president Big-4-Fair Assn; AF&AM; RAM; Presby church; Republican; local committeeman & delegate to last state convention; hobbies; schooling education; office & residence Postville.

Marti, Williard G.; Secretary Creamery Co; born Church, Ia. June 28, 1904; son of Henry Marti & Emma Roth; educated Allamakee Co.; Mankato, Mn. Comml. College 1926; married Esther M. Decker June 5, 1930 in Lansing; daughters: Carol L. & Janet Ann; prior to 1924 on farm with parents; 1927-33 secy Calhoun Co-op Creamery Co, Church; 1933-35 owner & operator farm, Allamakee Co; 1935- secy Calhoun Co-op Creamery Co, Church; secy board of indep school district, Church; Iowa; Creamery Operators Assn; Allamakee Co. Farm Bureau, past member; IOOF, Waukon; Congregational church, trustee; Republican; hobby: farming; office Co-op Creamery; residence Church.

Martin, J. Willard; Furniture Dealer & Mortician; b. Waukon, Iowa April 18, 1891; son of Henry Martin & Barbara Sandry; education Waukon HS; Hohenschuh Carpenter School of Embalming, Des Moines; m. Clara M. Opfer Oct 17, 1916 Waukon; son: Roger M.; daughters: Virginia R. & Barbara M.; 1913 - furniture dealer and mortician, Waukon; past president Waukon Golf Club; Zion Reform Church; Republican; hobbies: golf, horseshoes; office & residence Waukon.

Martin, Michael Joseph: College President; born Dorchester, Iowa July 7, 1896; son of James Francis Martin & Elizabeth Gallagher; educated Loras HS & Waukon HS; Loras Coll, BA 1926; St. Mary's U, Baltimore Md, MA 1927; St. Paul's Seminary, St. Paul Minn 1927-29; ordained June 14, 1930, Dubuque; Delta Epsilon Sigma, 1939 mbr founders com; 1930-32 asst pastor Cathedral Cath Ch, Dubuque; 1932-36 instr Loras Acad, Dubuque, 1936-39 prin, 1939- pres Loras Coll; during World War enl in USN July 3, 1918, stationed at Great Lakes & Hampton Roads Va, attended jr Officer Training School, disch Dec 27, 1918; Amer Legion post 1, 1936-37 chaplain; Natl Cath Edn Assn, 1937-39 mbr exec com of secondary schs; Lions; KC 1570, Waukon; hobbies: publicity work, tennis; off Loras College; res Keane Hall, Dubuque. (Dubuque co., pg 411)

Martin, Otto P.; Furniture Dealer & Mortician; b. Waukon, Iowa July 21, 1878; son of Henry Martin & Sophia Bieber; educated Waukon grade school; Ells Business College, Waukon; Barnes School of Embalming, Chicago 1899; m. Mary H. Hansmeir Jan 20, 1904 in Waukon; sons: Ralph H., Howard F. & James C.; daughter: Marjorie (Mrs. Oliver Kirkeby); 1898-1914 furniture dealer, Waukon; 1914- furniture dealer & mortician; past member Waukon Vol. Fire Dept., retired after 20 years of service; Iowa State Funeral Directors & Embalmers Assn.; past National Furneral Directors Assn.; AF&AM; Zion Reform Church; hobby: fishing; office & residence Waukon.

Megorden, Chris H.: Bank Cashier; born Waterville, Iowa Mar 22, 1887; son of H.C. Megorden & Randi Burtness; educated Waterville; Waukon Business Coll; Waldorf Coll, Forest City; 1 year pharm, Des Moines; married Gretchen Grimm June 5, 1912 Waukon; son: Dr. William Halvar; 1908-12 clk in Grimm Drug Store, Waukon; 1912-20 reg pharm Grim's Drug Store, Waukon; 1920-22 bkkpr Waukon State Bank, 1922-32 asst cashier, 1932- cashier; treas sch bd, Waukon many years; city treas many years; Iowa Bankers Assn, secy group 4; VP Allamakee Co. Bankers Assn; Kiwanis, pres; past mbr Golf Club; Allamakee Co Farm Bureau; Lutheran Ch, past bd mbr, past supt of CH; Republican; hobbies: fishing, woodwork; off Waukon State Bank; res 302 W. Main, Waukon.

Meier, Delbert William: Attorney; born Allamakee Co, Iowa May 6, 1880; son of John Henry Meier & Louisa Marie Splies; educated Ossian HS; U of Chicago, Ill, BA 1906, JD 1906; Upper Iowa U 1903; married Grace Estelle Burgess Dec 18, 1903 Chicago, Ill; daughters: Esther Grace (Mrs. George M. Reid) & Martha Lois (Mrs. Walter F. Renk); 1906-08 prac law, Tulsa Okla, 1908- Monona; past dir & past pres Monona Indep Sch dist; past mayor; past mbr city council; pres Union State Bank; Clayton Co Bar Assn; Comml Club; hobbies: golf & farming; off & res Monona. (Clayton co., pg 297)

Meierkord, Fred H.: Secretary School Board; born Waukon, Iowa Oct 19, 1885; son of Fred C. Meierkord & Wihemena Helming; educated Allamakee Co; Peck's Business Coll, Waukon; Valparaiso U, Valparaiso, Ind 1905; married Lydia A. Dieber June 1, 1910 Waukon (deceased); son: Dr. John F.; 1908-11 clk Anderson & Stratte Shoe Store, Waukon; 1911-17 ptr in Meierkord & Bieber, clothing co., Waukon; 1917-32 salesman for J.H. Hager Auto & Impl Co, Waukon; 1932-39 salesman for O.J. Mae Auto Co, Waukon; 1939- supt schs, Waukon; 1929- secy sch bd, Waukon; past mbr city council; AF&AM; Evang Reform Ch, trustee; Republican; hobbies: hunting, fishing; off & res Waukon.

Mendenhall, John C.: Owner & Operator Lumber Co; born Dixon Co., Neb Jan 20, 1904; son of Ivan J. Mendenhall & Lena Millee; educated Dixon Co Neb; Ponca Neb HS; Natl Business & Comml Coll, Sioux City 1923; married Margareta Leyh June 29, 1940 at Sumner; 1923-25 emp by Bauer-Henry Lbr Co, Ponca Neb, 1925-27 asst mgr; 1927- owner & opr lbr co, New Albin; 1934- owner & opr cement products plant, New Albin; 1936- owner lbr yard, Eitzen Minn; mbr New Albin city council since 1930; Iowa Retail Lumbermens Assn; New Albin Road Club, pres; AF&AM 101, Ponca Neb; Methodist Ch, secy-treas & supt of SS; Republican; hobby: travel; off Lumber Yard; res New Albin.

Moe, Olvin J.: Automobile Dealer; born Waterville, Iowa May 25, 1891; son of Hans O. Moe & Sophie Larson; educated Allamakee Co; Winona Minn Business Coll, 1914; married Grace A. Sweet June 8, 1933 Belle Plaine, Kas; son: Calvin; daughter: Janice; 1914-16 farmer, Allamakee Co, 1916 N.D.; 1917-32 owner garage, Waterville, 1932- auto dealer; 1917-25 owner & opr Waterville Light Plant; councilman, Waterville; Iowa St Auto Dealers Assn; Kiwanis, past mbr; Waukon Golf Club; AF&AM; Presbyterian Ch; Republican; hobbies: fishing & hunting; off & res Waukon.

Morgan, Charles Morton: Veterinarian; born Knoxville, IL Feb 17, 1877; son of Daniel Webster Morgan & Kathryn Lorry; educated Shelby Co.; Flint Mich HS 1897; Iowa St Coll, DVM 1902; Beta Theta Pi; married Ethyl Cessna June 11, 1911 Ames; daughters: Cathryn Cessna (Mrs. W.D. Griffen) & Margaret Lillian; 1902-07 veterinarian, Humboldt; 1907-10 emp by govt as veterinarian, Philippine Islands; 1910-15 veterinarian, Manchester; 1925 engaged in state Tuberculosis work in Iowa, mbr State Med Staff of Iowa; 1932- veterinarian, Postville; Farm Bureau; East Iowa Veterinary Med Assn; Comml Clu, past pres; AF&AM; RAM; KP; Methodist Ch, Ames, past trustee; Republican, state & county delegate; hobbies: hunting, fishing & horseback riding; off & res Postville.

Moroney, Teresa V.: Postmaster; born Waukon, Iowa May 29, 1883; daughter of Thomas Moroney & Elizabeth Fenelon; educated Allamakee Co; St. Patrick HS, Waukon; Iowa St Teachers Coll; Highland Park Coll; Drake U; U of Minn; 1902 rural sch tchr, Allamakee Co; 1913 grade sch tchr, Thompson, 1914-21 Decorah; 1921-25 steno, Waukon; 1925-34 abstract dir, Waukon; 1934- PM, Waukon; mbr Waukon Recreation Center; past J P 1 yr; St Anne's Study Club; past VP Wan Tan Ye Business Service Club; Waukon Golf Club; Women's Catholic Order of Foresters, 1922- chief ranger; St Patrick's Cath Ch, communicant; Democrat, 1918-34 chmn Democratic Central Com of Allamakee Co; hobbies: cards, golf; father had 1st team of horses in French Creek twp, Allamakee Co; parents born in Ireland came to US as young people; off Post Office; res 305 W Main, Waukon.

Moses, Jacob R.: County Supervisor; born Allamakee Co, Iowa Dec 12, 1885; son of Simon Moses & Katherine Ambrose; ed rural schs; married Cora E. Kishman May 8, 1919 Waukon; son: Jason J.; daughter: Lorraine K.; 1906-09 farmer, Clayton Co; 1909-26 farmer, Allamakee Co.; 1926-29 res Monona; 1929-31 dist inspector bridges & culverts, Iowa St Highway Commission; 1931-36 whol fuel jobber, Monona; 1936- Clayton Co supvr; past treas 9 years, Linton twp, Allamakee Co indep sch; 1933- dir Monona Sch dist, 1938- pres; chmn old age assistance bd, Clayton Co; Iowa St & NE Dist Assns of Co Supvrs; Comml Club, mbr agrl com; IOOF 156, past noble grand; OES 256; AF&AM 70, past master; hobby: roads; off & res Monona. (Clayton co., pg 297)

Mullaney, Thomas William: Farmer; born Waukon, Iowa Mar 26, 1883; son of Timothy Mullaney & Rose Conway; educated Jefferson twp; Waukon Business Coll; married Mary A. Lydon Nov 27, 1923 Postville; son: Thomas W. Jr; daughters: Mary P, Loretta, Ellen; 1916- farmer, Allamakee Co; past Jefferson twp clk; past dir Fair Bd, Allamakee Co.; VP Waukon Co-op Creamery; Allamakee Co Farm Bureau, past dir & charter mbr; past mbr Woodman; KC; St. Patrick' Catholic Ch; hobbies: livestock, politics & reading; res Route 3, Waukon.

Murray, John B.: Dentist; born New Albin, Iowa July 19, 1886; son of John B. Murray & Katherin Lynch; educated New Albin; HS, Dubuque; St. Joseph's Coll, Dubuque; Northwestern U, Chicago, IL, DDS 1903; Delta Sigma Delta; married Grace Elizabeth Van Danacker Nov 28, 1906 Bellevue; son: John B. Jr; daughters: Ruth (Mrs. Berkley Seivers), Grace Evangeline & June; 1903 dentist, Griswold, 1905- Dubuque; Dubuque Dental Soc, past pres; BPOE 297; Catholic Ch; hobbies: fishing, hunting, travel, swimming; off 307 Bank & Insurance Bldg; res 175 Alpine, Dubuque. (Dubuque co., pg 412)

Myers, Judson William: Physician; born Aurelia, Iowa June 23, 1889; son of William Henry Myers & Anna Richards; educated Sheldon HS 1907; U of Iowa, BA 1912, MD 1915; married Thresia Bowden Jan 1917 Iowa City; son: Robert Louis; daughters: Patricia Ann & Gretchen Mildred; 1915-34 prac med, Sheldon, 1934- Postville; mbr Postville Hosp staff; during World War enl Aug 1918 med corp, commd 1st Lt Fort Riley base hosp, Camp Custer in Mich, disch Dec 1918; Amer Legion, past adjt 4 years; Amer Med Assn; Iowa St & Allamakee Co Med Soc; O'Brien Co Med Soc, past secy; N W Med Soc, past secy; KP Comml Club, committeeman; past mbr Sheldon Comml Club; Methodist Ch; hobbies: fishing, baseball, contract bridge; off & res Postville.

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