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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

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

Palmer, John H.; County Auditor; born Volney, Iowa Dec. 22, 1880; son of William Henry Palmer & Emma E. Smith; educated rural school near Volney; Waukon Business College; Upper Iowa U short time; married Della May Stall Jan. 8,1903 Franklin twp, Allamakee Co; son: Wilson G.; daughters: Felicia G. (Mrs L.E. Dresser), Elinore E. & Theresa M.; 1901-15 rural school teacher, Franklin & Jefferson twps., Allamakee Co; 1916-17 farmer with father, Allamakee Co., 1916-17 after father’s death farmed home place; 1917-22 cashier Rossville Bank; 1922-25 worked on farm & in banking business, Waukon; 1906 & 1908 candidate for Allamakee Co. auditor; 1925-28 & 1932- Allamakee Co. auditor, was auditor when new court house was built, member building program committee; on program of building County Home completed 1937 cost $80,000; 1928-32 employed in various jobs, collecting demitted taxes, etc; past twp clerk 10 years, Franklin twp; past secy twp school board 10 years; member Iowa County Officers Assn.; member Allamakee Co. Farm Bureau; Modern Woodmen of America (MWA); IOOF; OES; AF&AM #154; Scot Rite 32nd degree, Clinton; UB Church; attends Methodist Church; Democrat; hobbies; baseball, gardening; office Courthouse; residence 21 Fenelon, Waukon.

Pederson, Gabriel; Retired; born Honefas, Norway June 6, 1865; son of Anders Pederson & Karen Carlson; educated Honefas, Norway HS; married Ida Bryson Aug. 31, 1895 Waterville; sons: John A., Alfred S., Ralph B. & Victor G.; daughters: Ruth C. & Alice; 1881 came to Waterville; 1890-95 employed by Victor H. Stevens, Waterville; 1895-1935 RR agent, Waterville; owner mercanile business; Postmaster Waterville 38 years; 1925- ret, Waterville; past pres. of school board; Milwaukee Veterans Assn; PTA, pres; Allamakee Game Assn; Knights Templar (KT); AF&AM; Lutheran Church, choir director 25 years; Democratic Candidate for state representative; hobbies: fishing & hunting; office & residence Waterville.

Peglow, Fred J.: Automobile Dealer; born Allamakee Co, Iowa Mar 19, 1892; son of Herman Peglow & Matilda Rausch; educated Ossian HS 1908; married Fay Ruth Gilbert Jan 10, 1917 Decorah; son: Gilbert F.; 1915- auto dir, Monona; mbr Monona council; Iowa St Auto Mchts Assn; Comml Club, past dir; McGregor Golf & Country Club; IOOF; AF&AM 70, past master; Methodist Ch, trustee; hobbies: fishing, hunting & golf; off & res Monona. (Clayton co., pg 298)

Peterson, William E.; Hardware Dealer; born Waukon, Iowa Mar. 18, 1885; son of Christian Peterson & Mary ___; educated Waukon; married Laura Grimm June 6, 1916 Waukon (deceased); 1906-13 clerk in general store, Waukon 1913- hardward director, Waukon; Iowa Retail Hardware Assn of Mason City; past member Kiwanis; AF&AM; St. John’s Lutheran church; Republican; hobbies: flowers, fishing; office & residence Waukon.

Phipps, Ervin M.; Farmer & Dairyman; born Waukon, Iowa Aug. 29, 1892; son of Mortimer T. Phipps & Elizabeth Valentine; education Lafayette twp; married Cora L. Goeke Jan. 7, 1918 Waukon; sons: Howard, Merton T. & Vernon M; daughters: Leota L. (Mrs. Elmer Ehde), Iva, Norma, Mae A., Lorna, Ruby, Betty, Edith & Wilma; while attending school helped farther on farm 1915-18 after father’s death farmed home place, Allamakee Co.; 1918-30 owner & operator farm, near Waukon; 1930-34 farmer, near Waukon; 1934- owner & operator farm, near Waukon also dairyman; past Makee twp trustee; member Allamakee Co. Fair board 21 years, secy. 1928-31 & since 1938, pres 1931-38; Allamakee Farm Bureau, past VP, Charter mbr; an organizer & member Allamakee Co. Cow Testing Assn; Republican; hobbies: horses, driving car; residence Route 3, Waukon.

Pieper, Elmer; Attorney; born Allamakee Co., Iowa Dec. 24, 1886; son of August S. Pieper & Anna Bauercamper; educated Allamakee Co.; Waukon HS 1907 U of Iowa, BA 1911, graduate College of Law 1915; married Dorothy Mae Dravis May 14, 1921 Waukon; sons: Robert & Roger, Richard; 1911-13 supt of schools, Lineville; 1915- practiced law, Waukon; past Allamakee co. attorney 8 years; 1938 elected to Iowa St. Legislature 48th general assembly, candidate for re-election in Nov; during World War entered US Army Jan. 5, 1918, 13 months at Camp Dodge, Co. I 350th Inf., later sgt of headquarters co. 2nd Inf, discharged Feb. 6, 1919, Camp Dodge; charter member Amer Legion post 62, past adjutant; Iowa St. Bar Assn; Knights of Pythias (KP); Zion Reformed church; Republican; hobby: farming; office & residence Waukon.

Pottratz, Floyd J.; Manager Co-operative Creamery; born Caledonia, Mn. Nov. 24, 1915; son of August A. Pottratz & Alvia G. Klinskie; educated New Albin; married Rita O’Donnell Feb. 28, 1933 Lycurgus; sons: Thomas F. & Lloyd K.; daughter: Angela D.; 1931 asst. buttermaker, New Albin Co-op Creamery, 1933- manager; Farm Bureau comm. Club, secy; Knights of Columbus (KC); St. Joseph Catholic Church; Republican; hobby: baseball & basketball; office & residence New Albin.


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