Who's Who in Iowa, 1940
Allamakee co. Biographies

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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

Reher, E. Paul; Superintendent of Schools; born Langdon, N.D. June 6, 1915; son of Fred J. Reher & Mary A. Graber; educated Langdon N.D. HS 1932; State Teachers College, Valley City, N.D., BA 1937; U of N.D.; married Margaret I. Kvilvang June 6, 1938 Valley City, N.D.; 1934-35 school teacher, near Munich N.D; 1937-39 teacher, coach, band leader & supt. of schools, Absaraka, N.D.; 1939-40 supt. of schools & coach, Chaffee, N.D.; 1940- supt of schools, Waterville; past director County School League; member N.D. Teachers Assn; Iowa State Teachers Assoc. (ISTA); past member Chaffee N.D. Community Center; past scoutmaster Boy Scouts of American (BSA) troops & past scout 8 years, Valley City, N.D.; Methodist Church, Valley City, N.D.; Independent; hobbies: hunting, fishing, modeling woodwork; office School; residence Waterville.

~transcribed by Diana Henry Diedrich

Rellihan, John J.; Railroad Station Agent; born Lansing, Ia. Jan. 4, 1880; son of Michael Rellihan & Kathryn Brophy; educated Lansing 1896; married Minnie Lape Feb. 17, 1903 Lansing; son: Walter J.; daughter: Genevieve M. (Mrs M.B. Harshberger); 1896 employed in office of Allamakee Journal, Lansing; 1900 telegraph operator & relief agent CMStP&P RR, 1902 agent, Harpers Ferry, 1938- station agent, New Albin; Order of Railway Telegraphers (ORT); Veteran employees Assn; Modern Woodmen of America (MWA); Knights of Columbus (KC); St. Joseph Catholic Church; Republican; hobby: travel; office & residence New Albin.

~transcribed by Diana Henry Diedrich

Rethwisch, Peter E.; Owner & operator Lumber Co; b. Guttenberg, Ia. Apr. 13, 1881; son of William Rethwisch & Henriette Seippel; educated Guttenberg HS 1900; married Josephine Elskemp Sept. 14, 1904 Postosi, Wi; sons: Phillip W. & Bernard P.; daughters: Esther A. (Mrs. Herbert Stirn), Dorothy M. (Mrs. William Spinner) & Eleanor J. (Mrs. H.H. Terry); 1900-02 bookkeeper for Seippel Brothers Lumber Co., Glenhaven, Wi., 1902-21 manager, Potosi, Wi; 1921- owner & operator P.E. Rethwisch Lumber Co., Lansing; 1936- owner & operator lumber yard partner of 2 sons, Harpers Ferry; past member city council; Iowa Retail Lumbermen’s assn. of Des Moines; Allamakee Co. Lumberman’s Assn. of Minneapolis, Mn; Kiwanis, charter member, 1st president at Lansing; AF&AM #144; Federated Church; Republican; hobby: woodworking; office & residence Lansing.

~transcribed by Diana Henry Diedrich

Richter, George Belvel; Attorney; born Des Moines, Ia. July 5, 1899; son of George W. Richter & Margaret Belvel; educated Des Moines HS, 1917; U of Iowa, BA 1921, LLB 1923; Sigma Chi; Phi Delta Phi; Beta Gamma Sigma; married Lacy L. Bell Aug. 14, 1934 Cedar Rapids; son: George Bell; by previous marriage daughter Jean Belvel; 1923- practiced law, Waukon; attorney for CM&StP&P RR; 1929-32 Allamakee Co. attorney; member Waukon School Board; during World War enlisted July 1918 Fort Sheridan Camp Perry, Ohio, commissoned 2nd Lieut., discharged Jan 1919; American Legion post #62; Iowa State, District & Allamakee Co. Bar Assns; Waukon Golf club, charter member; Knights of Pythias (KP); AF&AM; Republican, delegate to convention in Philadelphia 1940; hobbies: travel & golf; office & residence Waukon.

~transcribed by Diana Henry Diedrich

Rickansrud, Torlief M.; Superintendent of Schools; born Waukon, Ia. Feb. 26, 1899; son of Engebret T. Rickansrud & Clara M. Anderson; educated Allamakee Co.; Luther College Prep. Dept, Decorah; Luther College, BA 1922; Iowa St. College, MSc; married Martha C. Bidne Nov. 15, 1922 Decorah; sons: Eugene B. & David A.; 1922-23 HS prin. Munich N.D. & dir community choir; 1923-25 supt. of schools, director city band & baseball coach, Omemee, N.D.; 1925-29 supt of schools, Rolla, N.D. 1929- supt. of schools & director school band, Lansing; during World War member Student Army Training Corps (SATC) at Luther college; American Legion post #50; Allamakee co. Schoolmasters Assn, past president; Iowa St. College Alumni Assn., Allamakee co. chairman, National Education Assoc. (NEA); Kiwanis; AF&AM #144; Lutheran Church; Republican; office & residence Lansing.

~transcribed by Diana Henry Diedrich

Riser, Frank A.; Attorney; born Lansing, Ia. Sept. 14, 1905; son of Charles C. Riser & Sena Larson; educated Allamakee Co.; U of Iowa, LLB 1929; Delta Theta Phi; married Cornelia M. Hurn May 16, 1932 Freeport, Il; daughters: Florence I. & Sena E.; 1929-31 practiced law, Waukon. 1931- Lansing; 1937- mayor Lansing; 1937 city attorney, Lansing; chairman Mount Hosmier Memorial park board; AF&AM #144; Republican; hobbies: farming & dogs; office & residence Lansing.

~transcribed by Diana Henry Diedrich

Roberts, Harvey E.; Grain & Seed Dealer; born Postville, Ia. Dec. 2, 1871; son of Hall Roberts & Maria Easton; educated Postville HS; Grinnell College 1893; married Florence Marston Jan. 3, 1924 Waterloo; sons: Hall & :Frank; daughter Nancy; 1894-1916 partner of father in Hall Roberts Elevator, Postville, 1916- owner & operator; Commercial. Club, past president; Comm. Presby church, SS teacher & trustee; Republican; hobbies: home & children, reading; office & residence Postville.
~transcribed by Diana Henry Diedrich

Roe, Ove T.; Farmer & Dairyman; born Allamakee Co., Ia Sept. 4, 1887; son of Tolet Roe & Anna Tronson; educated Allamakee Co.; Upper Iowa U. Fayette; married Emma Kolsrud – Paint Creek twp; sons: Thomas S., Melvin I., Kenneth A. & Willard G; daughter: Doris V.; 1908-11 farmer; 1911-19 partner of brother A.H. on father's farm; 1911- partner of brother A.H. in general merchandise store, Elon, -- owner; 1919 - farmer & dairyman, near Waukon; president Paint Creek Twp Farmers' Tele. Co.; director Waukon Creamery; past chairman, past president & past director school board; past director Allamakee co. Fair Board; member House of Representatives in 44th, 45th, 45th Extra, 46th, 46th Extra & 47th general assemblies, one of legislators who chart course of tax bills in house, while in debate in house keeps weekl articles in local papers; one of 1st strip farming experimenters under Agricultural Adjustment Administration (AAA); member, Widllife Assn. of Allamakee Co., past committee membr; Allamakee CCo. Farm Bureau, past treasurer; Lutheran church board member; Democrat, 1940 delegate to state convention, Des Moines, named presidential elector from 4th congressional district; hobbies: fishing, travel, wildlife, strip farming; wife is daughter of Solve Kolsrud & Christina Ekkedahl; educated aterville, clerk in store prior to marriage, treas. school board, member Lutheran church ladies aid, hobbies: family, gardening; residence Waukon.

~transcribed by S. Ferrall

Roggensack, Edward J.; Monument Dealer; b. Lansing, Iowa Dec 12, 1873; son o fMartin Roggensack & Mary Hartong; educated Lansing; m. Alma M. Simmon, 1893 Lansing; sons: Delbert D., Norbert E., Keith A., Rolland R. & Horace K.; daughter: Delinda M.; 1891-93 marble cutter, Lansing; 1893-95 granite cutter, Wis.; 1895-1921 owner & operator Marble Works, Lansing; 1921- owner & operator Roggensack Marble Works, Waukon; past member school board, Waukon; past member city council, National & Iowa State Monument Associations; past member Modern Woodmen of America (MWA); AF&AM; Presbyterian church; Republican; hobbies: travel, reading; office & residence Waukon.

~transcribed by S. Ferrall

Roggensack, Norbert E.; Monument Dealer; b. Lansing, Iowa Nov. 14, 1900; son of Edward J. Roggensack & Alma M. Simmons; educated Lansing HS; Iowa State College 2 years; Bliss Monument School, Rockford, Ill; Pi Kappa Alpha; m. Veral Keiser Nov 17, 1928 Waukon; son: Richard J.; 1923- monument dealer Waukon; city engineer; asst. Allamakee Co. engineer; ast pres. Drum Corps of Waukon; Kiwanis, past director; charter member Waukon Golf Club; AF&AM; Scot Rite 32; Presbyterian church; Republican; hobbies: hunting, baseball, tennis; office & residence Waukon.

~transcribed by S. Ferrall

Rominger, Clark Wilson; Physician; b. West Salem, Ill. Oct 19, 1880; son of Rudolph F. Rominger & Clara M. Schaefer; educated West Salem, Ill. HS; prep college Dixon, Ill Business College; Valparaiso Medical School, Chicago, Ill, MD 1907; Chicago College of Medicine and Surgery; grad work Chicago Eye & Ear Dispensary; 1912 grad work Chicago Lying In Hosp.; Phi Delta; Theta Kappa Psi; 1907-08 interne Frances Willard National Temperance Hosp.; 1909-12 worked in health dept. Chicago, Ill., school of inspection & quarantine work; 1921- pract. medicine, Waukon, 1st with Dr. Svebakken, now with Dr. Jeffries in Rominger & Jeffries Hosp., Waukon; surgeon of CM&StP RR; farmer; past director school board, Waukon; during World War on medical reserve, now examiner for war veterans; Allamakee Co. & Iowa State Medical Societies; Allamakee co. Farm Bureau; Kiwanis, past president and charter member; AF&AM; Scot Rite 32; York Rite, Dubuque; past Shrine; Presbyterian church, elder; Independent; hobby: farming; office 2 Clinton, residence 202 Lincoln, Waukon.

~transcribed by S. Ferrall

 

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