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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

Ward, Frank J.: President Savings & Loan Assn; son of William Ward & Ellen O'Brien; educated Waukon HS; married Annabel McCarthy Apr 29, 1908 Dubuque; son: John F.; daughter: Jeanne (Mrs. A.C. Staley Jr); 1893-95 emp by T.F. Danaher Farm Impl Co, Forest City; 1896 asst Post Master, Forest City; 1896-1903 emp by Northern Lumber Co, Forest City, 1903 Estherville; 1904-10 orgr & gen mgr, Eclipse Lbr Co, Minneapolis Minn, 1910- gen mgr, secy & VP, Clinton; 1920- pres Clinton Home S & L Assn; past dir People's Trust & Savings Bank, Clinton; dir City Natl Bank, Clinton; past mbr Iowa Natl Guard; past mbr Battery B Minn Natl Guard Minneapolis; past mbr Forst City library bd; Northwestern Lbrmens Assn, pres 1918-20; Iowa Retail Lbrmen's Assn, past dir; Natl Retail Lbrmens Assn; U.S. Dept of Commerce, past mbr of advisory com; Chamber of Commerce, past bd mbr; Clinton Country Club, past VP; Clinton Social Welfare Orgn, bd mbr; BPOE; KC; Cath Ch; hobbies: fishing & golf; off 1100 S 2nd; res 407 5th Ave S, Clinton. (Clinton co., pg 324)

Waters, R.B.; Farmer; born Postville, Ia. May 23, 1869; son of Samuel Waters & _____; married Mary A. McKinley June 7,1898 Clermont; sons: Bernard, Leonard, Louis, Clem, Ambrose, Robert & Paul; daughters: Helen (Mrs. W.A. Kneeland) & Marie (Mrs. Homer Leui); owner & operator 1000 acres land, Clayton Co; past director Postville Farmers Co-op Society; past director Postville Farmers Telephone Co; past director Postville Farmers Co-op Creamery Co.; past twp. trustee; residence Postville.

Welsh, Earl; Bank Cashier; born Houston Co., Mn. Apr. 9, 1894; son of Larry J. Welsh & Mary Hurley; educated Houston Co., Mn; La Crosse Wisc. HS; La Crosse Wisc Business College 1919; married Winifred M. Waters June 20, 1922 New Albin; 1920-24 bookkeeper Savings Bank of New Albin, 1924-26 assistant cashier, 1926- cashier; secretary New Albin Co-op Creamery Co; American Legion post 50; Catholic church, director; Nonpartison; hobbies: hunting & fishing; office & residence New Albin.

Wenig, Benjamin Joseph: Dentist; born Dorchester, Iowa May 13, 1889; son of George F. Wenig & Barbara Schwartz; educated Dorchester; Charles City Coll 1912; U of Iowa, DDS 1915; married Cora S. Steinbach Aug 27, 1915 Charles City; foster daughter Malvina Elsie (Mrs. Harold Anspach); 1915-16 dentist with Dr. Stout, Waukon; 1916- dentist New Hampton; Mason City Dist Dental Soc, past trustee; Iowa St Dental Soc, life mbr; American Dental Assoc.; Chamber of Commerce; Rotary; New Hampton Golf & Country Clib; KP 183; AF&AM 274; Knights Templar; York Rite; El Kahir Shrine; Methodist Ch, trustee; hobbies: gardening & golf; off Unity Bldg; res S. Locust, New Hampton. (Chickasaw co., pg 270)

Wheat, Ray H.; Dentist; born Le Sueur, Mn. Apr. 1, 1901; son of Harry S. Wheat & Anna D. Prohl; educated Hope, N.D. HS; U of Iowa, DDS 1924; married Zonona E. Sargood Nov. 28, 1923 Iowa city; son Harry P.; daughter Jacqueline; 1924-26 dentist, Marquette, Harpers Ferry & Waterville; 1926-38 dentist Waukon & Waterville, 1938- Waukon; 1st Lieutenant Dental Res of US Army; American Dental Assoc.; Dubuque Dist & Iowa State Dental Socs; president Kiwanis; past member Waukon Golf Club; president Waukon Band Boosters Club; Charter & past member Waukon Drum & Bugle Corps; BPOE; AF&AM; German Reformed Church; hobbies: hunting & fishing; office & residence Waukon.

White, Louis P.; Clergyman; born Worthington, Southfork twp. Delaware Co., Ia. Apr. 13, 1901; son of Antone J. White & Apolinia Lenhoff; educated parochial & rural schools, Worthington; Loras Academy Dubuque; Loras College, Dubuque; St. Paul Minn. Seminary, BA 1926; ordained June 14, 1930 by Archbishop Francis Beckman; gave 1st mass June 16, 1930 St. Paul’s church, Worthington; 1930 3 months pastor, Worthington; 1930-31 pastor Sacred Heart church, Oelwein, 1931-36 St. Luke’s Church, Saint Lucas, 1936-37 St. John the Baptist Church, Peosta; 1937- pastor Immaculate Conception Church, Wexford, past member committee of religious tolerance appointed by com. Waukon; past active in Boy Scouts of America (BSA) troop 72, Oelwein, Wapsipinicon area; honorary member Allamakee Co. Farm Bureau; Kiwanis, Lansing; Knights of Columbus, Waukon; Independent; hobbies: grafting trees, archery, trees, reading, hunting, fishing; office & residence Lansing.

Williams, Victor H.; Farmer; born Postville, Ia. June 16, 1898; son of Fred L. Williams-Dora P. ___; education Postville HS; Iowa St. College, BSc in animal husbandry; Phi Delta Theta; married Frances Gates Oct. 5, 1921 Fort Dodge; son Frank Gate; daughter Frances Ann; ___ farmer, Allamakee Co.; 1939- Grand Meadow twp trustee; 1939-40 treasurer Big Four Fair, Postville; during World War Sept-Oct 1919 SATC, Ames; Ots, Louisville, Ky, Camp Taylor Nov-Dec 1918; American Legion; past Allamakee Co. commander, past commander Post 518; 1937-40 twp committeeman for Agricultural Adjustment Administration (AAA); Commercial Club; Clayton Co. Farm Bureau; AF-AM 204, past master; RAM 62, past high priest; hobby: fishing; residence Route 1 Postville.

Wilson, Frank S.; Dentist; born Freeman, S.D. July 16, 1904; son of Samuel A. Wilson & Mary Seger; educated Dubuque; U of Dubuque; Iowa St. College, DDS 1928; married Ruth E. Calvin July 26, 1933 Sanborn; son Bruce; daughter Sue Carol; 1928-31 dentist, Dubuque, 1931- New Albin; past member New Albin city Council; ADA; Iowa St. Dental Society; New Albin Rod & Gun Club; Methodist Church; hobby: hunting; office & residence New Albin.


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