JOHN P. WALLACE, editor and proprietor of the Independent, published at Vinton, was born in Caldwell County, Mo., May 20, 1843, and is a son of W. T. and Rebecca (Steele) Wallace. Both parents were natives of Pennsylvania, and his father was of Scotch descent. John P. moved to Madison County, Iowa, in 1855, and learned his trade at Winterset, that county. He bought a half interest in the Winterset Madisonian in 1865, which he held for eight months, when he sold out, and worked as a journeyman in Des Moines and other towns. In March, 1876, he went to Blairstown and established the Independent, which he published there until January, 1883, at which time he moved the entire office to Belle Plaine. and continued the publication of the paper, reserving the old name of Independent. In May, 1886, he purchased the office of the Benton County Herald, and removed the office of the Independent to Vinton, consolidating the two. The Herald is an eight-column folio, Democratic in politics; it is one of the official papers of the county, and has a large and increasing circulation.
Mr. Wallace was married in Dallas County, Iowa, March 11, 1866, to Miss Mary A. Guthrie, daughter of F. E. Guthrie; she is a native of Ohio, and has borne her husband two children — Laura Belle, born Jan. 26, 1876, and Annie Mamie, June 14, 1878. Mr. Wallace is a member of Hope Lodge, No. 175, A. F. & A. M.
Source Citation: "1887 Benton County, Iowa Biographies" [database online] Benton County IAGenWeb Project. <http://iagenweb.org/benton/>
Original data: "Portrait and Biographical Album of Benton County, Iowa." Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1887, p. 275.
Transcribed by: Sue Soden. Submitted to the Benton County IAGenWeb Project on February 9th, 2009. Copyright © 2009 The IAGenWeb Project.