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Posted By: Norma Nielson (email)
Date: 6/25/2005 at 18:13:16

Dudley G. Wiley, vice president of the First State Bank of Orient, is well known in local financial circles and is recognized as a man of business ability and soundness of judgment. A native of Iowa, he was born in Davenport, July 26, 1879, of the marriage of Charles I. and Samantha (Coyle) Wiley, further mention of whom appears elsewhere in this work. Our subject received his education in the public schools of Orient and on beginning his independent business career he became a clerk in the drug store at that place. After remaining in that position for two years he became identified with the First State Bank of Adair county as a bookkeeper in 1896 and his industry and understanding of the work of the bank led to his promotion to assistant cashier and later to the important position of cashier. In 1902 he left that bank and went to Geneva, Iowa, where he organized the Geneva Savings Bank. In 1905, however, he sold that institution and, returning to Orient, purchased, in connection with his father-in-law, the First State Bank, of which he is now vice president. The institution is well managed and its affairs are in an excellent condition. The care which is taken to safeguard the interests of stockholders and depositors has gained for it the confidence of the community and it does a large business.

Mr. Wiley was married on the 22d of October, 1901, in Orient, to Miss E. Myrtle Dalby, a daughter of James T. and Emma E. (Easterly) Dalby. Her father is president of the First State Bank. Mr. and Mrs. Wiley have four children, two sons and two daughters, namely: Blanche Lois, who is twelve years of age; Eugene D., ten years old; Opal F., seven years of age; and Dudley G., five years old.

Mr. Wiley casts his ballot in support of the measures and candidates of the republican party and manifests a keen interest in everything relating to the public welfare. For about seven years he has served as president of the school board and in that capacity has accomplished much in behalf of the local schools. Fraternally he belongs to Cypress Lodge, No. 539, A. F. & A. M., of which he has been master; and Des Moines Consistory, No. 3, A. & A. S. R. His religious allegiance is given to the Methodist Episcopal church and the sincerity of his faith is manifest in the integrity of his life. He has gained financial success and at the same time has won the respect and goodwill of all who have been associated with him.


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