Alfred B Wade
Posted By: County Coordinator (email)
Date: 5/22/2010 at 21:29:31
Alfred B Wade who belongs to one of the oldest and most prominent families of Boone county and is a prosperous and well to do agriculturist, was born in what is now Peoples township, January 12, 1857. His parents were Washington and Lucy (Bass) Wade, the former born in Medina county, Ohio, in 1818, and the latter in Pennsylvania in 1825. The father died in Woodward, Iowa, in 1904, and the mother in the same city in 1906. They settled in Peoples township at the early days, having come overland from Illinois, where they had resided for one year. They were among the pioneers of this county and made their first home on a farm in Cass township. There were but few settlers at that time and wild game was yet abundant, until the severe winter of 1857. Mr and Mrs Washington Wade were the parents of eleven children: J B of Nebraska, Mrs Josephine Miller, deceased, Mrs Alice Calonkey, of Woodward, Mrs Jennie Bettis of Denver, Colorado, Alfred B of this review, and Albert, twin brother of our subject who died at the age of nine months, Ella residing in Woodward, Mrs Hattie Hughes of Belle Plaine, Iowa, William M of Woodward, Mrs Minnie Callahan, also of that city and Albertus of Woodward. The three eldest were born in Michigan, the fourth in Illinois and the younger ones in Boone county, where all of them were reared and attended the common schools.
Alfred B Wade attended the schools of Peoples township and grew to manhood upon his fatherís farm, early becoming acquainted with thoroughly efficient methods of farming and stock raising. He was the first white child born in Peoples township, and grew up among conditions which were yet primitive in the extreme and fraught with dangers and hardships. He followed farming in his native township and eventually purchased 135 acres of choice land adjacent to his first farm an d immediately north of the business part of Woodward. Thereon he has since continued to reside and has erected a modern, well furnished home. In addition to this place he owns 240 acres on section 11, Peoples township, improved with two sets of buildings. Mr Wade raises a high grade of live stock and besides looking after his farming interests acts as manager of the Farmers Cooperative Company of Woodward, showing excellent business ability in the discharge of his duties. He has prospered because of his determination, industry, honesty and energy.
On October 4, 1882, Alfred B Wade was married at Boonesboro, Boone county, to Miss Hattie Taylor, who was born in Illinois, August 22, 1859. She came to Iowa with her parents in the fall of 1871, the family locating in Peoples township, where the father, William Taylor, followed farming until his death. Her mother, Mrs Mary E (Kinkner) Taylor, now makes her home with Mrs Wade. Mr and Mrs Taylor were the parents of six children: Mrs Hattie Wade, Joseph of Ogden, Iowa, Mrs Elva Miller of Rhodes, Iowa, Fred of Ogden, this state, Mrs Rosa Giles of Long Beach, California, and Mrs Lida Egan of Woodward. Mr and Mrs Wade had three sons and one daughter, all of whom were born in Peoples township. They were: Bruce Wilfred, a resident of Peoples township, Glenn deceased, Boyd who assists his father in his farming and business interests, and Marie attending the high school in Woodward.
Mr Wade is a progressive, public spirited citizen, always interested in measures undertaken for the benefit of his community and county. He served as a member of the school board in Peoples township and has been a township trustee in Dallas county. Fraternally he and his two sons are members of Woodward Lodge, No 460, I O O F, and Mrs Wade holds membership in the Christian church of Woodward. He has participated in the agricultural development of Boone county and has been an important factor n its general development, ever ready to contribute his share and more than his share to the advancement and up building of his district.
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