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William M Wade


Posted By: County Coordinator (email)
Date: 5/27/2010 at 17:48:45

William M Wade is one of the public spirited and substantial residents of Woodward, where he is successfully engaged the insurance business, also giving considerable time to the development of a valuable farm of 306 acres which he owns in Emmet county. Great credit is due him for what he has achieved, for all that he is and has today has been won through his own efforts.
Mr Wade was born in Peoples township, Boone county, Iowa. April 3, 1864, a son of Washington and Lucy (Bass) Wade. The father was born in Medina county, Ohio, in 1818, and the mother in Pennsylvania I 1825. Both died in Woodward, Iowa, in 1904 ad 1906 respectively. They were among the earliest pioneers of Boone county, having made their way overland in1853 from Illinois. They located in Cass township when that section was sparsely settled. They had eleven children: J B of Nebraska, Mrs Josephine Miller, deceased, Mrs Alice Calonkey of Woodward, Mrs Jennie Bettis of Denver, Colorado, Alfred B and Albert twins the former a farmer of Peoples township, and the latter, deceased, having passed away at the age of nine months, Ella a resident of Woodward, Mrs Hattie Hughes of Bell Plaine, Iowa, William m of this review and Mrs Minnie Callahan of Woodward, and Albertus also a resident of Woodward.
William M Wade attended the common schools of Peoples township and the Woodward public schools. He then taught in the schools of the neighborhood for nine terms and later engaged in education work in Lake View, Sac county, for some time. Subsequently he was a traveling insurance writer, but I December 1903, became the local representative of various well known insurance companies. He also became interested I the furniture and undertaking business in Woodward in that year. He has continued his insurance agency and also gives much attention to the development of his farm in Emmet county, which is improved with a set of modern buildings.
On October 15, 1891, at Woodward, Iowa Mr Wade married Miss Hattie M Smith, who was born I Dekalb county, Illinois, October 15, 1866. Her parents O W and Esther J (Stillwell) Smith came to Boone county in 1871, locating in Cass township, but now apart of Peoples township. There were numbered among the successful people of the community. The father who was born n Vermont in 1839, died January 17, 1881, and his widow is now residing in Spokane, Washington. I their family were five children: Mrs Wade the wife of our subject, A LeRoy born July 20, 1870, who is residing in Chehalis, Washington, Mrs Addie Craft born December 4, 1873, of Woodward, Floyd who died in infancy, Mrs Olive Duffy born February 28, 1881, whose husband is city clerk of Spokane. The oldest child was born in Illinois and the others in Peoples township, where all were reared. Mr and Mrs Wade have one son, J Lester who was born in Lake View, Sac county, Iowa, April 11, 1897, and is attending high school in Woodward. The family reside n a handsome and nicely appointed home in that city. Mrs Wade is one of a class of then women and who as girls attended the Oak Grove school in Cass township and who had a reunion oat the home of Mrs Wade in 1914, their old school teacher, A C Smith a prominent resident of Woodward, participating in the celebration. Prior to her marriage she taught school for six years.
Mr Wade is a democrat and has always taken an interest in the success of his party, being influential in its local councils. He is at present the democratic nominee for representative from Dallas county and has an excellent chance of realizing his ambition. He has a large number of friends and admirers who are going to support him because they are convinced of his thorough honesty and of this trustworthiness and faithfulness. Many of these are not eve of his own party but Belington other political organization. Mrs Wade is a member of the Congregational church of Lake View, Iowa, and has taken a deep interest in religious work. Her husband has been a member of the town council of Woodward and also has served on the board of education. Fraternally he is a member of Woodward Lodge No 460, I O O F and also belongs to the Knights of Pythias of that city. Such success has come to him is well merited for it is the outcome of his own efforts.

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