CHINN, W. T. 1852-1930
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Date: 5/8/2015 at 09:13:35
Wellsburg's First Mayor Dies At Ia. Falls Hospital
End Comes For Dr. W. T. Chinn Following An Operation For Kidney Trouble
Was Four Times Mayor Of Wellsburg
Came to Wellsburg 36 Years Ago and For Many Years Had Extensive Practice
Dr. W. T. Chinn, first mayor of Wellsburg, died at Ellsworth hospital at Iowa Falls Sunday afternoon where he went the week before for treatment for gall and kidney trouble. He submitted to an operation last Wednesday but received no relief. His remains were brought to his home in Wellsburg. After a short funeral service held at nine o'clock yesterday the body was taken to Des Moines where it was laid by the side of the wife who died two years ago.
Dr. Chinn was 78 years old. He came to Wellsburg from Scott county 36 years ago. He entered into the practice of his profession there at once and for many years he was the outstanding physician in northwest Grundy.
Following the incorporation of the town, Dr. Chinn was chosen as the first mayor. That was in 1896. He served for four years during his first term as mayor. In 1904 he became a candidate for the mayorship and was elected again. His service as the town's chief during the second period of his official career was from 1904 to 1908. In 1916 he was again chosen as mayor and served for a period of two years. His last election to the mayorship was in 1926. He assumed office in that year in April and continued until September, 1927, when he resigned. His resignation resulted because he was unable to get a harmonious relationship between himself and the town council.
Dr. Chinn was in failing health for many years and he practically gave up his practice some five years ago. He is survived by his daughter, Mrs. H. C. Franke from Des Moines. There are two grandchildren, Mrs. Allen Crather and Mrs. Clyde Gray of Des Moines. One sister, Mrs. Rickett, from Douglas, No. Dak., survives.
--The Grundy Register (Grundy Center, Iowa), 9 October 1930, pg 1
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