CHINN, W. T. 1852-1930
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Date: 5/8/2015 at 10:13:35
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 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
Dr. Wm. T. Chinn
Long Time Physician at Wellsburg, Dead; Not Well for Months
The death of Dr. W. T. Chinn occurred at his home at Wellsburg, the early part of the past week; he had not been well during the past several years, but continued to be up and about until a short time prior to his death. Dr. Chinn became a resident of the village when there were very few families there and perhaps a half-dozen business concerns--before there were schools or churches; Herman Koohlman, Martin & Faust, the Lusch elevator, with John Tjaden then employed there, Joe Doyen, Klaas Primus, Liebsohn Brothers in a little frame shack, and a few others making up the place; that section south of the one Main street--east and west--still a part of the George Wells farm. Dr. Chinn lived in a house that stood alone then, the only one along the street, opposite the present public school building.
He had been elected mayor of the village several times; was a man who did not shirk to take hold of community responsibilities; perhaps not as successful as he might have been, with accumulation the thought in mind. He was born in Illinois, passed his 78th year, and is survived by a daughter and two sisters. Interment was at Des Moines, home of several of his relatives.
--Ackley World-Journal (Ackley, Iowa), 16 October 1930, pg 3
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