WINTER, WILLIAM P.
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Date: 6/16/2004 at 15:30:09
Biography reproduced from page 523 of the History of Kossuth and Humboldt Counties, Iowa published in 1884:
William P. Winter was born Nov. 6, 1822, in Bath, Maine. When twenty-one years of age he went to sea, trading in cotton two years, between New Orleans and Liverpool. The next four years he spent coasting on the Gulf of Mexico, then went to California, where he busied himself seven years mining, and in the Redwood timber. In 1857 he went to Allamakee Co., Iowa, near Columbus, remaining four years. He enlisted Sept. 30, 1861, in company B, 12th Iowa Volunteer Infantry, serving till the spring of 1862. At the battle of Pittsburg Landing, he was captured, and confined in Macon prison, but released Oct. 17, 1862. He then went to St. Louis, taking part in the Vicksburg campaign, in W. T. Sherman’s 15th Corps, and was transferred to the 16th Corps, Smith’s Guerrillas, in the fall of 1863, being mustered out Jan. 26, 1866, at Memphis. He received no wounds, but had many narrow escapes. Was corporal and sergeant during all his time of service. In the spring of 1866 he came to Kossuth county, settling on the northeast quarter of section 6, township 97, range 28, and now owns 148 acres of land. He was married Nov. 17, 1866, to Mary A. Schenck, of Algona township. They had four children, three of whom are living—Alden H., Frances W. and Sarah Alice. In politics he is a republican.
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