Edwin Wheeler, the pioneer merchant, opened a grocery July 1, 1875, and as he had previously had a long experience in Illinois and Iowa, both as a business man and a farmer, he made a success of his venture from the first. He was obliged to add to his stock and his building, and within the following ten years had expanded his grocery into a large general store whose business amounted to $20,000 a year. [Transcriber's Note: "Town of Marne".]
From "Compendium and History of Cass County, Iowa." Chicago: Henry and Taylor & Co., 1906, pp. 132.