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Willie G. Williams

WILLIE G. WILLIAMS, editor and owner of the Garner Leader, was born on a farm near Emmetsburg, Iowa, March 1 1873, and has been a printer and newspaper man practically all his life.

His parents, Orville O. and De Etta (Sawyer) Williams, were born in Ohio and came to Iowa in 1857. Orville Williams was a Union soldier, participating in many battles and campaigns of the war as a member of the Third Iowa Regiment of Infantry. After his discharge he took up a homestead in Palo Alto County, and spent the rest of his active years in developing a good farm. he was active in the Grand Army of the Republic, serving as commander of his local post. Orville Williams died in 1920 and his wife in February, 1928.

Willie G. Williams had the early training and experience of an Iowa farm boy, attending local schools. When a young man he learned the trade of printer and for ten years was with the old Mason City Times. From September, 1912, until March, 1921, he was identified with some of the local papers at Ames, Iowa. For three years following that he was at Fort Dodge, Iowa, and in 1924 bought the Leader at Garner in Hancock County and has made that a very successful newspaper. Mr. Williams is an independent in politics. By his first marriage in 1906, he has two children, Kathryn, born February 20, 1908, and Mary Jane, born January 17, 1912. In 1921 Mr. Williams married Anne Engstler. They have a daughter, Barbara Anne, born March 1, 1928.

SOURCE: HARLAN, Edgar Rubey, LL. B., A. M., Curator of the Historical, Memorial and Art Deptment of Iowa. A Narrative History of The People of Iowa with SPECIAL TREATMENT OF THEIR CHIEF ENTERPRISES IN EDUCATION, RELIGION, VALOR, INDUSTRY, BUSINESS, ETC. Volume IV. THE AMERICAN HISTORICAL SOCIETY, Inc. Chicago and New York. 1931.

Transcription by Debbie Clough Gerischer for the Iowa GenWeb History Project



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