Another IAGenWeb Project

- W -


The Honorable L. H. WELLER represented the Fourth Congressional District which included Chickasaw and Howard Counties for the 1883 to 1885 term.  He was elected on the National Ticket, an exception, as all other representatives have been of Republican faith and only one was elected on Democratic ticket.

He and his family reside in Nashua, Chickasaw County Iowa.

Source:History of Chickasaw and Howard Co. (1919), Vol I, pages 176 - 177 (Official Register Representatives in Congress)


W N WESP was born in the providence of Ontario, Canada, March 9, 1856 and is a son of Frederick J and Mary (Davis) Wesp. He came with parents to New York, later Wisconsin and to Chickasaw Co, Iowa. He was educated in the common schools and his education was somewhat limited after the 13th year. He worked on the family farm and as a diligent reader was able to gain a practical education and became a well informed man. In 1787 he was united in marriage to Miss Helen Fuller and the same year began farming on rented land. He had previously been working with a threshing outfit during the threshing season and also continued with this line of work. In 1879, Mr Wesp removed to Nebraska and was engaged in farming on his own account. During the first year, however, the crops were a complete failure, but the second year he raised a crop and made good. He entered the employ of a man at a salary of $500 per year and was furnished a team of horses. He continued to work in that way for 3 years and during that time, he purchased and paid for an 80 acre farm in Iowa and moreover had enough money with which to build a residence and a small barn and buy a team of horses, a set of harness and a wagon. Not long afterward he made investment in a threshing outfit and in addition to farming his own 80 acres he engaged in farming a rented tract of 160 acres. He likewise operated the threshing machine outfit each fall and year after year he harvested good crops and added to his income. In 1899 he gave up farming and moved to New Hampton, Iowa. But indolence and idleness are utterly foreign to his nature and after 30 days he was persuaded to work for Grover & Co, in the implement business. Two years later he became a member of the Shaffer Brothers& Co successor to Grover Co. In 1914, this company was incorporated as the New Hampton Motor and Implement Co, and was carried on as the Wesp Motor Co and New Hampton Implement Companies,. Mr Wesp was identified with the company until March 21, 1918 when the business was sold to his son A H Wesp and F P Wentz who today operate as partners, the Wesp Motor Co. Since that date Mr Wesp has remained retired , enjoying a well earned rest.
To Mr and Mrs Wesp have been born three children: Arthur H, now with the Wesp Motor Co, New Hampton, Iowa; Lottie B., wife of F H Ackley, who cultivates her father's farm; and Marilla, the wife of F S Howard, a railroad man of New Hampton. The parents are consistent and loyal members of the Methodist Episcopal Church and Mr Wesp is a member of the Modern Woodmen of America. His political endorsement is given to the republican party and for four years he served as township assessor.

Source: History of Chickasaw and Howard Co. (1919) Vol II, Pages 205 and 206 Summarized.

J. H. WHALEN, (photo insert right) was born in Chickasaw County on September 11, 1866, his parents being Thomas WHALEN (photo insert left) and MARY REILLY, who were natives of Ireland.  In 1854 the father arrived in the new world, first lived in Georgia, then moved west to Jacksonville Township, Section 25, Chickasaw County.  He died upon the old homestead in 1903.   His wife was born in Massachuetts and came to Iowa with parents, Sylvester and Bridget REILLY, who located in Utica Township, Chickasaw County and were considered to be one of the oldest pioneer settlers of that area. The Catholic Church on Reilly Ridge was named in his honor, as the family donated land for the house of worship to be erected.  His wife's death occurred November 18, 1893.

Thomas WHALEN served as Town Clerk for Utica and Jacksonville Townships for a period of thirty-six years.  The WHALEN family had ten children, four sisters and six brothers, all whom are yet living namely: Mike, Sylvester, John, Charles, Roger, Mrs Gus FOX, Mary, Mrs Cornelius MULCAHY, and Mrs Leo MITCHELL.

John H. WHALEN, served as constable and justice of peace in Jacksonville Township for many years and farmed the old home place, constituting one of the well developed farm properties in Chickasaw County.

Source: History of Chickasaw and Howard Co. (1919), Vol II, pages 92 - 95


Colonel L. WHITCOMB is the secretary of the Fredericksburg Butter Factory and is closely associated with the business activity and is now serving as mayor of this city.  He was born in Palatine, Cook County, Illinois, August 23, 1843, a son of Justus and Lovisa (Putnam) WHITCOMB, both of whom were natives of Stockbridge, Vermont.  On their wedding trip in 1836, they took up their abode in Chicago, at that time an unincorporated village.  They settled on a farm near Palatine, Illinois where Col L. WHITCOMB was reared.

In September 1862, he responded to the country's call for troops to aid in crushing out the rebellion in the south.  He was a member of the 113th Regiment of Illinois Volunteer Infantry and participated in General Sherman's march to the sea.  After a most creditable military record he was honorably discharged in July 1865.

He engaged in the dairy business in Chicago until 1881 when he came to Chickasaw County, Iowa settling on his farm east of Fredericksburg.  On September 9, 1868, Mr WHITCOMB was united in marriage to Miss Minda C. WEBSTER of Cook County, Illinois.  They became parents of three children, but only one survives, a son, Guy F. WHITCOMB.  He married Ruby Eastland of Chickasaw County, and they have a son, Howard R. WHITCOMB.

Source: History of Chickasaw and Howard Co. (1919), Vol II, pages 144 - 147


George E. WILKINS, county treasurer of Chickasaw county of Iowa, was born in Williamstown on the 25th of September, 1867, but now makes his home at New Hampton. His parents were Charles and Eliza (Stubbins), natives of England, both having been born in Somersetshire, in the town of Wookey, near Wells. They came to the United States, the father in young manhood, and the mother when a girl with her parents. They were married in Wisconsin and two or three years later removed to Iowa, settling on a farm at Williamstown, making their removal immediately after the close of the Civil war. The father purchased 200 acres of land and subsequently added to the property until the farm, which he still owns, comprised 327 acres. He resided thereon until about 1890, when he retired from active business life and removed to New Hampton, where he still makes his home. For several years, however, he has spent the winter seasons in California. His wife died in July, 1907. She was a lifelong member of the Methodist Episcopal church and possessed many excellent traits of heart and mind.

George E. Wilkins, was educated in the district schools and in the New Hampton high school and also pursued a commercial course in the Lincoln Business College at Lincoln, Nebraska. There he become ill and afterwards resumed his studies in the Upper Iowa University of Fayette. He then went to Britt, Iowa, in April 1889, and entered the Citizens Bank in the capacity of bookkeeper, thus serving two years. Later he was made cashier of the institution and was identified with the bank for a decade. In 1889 he returned to New Hampton and previously had become interested with a brother in the drug business. After his return he spent almost two years in the store and later was employed by the Deering Harvester Co. as collector, his field covering Iowa and Nebraska. He was thus engaged for three years, after which he returned his attention to the jewelry trade in New Hampton and conducted a store for seven years, when failing health compelled him to retire from that field of labor. He was advised by his physicians to live an outdoor life and removed to the home farm in order to recuperate, spending his time on the farm until his election in November, 1916, to the office of county treasurer. His first term's service received endorsement in reelection in 1918, so that he is the present incumbent in the position.

On the 23rd of November, 1892, Mr. Wilkins, was united in marriage to Miss Clara A Morrison, of Britt, Iowa, a daughter of Horatio L. and Mary A (Sawyer) Morrison, both of whom were natives of New Hampshire but were of Scotch descent. On her mothers side Mrs. Wilkins is a relative of the man who discovered Pike's Peak, which was named in his honor. To Mr. and Mrs. Wilkins have been born a daughter, who is deceased, and a son George M. who is a sophomore in the high school of New Hampton.

In politics Mr. Wilkins has always been a republican and gives loyal and stalwart support to the party and its principles. He belongs to Arcana Lodge No 274, A F & A M , also to Adelphia Chapter, No. 75. O E S. of which Mrs. Wilkins is a past matron and is acting conductress. She is also grand representative for Vermont to the grand Chapter of Iowa. She belongs to the Christian Science Church and is keenly interested in all that has to do with the welfare and progress of the community. Both Mr. and Mrs. Wilkins are held in high esteem and he has long occupied an enviable position in business and political circles.

Source: History of Chickasaw and Howard Co. (1919), Vol II, pages 25 - 26