JAMES H. STEBBINS is proprietor of a leading
plumbing business of Waterloo, located at 623 Jefferson
Street. Mr. Stebbins is a native Iowan, and was with the
colors during the World war.
He was born on a farm in Scott County, Iowa, son of Harry H.
Stebbins and grandson of Henry Stebbins. His grandfather was
an athlete and for several years was member of the traveling
circus. He was also an expert marksman and very found of
outdoor sports. He died when seventy-five years of age. Harry
H. Stebbins was left an orphan and from boyhood was self
supporting. He worked on a farm while attending rural schools,
later for several years was an employee of the Great Western
Railway Company, and subsequently a mechanic in the lumber
mill at Oelwein, Iowa. He married Nora Rathbun, who was born
in Wisconsin, and they reared a family of three sons and three
daughters: Stella, James H., Julia, Verne, Myrl and Garald.
James H. Stebbins was educated in a rural school in Iowa. At
an early age he became interested in music and for some time
was engaged as a harpist in orchestra work. After his marriage
he exchanged his musical work for an apprenticeship at the
plumber's trade, and was in the midst of this work when he
enlisted, December 12, 1918, for service in the World war. He
was stationed at Jefferson Barracks, Saint Louis, and at Fort
Riley, Kansas, until taken ill, and was then sent to Prescott,
Arizona, and given an honorable discharge December 14, 1919.
On returning home he engaged in the plumbing trade at Waterloo
and was appointed and served four years as plumbing inspector
for the city. Since leaving this office he has carried on a
plumbing business of his own.
Mr. Stebbins married, May 8, 1912, Miss Francile M. Dye, who
was born in Fayette County, Iowa. A separate sketch of Mrs.
Stebbins' career is included immediately following.
~ source: A Narrative History of The People
of Iowa, Edgar Rubey
Harlan, LL. B., A. M.,
Chicago and New York, 1931
~ transcribed and contributed by: Debbie Clough
Gerischer, Iowa History