FRED WYMAN. In the character and activities of a few men
Davenport still carries on in its old traditions as one of the great
capitals of the lumber industry of the Middle West. Mr. Wyman is closely
linked with those traditions that at one time represented extensive interests in
the lumber business.
Mr. Wyman's mother was Anna Phelps, sister of John B. Phelps,
who with James E. Lindsay in 1862 formed the partnership long known as Lindsay
& Phelps Company, with headquarters at Davenport. This firm built a saw mill
in 1866, and thereafter for years figured with increasing importance in the
lumber development of the Northwest. It is significant that in the publication
issued some years ago, entitled History of 100 Prominent Lumber Men of America,
two of the names that came in for special consideration were John B. Phelps and
James E. Lindsay. The Lindsay & Phelps Company continued as an organization
Mr. Wyman was born at Schroon, Essex County, New York,
October 10, 1857, being a son of Daniel and Anna (Phelps) Wyman. He was educated
at grammar and high schools at Crown Point and Westport, New York, and also took
a course in a business college at Troy, New York. In 1878 he came west to
Davenport and began in association and work with the Lindsay & Phelps
Company, an association which was continued until the dissolution of the company
He is also president of the Southern Lumber Company, with
holdings in Arkansas, is president of the Warren and Ouachita Valley Railway
Company, is secretary of the Cloquet Lumber Company, with holdings in Minnesota,
secretary and treasurer of the Sound Timber Company, with holdings in the States
of Washington and Oregon; is vice president of the Richardson Land & Timber
Company at Davenport. For many years he was president of the Southland Lumber
Company of Louisiana, whose holdings were disposed of a few years ago.
In 1887 Mr. Wyman married Miss Lillie Lindsay, daughter of
James E. Lindsay. She died December 26, 1905. In 1917 Mr. Wyman married Mrs.
Margaret Blair Lindsay. Mr. Wyman has one daughter, Mrs. Edith W. Wilson, of New
York and two grandsons, Richard Wyman Wilson and John Oliver Wilson. Mr. Wyman
is a member and trustee of the First Presbyterian Church at Davenport and a
trustee of the Y.M.C.A., of both of which institutions he has been a large
benefactor. he is also a member of the Outing Club, Davenport Country Club and
Chamber of Commerce.
JOE R. WHITE as editor, owner and publisher of the Manilla
Times at Manilla in Crawford County, is one of the most important citizens
of that community. Mr. White was practically born to the newspaper profession,
his father having followed it the greater part of his active life.
Mr. White was born at Emmetsburg, Palo Alto County,
Iowa, April 30, 1896. His father is Thomas J. White, who was born in 1870, at
Emmetsburg, and has known practically no other occupation or business than that
of printing and newspaper work. He is now conducting a commercial printing
establishment at Monticello in Jones County. His experience in the newspaper
profession could be traced through a list of newspaper enterprises, including
the Palo Alto Tribune, The Whittemore Champion, the Boone
County Pioneer, and also the Trenton, Missouri, Daily Times and the
Jefferson, Iowa, Herald. Thomas J. White married Margaret Branagan, who
was born in Fayette County, Iowa, and died in 1918.
Joe R. White received his early school advantages in public
and parochial schools at Emmetsburg and Whittemore, Iowa. It would be difficult
for him to recall the exact time when he became familiar with the mechanical
equipment of a newspaper office. Mot of his early printing knowledge was given
him by his father. He helped his father on the papers at Trenton, Missouri, and
Boone county, Iowa. For some time he was owner and editor of the Guthrie
County Vedette at Panora. Mr. White since 1925 has been conducting the Manilla
Times. He has a well equipped country newspaper office, linotype machine,
good presses and he has the industry and the enterprise required for successful
work in the field of country journalism.
Mr. White is independent in politics and a member of the
Catholic Church. He married Lillian Norman, who was born at Algona, Iowa. They
have three children, Lavonne, Maurice and Joan.