updated 04/11/2010

Who's Who in Iowa
Winnebago co. biographies


Note: there are no photos in the book, those that have been contributed are from another source, as credited with the photo.

Bowen, Ralph
Merchant; b. Mason City, Iowa Feb 19, 1901; son of Thomas Richard Bowen & Margaret E. Brentner; educated Mason City & Hamilton Business College; married Hazel V. Owen June 12, 1928 in Nashua; sons: Thomas Dean & Jerry Lee; 1916-23 employed by Ideal Sand & Gravel Co. Mason City; 1923-24 in cost department Western Grocers Co., Mason City, 1924-31 salesman; 1931- in grocery business, Buffalo Center, 1934- Forest City, 1936- Lake Mills, 1938- Thompson, 1939- Fertile, 1940- Esterville; Iowa Grocery & Meat Directors Association; Commercial Club, 1937-38 director, Forest City, 1933-34 director Buffalo Center; Rotary; IOOF; Methodist Church; hobbies: baseball, fishing; office & residence Forest City.
Ralph Bowen
Ralph Bowen

Photo added 3/2//2010, contributed by Ken Moen from a clipping in his mother's scrapbook.


Brackey, Austin O.
Farmer; b. Lake Mills, Iowa Dec 12, 1889; son of Charles O. Brackey & Jane Brackey; educated Winnebago Co.; married Theresa S. Peterson Feb 28, 1912 Forest City; sons: Carroll H., Marlin J., Dean L.; 1919- farmer, Lake Mills, 1919- raiser of pure-bred Holstein cattle for dairy herd; Charter member Farm Bureau; past twp. trustee several years; member school board; Sons of Norway; Rebekah; IOOF; United Lutheran Church; hobbies: baseball, football, sports; office & residence Lake Mills.

Mr. & Mrs. Austin O. Brackey, 1962 - photo courtesy of Ken Moen
Mr. & Mrs. Austin O. Brackey
Golden Wedding Anniversary, 1962

Photo added 2/25/2010, contributed by Ken Moen from a clipping in his mother's scrapbook. Mrs. Brackey was his dad's cousin.

Brones, Alfred George
Farmer; b. Forest City, Iowa Apr 16, 1889; son of Andrew N. Brones & Emma Jacobs; educated Forest City H.S. & Waldorf College; married Ida Bartieson June 22, 1922 in Forest City; sons: George A., Donald W., John Nelson, Alvin Bruce; daughters: Edith Carolyn, Charlotte Elaine, Geneva Mae; 1914- farmer, Winnebago Co.; 1922- raiser of dairy herd; past director Mount Valley school district 4, many years; member Farm Bureau; United Lutheran Church; Republican; hobby: reading; parents came to U.S. from Norway 1852, later located Winnebago Co.; residence Route 1, Forest City.
Brooker, Jay Ellis
Farmer; b. Hancock Co., Iowa Dec 9, 1892; son of J.W. Brooker & Ida Ellis; educated Forest City H.S. 1912 & Iowa State College; married Ruth M. Verterborg July 19, 1917 at Mason City; son: Warren Jay; 1915- farmer, Winnebago Co.; during World War headquarters Co. 219 field signal battalion; American Legion; 1st sec'y & an organizer Winnebago Co. Farm Bureau, past member several terms county board; Charter member Rotary, past pres; AF&AM 213, 32nd degree; Congregational Church; hobbies: fishing, hunting; residence Forest City.
Jay E. Brooker
Jay E. Brooker

Photo added 3/2/2010, contributed by Ken Moen from the 'Ruth & Carol' private collection.

Brooker, Myrtle
Librarian; b. Forest City, Iowa; daughter of J.W. Brooker & Ida Ann Ellis; education Forest City H.S.; 1934- librarian, Forest City library; Charter member & past sec'y American Legion auxillary; past sec'y Winnebago Co. Federated Womens Club; Charter member & past president 20th Century Study Club; Womans Club; OES sec'y, past matron; Methodist Church; hobby: working with young people; office & residence Forest City.
Buren, John Leonard
Merchant; b. Leland, Iowa June 10, 1913; son of W.P. Buren & Mary E. McGruvey; education Leland H.S. 1930; Columbia Call, Dubuque; married Thora Berg Oct 5, 1935 at Forest City; daughter Kathleen N.; 1937-39 owner & operator store, Leland; 1937-38 member town council, secy'y; member volunteer fire department; Rice Lake Outing Club; Catholic Church; hobbies: fishing, hunting, golf; office & residence Leland.
John L. Buren
John L. Buren

Photo added 4/11/2010, contributed by Ken Moen from the 'Ruth & Carol' private collection.

- source: The Iowa Press Association's Who's Who in Iowa, a Biographical Record of Iowa's Leaders in Business, Professional and Public Life; Pub. by Iowa Press Association, Des Moines, Iowa; 1940
- transcribed by Sharyl Ferrall for Winnebago co. IAGenWeb
- transcription note: the biographies in this book contain many abbreviations, the transcriber has taken the liberty of writing out many of these abbreviations to make the biography easier to read & to assist the researcher