updated 03/07/2010

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.

Palmer, Charles Mann
Farmer; born in Gifford, Iowa on January 2, 1885; son of Charles Malcomb Palmer & Grace May Collins; educated Hardin Co.; married Emma V. Nelson on Feb 25, 1914 in Forest City; son: Donald Nelson; 1915- farmer, Winnebago Co.; 1931-1940 president Forest twp. school board; 1937-39 president Winnebago Rural Electric Co-op, 1936- board member; VP Forest City Farm Loan Assn.; director Mason City Production Credit Assn.; local county agent for Iowa Farm Mutual Auto Insurance Co.; Winnebago Co. Farm Bureau, 1938-39 president, past board member 15 years; Methodist church, board member 20 years; hobby: landscaping; residence Route 3, Forest City.
Parker, Jessie M.
State Superintendent of Public Instruction; born in Black Hawk county, Iowa; daughter of Frederick H. Parker & Martha J. Knapp; educated Winnebago county, Lake Mills HS; Des Moines University, BA 1916; Iowa State Teachers College; Buena Vista College, honorary LLB; Valparaiso Indiana College, BPd; ___ school teacher, Lake Mills; 1915-27 Winnebago Co. superintendent of schools; 1927-39 Iowa State rural school supervisor; 1938- State Superintendent of Public Instruction, State of Iowa, Des Moines; president & executive officer Iowa State Board for Vocational Education and for Iowa State Board of Educational Examiners; life member National Education Assn.; American Assn. of School Administrators; Business & Professional Women; PEO; Order Eastern Star 452, past worthy matron, Lake Mills; Methodist church; hobbies: books, music; office State House, Des Moines; residence Lake Mills.
Jesse M. Parker
Jessie M. Parker

Photo added 3/7/2010, contributed by Ken Moen from the book '40th Anniversary, Lake Mills, Iowa, 1896-1936'

Perry, Burt J.
Manager Canning Factory; born in Forest City, Iowa June 5, 1893; son of Rome Perry & Ida Farmer; educated Forest City HS; Highland Park College, Des Moines; married Hazel Davey on January 20, 1912 at Minneapolis, Minn.; son: Keith Winston; 1921-28 operated dairy, Forest City; 1928- manager Forest Canning Co., Forest City; 1931- manager and part owner Forest Canning Co.; 1932-34 member city council; director Forest City Bank & Trust Co.; Chamber of Commerce; Congregational church; hobbies: fishing, sports; office & residence Forest City.
Peterson, August J.
Physician & Surgeon; born in Duluth, Minn. on Nov 21, 1875; son of Lars O. Peterson & Alberta E. Rasch; educated rural schools; St. Anskar Academy; St. Olaf College, Minn.; University of Iowa, MD 1901; married Nellie I. Larson on April 10, 1901 at Clear Lake; son: Robert A.; daughters: Gladys H. ( Mrs. Robert Hughes), Lorraine E. (Mrs. Harold Rye); 1900 passed North Dakota State medical examination & practiced there 1 summer; 1901-04 practiced medicine, Katherine, N. Dak.; 1904-14, Fertile; 1914-15, Spiser, Minn.; 1915- Forest City; past coroner several years; past health officer several years; during World War was chief medical examiner for Winnebago co. ; Iowa State Medical Soc.; American Medical Assoc.; Norwegian Lutheran church, past trustee; hobbies: woodworking, music; office & residence Forest City.
Pettersen, Clarence Henry
Clergyman; born in Stoughton, Wisconsin on June 30, 1905; son of Gustave A. Pettersen & Ketty Hovind; educated Stoughton, Wis. HS; Garrett Biblical Institute; Norwegian-Danish Theological Seminary, Evanston, Ill. 1927; married Wanda Catherine Rynning (deceased) on June 8, 1927 at Chicago, Ill.; sons: Clarence Hugh & Omar Wesley; daughter: Wanda Annette; 1927-28 pastor Brighton Methodist church, New Ulm, Minn.; 1928-31 pastor Scandinavian Methodist church, Highland Park, Detroit, Mich.; 1931-35 pastor Bethelship Methodist church, Brookland, N.Y.; 1935- pastor Scandinavian Methodist church, Forest City; 1937- pastor Asbury Methodist church, Lake Mills; member Norwegian Danish Conference of Methodist Church; hobbies: horses, gardening; office & residence Forest City.
Rev. C.H. Pettersen
Rev. C.H. Petterson

Photo added 2/24/2010, contributed by Ken Moen, courtesy of Ruth & Carol's private Collection.

Prewitt, Lester Dee
Editor; born in Victor, Iowa on August 24, 1899; son of William R. Prewitt & June Ringler; educated Forest City HS; Unifversity of Iowa, BA, LLB 1925; Delta Theta Phi; married Lela M. Wolf June 28, 1928 at Nashua; 1925-30 practiced law at Osage; June 1931- with father in publishing business, Forest City; Rotary; AF&AM; Methodist church; Republican; hobby: history; office & residence Forest City.
Prewitt, William R.
Publisher; born in Freedom, Owen Co., Indiana on July 11, 1868; son of DeWilton S. Prewitt & Elizabeth Light; married June Ringler on April 11, 1898 at Marengo; son: Lester D.; 1889-90 editor of Irwin Journal; 1890-92 editor Gilmore City Globe; 1892-95 editor Fontanelle Observer; 1895-97 editor Marengo Republican; 1898-1901 editor Victor Index; 1902-14 editor Onawa Sentinel-Gazette; 1915- publisher Summit, absorbed Independent in 1919 and absorbed Republican in 1938; Postmaster, Onawa 8 years & Forest City 9 years; Rotary; AF&AM; Methodist church; Republican; hobby: photography; office & residence Forest City.
William R. Prewitt
William R. Prewitt

Photo added 3/2/2010, 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