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.

Sapp, Elso Edward
Bank Cashier; born in Parkersburg, Iowa April 9, 1892; son of Harm Sapp & Elizabeth Heitland; educated Buffalo Center HS; Hope College, Holland, Mich.; married Edity Jeffery (deceased) on October 15, 1915 at Sioux Rapids; sons: Robert J. & Mark Alan; daughters: Jeanne Vere & Rosamond Elizabeth; 1912-15 employed by McGuire Lumber Co., Buffalo Center; 1915- asst. cashier & cash bank, Buffalo Center; Businessmen's Club; AF&AM; Congregational Church; office & residence Buffalo Center.
Elso & Florence Sapp
Elso & Florence Sapp

Photo added 3/17/2010, contributed by Ken Moen from the 'Buffalo Center Book 1892-1992'

Secor, Raymond Eugene
Head Hog Buyer, Packing Co.; born in Buffalo Center, Iowa Nov 22, 1898; son of Ellsworth E. Secor & Emma J. Harmon; educated Buffalo Center; Selma, Ala* HS, 1916; Iowa State College, BSc 1921; Phi Gamma Delta; married Lola M. Clements Dec 7, 1929 in Des Moines; son: Richard Eugene; daughter: Janice Rae; 1921-22 HS teacher, Sheffield; 1922-27 took employment in sales department Hormel Packing Co., Austin, Minn.; 1927-29 salesman Purina Mills, Ala*territory; 1929-32 manager mixed feed department Morrell & Co., 1932- head hog buying department, Ottumwa; during World War enlisted in SATC at Ames, Sept 1919, transferred to Officers Training Camp, Camp Pike, Ark., discharged November 1919; Chamber of Commerce; Country Club; Presbyterian Church, trustee 1938-39; Republican; hobby: flower gardening; office, Morrell Company; residence, N. Court Road, Ottumwa, Wapello county, Iowa.
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Sheldon, Clifford Arthur
Attorney; born Badger, Iowa March 10, 1903; son of Oliver Sheldon & Judith Chantland; educated Waldorf Academy; Waldorf Jr. College; George Washington Univ., Washington, D.C., LLB 1931; Phi Delta Phi; 1928-31 employed by US Treasury Dept.; 1931-37 practiced law, Washington D.C., 1937- Lake Mills; 1938-40 assist. Winnebago Co. attorney; 1937 admitted to practice before Supreme Court of US; Iowa State Bar Assn.; Chamber of Commerce; Lions; Rice Lake Sportsmans Club; Rice Lake Golf Club; chairman of the board of review of Winnebago district BSA; IOOF; AF&AM; Lutheran Church; Rep, township committee, secretary to county central com., treas Winnebago Co. Young Republican League; hobbies: reading, sports; office & residence Lake Mills.
Clifford A. Sheldon, 1922
Clifford A. Sheldon, 1922

Photo added 6/8/2010, contributed by Ken Moen from the 1922 Waldorf College yearbook.

Skarpness, John J.
Clergyman; born Kristiansund, Norway December 8, 1867; son of John J. Skarpness & Johana Olsen; educated Norway; Red Wing Seminary & College 1895; Theological Study Class 1898; ordained minister June 8, 1898; grad work Theological Luther Seminary, Chicago, Ill; married Ida Farnlof (deceased) October 28, 1898 at Sacred Heart, Minn.; married Anna Stroberg may 4, 1901 at Chicago, Ill; sons: Joseph & Albert; daughters: Ruth (Mrs. Allan Craig), Esther (Mrs. Alford Anderson); 1898-1904 pastor First Lutheran Church, Strand, 1904-08 Hauges Lutheran Church, Chicago, Ill., 1908-23 Scandia Lutheran Church, Centerville, S.D.; 1914-15 traveled as sup't of home missions; 1923- pastor, Bethany, Linden & West Prairie Lutheran Churches, Thompson; 1938-39 president Estherville Circuit; hobbies: strong preaching & music; office & residence Thompson.
Rev. J.J. Skarpness, Anna Stroberg Skarpness, Esther & rear: Ruth, Joseph and Albert
John Skarpness family

Photo added 3/7/2010, contributed by Ken Moen from the 'Thompson, Iowa Centenial Book 1892-1992'

Slowey, James Eugene
Clergyman; born in Dickens, Iowa May 13, 1896; son of Eugene F. Slowey & Margaret O'Brien; educated public and parochial schools; Loras College, Dubuque; Grand Seminary, Montreal Canada; 1922-29 ass't. pastor, Oelwein; 1929-30 ass't pastor St. Patrick's Church, Dubuque; 1930-33 pastor Reilly Settlement; 1933- pastor, Forest City; Rotary; Chamber of Commerce; Knights of Columbus; office & residence Forest City.
Smith, John Edgar
Superintendent of Schools; born in Winnipeg, Canada January 9, 1897; son of Samuel Smith & Mary Elizabeth Hill; educated Winnipeg, Canada HS; Wesley College, Canada; Univ. of Manitoba, BA 1917; Regina Normal School, Univ. of Minnesota, MA 1925; married Bertha Alexandra Anderson April 19, 1919 in Moosimin, Saskatchewan, Canada; son: L.A. Warren; daughters: Geraldine, June & Beverly; 1919-24 principle of schools, Cupar, Canada; 1925-28 superintendent of schools, Rock Falls, 1928-30 Rockwell, 1930- consolidated schools, Buffalo Center; 1936-37 president north central division Iowa State Teachers Ass'n.; memberIowa State Teachers Ass'n, has held various offices; North Iowa Conference of Secondary Schools, has held all offices; was one of 5 to draw up rules & regulations governing secondary schools in North Central Ass'n; Commercial Club, past president; Order Eastern Star, past worthy patron; AF&AM, past master; Methodist Church; hobbies: reading, sports; office & residence Buffalo Center.
John E. Smith
John E. Smith

Photo added 3/17/2010, contributed by Ken Moen from the 'Buffalo Center Book 1892-1992'

Smith, Milford W.
Dentist; born Kossuth Co., Iowa Sept 27, 1902; son of M.H. Smith & Clara Krosh; educated Elmore, Minn; Univ. of Iowa, DDS 1926, 1925-26 won letters in baseball; Xi Psi Phi; married Hazel Johnson November 30, 1922 at Marion; sons: Max L. & Richard L.; daughter: Sheryll Kay; 1926-28 dentist, Armstrong; 1928- dentist, Rake; 1935- member board of education; Iowa Dental Society; Chamber of Commerce; Rice Lake Country Club; AF&AM; Methodist Church; hobbies: golf, baseball, gardening; office & residence Rake.
Swanson, Bernhard
Creamery Manager; born Solvesborg, Sweden December 9, 1883; son of Swen Oredson & Louise Swanson; educated in Sweden; married Ellen Larson (deceased) Apr 14, 1914 in Algona; sons: Henry & Wallace; daughters: Margaret (Mrs. A.L. Zink) and Eleanor M.; 1913 came to US; 1913-15 operated country creamery, Algona; 1916-19 & 1923- manager Buffalo Center Co-op Creamery, Buffalo Center; 1919-21 manager Kanawha Creamery, Kanawha; AF&AM 560; hobby: reading; office & residence Buffalo Center.

- 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