"Resident of the Month"
Interviews featuring residents at the Postville Good Samaritan home.

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Transcribed by S. Ferrall for Clayton co. IAGenWeb
Any notes following the biographies were added by S. Ferrall.


Glessner (Harris) Webster

Glessner (Harris) Webster

The spotlight this month falls on a lady who was the first resident of Postville's Good Samaritan Center, Mrs. A.C. Webster. Mrs. Webster moved to the center the day it was opened for occupancy.

Gless, as she is best known, has been a resident of Postville all her life having been born on what is now known as the Grant Schultz farm. Her parents were Mr. and Mrs. William Harris. She had one brother and four sisters. A sister, Mrs. O.J. Beucher, lives in Postville.

She attended country school and when the family moved to town they lived in the present John Palas home. She graduated from Postville High School and then taught country school at Grand Meadow.

Gless married Arthur Webster of Postville, an insurance man. One son, Bruce, lives in Sioux City. There are three grandchildren. Mr. Webster died about ten years ago.

Gless is an active resident and takes part in all of the activities at the Center.

~Postville Herald, Wednesday, November 29, 1972 (column: Resident of the Month, Good Samaritan Center, Postville, Iowa)
~Gless Webster's Obituary
~Arthur C. Webster's Obituary


Jennie (Nims) Wickham

A resident of the Good Samaritan Center since September 24, 1973, Jennie Wickham is active in most of the activities.

She was born in June 1888 in Fayette County, the daughter of Henry and Hattie (Finch) Nims. She had a twin sister Jessie who died in infancy. She also had two brothers and five sisters.

While Jennie was growing up, the Nims family lived north of Hawkeye where she attended a rural school. In 1907 she married Frank Wickham and they lived most of their early life around Hawkeye farming. They were parents of five sons and three daughters. Around 1930 they moved to a farm near Clermont, retiring from farming in the late thirties.

Around 1940 they moved to Postville where he husband worked for Hall Roberts until he retired. He died in 1963, then she went to live with her daughter.

Jennie was always a nature lover and enjoyed going to the woods to see and enjoy the trees and flowers. Fishing was her greatest sport and in earlier years she loved entertaining her family and relatives at Sunday dinners.

~Postville Herald, Wednesday, July 3, 1974 (column: Resident of the Month, Good Samaritan Center, Postville, Iowa)

~Jennie (Nims) Wickham's obituary
~Frank Wickham's obituary


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