Alexander Wandell was born in Cattaraugus County, N.Y., Oct. 7, 1844. When he was about nine years old his father removed to McHenry County, Ill., where he remained one year, and in 1854 located in Clayton County, Iowa. Alexander was educated chiefly in Cox Creek Township. He enlisted in 1863 in the late war, in Company F, Twenty-seventh Iowa Infantry. He participated in the battles of Dead Oaks, Tupelo, Nashville, Spanish Fort and Fort Blakely. Mr. Wandell was transferred to the Twelfth Iowa Infantry previous to the close of the war. After he was transferred, he volunteered as dispatch carrier, carrying messages between Tuscaloosa and Talladega, Ala. After serving in this capactiy six mohths, he retired from the service and returned to Iowa. He followed farming until December, 1881, when he engaged in the livery business in Volga City, and still continues in that occupation with good success. He was married on Feb. 3, 1872, to Ella Rowell, who was born in New Hampshire in 1854. They have one child - Wilber M., born May 8, 1873. Mr. Wandell is a Republican in politics.
source: History of Clayton
County, Iowa, 1882, p. 1106-1107
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