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THE BELLE PLAINE BIOGRAPHICAL DIRECTORY
A Complete Hand-book of the City of Belle Plaine, Benton Co., Iowa.
Compiled by J. F. Wilcox.
Published by G. W. Myers, Belle Plaine, Iowa, 1897

space Organization
Introduction
Fraternal and Benevolent Societies
Churches
Schools
List of Photographs
Business Ads


INDEX TO BIOGRAPHIES
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WAGNER Charles. Switchman. No 57 N Oak. Born in Oxford Ia Jan 16 ____. Julia Finley his wife born in Wilmington Ill Jan 1 1866. Married Nov 21 1888. Children: Winifred born Oct 13 1889; Clyde born July 6 1891.

WAGNER John. Bridge foreman C&NW Ry. No 34 3rd Ave E NE cor Locust. AF&AM. Born in Pa May 28 1860. Hattie Hawley his wife born in Ill Sept 18 1867. Married Jan 28 1884. Children: Harry born May 4 1885; Mante born July 4 1886; Erna born Apr 20 1890; Esther born Mar 10 1893; Glen born Aug 13 1895.

WALKER James N. Brakeman. No 54 S Oak. Born in Montour Ia June 13 1868. May Hill his wife born same place Mar 22 1871. Children: Geo born Oct 13 1890.

WALKER Jno H. Flagman. No 9 W Sherman. Cong Ch. Born in Bedford Co Pa Feb 22 1868. Mary Holan his wife born in Tama Co Ia Apr 12 1869. Married Jan 22 1891.

WALKER Russell E. Switchman. No 3 S Willow. Born in Montour Ia May 23 1871. Nellie Anthony his wife born in Stanwood Ia Apr 8 1873. Married June 13 1894.

WAMPLER Elwood. Oil room at roundhouse. No 56 N Beech. ME Ch. Woodmen. Born in Iowa Feb 11 1854. Catharine Edwards his wife born in Ill Nov 18 1855. Married Oct 12 1882. Children: Orin born Dec 18 1883; Laura born Mar 24 1891.

WARD James. House mover. No 91 Sherman. Bethany Ch. Born in Ohio July 25 1849. Susan Brown his wife born in Ohio May 30 1847. Married Aug 22 1868. Children: Joseph (see); Samuel (see); Mrs Rosa Dodd born Jan 12 1874, res in Long Point Ia; Cora born Jan 8 1881; Eva born Oct 21 1888.

WARD Joseph. Painter. No 46 S Maple. Born in Conroy Ia May 16 1869. Etta Hillman his wife born in Poweshiek Co Ia Oct 18 1867. Married Feb 16 1892. Children: Blanche born Oct 19 1892; James born Dec 10 1893.

WARD Samuel. Mason. No 48 S Maple. K&L of Golden Precept. Born in Harden Co Ia May 14 1871. Hattie Freeman his wife born in Irving Ia Aug 24 1873. Bapt Ch. Married Nov 4 1896.

WAREHAM David. Livery. No 12 Walnut NE cor 3rd Ave W. ME CH. Born in Huntington Co Pa Aug 14 1842. Sarah Criswell his wife born same place July 19 1844. Married Feb 15 1874. Children: Myrtle born July 14 1879.

WAREHAM Daisy. Music teacher. No 32 Walnut St. Born in Belle Plaine Mar 8 1875.

WARNOCK Chas. Farmer. No 54 S Willow. Bethany Ch. Born in Fulton Co Ill Aug 17 1836. Tirza Ronstead his wife born in Ohio Nov 25 1835. Married June 20 1858. Children: Charles (see); Austin born Mar 2 1870; Mrs Hattie Herring res in country; Olive born Apr 25 1873; Irene born Nov 24 1879; Frank (see).

WARNOCK Charles. Night marshal. No 35 W Sherman. Born in Benton Co March 27 1864. Maggie Moran his wife born in Johnson Co Ia Feb 28 1854. Cath Ch. Children: John born Nov 5 1891; Minnie born Nov 27 1892.

WARNOCK Frank. Coal heaver. No 86 W Sherman. Born at Victor Ia Sept 2 1868. Agnes Wright his wife born in Belle Plaine Mar 11 1872. Married Oct 22 1890. Children: Jessie born Sept 2 1891; Hazel born Nov 30 1892, died July 23 1893; Merrill born June 28 1894; baby born Aug 25 1896.

WARREN Albert. Ret farmer. No 22 6th Ave W. Cong Ch. Born in NY Jan 14 1845. Christine Moderwell his wife born in Canada Apr 22 1849. Married Sept 6 1869. Children: Joseph (see); Alice born Apr 4 1879; Della born Apr 6 1887.

WARREN J H. Clerk with Nicholson. Cong Ch. Born in Ill Jan 21 1873. Ella Kline his wife born in Ypsilanti Mich Apr 11 1876. Married June 3 1896.

WEATHERS Clyde. Farmer on 4th Ave E. ME Ch. Born in Koszta May 20 1874. Elsie Thompkins his wife born in Marengo Ia Apr 12 1877. Married Aug 22 1895.

WEATHERS Lon. Painter. No 35 S Maple. K of P. Born in Iowa Co Feb 24 1866. Mary Barker his wife born in Kewanee Ill Apr 1 1878. Married July 29 1894.

WEATHERS Robert. Res with son Lon No 35 S Maple. Born in Jackson Co Ind Mar 23 1832. Mary Brannon his wife born same place Oct 7 1837, died Nov 3 1895. Married Jan 3 1856. Children: William (see); Lon (see); Clyde (see); Mrs Clara Smith born July 2 1860 res in Chelsea Ia.

WEATHERS William. Painter. No 7 W Lincoln. Born in Ind May 28 1858. Lucy Lucas his wife born in Iowa City Aug 30 1869. Bapt Ch. Married June 8 1890. Children: Vera born July 31 1891; Clara born Dec 18 1893.

WEBSTER Samuel. Coal and wood. No 65-67 Main cor Maple. Res No 7 W Grant. Born in Guernsey Co Ohio Apr 6 1840. Jane Holms his wife born same place Oct 3 1835. Married Jan 8 1861. Children: Miriam born Apr 6 1863; Margaret born Nov 21 1865; India Irene born Mar 24 1868; Rayburn born Mar 19 1873; Ellahu born Feb 25 1876; Tracy born Feb 27 1879.

WELLS G S. Tel repairs C&NW Ry. No 46 S Beech NE cor Lincoln. Born in Wis Apr 6 1866. Maggie Raible his wife born in Oskaloosa Ia May 23 1874. Married Sept 1 1890. Children: Leonard born May 27 1891; Lena born Jan 11 1894; Fred born Jan 31 1896.

WELLS L S. Con. No 62 N Oak. AF&AM ORC AOUW at Amboy Ill. Born in Burlington Vt Mar 12 1858. Lydia Mingle his wife born in Ironville Pa May 12 1852. ME Ch. Married Oct 24 1877. Children: Grace born Mar 16 1879; Nellie born Mar 2 1882; Lewis born Jun 9 1894; Ralph Schinnerhorn (nephew) born May 8 1884.

WENTZ Christopher. Farmer on N Plum. Luth Ch. Born in Baden Germany July 31 1838. Elizabeth Beeh his wife born same place Sept 19 1843. Married Sept 3 1866. Children: Mrs Chas Dickens (see); Mrs Frank Smith (see); William born Apr 4 1871; Kate born Sept 11 1874; Ernst born Jan 13 1876, died Mar 14 1897.

WESTINGHOUSE Spencer H. Loco engr. No 14 B S Oak. Cong Ch. K of P BLE. Born in Scott Co Ia Nov 26 1866. Amelia Rasburg his wife born in Luzerne Ia Jan 27 1874, Rathbone Sisters. Married Jan 4 1892. Children: Margery born Oct 3 1893; Zora born Nov 24 1894.

WESTMAN G E. Tailor. No 62 Main 2nd floor. Res No 58 N Beech. Born in Sweden Nov 13 1856. Ida Cook his wife born in Henry Co Ia Mar 7 1858. Married Nov 13 1878.

WERTHEIM Solly. Clothing. No 47 Main St. Res No 18 N Maple NW cor 2nd Ave E. Jewish Ch. AF&AM Mt Horeb Chapter. The Mayor of City. Born in Germany Mar 16 1858. Adele Sterne his wife born in Westerly RI. Married Feb 21 1893. Children: Bernice born June 14 1895; Genevieve born Aug 29 1896.

WEYMER Benj F. Broom maker. No 23 N Cherry. Res No 21 N Cherry. Born in Scott Co Ia Mar 12 1867. Jennie Jackson his wife born in Knox Co Ohio Jan 22 1868. Married Nov 27 1884. Children: Leon born Apr 16 1886; Elmer born July 10 1888; Jennie born June 10 1893; Bessie born June 27 1895.

WHARFF Mrs Martha. Dressmaker. No 61 B S Oak. Born in Madison Co Ia Aug 17 1857. Married Dec 19 1895. Children: William born July 19 1877; Rachel born June 29 1879; Albert born Aug 12 1881; Dora born Feb 12 1884.

WHEELER Henry. Farmer. No 74 S Oak. Born in Stubensville Ohio May 5 1828. Catharine Darner his wife born in Muskingum Co Ohio Apr 26 1833. Married Jan 2 1851. Children: Mrs E J Showatter born Dec 12 1852, res in Calif; William born Mar 3 1856, died Dec 26 1874; Joseph (see).

WHEELER Joseph. Justice of the Peace. No 55 Main St. Res No 18 N Oak NE cor 2nd Ave. K of P Redmen. Born in Iowa Co Ia Feb 18 1863. Ella Rusk his wife born in Tama Co Ia May 7 1865. Married Dec 2 1886. Children: Harley born Feb 15 1890.

WHEELER Warren. Lab at roundhouse. No 18 W Sherman. ME Ch. Born in Victor Ia Apr 16 1870. Nora Rose his wife born July 17 1871. Married Dec 21 1890. Children: Dilbert born Sept 5 1893; Clement born Jan 16 1896.

WHITAKER Chas N. Prop of Herald. No 7 N Beech St. Res No 9 3rd Ave W. K of P. Born in Louisa Co Ia Oct 15 1859. Orrie Jones his wife born in Audubon Co Ia June 1 1869. Presby Ch. Children: Percy born May 9 1889; Estelle born June 18 1893.

WHITE Alex. Ret farmer. Born in Delaware Co NY Oct 4 1843. Rosa Burns his wife born in Grant Co Wis Oct 5 1851. Cong Ch. Married July 4 1870. Children: Hiram born Aug 3 1872; Hester born Sept 2 1877; Mary born Dec 19 1887.

WHITE William. Section boss C&NW Ry. Cath Ch. No 38 W Sherman St. Sarah Hogan his wife born in Ireland May 29 1860. Married Nov 2 1887. Children: William born Oct 15 1888; James born Mar 31 1889; Leo born Mar 26 1891; Jno Raymond born Oct 13 1893; Emmett born Feb 24 1896.

WHITE William. General store. No 52 Main. Res No 52 Main 2nd floor. Born in Champaign Co Ohio Feb 22 1825. Patsy Campbell his wife born in Ind Feb 12 1836. Married May 18 1856. Children: Nellie; William; Susie; George; Lillie; Carrie.

WICH John. Section hand. Res on N Plum. Children: John; Harry; Frank; Joe; infant girl.

WIENER B R. Pastor Evan Ch. No 65 N Beech. Born in Germany Mar 14 1868. Dora Gindlach his wife born in Germany Sept 18 1866. Married May 1 1890. Children: Rosa born Jan 3 1891; Lydia born Aug 18 1893; Clinton born Feb 25 1896.

WILCOX Charles. Mgr grocery dept at Lawrence's. No 33 Main St. K of P. Born in Harden Co Ia Oct 5 1866. Boards No 29 N Beech with Lewis.

WILCOX Lewis E. Coml travel. No 29 N Beech. Born in Iowa Sept 25 1857. Lillie Shaw his wife born in Neb Feb 24 1860. Cong Ch. Married Oct 7 1888. Children: Zora born July 8 1889; Mae born Dec 8 1890; Marjorie born May 24 1894; Dorotha born Aug 1 1896.

WILBUR Fred. Train dispatcher. Born in Mendota Ill Dec 6 1867. Louise Adams his wife born in Ia Nov 21 1869. Married July 10 1895.

WILCOXEN Geo. Mason and plasterer. No 26 S Oak. Born in Buffalo Grove Ill Jan 1 1847. Sarah Foote his wife born in Polo Ill Feb 6 1851. Married July 4 1869. Children: Leona born Oct 30 1870; Orville born Apr 1872, phys in Chicago; Mrs Geo Janes born June 8 1873; Joseph born Oct 30 1876.

WILEY Mrs Mary nee Orthscheid. Widow. No 20 N Oak. Born in Wis Aug 29 1862. Married June 15 1880. Children: Orin born Oct 23 1882.

WILLIAMS D E. Mason. No 44 S Maple. Born in Herkimer Co NY May 6 1859. Mrs Edith Shaw nee Sivard his wife born in Rock Island Ill May 18 1864. Married Aug 22 1888. Children by first husband: Orville Shaw born Aug 27 1883; Milton Shaw born Mar 23 1886. Children by 2nd marriage: Gaylord born Oct 16 1889; Edith born Apr 30 1891; Nellie born Mar 10 1893, died Aug 28 1893; Floyd born June 23 1895.

WILLIAMS Dr. J A. Eclectic phys. Office NW cor Beech and Main over bank. Res No 45 N Beech. ME Ch. ILH Woodmen. Born in Edgerton Wis June 13 1865. Cora Bangs his wife born in Delevan Wis Dec 1 1862. Married May 6 1895. Children: DeWitt born Jan 23 1896.

WILLIAMS J W. Clerk with Grossman. No 30 Walnut St. ME Ch. Born in Tama Co Ia Jan 4 1866. Etta Cordner his wife born in Garwin Ia Feb 2 1868. Married Jan 5 1886. Children: Grace born Aug 5 1886; Fred born Jan 11 1891.

WILLIAMS Jas. Night inspector car repairs C&NW Ry. No 37 E Sherman. Mod Woodmen. Born in Ill Aug 22 1866. Hattie Carter his wife born in Springfield Ill Aug 10 1872. Married May 9 1889. ME Ch. Children: Alexander born May 20 1891; Arthur born Oct 7 1892.

WILLS Gordon H. Loco fireman. No 18 S Oak SE cor Grant. BLF. Grace Pickering his wife born in Boone Ia Aug 8 1872. Married June 13 1889. Children: Homer born Nov 14 1890.

WILSON Benjamin. Vet surgeon. No 39 5th Ave E. Born in Ohio June 9 1838. Martha Davidson his wife born in Ohio Feb 24 1841. Married Nov 5 1859. Children: Mrs Mary Allen born Oct 31 1860; Mrs Sarah Ewult born Feb 26 1863; Francis born Oct 23 1866; Mrs Josephine Chown born Nov 1 1871; George (see); Levi born Apr 12 1878; Martha born Sept 18 1879.

WILSON D L. Fruit grower. No 89 N Beech. Born in Jackson Co Ind Mar 23 1830. Lena Kirkpatrick his wife born in Jackson Co Ohio May 7 1846. ME Ch. Married Dec 9 1861. Children: Harry (see); Mrs Quackenbush born Jan 10 1867; Clara born Nov 20 1874; Geo born Oct 1 1881.

WILSON Edith. Domestic. No 72 N Beech. Born July 14 1878.

WILSON F M. Lab. 3rd Ave W NW cor Chestnut. Born in Ohio Oct 23 1866. Stella Shoemaker his wife born Calhoun Co Ia May 17 1872. Married Feb 19 1890. Children: Selby born Dec 18 1890; Harry born Feb 11 1893; Charles born Aug 25 1895.

WILSON Frank. Lab. No 28 W Sherman. Born in Darke Co Ohio Oct 23 1866. Stella Shoemaker his wife born in Carroll Co Ia Mar 17 1872. Married Feb 19 1890. Children: Selba born Dec 18 1890; Harry born Feb 11 1893; Charles born Aug 25 1895. (NOTE: See F. M. Wilson above for possible duplication.)

WILSON Geo H. Farmer. NO 28 W Sherman. Bapt Ch. Born in Ind Jan 25 1874. Jessie Craft his wife born in Tama Co Ia Nov 17 1875. Married June 16 1896.

WILSON Guy. Stock dealer. No 27 S Maple. IOOF. Born in Poweshiek Co Ia May 26 1867.

WILSON Harry. Brakeman. No 98 N Beech NE cor 8th Ave. Born in Iowa Co Feb 6 1865. Austa Guinn his wife born in Belle Plaine Jan 7 1872. Married May 24 1891. Randolph Guinn, Mrs Wilson's brother, born Jan 29 1881.

WILSON Harvey. Laundryman. ME Ch. Born in Poweshiek Co Ia Oct 13 1875.

WILSON John D Sr. Lumber agt. No 96 Main St. Res No 20 N Pine. Prop Natitorium. Born at Holidaysburg Pa Oct 25 1832. Universalist Ch. AF&AM Mt Horeb Chap. Children: Frank born Jan 25 1868; Mrs Mary Hovey born Jan 29 1869; Jennie born Feb 14 1871; John Jr. (see).

WILSON John D Jr. Bookkeeper. Res No 20 N Pine. K of P. Born in Belle Plaine July 20 1873. Emma Ineck his wife born in Chelsea Ia Apr 28 1872. Married June 30 1896.

WILSON Mrs Libbie. Widow of Warren Wilson. No 72 N Maple. Children: Georgia born Mar 8 1888.

WINS Mrs Mary Wickham, wife of Owin Wims. No 47 N Oak. ME Ch. Born in Darke Co Ohio May 9 1851. Married Dec 11 1883. One child by Owin Wims: William born Dec 11 1885. Children by first husband Wm Wickham: Sarah born Oct 8 1872; James born Nov 2 1878; Rachel born Dec 2 1879.

WIMS Owen. No 27 N Pine St.

WINSLOW Robert. Water supply C&NW Ry. No 11 W Washington. K of P. Born in Washington Co Ind Feb 17 1847. Mary Holmes his wife born in Guernsey Co Ohio June 24 1854, Rebekahs. Married Dec 3 1870. Children: Willey born Nov 7 1871; Edward born Mar 19 1874.

WINTERSTEIN D W. Gardener. No 27 N Maple NW cor 3rd Ave E. Cong Ch. Born in Cedar Co Ia Oct 10 1840. Julia Brown his wife born in Ontario Co NY July 4 1845. Married Jan 1 1884. Children: Herbert born Mar 16 1885.

WOLFE F C. Superannuated member of Upper Iowa Con of ME Ch. Insurance and loans. No 53 Main. Res No 101 N Beech. AF&AM IOOF. Born in Highland Co Ohio Sept 16 1824. Elvia Redkey his wife born in Marshall Ohio Dec 15 1829. Married July 29 1847. Children: Mae born June 24 1868.

WONDER Christine. Domestic with Mrs. Schluntic. Born in 1838.

WONDERLICH Eugene. Water supply C&NW Ry. No 8 Walnut St. Redmen. Born in Irving Ia Aug 16 1867. Millie Gaghagen his wife born in Hamilton Ill July 27 1870. Married Mar 4 1889. Children: Nina born May 26 1894.

WOOD Mrs Mary. Widow. Dressmaker. No 9 S Cherry. Evan Ch. Born in LaPorte Ind Sept 4 1856. Married Jan 2 1875. Children: Mrs Aquilla Athey (see).

WOODRUFF J M. Rejahl & Woodruff, marble dealers. 15 N Maple. Res No 16 N Fair. Evan Ch. IOOF M&GD Assn of Ia Rebekahs. Born in Poweshiek Co Ia Aug 31 1868. Sybilla Burkhart his wife born in Belle Plaine Feb 27 1875, Rebekahs. Married June 25 1896.

WOODRUFF O H. Carp and oil dealer. No 26 S Willow NE cor Jefferson. Born in Ohio May 11 1834. Ann Bellick his wife born in Potter Co Pa May 18 1838. Married Oct 17 1855. Children: Thomas (see); Mrs Milton Quigley (see); Mrs Alice Ashton res in SD; Jefferson (see).

WOODRUFF Thos A. Lab. No 55 E Washington. Bapt Ch. Born in Ill Oct 23 1859. Sarah Heath his wife born in Essex Co NY May 5 1847. Married Jan 8 1890.

WOODWARD L H. No 30 S Maple cor E Jefferson. Bapt Ch. Born in Pa Jan 14 1833. ____ina Wilson his wife born in Mer____ in 1834. Married Oct 22 1852. Children Mrs B A Turnbull (see); Mrs Jennie _____; Mrs Theodore Stoick (see); Mrs _____ (see); Mrs Allie Christie res in ____. Gracie born Oct 22 1875.

WOODLEY Dr. J. Phy and surgeon reg school. Office No 25 A and res No 25 B N Beech. Born in Ohio Mar 6 1834. Salome Sullenbarger his wife born in Ohio Oct 24 1837. Married Sept 23 1862.

WRIGHT Augustus. Ret farmer. No 33 S Beech. Born in Upper Sandusky Ohio Mar 11 1830. Mary Rogers his wife born in Livingston Co NY Dec 18 1838. Married July 4 1853. Children: James born Jan 10 1857 res in Rock Island Ill; Emeline born Apr 7 1856, died Apr 10 1860; Wm born Sept 15 1857; Lydia born June 28 1859, died Sept 2 1865; Mrs Ida Heller; George born July 4 1863; Ulysses born Aug 23 1865; Charles born Sept 16 1867; Oscar born Mar 3 1870; Mrs Frank Warnock (see); Mrs Mary Hardin born July 29 1874; Elmer born Aug 2 1876; Carrie born Nov 27 1883.

WRIGHT E B. Ret farmer. No 41 5th Ave E SW cor N Fair. Evan Ch. Born in Ohio Aug 1 1828. Rovella Osburn his wife born Feb 15 1847. Married Jan 22 1896. Children by first wife: Leroy born Nov 30 1852; Mrs Libbie Tage born Apr 28 1854 res in Cass Co Ia; Franklin born Sept 14 1856; Levi born Feb 13 1858; Ephraim born Apr 15 1863; Sheridan born Feb 261865; Mrs Jane Stiffler born Sept 23 1867; Mrs Geo Stiffler (see).

WRIGHT Thomas J. Brakeman. No 64 W Sherman. Born in Warren Co Ohio Nov 12 1852. Jennie Walton his wife born in Tama Co Ia Feb 1 1859. Bapt Ch. Married Nov 7 1875. Children: Bert born Jan 14 1879; Laura born Apr 14 1881; Goldie born Apr 13 1883, died May 16 1884; Lillie born Sept 13 1888.

WYMAN Fred. Brakeman. No 18 S Beech. Born in Poweshiek Co Ia Sept 2 1873.

WYMAN Schuyler. Ret farmer. No 44 S Beech. Born in NY Dec 11 1831. Emmarilla Boling his wife born in Washington Co Ind June 25 1841. ME Ch. Married Aug 19 1860. Children: Clarissa born Jan 22 1863; Mrs Geo Parks (see); Jay born Dec 14 1865; Gertie born Feb 17 1884; Mrs Flora Day born Aug 22 1869.


Transcribed by Sally Goehring.
Copyright © 1999 by Sally Goehring.




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