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William Christian Reimer

William Christian Reimer, a prominent attorney of Elkader, Iowa, was born in Clayton county July 27th, 1887 and is the of Carl and Marie (Speicer) Reimer, both of whom were foreign born, the father a native of Mecklenburg, Germany, and the mother of Switzerland.

Mr. Reimer came to America in 1865, locating in Clayton county, Iowa, but after years of successful industry has been able to retire from active work. Mrs. Reimer passed to the other life December 19th, 1906, Mr. Reimer afterward removing to Minneapolis where he is living retired.

Seven children were born to them: Henry, a farmer of Read township; Louise, wife of William Splies of Garnavillo township; Carrie, who is married to John Fritz of Giard township; Lena, married to Walter Sadewasser and living in Minneapolis, Minnesota; Charles and Herman, both Volga township; and William, the subject of this sketch.

Mr. Reimer's success in his profession, aside from his native ability, is due in a large measure to the years of thorough preparation he devoted to its study. In 1906 he began his course of study in Drake University, spending one year, then entering the University of Oregon, spending one year, after which he received his Bachelor degree of Law, and also took the state bar examination. At this time he was as yet under 21 years of age and not allowed, on account of his years, to practice his profession, he returned to Iowa, re-entering Drake University with his old class, receiving his Bachelor degree from the University and also taking the Iowa State Bar examination. Not satisfied with these degrees he took a post graduate course at Drake, receiving the master's degree at the end of another year, and then took the Chicago law course, receiving the degree of doctor of jurisprudence. During all the course of these studies he also took the literary course, receiving the degree of Bachelor of Literature from the Chicago Seminary of Sciences in 1910.

For a year he traveled extensively over the country before coming to Elkader. He went to Elkader, Iowa, April 1, 1911, and entered upon the lucrative practice of his profession. He makes a specialty of abstract work, and is president of the Clayton County Abstract Company, which employs the card index system in the conduct of its business, thereby having a complete and absolutely reliable list of all deeds and titles of Clayton county.

On December 26, 1912 Mr. Reimer led to the altar Miss Lina Stemmer, and to their marriage has been born one son, Carl Jr.

Mr Reimer is Republican in politics, and holds the office of town clerk. He is very active in the affairs of his church, the German Evangelical, serving as its secretary. He takes keen interest in automobile activities, being secretary and treasurer of the Clayton County Automobile Club.

source: History of Clayton County, Iowa; From The Earliest Historical Times Down to the Present; by Realto E. Price, Vol. II; pg. 344-345

-OCR scanned by S. Ferrall


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