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Lewis Witleson

Lewis Witleson. It is a matter of no slight social and material significance when a man can claim secure status as one of the successful yeomen of the great state of Iowa, and such distinction applies to Mr. Witleson, who is one of the progressive young agriculturists and stock growers of his native county and one of the popular and loyal citizens of Marion township, within whose borders he has maintained his home from the time of his birth and in which he is effectively upholding the prestige of a family name that has been one of prominence in connection with the civic and industrial activities of Clayton county since the early pioneer days.

On the old homestead farm of his father, in Section 26, Marion township, Lewis Witleson was born on the 24th of May, 1887, and he is a son of Wetley and Ambjor (Lamsgaard) Witleson, the former of whom was born and reared in Clayton county, and the latter of whom was born in Norway. Wetley Witleson's parents were born and reared in Norway and upon coming to America they became pioneer settlers of Clayton county, to the development and uplifting of which they contributed to the full extent of their powers. There came to Wetley Witleson ample opportunity for the achieving of large success and definite prosperity as one of the farmers of his native county, and he accumulated and improved a fine landed estate, so that he was one of the substantial citizens and representative farmers of the county at the time of his death, which occurred April 27th, 1895. His widow remains with their son Lewis, of this review, on the old homestead farm that was devised to the latter by his grandfather, Lars Witleson, the sterling pioneer, who outlived his son Wetley and who was summoned to the life eternal in 1906. Of the children of Wetley and Ambjor Witleson the firstborn, Amelia, died young; Annie is the wife of Knute Olson, of Wagner township, this county; Emma is the wife of Emil Gulsvig, of Marion township; Lewis, of this sketch, was the next in order of birth; and William A. and Waldena remain with their brother and their widowed mother on the old homestead.

Lewis Witleson profited fully by the advantages afforded in the schools of his native township and was a lad of about seven years at the time of his father's death. He was reared to maturity on the old homestead of his paternal grandfather, Lars Witleson, who died in 1906 and by the provisions of whose will Lewis Witleson came into full ownership of the present fine estate of two hundred and sixty-six acres. Here he has since continued his progressive and well ordered activities along the lines of diversified agriculture and the raising of good grades of live stock, and he is one of the representative farmers of his native county, liberal and public-spirited as a citizen and commanding the high regard of the community which has ever been his home. The attractive home receives service on rural mail route No. 4 from the village of Elgin. Mr. Witleson is arrayed staunchly in the ranks of the Republican party and he and the other members of the household are communicants of the Norwegian Lutheran church.

source: History of Clayton County, Iowa; From The Earliest Historical Times Down to the Present; by Realto E. Price, Vol. II; pg. 448-449

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