William J. Wroughten, of Greeley, is engaged with W. A.
Lang in the business of importing registered horses, and they own
a number of farms in different parts of the country and manage
their business so well that it is steadily increasing in volume
from year to year. Mr. Wroughten was born October 11, 1859, in
Mahaska county, this state, a son of Burton and E. A. (Cassida)
Wroughten, natives of Ohio and Tennessee respectively. As a boy
the father went to Delaware county, Indiana, but in 1851 he
removed to Mahaska county, Iowa, and settled upon a farm there.
Later, however, he engaged in merchandising in Oskaloosa. The
mother came to Iowa in 1838 and settled in Jefferson county, but
was married in Mahaska county in 1856. The father died in that
county in 1906 and the mother subsequently removed to Joliet,
Illinois, where she died in July, 1913. To their union four
children were born, all of whom survive.
Mr. Wroughton of this review remained at home until he
attained his majority and was given the advantages of a liberal
education, attending Oskaloosa College. On starting out in life
for himself he entered the employ of the Chicago, Milwaukee & St.
Paul Railway as a telegraph operator and continued in that
connection for seven years, after which he engaged in the horse
business in Greeley. He was so successful in that enterprise that
in 1900 he formed a partnership with W. A. Lang and they have
since carried on business as importers of registered horses from
Europe. They are excellent judges of horses, understand their
proper care and are withal men of unusual business ability, and
their continued success in business is assured. They have already
gained an enviable reputation in Iowa and as the years pass will
doubtless become yet more widely known. They own a number of
farms in various parts of the country and their horses are kept
in excellent condition.
Mr. Wroughton was married in 1887 to Miss Willa A.
Drybread, who is a native of this county and a daughter of
William J. and Catherine (Martindale) Drybread. Her grandfather,
Rev. John Martindale, was a minister of the gospel and one of the
founders of the Christian church at Greeley. William J. Drybread
was born in Ohio and his wife was a native of Michigan, but in
1851 they came to Delaware county and entered land. The father
passed away in 1871, but the mother survives at the advanced age
of eighty years. The youngest brother of Mrs. Drybread was J. F.
Martindale, known as Frank Howard, a noted singer.
Mr. Wroughton is a republican and has ably served the
municipality of Greeley as a member of the town board. He is
quite prominent fraternally, belonging to Blue Lodge, No. 225, A.
F. & A. M.; Meribah Chapter, No. 96, R. A. M.; and Rob Morris
Chapter, No. 208, O. E. S. He has filled all of the chairs in the
lodge and is past master. He also affiliates with Greeley Lodge,
No. 418, I. O. O. F. His wife is a member of the Eastern Star and
the Rebekahs and also belongs to the Christian church. Both Mr.
and Mrs. Wroughton are widely respected in their community, as
all who know them esteem highly their many admirable traits of