William H. Blank, Jr., is a resident farmer of Liberty township, his home being on section 10, where he now
owns one hundred and sixty acres of land devoted to general farming and stock raising. His life record had its
beginning in Du Page county, Illinois, his natal year being 1866. His father, William H. Blank, was born in Niagara
county, New York, in 1840, and is still living, making his home on a farm in Liberty township with his son and
namesake. The mother, who bore the maiden name of Martha Ann Plank, was born in Memphis, Scotland county, Missouri,
in 1846, and departed this life in 1903.
In early manhood William H. Blank, Sr., engaged in farming in Illinois and at the outbreak of the Civil war responded
to the country's call for troops to aid in crushing out the rebellion in the south. Prompted by a spirit of patriotism,
he accordingly enlisted in Company K, Thirty sixth Illinois Infantry, with which he served for more than four years.
He took part in a number of hotly contested battles and became disabled. The most important engagements in which
he participated were those of Stone River, Mission Ridge and Chickamauga, and at the time of his discharge he was
holding the rank of corporal. He stayed at the front as long as able and returned home with a most creditable military
record. He has long been an active and prominent worker in the Methodist Episcopal church, in which he has held
all of the offices, doing all in his power to further the work of the church and extend its influence. He is living
practically retired from business, but is yet an active man for one of his years. He came to Iowa in 1870, settling
first in Middlefield township, after which he removed to Qnasqueton, but remained there for only a brief period.
He bought land north of the town and engaged in general farming and stock raising for a long period, but at length
put aside the active work of the fields and now lives with his son William in Liberty township.
William H. Blank, Jr., was but a young lad when brought by his parents to Iowa, and after mastering the branches
of learning taught in the district schools of Buchanan county, continued his education in the Upper Iowa University
at Fayette. He always lived at home and in early manhood learned the creamery business and for a time was connected
with the creamery at Quasqneton. Most of his life, however, has been devoted to general farming and stock raising
in Liberty township, where he owns one hundred and sixty acres of good land. The fields respond readily to the
care and labor which he bestows upon them, and thus he annually harvests good crops. Practically his entire time
and attention are devoted to the farm, which is a valuable property.
In 1894 Mr. Blank was united in marriage to Miss Mabel L. Crinklaw, a native of Rockwell, Iowa, and a daughter
of George B and Alice (Simms) Crinklaw The father was born in London, Canada, in 1845, and the mother in Byron,
Illinois, in 1850, and both are now residents of Cedar Falls, Iowa. When a youth of fifteen years George B. Crinklaw
removed to Mount Carroll, Illinois, and when he attained his majority he was ordained a minister of the Methodist
church. His first pastorate was at Sabula, Iowa, and while living there he was married. He afterward became a resident
of Buchanan county and was the Methodist minister of Quasqueton. To him and his wife were born seven children,
all of whom yet live with their parents save Mrs. Blank. Rev. Crinklaw has always been an ardent temperance man
and active worker for the prohibition cause. His life has, indeed, been one of usefulness and distinction, constituting
an important force in the moral progress of the community. He is still connected with the Methodist conference,
but is now on the retired list, having devoted more than forty years to preaching the gospel and much of this time
has been given to Iowa pastorates.
To Mr. and Mrs. Blank have been born four children: Arlee, who is attending the high school at Independence; Berdina,
who is a pupil in the Winthrop schools; and Verna and Dorothy, who are attending the district school. Both Mr.
and Mrs. Blank hold membership in the Methodist church, in which they are actively interested, taking a helpful
part in the work which means so much toward molding character and shaping the ideals of the community. Their lives
have ever conformed to high standards, integrity, justice, charity and sympathy featuring as factors in their careers.
History of Bachanan County, Iowa
And its People
By Harry Church and Katharyn J. Chappell
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Bachanan County, IA
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