Biography of L. W. Hatter
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L. W. Hatter, who is cashier of the Millersburg Savings Bank and ex treasurer of Iowa county, was born in Sigourney, Iowa, on the 29th of November, 1860, of the union of John V. and Catherine (Thompson) Hatter. The father was born in Ohio but was married in Indiana, of which state the mother was a native. Soon after their marriage, about 1858, they came west and located in Washington county, Iowa, whence they removed to Keokuk county and still later took up their abode in this county. For a short time they lived in North English, but in 1865 the father entered the mercantile circles of Millersburg and was a prominent business man of that town until his demise, which occurred in 1896. His wife passed away the preceding year.

L. W. Hatter was but five years of age when the family removed to Millersburg and here it was he received his education. For five years he was employed in his father's drug store and subsequently was a clerk in a general store owned by his father in law, E. K. Rankin. He remained in that connection until his father's death, after which he purchased the drug store from the estate and conducted it until his election to the office of county treasurer in the fall of 1902. He then disposed of the business to his son and removed to Marengo, the county seat. He served as treasurer for two terms, or five years, and on leaving that office became one of the organizers of the Millersburg Savings Bank, which opened its doors for business on the t9th of January, 1909, with Mr. Hatter as cashier. He has since filled that position and is responsible for the financial policy of the institution, which has grown steadily and rapidly. He seeks to serve the community, to promote legitimate business expansion and at the same time to adequately safeguard the interests of depositors and stock holders, and that he has succeeded in his purpose may be gathered from the fact that the bank holds the full confidence of the general public and pays good dividends to those who own its stock.

In 1880 Mr. Hatter married Miss Jessie M. Rankin, a daughter of E. K. Rankin, who was one of the foremost merchants of Millersburg. He came here from Ohio with his parents in 1856 and continued to reside here until his demise, which occurred in January, 1899. Mr. and Mrs. Hatter have become the parents of nine children: Merrill K, senior member of the firm of Hatter & Bauer, clothing merchants of North English; Orville E., who has succeeded his father in the conduct of the drug store at Williamsburg; Elva, who married A. J. Bauer, a farmer of English township, this county; Ruth, the wife of H. W. McCallister, who is farming in Pilot township; Gladys N., the wife of Frank F. Bauer, junior member of the firm of Hatter & Bauer, of North English; Edith E., and Edna, at home; Gail, who has passed away; and Ward R., also under the parental roof.

Mr. Hatter gives his political allegiance to the republican party, and both he and his wife are identified with the Methodist Protestant church, whose work is materially aided by their support and cooperation. He is a member of Social Lodge, No. 23t, A. F. & A. M., of Millersburg; Jerusalem Chapter, No. 72, R. A. M., of Marengo; and Iowa Consistory, No. 2, of Cedar. Rapids; and he, as well as his wife, belongs to Millersburg Chapter, No. 324, O. E. S. He is one of the influential residents of Iowa county, whose energy and public spirit have been factors in the success of many worthy movements, and his worth is widely recognized in the financial circles not only of Millersburg but of the whole county, as he has proved very capable and efficient in the discharge of his duties as cashier of the Millersburg Savings Bank.

From:
History of Iowa County, Iowa
And its People
By: James C. Dinwiddie
Vol II
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Chiago 1915


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