W. H. LANGLAS.
Four hundred and eighty acres of excellent land in Sumner township pays tribute to W. H. Langlas, who is there
engaged in farming and stock raising. He was born in Davenport, Iowa, on the 5th of April, 1861, a son of Frederick
and Lena (Wendel) Langlas, both natives of Germany. They grew to manhood and womanhood in that country, where their
marriage was solemnized, and one child was born to them before they left their native land and emigrated to America
in the fall of 1858. After landing in the United States they continued their journey westward to Davenport, Iowa,
where the father found work as a laborer. Subsequently he rented land and engaged in farming. In 1872, when he
came to this county, he purchased a quarter section of land in Sumner township, which is now owned by his son Henry.
On the 7th of December, 1906, the father passed away. The last seven years of his life were spent with the subject
of this review, as his wife died in Marengo in January, 1899.
W. H. Langlas was reared under the parental roof and his education was that afforded by the district schools. Even
as a boy much of his time was taken up with farm work and his attendance at school was limited to three or four
days a week during the three months' winter term. Before reaching his twenty first birthday he was married but
for a year he continued to work for his father. However, in 1883 he began farming for himself, renting one hundred
acres of land from his father, which he cultivated for a decade. In 1893 he purchased one hundred and forty one
acres on section 31, Sumner township, and subsequently bought an adjoining one hundred acre tract. He resided upon
that farm until 1901, when he sold out and removed to his present home farm which he had purchased the fall previous.
From time to time he added to the quarter section which he at first purchased and is now the owner of four hundred
and eighty acres of excellent land. He gives considerable attention to the raising of stock but also raises the
usual grains and his labors are efficient and profitable. He is identified with a number of local companies, being
a stockholder and vice president of the Hilton Lumber Company of Conroy; a stockholder in the Iowa County Mutual
Telephone Company and a stockholder and director of the Peoples Savings Bank of Marengo.
Mr. Langlas was married on the 28th of January, 1882, to Miss Sophia Priem, of Waukesha, Wisconsin, and they became
the parents of six children, three of whom survive: Nettie, the wife of Walter Hopp, of Elgin, Illinois; William,
who married Ella Wiese and is farming in Sumner township; and Earnest, at home. The wife and mother passed away
in 1896, and in February, 1898, Mr. Langlas was again married, Miss Minnie Guehrn becoming his wife. She is a sister
of Fred Guehrn, a sketch of whom appears elsewhere in this work. Mr. and Mrs Langlas have three children: Mae J.,
Vernon G. and Minnie E. A., all at home.
Mr. Langlas is independent in politics, voting according to the dictates of his best judgment rather than blindly
following the commands of party leaders. He has served two terms as township trustee and takes a great interest
in everything relating to the public welfare. He is identified with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, belonging
to Hebron Lodge, No. 148, and both he and his wife are church members, he being affiliated with the Congregational
church and she with the German Reformed church. He believes thoroughly in the value of recreation and wholesome
pleasure and finds much enjoyment in motoring. He is also a lover of fine horses and has given each of his sons
a driving horse equal to the best in the county. His agreeable personalty enables him to make friends readily and
his sterling qualities of character and unquestioned ability bind his friends more firmly as the years pass.
History of Iowa County, Iowa
And its People
By: James C. Dinwiddie
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Iowa County, IA
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