ARTHUR M. VETTE.
German enterprise and thrift have done much toward building up the state of Iowa materially and the admirable traits
of character of the typical German-American have enriched the moral and spiritual life of the state. Arthur M.
Vette, president of the Peoples Savings Bank of Marengo, was born in this county on the 14th of February, 1865,
but his father, Charles Otto Vette, was born in Germany. His birth occurred on the 4th of February, 1830, and he
passed away on the 28th of April, 1893. His widow, who was in her maidenhood Miss Ursula Wilkins, was born in New
York in 1832 and is residing at Carroll, Iowa. They were the parents of eight children, namely: Ella, deceased;
Edith, the widow of D. H. Park and a resident of Carroll, Iowa; Belle, now Mrs. Charles M. Power; Arthur M. and
Victor, twins, the latter a resident of Salt Lake City, Utah; Charles E., residing at Kearney, Nebraska; Bertha
V., the wife of B. H. Stover, of Watertown, South Dakota; and Frank J., of Omaha, Nebraska.
Arthur M. Vette entered the public schools of the county at the usual age and supplemented the education thus acquired
by attendance at the academy at Blairstown, Benton county, from which he was graduated with the class of 1887.
He followed agricultural pursuits until 1893, when he became deputy treasurer under J. C. Dunwiddie. He held that
office for four years and then entered the creamery and grain business, becoming a partner of C. L. Shipton. That
relation was maintained with mutual pleasure and profit for five years but in 1905 Mr. Vette organized the Peoples
Savings Bank with a capital of twenty five thousand dollars and became its first president, being still its executive
head. In the ten years of its existence the bank has enjoyed continuous prosperity and its deposits have now reached
a large figure. Although it is conducted upon a conservative basis it earns good dividends for its stockholders
and is liberal in the extension of credit, thus promoting the expansion of the business interests of Marengo. Mr.
Vette is a stockholder in the North English Savings Bank and has served as a director of that institution. He is
highly respected in banking circles of his part of the state and his opinion is often asked on matters of investment
by the citizens of Marengo.
In March, 1891, Mr. Vette was united in marriage with Miss Martha Turner, who was born in Watkins, Iowa, a daughter
of J. W. and Rachel (Leonard) Turner. Mr. and Mrs. Vette have two children: Florence, the wife of Eugene S. Kell,
of Des Moines, by whom she has a daughter, Helen Rachel; and Rachel, who is studying music and the languages in
Mr. Vette is a republican in politics and is a member of the Methodist church, while fraternally he is connected
with the Knights of Pythias. He is among the best known citizens of Marengo and also among the most highly respected.
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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