William Edwin Wanamaker, who passed away in. Marengo on the 28th of March, 1913, spent his entire life within
the borders of Iowa county and had devoted his attention to the pursuits of farming and stock raising and also
carpentering. His birth occurred in Washington township on the t6th of December, 1856, his parents being John and
Elizabeth (Bowers) Wanamaker, who were natives of Pennsylvania and Indiana respectively and were married in the
latter state. The mother of our subject, born October 20, 1827, was reared and educated in the Hoosier state and
gave her hand in marriage to John Wanamaker on the t4th of January, 1847. In 1853 they came to Iowa county, Iowa,
and here spent the remainder of their lives, Mr. Wanamaker passing away on the 4th of January, 1865.
William Edwin Wanamaker attended the public schools of this county in the acquirement of an education and left
home about five or six years prior to his mother's demise. The pursuits of farming and stock raising claimed his
attention for many years and he disposed of one hundred 'and sixty acres of rich and productive land when he put
aside the active work of the fields and took up his abode in Marengo about 1902. During the remainder of his life
he was engaged in carpentering, gaining enviable repute in that connection.
On the 4th of April, 1893, Mr. Wanamaker was united in marriage to Miss Ida Simmons, who was born in Frederick
county, Maryland, a daughter of Baker Howard and Theresa (Jarboe) Simmons, both of whom were natives of Maryland.
The father died in that state, but the mother removed to this county in 1887 and passed away at Marengo when eighty
years old. Mr. and Mrs. Wanamaker had one son, Edwin, who is at home with his widowed mother and who is engaged
in the automobile business:
Mr. Wanamaker was a liberal in his political views, but the honors and emoluments of office had no attraction for
him, as he was a man of quiet, retiring disposition and domestic tastes. He was a convert to the Catholic church
in Marengo, to which his widow and son also belong. In his demise, which occurred on the 28th of March, 1913, the
community lost one of its representative, prosperous and public spirited citizens and one whose life had ever measured
up to the highest standards of honorable manhood and citizenship. Mrs. Wanamaker is also well known and highly
esteemed throughout the community, having gained the warm regard and friendship of those with whom she has come
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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