Fred L. Wilson, a farmer and dealer in automobiles at Marengo, has in his business career indicated the force
and value of industry, determination and laudable purpose and ambition. He was born in Tama county, Iowa, February
4, 1866, a son of John and Mary E. (Biles) Wilson, whose record appears elsewhere in this work.
Our subject acquired his education in the schools near his father's home and was reared in the usual manner of
farm lads, early becoming familiar with the best methods of tilling the soil and caring for the crops. When twenty
one years of age he started out in business on his own account by renting his father's farm, which he carefully
operated up to the time of his marriage or for a period of about six years. He then engaged in stock dealing on
another farm and continued there until 1904, when he removed to Marengo, where he again engaged in the live stock
business, purchasing the interest of James Delaney in the firm of Delaney & McGivern. Their business exceeded
that of any other live stock concern in Iowa county. They conducted their interests with mutual pleasure and profit
for five or six years and then dissolved the partnership. Mr. Wilson then built a large pavilion and established
the Marengo horse auction, where sales are held every two weeks, buyers being present from St. Louis, Kansas City,
St. Paul, Chicago and from Vermont and Ohio. At a record sale ninety two horses were disposed of in ninety seven
minutes. In 1913 Mr. Wilson traded the sale pavilion for a farm in Fayette county and embarked in the automobile
business in Marengo, making a feature of the Mitchell machine, which is made in Racine, Wisconsin. Already he has
built up a good business in this connection, his sales reaching a gratifying figure. He also owns his farm and
from that property derives a good annual income.
On the 15th of May, 1892, Mr. Wilson was united in marriage to Miss Hattie B. Whitlock, of Iowa county, a daughter
of Samuel and Mary E. (Pike) Whitlock. To Mr. and Mrs. Wilson have been born four children. Daisy, born July 23,
1895, has decided musical talent in both vocal and instrumental. Park, born March 6, 1898, Elta, July 23, 1900,
and Forest Frederick, in December, 1907, are all in school.
The parents are members of the Methodist Episcopal church, are interested in its growth and contribute generously
to its support. In politics Mr. Wilson is a republican, but while he keeps well informed on the questions and issues
of the thy, he does not seek office as a reward for party fealty. He prefers to give his undivided attention to
his business affairs and throughout his career his activity and energy have constituted the crowning points in
winning for him his success.
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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