Biography of Fred L. Wilson
Iowa County, IA Biographies





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.

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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