Although aoung man Rex Nyemaster has forced his way to the front and has gained recognition as one of the substantial
and progressive citizens of Wapello. He owes his success to his ambition, industry and energy, three elements that
have shaped the fortunes of many of the leaders in American life. He is a native of Wapello, born October 17, 1886
and is a son of J. L. and Fannie (Mahlinger) Nyemaster, both of whom were born in Iowa. The father was for many
years engaged as a carpenter and builder but is now living retired with his wife in Wapello. There were five children
in their family: Ray, who was private secretary to Hon. Albert F. Dawson, member of congress from the second Iowa
district, and is now engaged in the banking business at Davenport under George M. Bechtel; Lea, deceased; Rex,
of this review; Oak, who is living in Washington, D. C.; and Ona, who is at home.
Rex Nyemaster received his early education in the public schools and also possessed advantages of training in the
Wapello high school. After laying his books aside he went to Davenport and was engaged about six months in the
mercantile business, gaining experience that has proved of great practical benefit. He returned to Wapello and
secured employment in a grocery store for about seven months, then entering the store of Charles Ruthenburg, a
dealer in clothing, men's furnishings and shoes. While attending school Mr. Nyemaster assisted in this store at
odd hours and he readily adapted himself to the business after becoming permanently identified with it. He applied
his energies with such good results that in 1908 he was appointed manager, a position which he now holds. The store
is the largest of the kind in the county and, as it has been in existence for over twenty years, is very favorably
known in this part of the state. The business is conducted upon the principle of giving full and complete satisfaction
to patrons and as the shelves are filled with well selected and seasonable goods the future is full of promise
for this establishment.
Mr. Nyemaster was united in marriage to Miss Esther Wilton, a daughter of Theodore and Lena (Richley) Wilton. To
this union one daughter, Helen, was born June 5, 19o8, Mr. Nyemaster is a sincere believer in the Bible and a consistent
member of the Methodist church, being a liberal contributor to that denomination and to all worthy objects. Fraternally
he is identified with the Knights of Pythias and he is thoroughly in sympathy with the beneficent principles and
practices of that order. His study of politics has convinced him of the superiority of the republican party over
all others and he votes for its candidates, believing that they are best capable of representing the ideals of
a modern progressive people. A close observer of the trend of events and an intelligent and patriotic citizen,
Mr. Nyemaster aims to perform his part in advancing the general welfare and he is, therefore, fully entitled to
the confidence and respect which he has inspired in those who know him.
History of Louisa County, Iowa
From Its Earliest Settlement to 1912
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Decatur County, IA
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