WILLIAM E. SCHWEITZER.
During the entire period of his business career William E. Schweitzer has been identified with the mercantile circles
of Grand View. Hips birth occurred in the village where he is now residing on the 26th of August, 1871, his parents
being J. H. and Mary (Phifer) Schweitzer, who are old residents of this county.
Having spent a large portion of his boyhood and youth on a farm, when he attained his majority and was ready to
start out for himself William E. Schweitzer decided to adopt that vocation for which he felt he was at that period
best adapted, so for five years thereafter he engaged in agricultural pursuits. At the expiration of that period
he withdrew from farming and going to Grand View engaged in the general merchandise business. The following year
his father joined him and they continued together for five years, at the end of which time their store was destroyed
by fire. The father then retired but the son continued in business and in 1906 three of his brothers went into
partnership with him. They then decided to extend their activities, so established a store at Oakville, and have
ever since been conducting this in addition to their Grand View store. Their stock consists of a full line of general
merchandise, in connection with which they operate a meat market in both places. They have met with success in
their undertaking and now own fourteen acres of land adjoining the town site of Oakville, besides which each has
a fine residence.
On the 19th of May, 1909, occurred the marriage of Mr. Schweitzer and Miss Edna Williams, who was born in Muscatine,
Iowa, on the 15th of December, 1875. Mrs. Schweitzer is a daughter of J. J. and Nancy (Webster) Williams, the mother
a native of Ohio. Mr. Williams was for many years engaged in the monument business in Muscatine but withdrew from
this and removed to a farm where he continues to reside. In connection with the tilling of his fields he is breeding
and raising thoroughbred cattle and hogs, and he is also quite an extensive feeder. Mr. and Mrs. Williams are the
parents of four children, as follows: Walter W., who is a missionary in China; Edna, now Mrs. Schweitzer; one who
died in infancy; and H. R., who is a resident of Grand View township where he is engaged in farming. Of the union
of Mr. and Mrs. Schweitzer has been born one son, Paul William, whose birth occurred on the 29th of June, 1910.
Both Mr. and Mrs. Schweitzer attend the Methodist Episcopal church, and in politics he is a republican. Although
he has never been an office seeker Mr. Schweitzer always fulfills his duty as he sees it in civic matters and has
served on the town council. Enterprising and industrious, as well as trustworthy and reliable, Mr. Schweitzer and
his brothers have built up a nice business and are rated among the prosperous citizens of the township.
History of Louisa County, Iowa
From Its Earliest Settlement to 1912
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Decatur County, IA
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