Walter Bane is engaged in the abstract business and in the placing of farm loans and is meeting with success
therein. He has resided in Knoxville for a number of years but was born in Warren county, this state, on the 8th
of January, 1869, a son of Washington and Bethany (Wilson) Bane, natives of Virginia, Illinois, and Coshocton county,
Ohio, respectively. The paternal grandfather, Hugh Bane, was born in Scotland but emigrated to Virginia many years
ago and subsequently came west, settling in Illinois. Still later he removed to Iowa, being one of the early settlers
of this state. The maternal grandparents were Samuel B. and Louisa Wilson, born in New Jersey and Virginia respectively.
They removed to Linn county, Iowa, about 1851 and a few years later came to Marion county. Washington Bane was
a farmer by occupation and passed away in 1876, his widow surviving him until the 20th of February, 1881. They
had three children, namely: Lee, who died in California; Walter; and Leonard, a railway mail clerk residing at
Walter Bane was given a public school education and subsequently took a business course in Highland Park College
of Des Moines and also attended Valparaiso University at Valparaiso, Indiana, for a short time. He taught school
for several years but subsequently abandoned that profession and clerked in a store for a time. From 1897 to 1902
he was deputy county auditor and in 1904 was elected auditor. His previous experience as deputy enabled him to
take charge of the affairs of the office immediately without the necessity of having the retiring auditor assist
him for a time and he proved a thoroughly competent official. His record was indorsed by his constituents by reelection
and during the two terms that he was the incumbent of the office he discharged promptly and capably all of the
duties devolving upon him. In 1908 he embarked in the abstract business and has since continued to devote his time
to that line and has made many abstracts of title in the intervening years. He has gained a reputation for thorough
and accurate work and his patronage is constantly increasing. He also places farm loans and has been very successful
in obtaining a fair rate of interest without endangering the principal. He ranks among the energetic and successful
business men of the city and is highly respected for his integrity and ability.
Mr. Bane was married on the 3d of September, 1894, to Miss Mary Clark, a daughter of Frank and Susanne (Erb) Clark,
and a native of Marion county. Her father was a son of John Clark, who came to Iowa from Tennessee about 1848.
Both the father and son were farmers by occupation. Susanne Erb accompanied her parents on their removal from Pennsylvania
to Iowa in the early days of the history of this state. To Mr. and Mrs. Bane were born four daughters and a son,
namely: Velma, deceased; and Violet, Loren, Edna and Frances, all at home.
Mr. Bane is a democrat in his political belief and is loyal in his support of the candidates of that organization.
Fraternally he belongs to the Knights of Pythias and the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. In the latter fraternity
he holds membership in the subordinate lodge, the encampment and the Rebekahs. His wife is also a member of the
last named. His interest in the public welfare is genuine and constant and he is considered one of the useful citizens
History of Marion County, Iowa
And its People
John W. Wright, Supervising Editor
W. A. Young, Associate
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Marion County, IA
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