William V. Elliott has been in business in Knoxville for many years as the proprietor of a drug store and is
now the owner of a livery stable. He has been successful in both ventures and is one of the substantial residents
of the city. His birth occurred in Knox county, Ohio, on the 9th of February, 1850, his parents being Reuben and
Ellen (Richardson) Elliott, natives of Maryland and Ohio, respectively. The paternal grandfather, Eli Elliott,
was a resident of Maryland and his son Reuben went to Ohio when that state was in its infancy and was there married.
In 1852 he brought his family to Iowa and located in Cedar county, where he farmed until advancing years compelled
him to retire from active work. He died in 1891, at the age of eighty four years. His children numbered five, three
daughters and two sons.
William V. Elliott took advantage of the opportunities for an education offered in his boyhood days and received
a serviceable common school training. In 1880 he began clerking in the drug store of J. P. Kelley, of Knoxville,
and he rose from clerk to manager through application to business and the ready intelligence which enabled him
to solve the problems of salesmanship and of management which presented themselves. On the death of Mr. Kelley,
Davis & Mitchell purchased the store and Mr. Elliott subsequently bought Mr. Mitchell's interest, he and Mr.
Davis conducting the business until 1886, when the latter was appointed postmaster of Knoxville and the firm sold
out. Mr. Elliott went to Nebraska and took up a homestead but subsequently returned to Knoxville and for about
a year was assistant postmaster. He then purchased the drug store in which he had formerly been interested and
conducted it alone until 1902, when he again sold out. He had previously bought an interest in a livery stable
and upon disposing of the drug store assumed entire charge of the business, his brother, I. R. Elliott, who was
his partner, having died in 1896. The livery business is well patronized and is proving very remunerative.
In 1876 Mr. Elliott married Miss Elizabeth Henderson, of West Liberty, Iowa, a daughter of William and Sarah Henderson,
natives of Ohio, who many years ago came to this state. Her father devoted his life to farming. Mr. and Mrs. Elliott
have had two children: Lewis, who married Miss Stella Weingardner, of Knoxville, by whom he has a son, John; and
Carroll, who died when a child of seven years.
Mr. Elliott has supported the democratic party at the polls since age conferred upon him the right of franchise,
as he believes firmly in its policies and principles. He is at present alderman at large and takes a great interest
in everything affecting municipal welfare and progress. He holds membership in Oriental Lodge, No. 61, A. F. &
A. M.; Tadmor Chapter, No. 18, R. A. M.; and the Knights of Pythias. His admirable qualities of character have
gained him many friends, who prize highly his favorable opinion.
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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