William Edson Rinehart is serving as city clerk of Knoxville and is a successful business man of the city, owning
a department store. He was born in Knoxville on the 5th of April, 1884, a son of S. S. and Alma (Ogle) Rinehart,
who were natives of Ohio and Illinois respectively. They were early settlers of the county and the father engaged
in blacksmithing for many years.
William E. Rinehart obtained his education in the common schools and subsequently clerked in a dry goods store
belonging to T. H. Heiny. Later he was employed in a similar capacity by J. D. Hanks and by Younker Brothers, of
Des Moines. After again working for Mr. Hanks he opened a department store of his own in Knoxville on the 25th
of March, 1910. The building is twenty by one hundred feet in dimensions and is located on the south side of the
square. His long experience in mercantile houses has thoroughly qualified him for the management of such an enterprise,
and the variety of goods offered, the nice balance maintained between quality and price and the courteous treatment
given all customers are among the factors that have made his store one of the leading mercantile establishments
Mr. Rinehart was married on the 8th of November, 1909, to Miss Mary Kinney, of Donley, Iowa, a daughter of J. J.
Kinney. Mr. Rinehart is a member of the Knights of Pythias and is well known and popular in that organization.
Politically he is a democrat and manifests a keen interest in everything relating to local governmental affairs.
In 1908 he was elected city clerk and served for two years. On the 9th of July, 1913, he was appointed to fill
a vacancy in the same office and is at present the incumbent thereof. He is a forceful factor in the expansion
of the city's business interests and as a public spirited citizen cooperates heartily in a number of measures calculated
to benefit the community as a whole.
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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