Biography of William J. Wilson
Marion County, IA Biographies





WILLIAM J. WILSON.
Marion county is fortunate in having county officials who are thoroughly competent and also conscientious in the discharge of their duties and one of the most efficient of these public servants is William J. Wilson, the present county treasurer. His position is one of great responsibility and one requiring the use of system and the exercise of accuracy. He has proven himself admirably fitted for the office and his constituents have had no reason to regret his election.

He was born on the 3d of September, 1863, in this county, a son of James T. and Mary M. (Brown) Wilson, natives of Ohio and Iowa respectively. The paternal grandfather, William Wilson, was also born in the Buckeye state. He subsequently removed to Iowa, locating in this county a few years after his arrival in the state. He was a farmer by occupation and was highly respected in his community. His son, James T., grew to manhood in this county and was here married to Miss Mary M. Brown, who came here from another part of Iowa in her girlhood. James T. Wilson passed away in 1884, but his widow survives and lives at Pleasantville. To them were born six children: Amanda, the widow of Marion Sexton and a resident of Pleasantville; Annette, who married James Peck and lives at Hartford, Kansas; Belle, the wife of Thomas Moore, a resident of Union county, Iowa; William J., of this review; Ida, the wife of William Miller and a resident of Indianola; and Thomas, who died when a child of eight years.

William J. Wilson received a common school education and also became familiar with farming when a boy. He followed that occupation until 1888, or until he was twenty five years of age, and then he and his mother removed to Pleasantville, taking up their residence there and renting the farm. He embarked in the general merchandise business in association with F. H. Spalte, but after a time sold his interest to his partner, though he remained in the latter's employ. In 1906 he was elected county sheriff, taking office in 1907, and he served in that capacity for two terms, proving resourceful and fearless in the preservation of the peace and the apprehension of criminals. At the expiration of his second term as sheriff he traveled for one year for the well known company of J. I. Case, manufacturers of threshing machines, and after that was employed for a year in Knoxville. In 1912 he was elected county treasurer and took office in January, 1913. The work devolving upon him, the collection of the taxes, the disbursing of public funds and the keeping account of all transactions has been accurately done and his record is one that reflects much credit upon his business ability. In November, 1914, Mr. Wilson was reelected, his second term beginning January 1, 1915.

In September, 1893, Mr. Wilson was married to Miss May McDaniel, a daughter of J. A. and Lettie (Clark) McDaniel. Her father was for many years a hardware merchant of Pleasantville but is now living retired. To Mr. and Mrs. Wilson have been born two children, Arlen J. and Beulah, both at home.

Mr. and Mrs. Wilson belong to the Methodist Episcopal church and he is a democrat in his political belief. Fraternally he is a member of Pleasant Lodge, No. 128, F. & A. M.; Pleasantville Lodge, No. 446, I. O. O. F.; and Wildey Encampment, No. 116, of the Odd Fellows; Pleasantville Lodge, No. 149, K. P.; and Ontario Tribe, No. 73, I. O. R. M. Both he and his wife belong to Knoxville Chapter, No. 85, O. E. S., and she is also a member of the Pythian Sisters. Both in private life and in an official capacity Mr. Wilson has always conformed his life to the highest standards of conduct and has proved highly capable and he has contributed to the general welfare and prosperity.

From:
History of Marion County, Iowa
And its People
John W. Wright, Supervising Editor
W. A. Young, Associate
Vol II
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Chiago 1915


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