Mrs. Ida M. Desing, one of the well known and highly esteemed residents of Wellman, is the widow of Henry O.
Desing, who was born in Washington county, December 25, 1866, and was a son of Henry and Adeline (Walters) Desing.
The parents were both natives of Germany and came to America, locating in Iowa, in early life. Here they resided
until called to their final rest and in this state reared their family of seven children.
Henry O. Desing never enjoyed the educational privileges offered by the common schools but was self educated and
when not busy with his text books he worked on his father's farm, early becoming familiar with the best methods
of tilling the soil and caring for the crops. On attaining his majority he resolved to make the occupation to which
he was reared his life work and therefore carried on general agricultural pursuits, bringing his fields under a
high state of cultivation, his energy and industry enabling him to annually harvest good crops as a reward for
his strength and enterprise. In his political views he was a stalwart democrat but was never an office seeker,
preferring to concentrate his time and energies upon his business affairs which were capably managed and brought
to him a gratifying measure of success. In all of his business dealings he was honorable and upright, so that he
left to his family the priceless heritage of a good name as well as a comfortable competence. His death was the
occasion of deep regret throughout the entire community, for all who knew him entertained for him warm regard:
It was in 1894 that Mr. Desing was united in marriage to Miss Ida M. Fetrow, who was born in York county, Pennsylvania,
in 1871, a daughter of Abel and Mary J. (Pennybaker) Fetrow. Her parents were both natives of Pennsylvania who,
removing westward in 1881, became residents of Iowa. In the year 1897 they removed to Washington county, settling
in Wellman where the death of the father occurred in 1902, his remains being interred in the Ida Grove cemetery.
In the family of Mr. and Mrs. Fetrow were six children: Anna, now deceased; Harry J., who is living in Wright county,
Iowa; Emma, who has departed this life; Mrs. Desing; and Charles and Jennie, who have likewise passed away. Unto
Mr. and Mrs. Desing were born two children. Mable O., who was born August 25, 1895, is now attending high school
and Fred F., who was born March 14, 1897, is also in school.
Mr. Desing was a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and was true and loyal to its beneficient teachings
and its spirit of brotherly kindness. He died February 28, 1909, leaving a widow and two children to mourn his
loss, while many friends shared in their sorrow. Mrs. Desing and her children now make their home in the village
of Wellman. She is the owner of one hundred and ten acres of valuable land in Lime Creek township and six acres
within the village limits. She also has a store building in Wellman and two fine residences, one of which she occupies,
while the other returns to her a good annual rental. She is a lady of many attractive, social qualities and has
an extensive circle of warm friends.
History of Washington County, Iowa
From the First White Settlement to 1908
BY: Howard A. Burrell
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Washington County, IA
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