Biography of W. H. DeSanno
Adams County, NE Biographies





W. H. De Sanno, as a member of the firm of W. H. De Sanno & Son, is conducting an important business enterprise under the name of the Juniata Milling Company, Incorporated. He was born in Cumberland county, Pennsylvania, April 23, 1845, and is a son of John F. and Charlotte (Gamble) De Sanno, the latter of English descent, while the former came of Pennsylvania German ancestry. He was born and married in the Keystone state and there the mother passed away when their son, W. H. De Sanno, was but six years of age. The father afterward removed to the middle west in 1853, settling in Peoria, Illinois, where he remained until 1864. In that year he became a resident of Livingston county, Illinois, where his remaining days were passed, his death occurring in 1869. He was a tailor by trade and thus provided for the support of his family, which numbered five children: Elizabeth, now living in Macomb, Illinois; Elnora, whose home is in Pennsylvania; Mary, a resident of Gordon, Nebraska; W. H., of this review; and Amelia, deceased.

W. H. De Sanno pursued his education in the common schools of Pennsylvania and of Illinois, and in his youthful days began farm work, being thus employed until about twenty two years of age. He then turned his attention to the milling business in Peoria, Illinois, serving a full term of apprenticeship. He was connected with the trade in that city for five years, after which he went to Fafrbur, Illinois, as second miller. He spent about three years there, on the expiration of which period he went to Chenoa, Illinois, where he remained for a year. He next located at Davenport, Iowa, where he engaged in the milling business for two and one half years, after which he spent a year in Cleveland, Illinois, and later went to Tazewell county, engaging in the milling business at Lilly. There he remained for eleven years and during four years of that time served as postmaster of the town.

In 1891 Mr. De Sanno arrived at Beemer, Nebraska, where he continued in the milling business for five years. He afterward went to Tekaniah, Nebraska, where he resided for three years, and on the expiration of that period removed to Silver Creek and leased a half interest in a mill, spending eight months at that place. He was subsequently at Beeper, Nebraska, for fifteen months, after which he came to Juniata and purchased the mill here. He remodeled the mill and installed new machinery and had everything in excellent shape when in 1907 the plant was entirely destroyed by fire in the month of August. Immediately he began the work of rebuilding and by March of the following year his mill was again in operation. The business is conducted by the firm of W. H. De Sanno & Son, under the name of the Juniata Milling Company, Incorporated. They maintain a high standard of excellence in the manufacture of their product, for which they find a ready sale on the market, and the business is today recognized as one of the leading productive industries of the county.

In 1873 Mr. De Sanno was married to Miss Mary Rice and to them were born five children, namely: Nora, who is the wife of August Linneman, of Forest Green, Missouri; Harry C., who is associated with his father in the Pilling business; and Hattie, Walter and Clifford, all of whom are deceased. The wife and mother passed away in 1886, and in 1891 Mr. De Sanno was again married, his second union being with Ella Koonce, by whom he has two children: Mabel, who is attending school in Hastings; and Bernice, a school student at Juniata.

In his political views Mr. De Sanno is a democrat and has served as a member of the town board. He belongs to the Odd Fellows lodge of Juniata, in which he has passed all the chairs, and he gives his active support to various projects for the uphuilding of the community and the promotion of the public welfare. His has been an active and well spent life and the industry and integrity which have characterized his business career have been the crowning features of his success.

From:
Past and Present of
Adams County, Nebraska
Supervisong Editor: Judge William R. Burton
Assistant Editor: David J. Lewis
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
Chicago, 1916


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