William E. Stump, who as manager of the Acme Lumber Company is one of the leaders in business circles of North
English, was born in Franklin county, Ohio, on the 19th of November, 1853, a son of George and Sarah (Tipton) Stump,
who were born respectively in Pennsylvania of Pennsylvania Dutch stock and in Ohio. The father accompanied his
parents upon their removal to the Buckeye state when he was but a child and there grew to manhood. He was married
to Miss Tipton in Franklin county and after their marriage they resided upon a farm in that county until 1854.
In that year they came to Iowa, locating in Washington county, where the father purchased one hundred and twenty
acres of land. Upon retiring from active life he removed to Wellman, where the demise of his wife occurred. Subsequently
he made his home with a daughter on a farm north of Washington and there he passed away.
William E. Stump was educated in the district schools of Washington county and during his boyhood and youth also
learned the principles of farming through assisting his father. Upon attaining maturity he engaged in farming for
himself and continued to follow that occupation until 1893, when he was appointed postmaster of Wellman under President
Cleveland He served a little more than four years and following the expiration of his term of office purchased
a half interest in a lumberyard at Wellman, with which he was identified for two years. He then disposed of his
interest therein and purchased a lumberyard in Barnes City, which he conducted for two years. In 1901 he came to
North English for the purpose of buying the yard at this place, but upon his arrival found that the stock was being
invoiced to the Hawkeye Lumber Company. He then contracted with that concern to manage their yard and continued
in that capacity until 1912, when he, with others, organized the Acme Lumber Company and bought the business of
the Hawkeye Lumber Company. He has been general manager of the Acme Lumber Company since its organization and his
power of initiative, his wide knowledge of business, especially of the lumber trade, combined with his excellent
judgment, have made him an ideal man for the place. The business of the company has grown steadily and under his
direction its continued success is assured.
In 1883 Mr. Stump married Miss Ida Stiles, of Washington, Iowa, and they have three children: Bessie E., now Mrs.
Fred Graham, of Barnes City, Iowa; Maud E., a teacher in the North English schools; and George W., who is attending
The political support of Mr. Stump is given the democratic party and for several years he served as a member of
the town council, while from 1910 to t912 he was mayor of North English. Fraternally he holds membership relations
with North English Lodge, No. 256, K. P., and with the American Yeomen. His wife and children belong to the Methodist
Episcopal church and he supports the movements having as their object the moral betterment of his city. In business
he has always lived up to high standards of honor and his success has been the result of superior ability and unusual
energy and has not in any case been the outcome of dubious methods or sharp practice.
History of Iowa County, Iowa
And its People
By: James C. Dinwiddie
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Iowa County, IA
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