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Below is a family biography included in History of Page County, Iowa published by Iowa Historical Company in 1880.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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WILSON, S. E., P. O. Clarinda; county superintendent of public schools; born January 16, 1852, in Princeton, Illinois. In 1858 his parents moved to Putnam county, and there he grew to manhood on a farm and was educated in the public schools. In 1870 he came to Iowa, and located in Fremont county, where he engaged in teaching. He continued that business for about two years. He broke 160 acres of prairie the first summer. In 1873 he entered Simpson Centenary College at Indianola, where he received his collegiate education. In 1877 he came to Page county and located at Essex, and was elected principal of the public schools. He remained there until 1879; he was also editor of the Essex Index. In the fall of 1879 he was elected county superintendent, which position he still holds and fills with credit to himself and general satisfaction to the people of the county. He is unmarried, as yet. While attending Simpson College he was deputy auditor of Warren county, where he worked at mornings and nights to raise money to educate himself. He is a young man of great promise and one that we may style purely a self-made and self-educated man. In the fall of 1876 he represented Simpson College in the state oratorical contest at Cedar Rapids.

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This family biography is one of 558 biographies included in The History of Page County, Iowa published in 1880.  For the complete description, click here: Page County, Iowa History and Genealogy

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