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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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WEBSTER, W. E., of the banking firm of Webster, Linderman & Co., P. O. Clarinda; born May 27, 1843, in Meigs county, Ohio. When seventeen years of age his parents moved to Rockford, Winnebago county, Illinois. The public schools of Rockford and Pomeroy academy each contributed to his education. In 1865 he came to Benton county, Iowa, and four years later to Page county, locating in Shenandoah, and entering the drug business. In 1871 he opened a banking house in connection with Mr. Moore, under the firm name of Moore & Webster. In 1875 he went to Clarinda and bought an interest in and became president of the First national bank of Clarinda. He continued as its head until the surrender of its charter in February, 1879. At that time the present banking house of Webster & Linderman was formed, Mr. Webster becoming the managing partner. In the fall of 1879 Mr. W. was elected a member of the state legislature, and is still in that body. In 1864 he married Miss Malinda Eavey, of Ogle county, Illinois, by whom he is the father of two children: Carrie and Mertie. Mr. Webster was in the federal army, in company E, Seventy-fourth Illinois infantry, serving from August, 1862, to January, 1863. He is an active, energetic business man, self-made, and thoroughly reliable, and equally popular.

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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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