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The Biographical Record of Clinton County, Iowa
Chicago: S. J. Clarke Pub. Co., 1901.


Unless otherwise noted, biographies submitted by Dick Barton.

Warren B. Henyan

Among the worthy citizens of Clinton who are in some way connected with the railroad interests of this state, is W. B. Henyan, who for twenty years has been a most faithful and capable employe of the Chicago & Northwestern Railway. He was born on the 1st of October, 1861, three miles east of Solon, Johnson county, Iowa, in an old log house, which was built by his grandfather, Bradford Henyan, who located there in 1842, being one of the first three settlers taking up his residence in that section of the state. At that time the nearest gristmills and trading boats were at Dubuque, Iowa, and Rock Island, Illinois, and the Indians were far more numerous than the white settlers. By occupation the grandfather was a farmer, and prior to coming to Iowa he followed that pursuit in Indiana. There he married his wife, who died in 1901, having long survived her husband, his death occurring in 1879.

The parents of our subject were O. C. and Clarissa (Styles) Henyan, both of whom were natives of Johnson county, the former being born in the same house where our subject's birth occurred, while the latter was born three miles north of that place. She died in 1881, but the father is still living, and now makes his home in Clinton county. Their children were: W. B., of this review; G. W., who is now in the employ of the Southern Texas Ra[i]lroad; Alice, wife of A. Jennings, Perry, Iowa; L. S., a brakeman on the Chicago & Northwestern Railway; Mary, wife of Charles Ott, Jr.; and C. O., a farmer of Rock Island county, Illinois.

W. B. Henyan passed the days of his boyhood and youth in Johnson and Iowa counties, and is indebted to their public schools for his educational privileges. His early life being spent upon a farm, he assisted in its operation, and later clerked in the Gillen House, at Anamosa, until 1881, when, on account of ill health, he was obliged to resign his position. He then entered the employ of the Chicago & Northwestern Railway Company as brakeman on the Midland division, running from Clinton to Anamosa, but sixty days later was transferred to the main line from Clinton to Belle Plaine, Iowa. At that time it was the rule of the road that no train should be run down hill faster than fifteen miles an hour. On the 15th of September, 1884, Mr. Henyan was promoted to conductor, and was on the run to Belle Plaine until the division was changed, and since then his run has been from Clinton to Boone. He has now had a regular freight run for thirteen years, with the exception of the time he was running a passenger train during the World's Fair, in 1893. He was in one rear end collision but escaped uninjured, and has never been disabled for service during his entire railroad career, except two weeks.

September 14, 1887, Mr. Henyan was married to Miss Amanda Ott, a native of Clinton, and a daughter of Charles Ott, of that place. Mr. Ott was born in Switzerland, but came to the United States when but ten years of age, and to Clinton county in 1866. He married Emma Peterson, at Geneva, Illinois, who was born in Sweden, but who was brought to this country a child of nine years, the family locating in Geneva, Illinois. For many years he was in the employ of the Chicago & Northwestern Railway, but for the last twenty-five years he has been in the transfer business at Clinton, where he still resides.

Since 1884 Mr. Henyan has been a member of the Order of Railway Conductors, and has been a member of the Masonic fraternity since 1894. He also belongs to the Modern Woodmen of America, and the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. He is a great lover of dogs and horses and athletic sports.

During his connection with the Chicago & Northwestern Railway, Mr. Henyan has made it his rule to care for the company's property as though it were his own, and in doing this has won credit for himself and the gratitude of the corporation. He further holds that no man can be addicted to the use of intoxicants and give his employers the best benefits of his service, and a man who drinks does an injustice to his employers as well as to himself and family. Both Mr. and Mrs. Henyan are members of the Baptist church.

John D. Hullinger, M. D.

Prominent among the professional men of Clinton, Iowa, is this well- known physician and surgeon, who is a native of this county, born on a  farm near DeWitt, December 7, 1860, and is a son of William and Sarah  (McDougall) Hullinger, and grandson of John and Olivia (Coe) Hullinger.   The family name was originally spelled Hollinger, and was changed by the  grandfather of our subject.  the first to come to  America was Joseph  Hollinger, a native of Switzerland, who crossed the Atlantic in 1710,  and settled in Pennsylvania.  He was the father of twelve sons and seven  daughters, including three pair of twins, and the family has become very  prominent in that state.  

John Hullinger, the Doctor's grandfather, was born in Pennsylvania, and  at an early day removed to Ohio.  In 1832 he again started westward, and  with ox teams removed to La Salle county, Illinois, locating at  Vermilionville, where he died of cholera the same year at the age of  forty-four.  His wife departed this life in 1836, at the age of forty- nine years.  They were the parents of the following named children: John  D., Martin H., Harvey C., William S., Maria, Barbara and Caroline.  

William S. Hullinger, the father of our subject, was born in Champaign  county Ohio, on the 25th of September, 1829, and  being left an orphan  at an early age, he was reared by Mr. Coke on a farm in Illinois.  He  married Miss Sarah McDougall, a native of Syracuse, New York, and a  daughter of John and Elvira (Uran) McDougall.  Her father was born in  Aberdeen, Scotland, while her mother was born in Quebec, Canada, and was  descended from the royal family of France.  The latter lived to the  extreme old age of one hundred and seven years.  Unto Mr. and Mrs.  Hullinger were born seven children, namely:  William E., an engineer on  the Chicago & Northwestern Railway, residing in Clinton, who wedded Mary  Dague, and has one son, William E., Jr.;  Sarah E., wife of John R.  Anderson, pf Clinton, has one son, James William;  Millie A., wife of  Charles S. Hullinger, of the same place, has one daughter, Ealeanor E.;  John D., the subject of this sketch; James C., a dentist of Clinton, who  died in 1894; Ida C., wife of Ira W. Hullinger, of Clinton, has one son,  Cecil W.;  and Olive Belle, a teacher of DeWitt.  The father came to  this country in 1852 by team, and purchased a farm of one hundred and  sixty acres at one dollar and a quarter per acre.  He owned a fine  violin, made in 1711, and handed down by his ancestors, and with it he  earned money to pay for eighty acres of his land, playing principally  for dances.  He was one of the best violinists of his day in this part  of the country, and his services were sought far and near.  His first  home in this county was a small log cabin, which in later years was  replaced by a fine residence.  On starting out in life for himself he  was in limited circumstances, but met with success in his farming  operations and became quite well-to-do, owning two large farms and two  smaller ones in this county, besides some good property in DeWitt, where  he and his wife are now living.  He removed to that place in 1888 and  has since lived a retired life, enjoying the fruits of former toil.  He  is public-spirited and progressive, but has never been an office seeker,  although he has held several minor positions in his township.  

Dr. Hullinger grew to manhood on the home farm, and became thoroughly  familiar with every detail of farm work.  He completed his literary  education at the Northern Illinois Normal School at Dixon, where he was  graduated in 1889.  He had previously taught school during the winter  while attending the Normal at Dixon during the summer, and for lack of  means to continue his medical studies he resumed teaching, following  that profession from 1886 until 1890.  He was principal of the schools  at Onslow, Iowa, in 1890, and while there he was united in marriage with  Miss Carrie Holmes, a primary teacher and the youngest daughter of  Robert Holmes, of that place.  they have one child, Nellie Gertrude,  born June 7, 1891.  Carrie Holmes was born at Maquoketa, Iowa, on a  farm, January 28, 1863.  Her father spent five years in the English  army, became a Philadelphia merchant and later proprietor of a store at  Freeport, Illinois.  Mrs. Hullinger is a college-bred lady, having been  educated at Cornell College, Mount Vernon and Epworth, Iowa, Seminary,  graduating in the scientific course of last named college in 1884.  She  was a successful teacher in Jones county, Iowa, schools for eight years,  two of which were spent teaching in the city schools at Anamosa and one  in Onslow village school.  

By teaching school and music Dr. Hullinger made enough money to complete  his medical studies and was graduated from the medical department of the  State University of Iowa in 1893, with the degree of M. D.  His brother  James also educated himself by teaching, but overwork broke down his  health and he died at the early age of twenty-nine.  While teaching the  Doctor made a specialty of writing and became one of the finest masters  of the Spencerian hand, while he is still an excellent penman.  He began  the practice of his chosen profession at Chancy, which was then a suburb  of Clinton, but is now a part of the city, and it was not long before  his skill and ability were recognized and gained for him a large and  lucrative practice.  He is a close and thorough student, as well as a  progressive physician, who keeps abreast with the latest discoveries and  theories known to the science.  Outside of his general practice he gives  special attention to obstetrics.  He is examining physician for sixteen  insurance companies and a large number of fraternal orders, including  the following:  The Prudential and the Registered Life Insurance  Companies, the Mystic Workers of the World, the Modern Brotherhood of  America, the Brotherhood of Railway Trainmen, the Brotherhood of  Locomotive Firemen and the Knights and Ladies of Golden Precept.  He is  a member and secretary of the Board of United States Pension Examiners,  ex-secretary of the Clinton County Medical Society and a member of  Western Star Lodge, No. 100, A. F. & A. M., while both he and his wife  belong to the Order of the Eastern Star.  At one time he was also a  member of the  Independent Order of Odd Fellows.  The Doctor was a  member of the Republican county central committee for seven years, and  takes an active interest in public affairs.  As a physician he ranks  among the best in the city, and as a citizen is quite popular and  influential.  Since 1897 he has had an office in the Toll block, and in  1892 erected a fine residence at 1101 Camanche avenue, and in 1900  remodeled it into a thirteen-room residence, where he also has a fine  residence office, supplied with all modern appliances known to his  profession.  

In 1884 the Doctor took up the study of instrumental music and has  received a diploma from a Society Musical Course at Dixon, Illinois, in  1888.  since taking up music he has organized and taught nine different  bands.  At Iowa City, while attending medical college, he organized and  instructed the F. M. B. A. band, composed of eighteen members, and also  taught a ladies' band of twelve members.  He was also one of the  organizers of the DeWitt band; organized the Onslow band and German  cornet band at Bryant.  He also helped to organize the Camanche Avenue  band, of Clinton, but owing to his professional duties is not an active  member.  

Dr. and Mrs. Hullinger are both active members of the Methodist  Episcopal church, and the Doctor is a member of the official board of  stewards.