Carroll County Biographies
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William R. Orchard
Well known to Iowa newspaper Dom is Will
Orchard the graceful and cogent writer who has made the Glidden Graphic a name
the extends over a large portion of the state. His father, Philip Orchard, came to Iowa in
1857 and settled in Greene county. He was
a native of Indiana. The mother whose maiden name was Mary Jane Ford, was born
in Ohio and emigrated to Iowa in 1855, locating in Des Moines. The parental
ancestors were direct descendants of the old English stock, which according to
Thierry. were nicknamed "Yankees" by the Dutch settlers of New York. A great -grandfather was one of Washington's soldiers during the
war of of the Revolution. On Jan. 5th, 1867, in a log cabin on the banks of the
raccoon in Greene
county. Iowa, William R. Orchard was born, and he has lived within the
boundaries of the state ever since that time. He attended the country
schools until twelve years of age, when his father died and he being the
eldest son was compelled to work to assist, in the support of the mother and
younger children. His labors at this time consisted in work upon the farm,
for which he received eight dollars per month. At nineteen he decided to
prepare himself for teaching school and to do so was obliged to study nights
rainy days and Sundays, for the finances of the family would not admit of any
cessation of such work as would provide immediate means of support. In two
years time he had secured a certificate, and for several years thereafter taught with
excellent success. In December 1893. he purchased an interest in the Glidden
Graphic of I. A. Nichols. Later Nichols sold out to J. G. Shculze and Mr. Orchard became editor. In October,
1897, Mr. Schulze
retired and Mr. Orchard became both editor and proprietor. In politics he is
a rock-rooted republican; was elected to the office of city recorder on that
ticket over one of the popular men of his town, and that too, by a big majority.
He declined to be a candidate for a fourth term. In 1893 he was a a candidate for
county superintendent of schools against J. J. McMahan, and, though the
democrats carried the comity by 683
plurality, the plurality of Mr. McMahon was but 60. Mr. McMahon
was a good school man with an excellent record. Again in 1895 these same two gentleman were candidates for that office and as before, Mr. McMahon
won by only a few votes, although the county went decidedly democratic. The
town of Glidden paid Mr. Orchard a line compliment in these contests by giving
him almost the entire vote on both occasions. He is a Mason and a past grand
in the Order of Odd Fellows. October 31, 1894, he was united in marriage to Miss
Edith B. Greene, a young lady of culture and refinement who was considered among
the most gifted teachers of that county.
On October 14, 1897 he was commissioned postmaster at Glidden
and he is now serving in the double capacity of postmaster and editor.
A. T. Olerich
A young man who is coming to the front in the political world of
this district is the subject of this sketch. Mr. A. T. Olerich, county
attorney of Carroll county. Mr. Olerich was born in Grant County, Wisconsin, Jan.
12th, 1856. He attended school in this place for a few years. For
the first ten years of his life in Carroll county he worked on his father's farm
and then went into his hardware store where he remained for about ten years
more. In 1892 he entered the State University and took the law course
graduating in 1895. In 1896 he was elected county attorney by a majority
of 10 on the republican ticket when the regular democratic majority was 375.
His election was contested and within the past month was decided in his favor.
In 1886 Mr. Olerich was married to Miss Rutina Keffler of
Sturgis, S. D. To them have been born a family of six children, four boys and
two girls, all bright healthy children of whom he is justly proud.
Rev. P. J. O'Connor
The pastor of St. Joseph's Catholic church. Father O'
Connor was born in Ohio June 2, 1854. When a small child of two years his
parents moved to Iowa locating in Ottumwa where our subject attended the public
schools. He was educated for the priesthood at Salesianum College.
Milwaukee and Niagara University, Our Lady of Angels. From the
latter institution he was ordained in 1878 the same year he was assigned to the
parish at Monticello where he was continued until 1884 when he was removed to
this city. He succeeded in completing a new edifice which is beyond doubt
one of the finest churches to be found in Iowa. It has a seating capacity
of nearly eight hundred.
The congregation of St. Joseph's consists of about one hundred
Father O' Connor has also charge of the parochial school
assisted by St. Franciscan Sisters. There are about one hundred pupils
enrolled and their parents may rest assured that their spiritual and classic
education will be well cared for under these directions.
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