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W. E. Sherlock

The Manning Monitor is among the best and most solidly established newspapers of Carroll county,  It is in it's 18th year and has gradually grown in public favor until it is now firmly fixed as one of the land marks of Manning.  It enjoys a great circulation and a liberal advertising patronage and its editor has the confidence of his entire community.  Mr. W. E. Sherlock the present editor and proprietor was born in Lancaster, Iowa Sept. 24, 1873. When a boy of three years of age his parents moved to Aurora, Neb. where he lived till '78 when they moved to Oberlin, Kansas.  While there Mr. Sherlock attended the Oberlin Academy and after graduating he took a business course.  In 1888 he returned to Lancaster, Iowa and taught school several years.  In 1895 he accepted the position of principal of the Keswick School.  He then served as deputy treasurer in that county and resigned that possession to take charge of the Manning Monitor, Sept 1st, 1897.  Mr. Sherlock was married Aug. 13, 1893 to Miss May Long of Lancaster.  They have two children, Chesla a boy of three and Altha a girl of one year.


Wm. H. Smith

Was born October 26, 1865 at Franklin Grove, Illinois and at 9 years of age attended the Kinsey school at Chicago after which he worked for A. R. Whitney of Franklin Grove until November, 1882 when he came to Carroll and took a position with J. R. Whitney in the wholesale fruit and cigar business.  In 1888 he interested himself with Sam Todd in the lunch counter.  About a year later he sold out and assumed to management of Squire T. Harvey's branch wholesale liquor house in Carroll.  In 1892 Mr. Smith bought the business which he has since conducted.  In December 1894, Mr. Smith was married to Miss Tina Meyers of Wheatland township and is pleasantly located in the second ward of the city.  "Billy" as he is familiarly known is one of the best known men in the county.  He has a knack of acquiring friends wherever he goes and is a jolly whole-souled fellow who has a pleasant word for everybody with whom he comes in contact.




George Selzer

Among the leading wholesale establishments of the city we are pleased to note the wholesale liquor house and bottling works of Mr. George Seizer.  The bottling department was established twelve years ago and has continually been increased in capacity.  All temperance drinks are manufactured which product finds its way through the territory tributary to this city.

Four years ago Mr. Selzer added a wholesale liquor department together with the agency of the Pabst Brewing Company of Milwaukee.  His trade has increased in such proportions that he is recognized as one of the largest jobbers in Carroll.

The secret of his success evidently comes from the superior quality of the goods he manufactures and the push and enterprise he employs to introduce them to the public.  He is a liberal advertiser and always furnishes the customer just what he agrees to.

He carries a large stock of liquors in both bulk and barrel which are known for their superior strength and purity of quality.

Mr. Selzer was born in Germany in 1855.  When fourteen years old he came to the Untied States, locating in Iowa. Before coming to this city he was engaged in the mercantile business.  Twelve years ago he located in Carroll at which time the nucleus for this present business was formed which has increased to such flattering proportions.  Mr. Selzer is recognized as one of Carroll's most substantial reliable citizens and has established a reputation for honorable business dealings.

His home an illustration of which we publish ranks with the finest in the city.


Moses Simon

Mr. Simon is so well known to the public of Carroll that it is hardly necessary to introduce him yet we feel that our work would hardly be complete without it.  Mr. Simon has been engaged in the clothing business in Carroll since 1886 and has acquired the distinction of being one of the most reliable merchants doing business here.  He expects to leave the clothing trade the first of May and take up that of real estate loans and insurance.

Mr. Simon was born in Germany but came to this country in 1868.  He is an extensive owner of real estate; is one of the heaviest holders of stock in the Carroll Investment company and owns an interest in a clothing store at Ida Grove.  In all his business enterprises he shows himself to be an able financier.  In the new business that he expects to enter he will evidently be as successful as in those of the past.


Standard Oil

The wholesale house of the Standard Oil Company at this point, is one of the heaviest business enterprises in the city. A distributing point was located here about eighteen years ago, and since then the business has gradually increased, until it is estimated by the manager that they handle over 100,000 gallons of refined oils alone, every month. Two years ago the plant, a picture of which we publish on this page, was built. In this building all of this vast amount of oil is handled by steam pumps which draw the oil from the tank on the cars through pipes laid under ground to the tanks on the plant and from those, like tanks are filled for local distribution. This point is the distributing station for seventy seven towns in western Iowa. Besides this there are six local tank lines in this vicinity furnished oil, each of which furnish several other smaller towns. Besides refined oils, they also handle all kinds of lubricating oils, greases, candles and a full line of specialties.

Mr. Geo. W. Watts, the manager of this plant, was born in Pennsylvania, July 17, 1864. He came to Des Moines in 1877 and made that city his home till coming to Carroll in 1894. He has been in the employ of the Standard Oil Company since 1890, three years and a half at Des Moines and the same period at Carroll. Mr. Watts was married in 1886 to Miss Mattie Kelsey, of Albia, Iowa. They have one child, a little girl seven years old. Mr. and Mrs. Watts are very prominent socially in our city. Mrs. Watts being a lady of rare accomplishments and one of the leaders of the Clio Club holding the office of treasurer. Her portrait will be found on another page with the other officers of the club.

Transcribed By: Sandra Carter IAGENWEB volunteer

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