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S. T. Waldron

Mr. S. T. Waldron was born in Carroll County, Iowa, in 1863.  His father was a jeweler before him and he was brought up in the shop.  In 1869 his father established the business of which he is now proprietor.  He managed the business until 1880, when he lost his eyesight and was obliged to returned.  He was noted for one of the best jewelers in this part of the state.  Upon his retiring his son, the subject of this sketch, took full charge and has very ably sustained the reputation of the house.  He keeps a full line of jewelry including clock, silverware, etc.   He also carries a full line of spectacles in all kinds of bowls and will fit those needing them.  It is very important that you take your jewelry to a good workman for if you do not it is likely to do more harm that good.  Mr. Waldron's life long experience make him a safe man to trust.


Home of J. R. Willey

The above is a picture of the home of Joe Willey, one of the leading stock raisers of Carroll county.  Mr. Willey owns four fine farms in Pleasant Valley township and has some of the finest stock in the county.  He is a member of the Carroll Fair and Driving Park Association is a member of the I.O.O.F. and Masonic Lodges, a Republican in politics and a Methodist in Religion. 

He is a man of much influence among the people in his community and is highly respected.  We regret having so small a space to devote to himself and farm.




      Chas. Waltersheid

One of the most enterprising merchants in the entire county is Charles Waltersheid of Halbur.  His career is an example of what a boy can do by applying himself and sticking to business.  Born in Germany in 1859 he came to Carroll from his native land in 1873 at the age of fourteen.  Until 1881 he clerked in Carroll always working faithfully for the interests of his employers.  He early cultivated the virtue of honesty and justice to all and easily made his services indispensable.  In 1881 when the Southwestern branch was built he located at Halbur opening a store of his own.  Since then his success has been uninterrupted each year gaining something over the predecessor until now he is one of the substantial men of the county.  In 1881 he was married to Maggie Neu.  In 1883 he was appointed postmaster a position which he still occupies and fills with entire satisfaction to the department and public.


James Wattles

James Wattles is one of the old and esteemed residents of Carroll county.  He is a native of New York and during the war served his country valiantly in the regiment of which General B. F. Tracy was Colonel.  Shortly after the war he moved to Iowa and settled in this county a few miles from Glidden.  Here he improved a farm and had the usual experience of pioneer times.  Almost thirteen years ago he and his good wife retired from farming and moved to this city.  The partner of life married wife died almost three years ago since which time his daughter has taken care of the home.  Mr. Wattles occupies his time in reading and looking after numerous interests and in this way is a man of busy leisure.  He is a  man who deserves and preserves friends and his old age is made __ __ by the regard he is held in by those who know him.  His surviving children Gordon (?) W.__ of Omaha, Walter T., of Neligh, Magdalene Channey (?) and Carrie M. of the city.  The last named is president of the Trans Mississippi Exposition, the greatest enterprise of the ___ ever promoted in this country.


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