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History of Adair
County, Iowa, 1915.

Biographical.  Volume 2.


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Willis Plymesser.

Willis Plymesser has been actively and successfully identified with general agricultural pursuits in Adair county for almost three decades and is now the owner of three hundred and twenty acres of valuable land on section 9, Grove township.  His birth occurred in Johnson county, Iowa, on the 16th of April, 1858, his parents being Samuel and Abigail (Weltner) Plymesser, who were born, reared and married in Pennsylvania.  In 1844 they came west to Iowa, locating in Iowa City, where the father worked as a millwright and carpenter.  In later years, however, he turned his attention to agricultural pursuits and followed farming in Johnson county until the fall of 1886, when he came to Adair county, spending the remainder of his life in honorable retirement at Greenfield.  Both he and his wife passed away in the year 1895 and their demise was the occasion of deep and widespread regret.

Willis Plymesser acquired his education in the district schools and on attaining his majority started out as an agriculturist on his own account, cultivating rented land in Johnson county for three years.  On the expiration of that period he bought a tract of one hundred and twenty acres and operated the same for a few years but disposed of the property in the winter of 1886 and came to Adair county, purchasing one hundred and sixty acres of his present home farm in Grove township.  He has since extended the boundaries of the place by additional purchase and now owns a half section of valuable land which he is cultivating with excellent results.  He is a very practical man, as is evidenced by his progressive and systematic methods, everything about his farm manifesting the exercise of competent supervision and capable management in the direction of its operation. 

In 1879 Mr. Plymesser was united in marriage to Miss Almira Potter,of Johnson county, by whom he had nine children, eight of whom still survive, as follows:  Samuel, who follows farming in Lee township;  Estella, who is the wife of E. P. Bowen, of Grove township;  Nora, who gave her hand in marriage to Monte Estes, of Guthrie county;  Glen an agriculturist of Grove township;  Ira E., Wilfred E., and Willis, Jr., all at home;  and Catherine, who is the wife of H. L. Klein, of Menlo, Iowa.

In the exercise of his right of franchise Mr. Plymesser supports the republican party and he has done able service as a member of the board of township trustees and also on the school board for several years.  Fraternally he is identified with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, belonging to Greenfield Lodge, No. 475, and he is also a member of the American Protective Association and a stockholder in the Adair County Fair Association.  His wife is a devoted member of the Methodist Episcopal church.  Mr. Plymesser is one of the sterling and substantial citizens of Adair county and he seeks his success in a field of labor with the details of which he has been familiar since his boyhood and which has repaid his practical methods and his well directed industry by constantly growing prosperity.



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