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History of Adair
County, Iowa, 1915.

Biographical.  Volume 2.


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W. A. Neese.

W. A. Neese, a successful general merchant of Zion, owns and resides on a farm of eighty acres on section 2, Union township, which he operates in connection with the conduct of his mercantile interests.  His birth occurred in Hamilton county, on the 27th of March, 1872, his parents being Washington C. and Mary (Royster) Neese, natives of Indiana.  Their marriage took place in Hamilton county, this state, where they had accompanied their respective parents in childhood.  Washington C. Neese is now a retired agriculturist of Hamilton county, making his home in Stratford.

W. A. Neese acquired his early education in the public schools and also pursued a course in the collegiate institute at Fort Dodge, Iowa.  Subsequently he taught school in Hamilton county for two years and then engaged in farming, while later he embarked in the mercantile business at Stratford, there conducting a store for about four years.  In 1909 he removed to Hebron, Adair county, where he was engaged in merchandising for six years.  On the 1st of January, 1915, he disposed of the enterprise and took up his abode on his farm of eighty acres on section 2, Union township, where he is now residing.  In May, 1915, he purchased the mercantile establishment of E. V. Masters at Zion, in Union township, which he has since successfully conducted, being accorded a liberal and gratifying patronage.  He also cultivates his fields and is a very busy man, daily covering the distance from farm to store in his automobile.  He likewise owns a quarter section of land in Burleigh county, North Dakota, and is widely recognized as a substantial and enterprising citizen of the community.

On the 18th of March, 1896, Mr. Neese was united in marriage to Miss Luella Linn, of Hamilton county, by whom he has five children, namely:  Virgie, Roy, Melvin, Henrietta and Van, all at home.  Mr. Neese belongs to the Knights of Pythias fraternity, while his wife is a devoted member of the Christian church.  They enjoy an enviable position in social circles and their hoe is attractive by reason of its warm-hearted hospitality.



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