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History of Adair
County, Iowa, 1915.

Biographical.  Volume 2.


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Ira Amos Wimmer.

Ira Amos Wimmer, a representative and successful agriculturist of Union township, residing on section 34, is the owner of eighty acres of rich and productive land which he cultivates with excellent results.  His birth occurred in Decatur county, Indiana, on the 3d of September, 1856, his parents being Flemmon and Abigail (Davis) Wimmer, who were married in Indiana.  The father, a native of Virginia, removed to the Hoosier state in an early day and in 1868 came to Adair county, Iowa, both he and his wife here spending the remainder of their lives.  To them were born twelve children, three of whom reside in Iowa but only one,  Ira A., in Adair county.  Three of the sons served in the Civil war.

Ira A. Wimmer was twelve years of age when he accompanied his parents to this county and has resided within its borders continuously since.  He has devoted his attention to general agricultural pursuits throughout his entire business career and following his marriage purchased a farm in Union township which he operated for two years.  On the expiration of that period he traded the place for a farm of eighty acres on section 34, Union township, the cultivation of which has claimed his time and energies continuously since and which he has improved until it is now a valuable and attractive property.  Mr. Wimmer is totally blind, having lost his eyesight in a runaway accident twenty-five years ago, yet he still performs the active work of the fields and has not allowed his misfortune to discourage of seriously handicap him.

On the 2d of December, 1880, Mr. Wimmer was united in marriage to Miss Alice Haynes, by whom he has six children, all of whom reside in Iowa with the exception of Bruce Wimmer, who is a Baptist minister of prominence in the city of Chicago.  Some of the children are college graduates and all have been teachers.  Mrs. Wimmer and her daughters belong to the Christian church and are faithful workers in the cause of Christianity.  He has now been a resident of this county for a period of forty-seven years and has long been numbered among its substantial agriculturists and highly esteemed citizens.

Charles S. Wimmer, son of Ira A. Wimmer, was born in Adair county, Iowa, November 4, 1891, and supplemented his common-school education by a course of study in the college at Pella and the Western Normal College at Shenandoah.  He is a prosperous and energetic young farmer, now owning and cultivating one hundred and sixty acres of land within two miles of the old homestead.  On the 10th of September, 1913, he wedded Miss May Chicken, who came to Iowa from Nebraska with her parents in 1895.  They are a popular young couple of their home community, enjoying the esteem and regard of all who know them.



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