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History of Adair
County, Iowa, 1915.

Biographical.  Volume 2.


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Wilbert E. Wakefield.

Wilbert E. Wakefield makes his home on section 32, Harrison township, and a well improved farm speaks eloquently of the manner in which he passes his time.  He is a native son of Iowa, his birth having occurred in Warren county on the 13th of February, 1871, his parents being Henry T. and Sarah M. (Owen) Wakefield.  The father was born in Jefferson county, Pennsylvania, and the mother's birth occurred in Indiana.  In the year 1857 Henry T. Wakefield arrived in Warren county, Iowa, where he purchased a farm, upon which he lived for thirty years and then removed to Adair county, where he has since made his home.  In 1914 he was called upon to mourn the loss of his wife, who passed on the 8th of March, of that year.  In their family were ten children, five of whom are yet living.  Mr. Wakefield is a veteran of the Civil war, having enlisted in 1862 as a member of Company M, First Wisconsin Volunteer Cavalry.  He served for over three years, participating in more than thirty battles, and was mustered out in 1865 at Nashville, Tennessee.  He then returned to Iowa, where he has since lived.

Wilbert E. Wakefield remained at home until 1905, when he was united in marriage to Miss Gertrude Harmon, who was born in Union county, Iowa, a daughter of J. W. and Nancy Harmon, who are now residents of Creston, this state.  Following his marriage Mr. Wakefield purchased the old homestead of one hundred and nineteen acres on section 32, Harrison township, and has since resided thereon.  There was at one time an old stage tavern on this place which was known as the Billy Thomas estate.  In addition to cultivating the crops best adapted to soil and climatic conditions, Mr. Wakefield makes a specialty of raising hogs and finds for them a good sale, so that he thus materially increases his annual income.

To Mr. and Mrs. Wakefield were born three children:  Homer T., Wayne E. and Vernon D.  The wife and mother passed away April 21, 1911, and was laid to rest in the Cromwell cemetery.  In 1914 Mr. Wakefield was again married, his second union being with Miss Mabel Neer, a native of Cass county, Iowa, and a daughter of E. T. and Flora Neer, who are still living.

Mr. and Mrs. Wakefield are members of the Congregational church and in politics he is a republican, active in support of the party in his district.  For eight years he filled the office of trustee, making a most creditable record in that position.  Fraternally he is connected with the Odd Fellows and the Modern Woodmen of America and lives up to the teachings of those organizations, his life being in harmony with their principles of fraternity and helpfulness.



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