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History of Adair
County, Iowa, 1915.

Biographical.  Volume 2.


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H. S. Wambold.

H. S. Wambold, one of the venerable and well known citizens of Adair county, was long and actively identified with agricultural pursuits here but is now living retired on his farm of one hundred and sixty acres on section 32, Harrison township, which has been in his possession during the past forty-three years.  his birth occurred in Pennsylvania on the 8th of December, 1835, his parents being Henry and Anna (Sees) Wambold, who were likewise natives of the Keystone state.  In both the paternal and maternal lines our subject is of German ancestry but both families were established in Pennsylvania in 1730.  To Mr. and Mrs. Henry Wambold were born four children, three of whom survive.

H. S. Wambold was reared and educated in the state of his nativity and in the spring of 1857, when in his twenty-second year, removed to Wisconsin.  In the fall of the same year, however, he made his way to Polk county, Iowa, where he worked at the carpenter's trade until the spring of 1859, when he drove across the country to California by ox team, the journey consuming three months.  He remained in the Golden state for six years and then returned to Pennsylvania, where he spent one winter season before again removing to Polk county, Iowa.  There he operated a rented farm for four years and was married.  In 1872 he came to Adair county, purchasing eighty acres in Harrison township on which he has resided continuously since.  Later he added a similar tract to his holdings, thus becoming the owner of a quarter section of fine land.  He erected excellent buildings on his place and also planted a fine orchard and grove, and in the conduct of his agricultural interests he met with gratifying success, the well tilled fields annually yielding golden harvests in return for the care and labor bestowed upon them.  At the present time, however, he is enjoying well earned rest, leasing his land and leaving the active work of the fields to others.

In 1867 Mr. Wambold was united in marriage to Miss Anna Lott, a native of Ohio and a daughter of Isaac Lott, who was also born in Ohio and came to Iowa in an early day, both he and his wife passing away in Polk county, this state.  To Mr. and Mrs. Wambold were born eleven children, namely:  Elmer C.;  Florence;  Frank;  Irving and Austin, twins;  Charles;  Clayton;  Harvey, who is deceased;  Dennis;  Eva;  and Clarence.  The wife and mother passed away in the year 1888.

In his political views Mr. Wambold is a stalwart democrat and he has acceptably served as school director and road supervisor.  His religious faith is indicated by his membership in the Lutheran church, and his declining years are being spent in the contentment that results from a life of righteousness, industry and honor.



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