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Missionary Society of the Evangelical Church; her ancestry was German.
Dr. Wegner attended grade school in Sannders County, Nebraska, at West Point, Nebraska, and in Washington County, Nebraska. He was graduated from the Academy of North Central College at Naperville, Illinois, 1911. He holds the following degrees: M. D., 1919, University of Nebraska Medical School; B. S., 1915, North Central College; Ph. G., 1908, Creighton University College of Pharmacy. He took post-graduate courses at Washington University, at St. Louis, and at Harvard Medical School, Boston. He was a member of Upsilon Nu Chapter of Phi Chi, medical fraternity, 1918.
He was associated with the York Clinic and Clinic Hospital at York, Nebraska, as pediatrist, 1921-26. Since 1926 he has been connected with the Lincoln Children's Clinic.
He is a member of Lancaster County Medical Society, Nebraska State Medical Association, American Medical Association, American College of Physicians (associate member), and the Nebraska Pediatric Society. He is a member of the Red Cross; the Nebraska Conference of Social Work; the Lancaster County Tuberculosis Society; the Lincoln Chamber of Commerce; and the Lincoln Rotary Club. He is a member of the board of directors of the Young Men's Christian Association, and is a member of the Parent-Teachers' Association. During the World War he was a member of the Medical Reserves. He is a member of the American Legion. He is affiliated with Calvary Evangelical Church of Lincoln. He is a Republican.
His marriage to Myrtle Laura Geier was solemnized at Biastone City, Grant County, South Dakota, December 22, 1921. Mrs. Wegner was born at Ortonville, Big Stone County, Minnesota, June 20, 1893. They have a daughter, Mary Jean, born October 21, 1924. Residence: Lincoln.
Irvin Johnson Wehrman
Irvin Johnson Wehrman, banker, was born at Decatur, Illinois, January 22, 1875, son of Henry and Elizabeth (McFeely) Wehrman. Henry Wehrman was born in Germany in 1833, and died at Nelson on July 31, 1910. Coming to America in 1845, he was a prominent farmer and stockman in Nebraska for many years. His wife was born in Stark County, Ohio, in 1842, and died at Nelson in 1908. She was of Scotch-Irish descent.
Educated in the public schools of Nebraska, Mr. Wehrman attended commercial school two years. A resident of Nebraska for fifty-seven years, he has been connected with the Commercial Bank of Nelson for some time as cashier.
In July, 1896, Mr. Wehrman was married to Leola Thomas at Weeping Water, Nebraska. Mrs. Wehrman, who was born at Weeping Water, died several years ago at Nelson. Three children were born to them, two of whom are living: Lawson J., born June 15, 1897, married Ruth Ione Scherzinger; Leone Maude, born in February, 1905, married Deforest Swanson; and Frank Casler, born April 3, 1903, died in July, 1912.
Mr. Wehrman is independent politically. He is a member of the Masons (32nd degree and Shrine), and the Nebraskana Society. He has been a member of the school board for over 25 years. Residence: Nelson.
James B. Wehrman
A resident of Nebraska since March 5, 1875, James B. Wehrman was born in Macon County, Illinois, October 16, 1866, son of Henry F. W. and Elizabeth (McFeely) Wehrman. His father, born in Germany in 1833, came to the United States in his early youth, and was a pioneer farmer in Illinois. He died at Nelson on July 31, 1910, after a residence of more than thirty years. His wife, born in Dark County, Ohio, died at Nelson; March 19, 1908.
James B. Wehrman was educated in common school, and has since engaged in farming, until his recent retirement. He was married to Maude Ballard in 1888. Mrs. Wehrman was born in Labette, Kansas, June 13, 1870, and died at Nelson, February 20, 1921.
There were eight children born to their union, seven of whom are living: Basil C., June 1, 1889, married Dorothy Mauck; Henry E., january (sic) 14, 1890, married Myrtle Philpott; Ethel, September 21, 1894, married Robert Moore; W. ray (sic), August 28, 1898, married Gwen Bottenfield; Hazel M., February 15, 1902, married Eugene McDonald; Homer, born August 13, 1903; Clifton E., October 21, 1905; and James B., Jr., born March 19, 1914, who died February 15, 1921.
Mr. Wehrman is a Presbyterian. He is president of the Commercial Bank at Nelson. Mr. Wehrman's ancestors on his mothers side were active in the Revolution. He is a Democrat. Residence: Nelson.
Herman Frederick Weigel
Herman Frederick Weigel who is a leading educator of Stuart, Nebraska, has been a resident of this state all his life, and in recent years has taken a prominent part in educational affairs in this state. He was born at Douglas, Nebraska, October 13, 1900, the son of Andrew and Anna Katherine (Besser) Weigel, the former a farmer who was born at Hessen-Nassau, Germany, January 25, 1861. His father served in the German Army from 1881 to 1884, and came to the United States in 1888 His mother was born at Hessen-Nassau, October 13, 1865.
Mr. Weigel was graduated from the Sterling High School in 1919, and received the B. S. degree in 1926 at the University of Nebraska where he was a member of Pi Kappa Phi. He served as rural school teacher in Otoe County in 1920, was department principal at Fullerton, Nebraska, in 1923, was athletic coach at Beaver Crossing, Nebraska, in 1924, and returned to the University of Nebraska as a student in 1925. He was athletic coach at Cedar Rapids, Nebraska in 1926, and since 1927 has served as superintendent of the Stuart public schools.
He holds membership in the following: Nebraska State Teachers Association; National Association; Niobrara Valley School Men's Association, of which he is president; High School Administration Section of the Nebraska State Teachers Association, District No. 3, of which he is chairman; and the Commercial Club of Stuart. He is chairman of the board of directors of the Lions Club, is treasurer of the Holt County School Activities Association, and holds membership in the local lodge of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. He is vitally interested in educational research.
On August 25, 1926, he married Frances Louise King at Belgrade, Nebraska. Mrs. Weigel, who was a kindergarten teacher, was born at Silver Creek, Nebraska, August 25, 1906. Her paternal grandfather served as an officer in the Union Army during the Civil War, and her maternal ancestors were of Swedish descent. Residence: Stuart. (Photograph in Album).
Adolph Weiler lived in Nebraska for nearly fifty years and took an active interest in business and civic affairs in his community from boyhood. He was born at Goeppingen, Wurttemberg, Germany, April -9, 1860, the son of John George and Dora Weiler. His father, who was a butcher, was born at Wurttemberg, April 6, 1820, and died at Goeppingen, December 2, 1883.
His mother was born at Goeppingen, and died there May 1, 1879.
Mr. Weiler was graduated from public school in 1874,
and since then had been engaged as a butcher, and banker, in the lumber business; farming; and cattle raising. He was president of the Farmers Bank at Dunbar, Nebraska, and was associated with the First National Bank at Omaha; Nebraska City National Bank, at Nebraska City; the Brdford (sic) Kennedy Lumber Company, at Omaha; and the Proudfit Radio Company, at Lincoln, Nebraska.
He was married to Christine Roos at Seward, Nebraska. Mrs. Weller was born at Goeppingen, July 31, 1862. There are five children: Amalie, born November 24, 1885, who is an insurance agent and merchant; Fred, born August. 9, 1887, who married Dorothea Garlip, and is a farmer; Carl A., born February 20, 1892, who married Minna Schmidt; Oscar, born October 13, 1894, who married Anna Griepenstroh, and is a farmer; and Irwin W., born August 5, 1902, who married Mabel Christensen, and who is a radio dealer and lumber man.
Mr. Weiler served as a sergeant in the artillery in Germany, from 1880 to 1883. He was a member of the Red Cross, the Bankers' Association, and the Lumbermen's Association. He was a Mason and Shriner, served as an elder in the Presbyterian Church at Dunbar, and was a member of the Sons of Herman and the Nebraskana Society. He is a Republican. (Mr. Weiler died June 28, 1931).
Andy J. Welch
Born at Milford, Nebraska, December 28, 1875, Andy J. Welch has lived there continuously fifty-five years. He is the son of John T. and Mary Jane (Alexander) Welch, the former a native of Kentucky, born October 21, 1842. He was a farmer and merchant, who died at Lincoln, July 7, 1898. Mary Jane (Alexander) Welch was born in Missouri, April 17, 1849, and died at Lincoln, January 25, 1928.
Mr. Welch attended the Milford public and high school, the Jones National School of Auctioneering and Oratory in 1908, and Western Normal School at Lincoln. A farmer all his life, he has in addition carried on a hardware, auctioneering, meat and ice business at various times. A leader in Democratic politics he served as state senator 1928-30, and 1930-31.
During the World War he was a four minute speaker, and active in Red Cross work, and is still a member of the last mentioned. He was chief of the Milford Fire Department for 6 years and is still an active member, and is a member of the town board, and for eighteen years 1906-16 and 1923-31, has served on the school board.
Mr. Welch is a member of the First Methodist Church, and during 1925-27 was a member of the board of stewards. During that period a new church building was erected, and Mr. Welch devoted much time to the project. He is a member of the Modern Woodmen of America and a life member of the Nebraskana Society. Among his sports are big game hunting, fishing and hiking. He is a breeder of pedigreed horses, and takes much interest in his avocation.
Of his marriage to Mary Birky, there are two children, Alvera, born January 4, 1897, and Lyle, born January 27, 1909. Alvera was instructor in piano for eleven years, and Lyle is assistant supervisor of music in the Lincoln Junior High Schools. Mrs. Welch was born at Clayton, Illinois, July 10, 1876, and was married at Milford, January 1, 1896. Residence: Milford: (Photograph in Album).
Henry Casper Wellensiek
Henry C. Wellensiek was born at Syracuse, Nebraska, March 11, 1882, the son of Henry Frederick and Marie Elsie (Kamopeter) Wellensiek. His father, who was born at Bierin, Germany, June 7, 1849, and died at Syracuse, August 6, 1921, was a farmer who came to America from Germany, in 1866. His mother, who was born at Bierin, November 8, 1849, and died at Syracuse, September 23, 1906, came to America in 1874.
Mr. Wellensiek, who has lived in Nebraska all his life, attended the rural schools of Otoe County, for two years was a student at the Nebraska State Agriculture College, and has always been a farmer. He was married to Louise Charlotte Schacht at Syracuse, February 15, 1906. Mrs. Wellensiek was born at Cook, Nebraska, April 16, 1884. Seven children were born to this union, six of whom are living. They are: Esther, born February 13, 1907; Alma, born July 29, 1908; Virgil, born March 14, 1910; Irene, born January 12, 1913, who died September 17, 1927; Louise, born December 10, 1915; Elsie, born April 30, 1919; and Henry, Junior, born March 2, 1923. Esther is a school teacher; Alma is in a nurses' training school; and Virgil is a farmer.
Mr. Wellensiek is affiliated with the St. John's Evangelical Church at Syracuse. Residence: Syracuse.
Hermann G. Wellensiek
Hermann G. Wellensiek, distinguished statesman and lawyer at Grand Island, Nebraska, has been a resident of this state all his life. He was born at Syracuse, Nebraska, September 28, 1884, the son of Henry F. and Marie C. (Kampeter) Wellensiek. His father, who was born at Bunde, Germany, June 7, 1849, and died at Syracuse, August 6, 1921, was a farmer who came to this country in 1865. His mother was born at Bieren, Germany, October 12, 1849, and died at Syracuse, September 23, 1906; she came to this country in 1873.
Mr. Wellensiek attended the rural schools of Otoe County, Nebraska, and in 1902 was graduated from the Syracuse High School. He received the Bachelor of Laws degree at the University of Nebraska College of Law in 1904. He served as cashier of the Bank of Avoca, Avoca, Nebraska, 1907-10, was president of the Harvard State Bank, Harvard, Nebraska, 1912-29, and since 1923 has been engaged in the practice of law at Grand Island with offices in the Cowton Building.
A Republican, Mr. Wellensiek is state senator from Hall, Howard, and Greeley counties, being elected for 1929-31, and 1931-33; and acts as chairman of the Banking Committee in both regular and special sessions during each term. He holds membership in the Nebraska State Bar Association, the American Bar Association, the Grand Island Chamber of Commerce, the Red Cross, and the Salvation Army. He is a life member of the Elks, and is a 32nd degree Mason and Shrine member. His social club is the University Club of Lincoln, Grand Island Riverside Golf Club, and his sports are golf and football.
Mr. Wellensiek is affiliated with St. Paul's English Lutheran Church at Grand Island. He was married to Adah Lanham at Hastings, Nebraska, October 5, 1915; she was born at Harvard, Nebraska, October 29, 1884, the daughter of Thomas and Jane Lanham who were pioneers of Nebraska, and was a teacher before her marriage. She died at Waukesha, Wisconsin, July 23, 1916.
On September 12, 1925, he was united in marriage with Anna Blanche Swartwood at Fremont, Nebraska. Their two children are: Paul Swartwood, born July 29, 1926; and Karl Wendell, born November 13, 1929. Mrs. Wellensiek, who was born at Columbus, Indiana, July 16, 1894, was graduated from Fremont High School and Cotner University, and taught in the public schools prior to her marriage. Residence: Grand Island. (Photograph on Page 1257).
Charles Arthur Wellington
Charles Arthur Wellington, rancher, was born at Murry, Iowa, April 8, 1874, son of Horace and Frances Esther (Whitlock) Wellington, the former an engineer, Civil War soldier farmer and merchant. Horace Wellington was born at Concord, Massachusetts, September 6, 1849, and died at Hot Springs, South Dakota, April 11, 1912. His father was born in Boston, descended
from early English settlers. At the age of 84 years Horace Wellington built a chimney thirty-two feet high.
Frances Esther Whitlock was born at Quincy, Illinios (sic), September 6, 1847, and died at Waco, Nebraska, on July 5, 1894. Primarily a devoted wife and mother, she was also an active worker in her church.
Educated in country and public schools until May, 1886, Charles Arthur Wellington was graduated from Waco High School in May, 1889. He taught school in York County two years, 1894-95, 1895-96, and in 1903 homesteaded in the sand hills of Loup County. He is an extensive landowner there, and it has always been his ambition to see his hills covered with trees and fine cattle. Mr. Wellington is a Republican and was county commissioner 1922-27, defeated for re-election by three votes.
During the Spanish-American War, Mr. Wellington served in the Philippines, participating in nineteen engagements. He was promoted from private to corporal during his enlistment. He is a member of the Spanish War Veterans, the Church of Christ, the Nebraskana Society, and the school board. He was school director from 1906-09 and treasurer of his school district 1912-29. His favorite sport is baseball, while his hobby is breeding registered Polled Herefords.
On December 24, 1900, he was married to Nellie May Geiger at Waco. She was born there on April 18, 1880, and died at Taylor, April 8, 1905. There are three children of this marriage, Charles A., born October 6, 1901, who married Kathryn Sammons; Genevieve A., born June 12, 1903, who married Harry E. Simonsen; and Ora B., born November 17, 1904, who married George Fagan.
His second marriage was to Lulu Etta Wam, at Burwell, on December 19, 1912. They have six children, Fay E., born December 25, 1913; Marjorie F., born October 26, 1915; Arthur W., born September 28, 1917; Robert M., born May 12, 1922; Nola J., born June 29, 1924; and Dorthy P., born January 7, 1928. Residence: Taylor.
Robert Rider Wellington
Robert Rider Wellington, lawyer, was. born at Albion, Maine, February 18, 1899, son of LeClaire and Ethel (Clark) Wellington. The father, who was born at Albion, April 3, 1872, is descended through Charles, John, George, Thomas, Thomas, Joseph, to Roger Wellington who settled in Watertown, Massachusetts, in 1630. His wife, Ethel, was born in Thorndike, Maine, September 10, 1873, and is descended through Dudley, Perley, Cudworth, John, Elisha, Josiah, to Elisha Clark who was a resident of Kittery, Maine, in 1690. Both Mr. and Mrs. Wellington reside at Harlowton, Montana.
Upon the completion of his elementary education in the public schools of Montana, Mr. Wellington entered the Harlowton High School, and in 1923 received the Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Nebraska. He received his Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Nebraska in 1926. He was a student for a time at Harvard Law School. His fraternities are Pi Kappa Phi and Phi Delta Phi.
On February 2, 1926, Mr. Wellington was admitted to practice in Lincoln. At the present time he is a member of the firm of Thomas and Wellington at Crawford, Nebraska, and is county attorney of Dawes County, elected on the Republican ticket. He is a member of the Chamber of Commerce, the Masons, and the New England Historic Genealogical Society. During the World War he was a private in the United States Army, and at the present time is a member of the American Legion.
His marriage to Katherine Morice Johnson was solemnized at Fremont, September 20, 1930. Mrs. Wellington was born at Fremont on June 15, 1906, and is a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution. They have one daughter, Nancy Jean, born February 27, 1932. Residence: Crawford.
Charles Hull Wells
Charles Hull Wells, civil engineer, was born at Boone, Iowa, March 5, 1882, son of Charles H. and Elizabeth Helen (Hull) Wells.
The father was born in Huntley, Illinois, in 1859, and died at Boone, Iowa, in February, 1926. He was English, a railroad cashier and telegrapher. His wife, Elizabeth Helen, was born at East Aurora, New York in 1851, and is a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, and active in club and church work. She is descended from New England Yankees.
Mr. Wells attended common and high school at Boone and Iowa State College. From 1899 until the present time he has been civil engineer with the Chicago and Northwestern Railway, on construction valuation and general railway maintenance. He is division engineer for the Black Hills and Wyoming divisions of the Chicago and Northwestern. He is a Republican.
He married to Clyte Z. Kneeland at Boone, May 16, 1906. Mrs. Wells was born at Boone, July 11, 1882, of Yankee descent. She is the daughter of Howland P. and Capitola (Warner) Kneeland. She was graduated from high school at Boone, Iowa, and attended Normal Normal School at Cedar Falls, Iowa. She was a teacher in primary schools for several years prior to her marriage. They have three children, Helen, born November 6, 1907, who is a teacher; Elizabeth, born October 8, 1911, who is attending Iowa State College; and Charles, Jr., born July 4, 1920.
While a member of the Presbyterian Church, Mr. Wells is affiliated with the Congregational Church of Chadron. He is a Mason and a member of the Chadron Country Club. His favorite sports include golf, fishing and shooting. Residence: Chadron.
Adolph Eilert Wenke
Adolph E. Wenke, prominent lawyer at Stanton, Nebraska, has lived in this state all his life, and for the past decade has been active in the civic and political life of his community. He was born at Pender, Nebraska, January 22, 1898, the son of Frederick William and Henrietta (Athens) Wenke. His father was born at Oldenburg, Germany. His mother was born at Oldenburg, and died at Pender, June 7, 1916.
Mr. Wenke was graduated from the Pender High School in 1917, and in 1923, was graduated from the University of Nebraska with the LL. B. degree. He was elected to membership in Sigma Phi Epsilon; was a member of the football team at the University of Nebraska; and was active in track events. Admitted to the bar in Nebraska in 1923, since that date he has been engaged in the practice of law at Stanton. He was editor of the Cornhusker at the University of Nebraska. He is now county attorney of Stanton County.
On June 7, 1925, he was married to Gertrude Harriett Bauer at Suttoon. They have two children: Robert Adolph, born September 6, 1926; and William Frederick, born October 1, 1928. During the late war Mr. Wenke served overseas in the army for 10 months. He is a member of the American Legion.
He is a member of the Stanton School Board and the Nebraskana Society, is a Mason, and holds membership in Phi Delta Phi.; Sigma Delta Chi; and the Stanton Country Club. He is a Democrat. His sport is golf. Residence: Stanton.
William Fred Wenke
A banker at Pender since 1908, William Fred Wenke is the son of Fred W. and Henriette (Aten) Wenke. He was born in Dodge County, February 12, 1888, and educated first in grade school. Thereafter he attended Pender High School, completing the 9th grade, and was a student at Omaha and Fremont business colleges.
Fred Wenke was born in Oldenburg, Germany, De-
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