William Henry Klemme was born on February 17, 1849, in Brookville, Indiana. At that time his father, Henry William Klemme, was 27 and his mother, Anna Katharine Gesell, was 23. He married Mary Augusta Bolles on March 27, 1870, in Ridgeway, Iowa.
William worked on his father's farm 3.5 miles west of Ridgeway on the Turkey River until the age of 21, when he married Augusta Bolles. He was educated in a country school and was fond of reading law and had a law library. He was Justice of the Peace for 30 years. He was a Representative for Winnesheik County in the Iowa legislature three times in succession. He owned several lumber yards, farms and land near Ridgeway, North and South Dakota, and Minnesota.
William Henry Klemme died on March 11, 1943, in Ridgeway, Iowa, at the age of 94.
William Henry Klemme and Mary Augusta Bolles had one child:
William Henry and Mary Augusta (Bolles) Klemme, Grandfather Henry William and Grandmother Anna Katharine (Gesell) Klemme, James Donaldson, Nellie R, Hugh (2 years old), and Dorothy Parker (2 weeks old). Photo dated April 12, 1896 at Grandfathers house in Elma, Iowa.