William Henry Klemme

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:

  • Nellie R. Klemme, 1871-1961
William Henry Klemme had thirteen siblings:
  • John Philip Klemme, 1847-1938
  • Rosena Klemme, 1850-1852
  • John Charles Klemme, 1852-1947
  • Harmon Johanas Klemme, 1854-1926
  • Anna Katharine Klemme, 1856-1917
  • John J. Klemme, 1857-1925
  • Mary Klemme, 1858-1944
  • Henry Frederick Klemme, 1861-1957
  • Christian Klemme, 1862-1933
  • Jacob William Klemme, 1864-1924
  • Benjamin Frederick Klemme, 1866-1953
  • Joseph Klemme, 1868-1964
  • Stephan A. Klemme, 1870-1947

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William Henry Klemme at 16 years old.

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William Henry Klemme around 1890.

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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.

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William Henry Klemme. "Hot Day at the Fair"

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Lumberyard in Ridgeway, Iowa. Owned by William Henry Klemme (third person from the left).

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Lumberyard in Ridgeway, Iowa. Owned by William Henry Klemme

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Lumberyard in Ridgeway, Iowa - June 2013 Owned by William Henry Klemme

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Home of William Henry Klemme in Ridgeway, Iowa.

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William Henry Klemme with Tom's dog.

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Stephan A. Klemme, William Henry Klemme, and John Philip Klemme

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William Henry Klemme and Hugh Klemme Parker

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Brothers and sisters of William Henry Klemme.

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50th Wedding Anniversary? 1937?

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Phelps Cemetery Decorah, Winneshiek County, Iowa

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Phelps Cemetery Decorah, Winneshiek County, Iowa