A Narrative History
The People of Iowa
SPECIAL TREATMENT OF THEIR CHIEF ENTERPRISES IN
EDUCATION, RELIGION, VALOR, INDUSTRY,
EDGAR RUBEY HARLAN, LL. B., A. M.
Curator of the
Historical, Memorial and Art Department of Iowa
THE AMERICAN HISTORICAL SOCIETY, Inc.
Chicago and New York
WILLIAM CORNELIUS DEWEL is owner and publisher of the Kossuth County Advance at Algona. Newspaper work was not the only choice of a career on his part. He studied law, and for several years carried on a successful practice. His
various activities have made him one of the outstanding men of influence in Kossuth County.
Mr. Dewel was born at Louisville, St. Lawrence County, New York, September
2, 1875, and was six years of age when his parents, Ira G. and Jennie M.
Dewel, came out to Iowa. The family first lived near Goldfield and in 1895 moved
to Maxwell, Iowa, and later his father lived at Des Moines and Bondurant,
and in 1909 came to Algona, which was his home until his death in 1928. Ira G.
Dewel was a contractor and builder until 1887, then entered the lumber
business and still later was a banker.
William Cornelius Dewel made good use of his opportunities in the public
schools during his boyhood. In 1889, when he was fourteen years of age, he was
handicapped physically by the loss of his left arm, and the range of things
which he could do was necessarily limited. He carried on his studies at the
University of Iowa until graduating with the A. B. degree in 1896, and in 1897
took his law degree at Drake University. Mr. Dewel began the practice of
law in 1899 and at the same time was interested in a newspaper at Goldfield,
Wright County. In 1900 he moved to Burt, Kossuth County. He was elected and
served six years as clerk of the District Court. During the past twenty-one
years he has given all his time and attention to the work of editing and
publishing the Kossuth County Advance. It is the leading newspaper of the county
and in its editorial columns reflects the keen mind and long public experience
of its editor and owner. Mr. Dewel is a Republican, and fraternally has
affiliations with the Knights of Pythias, Independent Order of Odd Fellows,
Modern Woodmen of America, and the Brotherhood of American Yoemen.
He married Miss Emma L. Patton, a native of Luverne, Iowa, and daughter of
F. H. and Barbara (Gouchenour) Patton. Her father and mother are both
deceased. Her parents were born in Ohio and they came to Iowa in 1860. Mr. and Mrs. Dewel have five children: Duane E., who is associated with his father in the newspaper; Dr. B. F. Dewel, an orthodontist practicing at Evenston,
Illinois; Gordon and Donald, students at the University of Iowa; and Bobby, at home.
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