WEISER, IDAHO and KEOTA, IOWA

THE HINKLETOWN CONNECTION

From the 1903 History of Keokuk County, Iowa Genealogical and Biographical History, pages 148, 149, and 150: Harmon Henkle. "After his marriage Mr. Henkle located in Richmond, Washington County, where he followed carpentering until about 1859, when he removed to Iowa County (Fillmore Twp.). There he engaged in farming for two years and in the Spring of 1861 took up his abode at a place called Henkletown, trading his farm property for a saw mill there. He was engaged in the manufacture of lumber until the close of the war and in the meantime he also turned his attention to general merchandising, which he followed successfully until his removal to Keota."

"In 1872 this town was laid out and Mr. Henkle became one of its first merchants, erecting the second or third building of the place. He and his partner removed their stock of goods from Henkletown and conducted a general store in Keota until 1886, and in addition carried on an extensive lumber business under the name of Henkle, Lettler and Company. This partnership was maintained for several years."

"About 1886 our subject purchased a third interest in a steam grist mill at Keota and carried on general merchandizing in connection with his milling interests, his enterprise contributing materially to the upbuilding and substantial imporvement of the town."

"In August, 1891, he removed his mill to Weiser, Washington County, Idaho, where he conducted business until July, 1899, when he sold his interest in the mill and returned to Keokuk County, Iowa.

 

Harmon Henkle - 1886 Engraving   The Keota Roller Mills - Removed to Weiser Idaho in 1891

From the History of Keokuk County, Iowa: Genealogical and Biographical History, page 150: "No man has taken a more active or helpful interest in Keota than has the subject of this review, who has wrought along the lines of the greatest good to the greatest number. His business affairs have not only been a source of revenue to himself, but have also contributed to the general prosperity, and in many other ways he has aided the progess of this section of the State."

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