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Transcribed biography of W. T. Atwell


Submitted by Harry Atwell

The Atwells made Porter County their home March 6, 1894 when W. Taylor Atwell and his wife Sarah A. Atwell purchased the farm at Gates Corners, Porter Township. With their only son, Walter E. Atwell, they moved from Chicago to the farm where they lived until they retired in 1913 and moved to Valparaiso. That farm is now owned and occupied by a grandson, Harry and wife Doris.

Walter married Iva A. Rigg, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wallace Rigg. They bought a farm one-half mile east of Gates Corners and lived on that until their deaths. Iva passed away May 26, 1946. Walter passed away April 1, 1959.

They were parents of five children: Mrs. Paul (Florence) LaCount of Valparaiso; Mr. Harry E. Atwell, R.R. 6, Valparaiso; Mrs. Norman (Margaret) Wikelund, Elm Grove, Wisconsin; Mrs. Eugene (Bernice) Froberg of Valparaiso; and Mr. Roger R. Atwell, South Bend, Indiana. All are graduates of Valparaiso High School except Roger, who is a Boone Grove High School graduate.

The senior Atwells were active people in their community, as are their son and wife, Harry and Doris, of Porter County. Walter served several years as Porter County Commissioner elected by the Republican Party.

Source: American Revolution Bicentennial Committee of Porter County. 1976. A Biographical History of Porter County, Indiana. Valparaiso, Indiana: American Revolution Bicentennial Committee of Porter County, Inc. 180 p.
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Biography transcribed by Steven R. Shook


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