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Transcribed biography of Wallace B. Wilson

WALLACE B. WILSON, the secretary and treasurer of the Wilson Lumber and Coal Company, is the son of W. L. Wilson, the founder of the business. W. L. Wilson was born in 1847 in Valparaiso, the son of William Wilson, a pioneer of this city. W. L. Wilson's early activities were in the retail hardware business, after which he founded the lumber and coal business. Wallace B. Wilson was one of eight children born to his parents, six sons and two daughters, of whom he is the fifth in order of birth. The others are: Cora, the wife of Earl Salisbury; Myrtle, who is now Mrs. Richard Reed, of Seattle, Washington; William V., of Portland, Oregon; Frank and Roger, residents of St. Petersburg, Florida; R. E. and E. M., who are associated with the firm.

The Wilson Lumber and Coal Company is a corporation with a capital stock of $10,000. The present officers are: R. E. Wilson, president; Nellie W. Wilson, vice-president; and W. B. Wilson, secretary-treasurer; and E. M. Wilson, director. The organization is equipped to carry construction work to entire completion, operating a planing mill which manufactures sash, doors, blinds and cabinet work. This affords ready accommodation for the building activities of the concern which are confined to the erection of homes in Porter County.

W. B. Wilson was united in marriage with Helen, the daughter of W. A. Hoffman, and to them were born two sons: Robert and Wallace. Jr. Mr. Wilson is a member of the Indiana Retail Lumber Dealers Association, Indiana Builders Supply Association, Chamber of Commerce, Kiwanis Club and the K. of P.

Ralph Wilson served in the Motor Transport Division of the Three Hundred and Fifteenth Ammunition Train, and subsequently saw service in England, France and Germany. He was overseas for fourteen months, and was mustered out June 22, 1919. He is a member of the Elks, Odd Fellows, and the American Legion.

W. V. Wilson served as a captain in the quartermaster's department at Jacksonville, Florida, during the war.

Earl M. Wilson was united in marriage with Leona Robinson, and to them were born two sons: Vernon and William.

Source: Cannon, Thomas H., H. H. Loring, and Charles J. Robb. 1927. History of the Lake and Calumet Region of Indiana Embracing the Counties of Lake, Porter and Laporte. Volume II. Indianapolis, Indiana: Historians' Association. 827 p.
Page(s) in Source: 228-229

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Biography transcribed by Steven R. Shook


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