ITS HISTORY AND TRADITION
W. J. SCOTT
William J. Scott, clerk of the district court of Ida County, has devoted
much of his life to public service, and the reputation that results from the
faithful performance of duty is his just reward. For forty-eight years he has
been a resident of Ida Grove and his record is a matter of pride to its
citizens. He was born September 16, 1855, in Chester, Pennsylvania, and his
parents, John T. and Martha J. (Campbell) Scott, were both members of Scotch
families. They were reared and married in the north of Ireland and in their youth
came to the United States, settling in Pennsylvania.
When William J. Scott was a child of five his father died, and at the age of
nine years he entered Girard College in Philadelphia. After his graduation
from that noted institution he returned to Chester and served a four years'
apprenticeship to the drug trade. On the expiration of that period he journeyed to the west and for a year was clerk in a drug store at Glidden, Iowa. He came to Ida Grove in the spring of 1878 and has since made his home in this
community, which numbers him among its honored pioneers.
Mr. Scott is a stanch republican in his political views and in 1907 was
appointed postmaster of Ida Grove, acting in that capacity until 1915. He was
city recorder for more than eighteen years and county recorder for fourteen
years. He was a member of the twenty-eighth assembly of Iowa and gave his
earnest support to all measures which he believed would prove of benefit to the
commonwealth. In the fall of 1914 he was elected clerk of the district court
of Ida county and has since been the incumbent of this position, discharging
his duties with characteristic thoroughness and efficiency. He has never used
public office as an avenue to personal aggrandizement, regarding it rather
as a trust given to him by the people, and his honor and integrity have ever
been above question. Along fraternal lines he is connected with the Ida Grove
camp of the Modern Woodmen of America and Lodge No. 259 of the Independent
Order of Odd Fellows. He is a prominent Mason, belonging to Kane Lodge, No.
377, F. & A. M., of which he has been secretary for forty-one years; Tyrea
Chapter, No. 105, R. A. M.; Maple Valley Council, No. 25, R.& S. M.; Commandery No. 41, K. T.; Sioux City Consistory, No. 5, A. A. S. R.; and Abu-Bekr Temple, A. A. O. N. M. S., also of Sioux City. He is a worthy exemplar of the
craft and his influence upon the life of his community has been of the highest order.
Mr. Scott was married February 23, 1880, at Glidden, Iowa, to Miss Lillian
Bruner, a daughter of Elias D. and Caroline (Baird) Bruner, and the children
of this union are Katherine and Edith.
1900 census information: Ida County
W. J. Scott,head, born September 1855, age 44, born in Pennsylvania, parents Scotland
M. Lillian Scott, wife, born June 1862, age 38, married 20 years, two children, two living, born in Ohio, father born in Maryland, mother born in Ohio
Katie C. Scott, daughter, born February 1881, age 19, born in Iowa
Edith M. Scott, daughter, born November 1882, age 17, born in Iowa