A Narrative History of The People of Iowa with SPECIALTREATMENT OF THEIR CHIEF ENTERPRISES IN EDUCATION, RELIGION, VALOR,INDUSTRY, BUSINESS, ETC. by EDGAR RUBEY HARLAN, LL. B., A.M. Curator of the Historical, Memorial and Art Department ofIowa Volume IV THE AMERICAN HISTORICAL SOCIETY, Inc. Chicago and NewYork 1931
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 JennieM. Dewel, came out to Iowa.The family first lived near Goldfield and in1895 moved to Maxwell, Iowa, and later his father lived at Des Moines andBondurant, and in 1909 came to Algona, which was his home until his death in1928.Ira G. Dewel was a contractor and builder until 1887, then enteredthe lumber business and still later was a banker.
William Cornelius Dewel made good use of his opportunities in thepublic schools during his boyhood.In 1889, when he was fourteen years ofage, he was handicapped physically by the loss of his left arm, and the range ofthings which he could do was necessarily limited.He carried on hisstudies at the University of Iowa until graduating with the A. B. degree in1896, and in 1897 took his law degree at Drake University.Mr. Dewel beganthe practice of law in 1899 and at the same time was interested in a newspaperat 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 attentionto the work of editing and publishing the Kossuth County Advance.It isthe leading newspaper of the county and in its editorial columns reflects thekeen mind and long public experience of its editor and owner.Mr. Dewel isa Republican, and fraternally has affiliations with the Knights of Pythias,Independent Order of Odd Fellows, Modern Woodmen of America, and the Brotherhoodof American Yoemen.
He married Miss Emma L. Patton, a native of Luverne, Iowa, and daughterof 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.