Postmaster of Mt. Pleasant, Henry Co., IA, he was born near Manchester, England, Nov. 7, 1838, the son of James ans Sophia (Hayhurst) Wallbank, both natives of England, who followed their son to the New World,' emigrating in 1871, and settling in this county, where both died, the former in 1878, and his widow in 1884. They were people of excellent repute, and the parents of two sons, one of whom, George, still lives in England. John H. Wallbank received a good education in England, and for 6 years was employed in the revenue service of Great Britain in the excise department. He left England and went to Australia, living there and in New Zealand for 3 or 4 years; and also visited many of the South Pacific Islands. He returned to England and in 1867 emigrated to America and coming to the West, located in Henry Co., which has since been his home. His first business venture was in Trenton, then went to Marshall, now called Wayland where he stayed until 1878, when he moved to Mt. Pleasant engaging in the boot and shoe trade. He carried on in this until Dec. 31, 1883 when his building burned down and he was a heavy loser. He sold the balance of the stock and in 1885 opened a clothing store. He has another branch store at Winfield, known as Green and Wallbank, and is the owner of a 200 acre farm in Jefferson Twp. He was married in Eng. in 1860 to Martha Whitman, a native of that country. They have six children, now living: Sophia E., Eliza, Nellie, Anna, James and Arthur. Mr. Wallbank is a Democrat, and in Aug. 1866 he was appointed Postmaster of Mt. Pleasant under President Cleveland's administration.
Portrait and Biographical Album Henry County, Iowa Chicago: Acme Publishing Company, 1888