IOWA ITS HISTORY AND TRADITION VOLUME III 1804-1926
W. L. LINDERMAN
The legal profession of northwestern Iowa has a worthy representative in Walter L. Linderman, who through long years has stood in the front rank of the able and successful lawyers of his section of the state, but who is now practically retired from general practice and is devoting his attention mainly to the management of his extensive landed interests. Born in Fayette county, Iowa, on the 2d of May, 1856, he is a son of E. S. and Martha A. (Hinman) Linderman, both of whom were born in Illinois, near the Wisconsin line. They were there reared and in young womanhood Martha Hinman taught in the district schools. About 1850 their respective families came to Iowa, locating in Fayette county, where they were shortly afterwards married. The father acquired one hundred and twenty acres of government land, on which he built a log cabin and proceeded to develop a farm, the tract being located on the Turkey river, one and a half miles from Auburn. During the Civil war he enlisted for service as a member of the Thirty-eighth Regiment Iowa Volunteer Infantry, and died from illness at Vicksburg. Later the mother became the wife of Dennis Gray and continued to reside on the home farm until their declining years, when they came to Emmetsburg and spent their last days with her son.
Walter L. Linderman attended the country schools and a select school at West Union, after which he entered Western College and was graduated with the degree of Bachelor of Arts in 1879. Desirous of becoming a member of the bar he entered the law school of the Iowa State University and was graduated in 1883, with the degree of Bachelor of Laws. Mr. Linderman began teaching school in 1877, in order to defray the expenses of his college and university courses, teaching during the summers and pursuing his studies in winter. In 1883 he came to Emmetsburg and entered upon the practice of his profession in partnership with George B. McCartney, under the firm name of McCartney & Linderman,"land law and "abstracts." This association continued until 1901, when it was dissolved, and Mr. Linderman has since given his attention almost entirely to the land and abstract business. During the years of his law practice he acquired extensive land holdings and to the management of his property he is now giving practically his entire time.
In 1884 Mr. Linderman was united in marriage to Miss Jennie Mayer, of Fayette county, Iowa, and to them was born a daughter, Hazel, who graduated from Emmetsburg high school and later studied music at Cornell College, in Mt. Vernon, Iowa. She has long been prominent in local musical circles, having played the pipe organ at the Methodist Episcopal church and has been the leader of the choir for a number of years. She organized the local chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, being eligible to membership in both paternal and maternal lines. She is active in many lines of church, civic and social work in Emmetsburg and is an extremely popular member of the circles in which she moves. Mr. Linderman is a member of the Modern Woodmen of America and of the Emmetsburg Commercial Club. He has long been numbered among the public-spirited men of his locality, giving hearty cooperation to all movements for the advancement of the community along material, civic or moral lines, and holds an enviable place in public confidence and regard.