NORTHWESTERN IOWA ITS HISTORY AND TRADITION VOLUMEIII 1804-1926
F. W. WONDER
Frederick W. Wonder, editor of the Onawa Democrat since January, 1917, was born at Mondamin, Iowa, October 9,1882.He attended the public schools of Onawa and took a business course in the commercial department of Drake University at Des Moines. He then entered his father's newspaper office, where he learned every phase of the business, and later started out on his own account, establishing the Soldier Herald(now the Soldier Sentinel), which he published for several years. He next became editor of the Blencoe Herald at Blencoe, Iowa, retaining that position until the death of his father, in 1917, when he came to Onawa and took charge of the Democrat, at the head of which he has remained to the present time.For years this has been the most influential paper in the county and Mr. Wonder has continued to conduct it along the same sound and wisely conservative lines that characterized it under his father's able direction.Mr. Wonder is a forceful writer and his editorial columns have ever been devoted to the highest and best interests ofthe people generally.He has the newspaper man's genuine instinct for news, which he presents in an attractive and readable style, and as an advertising medium the Democrat is not equaled in the county.
In 1907, in Onawa, Mr. Wonder was united in marriage to Miss Nettie M.Day, daughter of Harry and Harriett (Naden) Day, the former of whom was forforty years a resident of Iowa but is now living in Washington.Mr. andMrs. Wonder are the parents of a son, William Harry.
During the World war Mr.Wonder served as food administrator for Monona county and also gave valuableassistance in the Liberty Loanand Red Cross drives.He is a memberof the Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, in which he has taken the degrees of the chapter, and of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, in which he has taken the work of the encampment.He is chairman of the public amusements committee of the community and is leader of the Onawa band, a fine organization of forty pieces.He is a member of the Onawa Golf and Country Club, the Iowa Newspaper Editors Association, the Iowa Press Association and the AmericanPress Association.His religious connection is with the Christian church.Travel and music are strong interests in his life, and he has long been an active factor in the musical circles of his community.Every movement calculated to advance the interests of Onawa or Monona county receives his hearty endorsement and support, and he has a host of warm and loyal friends, who appreciate his worth as a man and citizen.