George A. Morrell p. 36): born 1900; public schools, preparatory school, Dartmouth College (BS.); college trustee (at age 30); clubs; associated with father's business.
Family: father: president of packing company, president of local chamber of commerce (small town); chairman of local Red Cross.
mother's father: graduate of Harvard, pioneer, president of a drug company in Iowa; president of local board of education.
wife: national president of P.E.O. Sisterhood, graduate of Ferry Hall at Lake Forest, Ill.
nephew: student at Dartmouth.
Evaluation: Father came to America from England when the Morrell packing company moved its base of operations from that country to this one. At the age of 24 the father was ass't manager of the company. From there on the story tells itself.
Fred W. Fitch (p. 41): born 1870; only a common school education; bound out at age of 8; coal miner; dray wagon, head of fleet of 70 dray wagons; studied medicine under a private doctor; inventor of Fitch's Ideal Hair Tonic and Dandruff Remover; president of corporation; lodge man, golf.
Family: father: physician, educated in an eastern medical college, first college trained doctor in county.
mother's father: pioneer in territory.
children: one son is travelling representative of the Fitch product; one daughter is wife of vice-president of the same company; another daughter is wife of the assistant secretary and accountant of the company; another son is a graduate of the University of California.
Evaluation: This enterprise seems to be a strictly family affair. Subject came up the hard way -- after father took AWOL. He rose in that he started and ran a large business. He recovered his place among the "effective elements" without, probably, the active help of his father.
Byron F. Fast (p. 48): born 1851; country schools; self-supporting at 14; farm tenant; business course in banking; rose in local bank (Villisca, Iowa) from teller to president; head of another bank at Nodaway, Iowa.
Family: grandfathers: both early pioneers.
father: died in Civil War, was "an industrious and thrifty citizen who made a success of farming and accumulated 450 acres of land and much personal property." He was "well educated and held the office of justice of the peace . . . . "
daughters: one educated at Ward-Belmont School for Girls, Univ. of Wisc., and a finishing school; one educated at U. of Nebr. and now a teacher.
Evaluation: One wonders what happened to those two banks when the depression hit Iowa. It is clear that this banker had a middle class father and two middle class daughters.
Roy T. Will (p. 55): born 1875; public schools, graduate dental dep't of the U. of Iowa, president of district dental society; owner of three farms, churchman, husband of the president of the Ladies Aid Society; lodge member; lives and practices at Red Oak, Iowa.
Family: father: private in Civil War; hardware and leather store.
mother's father: clergyman.
brothers and sisters: one a life insurance man in Oregon; one the wife of a civil engineer and general manager of a small railway in Oregon; and a name.
wife: daughter of banker in Red Oak, educated at Lasell Seminary in Mass.
children: one BS. and B.E. now with the AT&T; one graduate of U. of Wisc. and teacher; and two youngsters.
Evaluation: There is much social class continuity here.
Forrest Brisbine Spaulding (p. 65): born 1892; "received the advantages of three fine old educational institutions -- Philips Exeter Academy, Williston Academy, and Trinity School in N.Y. City; finished library school at N.Y. Public Library; lodge man, club man, Episcopalian; member of the Council of and American Library Association; called on library mission to Peru.
Family: no background data given except that his forebears "were concerned with the activities both the Cavaliers of Virginia and the Puritans of New England."
Evaluation: Subject's education is only direct indication one has of parental status and attitudes.
David W. Kimberley (p. 72): born 1878; public schools, high school, business college in Chicago; engaged in "agricultural and civic affairs of Scott County"; member of state legislature fourteen years "without any pecuniary profit to himself." Member of many lodges.
Family: no data.
Evaluation: Subject a politician. Parents lived in S.D. during the mining era; returned to Iowa when subject was a child. That is all the data given.