R. H. Wheeler, assistant cashier of the German Savings Bank of
Manning, Iowa, gives promise as the years advance of making his
mark in the financial world. This prophecy is based upon the reputation
he has established of possessing sound judgment and good business
capacity. He is a native of Salida, Colorado, born July 28, 1885,
being a son of George H. and Mary M. (Ryel) Wheeler, both of whom
were born in New York state. The father has spent a large part
of his life in the middle west and west. The hardware business
has occupied most of his time and he now resides at Tacoma, Washington.
He is a member of the Masonic order. The mother of our subject
is deceased. In the family of Mr. and Mrs. Wheeler were three
children:, R. H.; Louella, the wife of John A. Campbell, of Botna,
Iowa; and Leland, who lives in Tacoma.
Mr. Wheeler, whose name introduces this review, was educated in
the public schools of Neola, Harlan and Manning. After leaving
school he worked on a farm two years and for one and onehalf
years was connected with a poultry house. In November, 1906,
he was appointed bookkeeper of the German Savings Bank of
Manning and has since been identified with that institution, having
been advanced to the position of assistant cashier April 6,
1909 This bank was organized in 1899 and has now
been in existence about twelve years. It is capitalized at fifty
thousand dollars. The incorporators were F. M. Leet, G. H. Dietz,
John H. Kuhl, John Grelck, Julius Brunnier, Gustav Jans, A. K.
Resner and A. T. Bennett, and the original officers were: F. M.
Leet, president; A. T. Bennett, vice president; W. F. Carpenter,
cashier; and F. L. Shumaker, assistant cashier. The officers at
the present time are: H. P. Mundt, president; H. P. Hansen, vice
president; F. W. Wohlenberg, cashier; and R. H. Wheeler, assistant
cashier. The bank has been successful from the start and is one
of the well established and flourishing institutions of this section.
Politically Mr. Wheeler has from the time of casting his first ballot been a stanch supporter of the republican party and socially is identified with the Masonic order, whose beneficent principles have had an important effect in shaping his life. He is also a member of the fire department of Manning. By his kindly disposition he has gained a wide circle of friends and acquaintances and by the able discharge of his duties in his chosen calling has practically demonstrated his ability as a business man. Although only twentysix years of age, he has gained an enviable reputation in a business calling for rare discrimination and thorough knowledge of human nature, and his friends have no doubt that he will "make good" in the discharge of any responsibility he may be called upon to fill.