There are, naturally, in a great grain country like southeastern Nebraska, a large number of elevators, and one of the best known in Richardson county is that owned and conducted by Joseph Windle at Salem, where he is also engaged in farming and the, livestock business.

Mr. Windle was born on October 1, 1847, in Shenandoah County, Virginia, a son of William and Mary (Kretzsinger) Windle, both natives of Virginia, the father born in 1807 and the mother, in 1810. They grew up in their native state and were married there, establishing the family home on a farm in Shenandoah County. In 1855 they removed to Ogle County, Illinois, where they spent the rest of their lives on a farm, the father dying in 1878 and the mother in 1874. They were members of the Lutheran Church. Ten children were born to them, two of whom are now deceased, Joseph Windle being the seventh in order of birth.

Joseph Windle was eight years old when his parents moved to Ogle County, Illinois, and there he grew to manhood on the farm and attended the public schools. In the fall of 1872 he came to Nebraska and for a number of years rented land in Liberty precinct, Richardson County, where, in 1883, he bought a farm of eighty acres, which he operated until 1892, when he sold out and moved to Salem, where he has since resided. He had bought the Salem grain elevator in 1890 and has conducted the same ever since. He also has bought and shipped live stock in large numbers from Salem during the past twenty-five Years. Although during this period he has been busy with his elevator and live stock business, he has also continued farming, owning a valuable place of seventy-two and one-half acres near the Burlington depot at Salem.

Mr. Windle was married on March 2, 1872, to Anna Belle Price, who was born in Pennsylvania on July 2, 1850, a daughter of George and Rebecca Jane (Cornelius) Price, the latter a native of Pennsylvania and the former of Germany, from which country he came to Pennsylvania when a child and there spent the rest of his life. Seven children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Windle, namely: Mrs. Hattie A. Mettz, deceased; Fred R., who is engaged in the grain commission business at St. Joseph, with the Garnell-Windle Grain Company; Oliver P., who is engaged in the live-stock commission business in St. Joseph, Missouri; Grace, deceased; Joseph E., who is engaged in the lumber business in Salem, this county; Dean K., who is connected with the bank at Wymore, this state, and Wayne, who is operating an elevator at Fortescue, Missouri. Mr. Windle is a Democrat and has served as a member of the school board. He and Mrs. Windle belong to the Congregational Church.

History of Richardson County Nebraska: Its People, Industries and Institutions, (Volume I & II) 1917, Publication Location: Indianapolis, Indiana Publisher: B. F. Bowen & Company, Inc. Indianapolis, Indiana Author: Lewis C. Edwards

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