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BONSON, William Watts
W. W. Bonson was elected an alderman from the Fourth Ward on April 5, 1895. He also served as secretary of the NUTWOOD DRIVING CLUB and the HIGHLAND STOCK FARM and was a director of the GERMAN BANK. (2) In 1900 Bonson was secretary of the Dubuque Water Company when it was purchased by the city. (3)
Notes were signed or endorsed by W. W. Bonson and Robert BONSON and given to Peter Kiene with the assurance that he would be responsible for the debt. There was no further accounting between the Bonsons and Kiene, who paid the interest on the indebtedness, but sold the notes to other parties. In 1914 the firm of PETER KIENE AND SON fell into bankruptcy.
Legal trouble continued. In March, 1922 Frederick C. ROBINSON filed suit in district court against the Bonson Dry Concentrator Company, KLAUER MANUFACTURING COMPANY, Bonson Dry Process Company, W. W. Bonson, and William H. KLAUER for $2,600 he alleged was due him on an unsatisfied judgement awarded him on unpaid notes for borrowed money. The plaintiff also sought to have the respective rights of the partners in a specified list of mining machinery be determined by the court. (5)
1 "W. W. Bonson," Dubuque Daily Herald Souvenir Edition, January 25 1896, p. 30
3. "The Committee Accepts," The Dubuque Herald, January 28, 1900, p. 9
4. "Bonsons File Petitions in Bandruptcy," The Telegraph-Herald, February 17 1914, p. 1
5. "Courthouse News," Dubuque Telegraph-Herald, March 7, 1922, p. 9