|Birth: ||Jul. 7, 1872|
Prince Edward Island, Canada
|Death: ||Feb. 7, 1945|
Ernest Wilmore "E.W." Dingwell was born on 7 July 1872 in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada, the youngest of six children born to Elisha Dingwell (1821-1904), a shipwright, and Louisa Grey McKay Dingwell (1824-1905). The Dingwells immigrated to the Chicago area, Illinois by 1880. E.W. was then raised by his eldest sister Jane Campbell "Jennie" Dingwell Norris (1852-1929) and her husband Harrison R. "Harry" Norris (1838-1920). He served in the Spanish American war in 1898-1899. He was an attorney, and later a district court judge. He was married to Nelle Angenette Luther (1871-1914) on 25 August 1908 in Adel, IA. They had one son, Wilbur Luther Dingwell (1910-1979) on 24 August 1910. He was widowed in 1914. He died on 7 February 1945 in Dexter, IA at the age of 72. He was interred next to his wife at Oakdale Cemetery.
TRIBUTE IS PAID BY FRIENDS TO E.W. DINGWELL
Many Gather at Services Conducted at Christian Church
Eulogy Given by Clarence Bigelow
Delegates Present from All of the County Bar Associations
Funeral services which were largely attended not only by the local public but by delegations of lawyers and friends from every county in the Fifth Judicial District, were held Friday afternoon [February 9] at the Christian Church in Adel for Judge E.W. Dingwell.
Judge Dingwell's death, as announced in the News last week, occurred Wednesday morning [February 7] at the Dexter Hospital, where he had been taken following a stroke of paralysis, suffered in Adel the previous Saturday.
The services were in charge of Rev. H.M. Sippel, pastor of the church, assisted by Rev. Clarence Bigelow of Des Moines, former pastor here and close friend of Judge Dingwell's for many years.
Rev. Bigelow, speaking from the heart, paid a wonderful tribute to Judge Dingwell. He told of his life from boyhood, of the fight he had made to be successful in his profession, of the many kindly acts he had performed and of the esteem in which he was held by those who knew him best. The eulogy came from a man who had differed with him upon many subjects, but who respected him sincerely.
The same views were expressed in private by some forty or more lawyers who had become closely associated with him during the eighteen years he had presided at court terms throughout the five-county district.
Music at the service was given by Miss Rose Marie Conger, with Mrs. Miriam Caudron as pianist.
Casket bearers, all close friends of many years, were C.C. Cook, I.V. Russell, O.D. Ellsworth, R.H. Luther, R.L. Hoffman and Raymond Flinn. Interment was in the family lot at Oakdale Cemetery [in Adel].
At the services Rev. Sippel read the following brief life story of Judge Dingwell:
E.W. Dingwell, son of Elisha and Louisa Dingwell, was born in Charlottetown, on Prince Edward Island, Canada on July 7, 1872 and passed away at the Dexter hospital in Dexter, Iowa on February 7, 1945.
On November 18, 1872, together with his parents he came to the United States and settled in Chicago. He moved from there to Marshall County, Iowa, and attended the public schools in said county, and graduated from Western College at Toledo, Iowa, following which he attended Leland Stanford Jr. University at Palo Alto, California. In 1898 he was one of the early Iowa volunteers for service in the Spanish-American War, enlisting in Company H, Forty-Ninth Iowa Volunteer Infantry and with this command he was in active service until the close of the war. He received his honorable discharge in 1899 at Savannah, Georgia. He was admitted to the bar at Marshalltown in January 1900 and on the following March 17th, opened a law practice at Adel, where he continued in successful practice until January 1, 1927 when he became Judge of the District Court in and for the Fifth Judicial District.
While Judge Dingwell's father had become an American citizen upon coming to Chicago, an act which covered the naturalization of his minor children, these papers were lost in the Chicago fire, and Judge Dingwell was naturalized in his own behalf in the Court of Dallas county on September 14, 1917.
On August 25, 1908 he was married to Miss Nelle Luther of Adel, Iowa, and to this union one son, Wilbur Luther Dingwell, was born on August 24, 1910. Mrs. Dingwell preceded him in death on December 11, 1914.
Judge Dingwell is survived by his son, Lt. Wilbur L. Dingwell who is, with the armed forces now serving in Belgium and one grandson, Arthur Mackey Dingwell.
(The Dallas County News, Adel, Iowa, Wednesday, February 14, 1945)
Elisha Dingwell (1821 - 1904)
Louisa Grey McKay Dingwell (1825 - 1905)
Nelle Angenette Luther Dingwell (1871 - 1914)*
Wilbur Luther Dingwell (1910 - 1979)*
Jane Campbell Dingwell Norris (1852 - 1929)*
Louisa Grey Dingwell LeMay (1856 - 1908)*
William Henry Dingwell (1859 - 1936)*
James Hamilton Dingwell (1869 - 1934)*
Ernest Wilmore Dingwell (1872 - 1945)
Maintained by: David Coward
Originally Created by: Alberta Daniels Withrow
Record added: Nov 07, 2004
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