Biographical Sketch of William M. La Venture
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The fact that William M. La Venture, although still a comparatively young man, holds the important position of treasurer in the J. I. Case Plow Works, is proof of his enterprise, his knowledge of modern business methods and his financial acumen. He was born in Davenport, Iowa, in 1875, a son of William and Margaret La Venture, the former of whom was for about fifty years with the Rock Island Railroad and for a considerable portion of that time its tax commissioner.
W. M. La Venture received his education in the public and high schools of Davenport and on beginning his independent career secured a position with the Rock Island railroad. He remained with that corporation for ten years, but in 1905 became assistant purchasing agent for the Moline Plow Company and two years later was made purchasing agent for the J. I. Case Plow Works, with which company he has remained. He at once demonstrated his ability and in time was promoted to manager of the purchasing and traffic department and in 1911 was elected a director of the company. Three years later he was chosen treasurer and has since served in that capacity.
Mr. La Venture was married in 1898 to Miss Bessie Anderson Burrows of Davenport, and they are the parents of two children: Mildred, fourteen years old, and William, eleven years of age, both attending school. Mr. La Venture endorses the principles of the Republican Party and supports its candidates at the polls. He holds membership in the First Presbyterian church of Racine and in all relations of life conforms his conduct to high standards. All who have been associated with him have the utmost confidence in his ability to successfully solve intricate business problems and in his uncompromising integrity.