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Wallace S. LeCount Biography


This biography appears on pages 1198-1199 in "History of South Dakota" by Doane Robinson, Vol. II (1904) 

WALLACE S. LECOUNT, like many of the best citizens of this country, traces his ancestry to early French Huguenots, who, leaving their native home to escape religious prosecution, found a refuge in New England. His paternal grandfather was a Revolutionary veteran and also served in the war of 1812. On the mother's side, Mr. LeCount is also of colonial stock, being descended from the old Stark family of Glasgow, Scotland, representatives of which became closely identified with the history of New England, especially of Vermont, where the name of Gen. John Stark, who added luster to the American arms during the Revolution by his signal victory at Bennington, is still held in reverence and respect. W. J. LeCount is a resident of Wisconsin, and for a number of years has been revenue collector for the first district of that state. Nellie Fowler, who became his wife, bore him six children, two sons and four daughters, five of the number still living, Wallace L. being the eldest of the family. 

Wallace S. LeCount was born January 9, 1869, in Hartford, Wisconsin. After finishing the high-school course he engaged in newspaper work in Wisconsin, came to South Dakota, and in 1884 established, at Wilmot, the Roberts County Republican. He has a well-equipped office, and issues one of the best and most popular local sheets in the state, it being Republican in politics and an able and fearless party organ. Typographically it is a creditable example of the art preservative, neat in its mechanical makeup, and is devoted to local and state happenings, and is a clean and exceedingly interesting family paper. The circulation is constantly increasing, the advertising patronage is liberal, and with a valuable plant its future influence and prosperity appear fully assured. 

Through the medium of his paper, as well as by personal influence, Mr. LeCount has become known as a politician, and has been a member of the Republican state executive committee since 1899.

Mr. LeCount lives in the thriving town of Wilmot and is active in the interests of the municipality and the general welfare. He is a member of the Ancient Order of United Workmen, the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and the Knights of Pythias, being past chancellor of the last named. 

Mr. LeCount was married on May 2, 1891, to Miss Emily M. Heimes, of Michigan, daughter of August Heimes.




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