Tom was born in 1920, one of five children of Sanford and Pearl (Moore) Wetteland. The family resided at 829 Douglas and later at 819 Lincoln Way. It is interesting to note that the 19th century house at 9th Street and Douglas Avenue is one of the few extant homes shown in the 1875 Andreasí illustrated historical atlas of the state of Iowa. Tom grew up in this house, graduated from Ames High School in 1938, and later served as a motor machinistís mate with the U.S. Coast Guard in the Philippines and New Guinea during World War II. Tom died in October 2005 and is buried in Ames Municipal Cemetery. His wife and two daughters have graciously donated 18 wonderful examples of Tomís woodworking skills to the Ames Historical Society. It is appropriate that these models were transferred from his Boone home to Ames for enjoyment by current residents here.
(Gift of Josephine and Hollie Wetteland, and Sondra Guilford. 2006.06)
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