Long, W.M.

Dr. Walter M. Long

Dr. Walter M. Long was appointed by Mayor McIntosh to the West Liberty Library Board of Trustees in July 1902.[1]  He served on the executive committee.  He was reappointed for another term but left the Board in 1908 when he sold his dental practice and prepared to move from the city.[2]

Walter M. Long was the son of James and Maria Mears Long, born Dec. 9,1875 in Rock Island, IL.  He was a graduate of the Rock Island High School and the Chicago College of Dental Surgery in 1899.[3]  He first practiced in Clinton a short while, then moved to West Liberty.  He married Grace Whitson of Clinton in 1901.[4]  The couple moved to Boulder, CO in 1908 where Dr. Long practiced dentistry until 1924.  He then opened a practice at Moline, IL.[5]  He passed away from a sudden heart attack on July 9, 1934.  The couple had no children.  He was survived by his wife, two sisters and a nephew.[6]  Burial was at Chippiannock Cemetery in Rock Island.[7]

– Pam Schnittjer


[1] West Liberty Library Board of Trustees Minutes, Vol. One, p. 28

[2]  Ibid. p. 58

[3] The Daily Times, Davenport IA, 9 July 1934, p.19

[4]  Ancestry.com. Iowa, U.S., Marriage Records, 1880-1951 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA:    Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2014.

[5] West Liberty Index, West Liberty, IA, July 12, 1934, p.1

[6] Ibid.

[7] findagrave.com/memorial/218915357/walter-long