William P. Bettendorf



A quote from March 2002 "Off-Highway Heroes" states, "One name that should go on the list (list of important people behind the creation and development of the wheel) is William P. Bettendorf, who was born in Mendota, IL in 1857, many thousands of years after the first pre-historic wheel was created. Bettendorf helped give the off-highway vehicle a strong foundation on which to work."



Born (1857-07-01)July 1, 1857
Mendota, Illinois, USA
Died June 3, 1910(1910-06-03) (aged 52)
Bettendorf, Iowa, USA
Resting place Oakdale Memorial Gardens
Davenport, Iowa
Nationality American
Occupation Inventor, Industrialist
Known for Invented power lift sulky plow, the Bettendorf metal wheel and the one-piece railroad truck frame
Spouse(s) Mary Wortman (1879-1901)
Elizabeth Staby (1908-1910)
Children Etta, Henry
Parents M. Bettendorf
Catherine Reck




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