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Llewellyn V Harpel


Posted By: County Coordinator (email)
Date: 5/8/2010 at 18:08:50

Llewellyn V Harpel is one of the most successful lawyers of Boone, being a member of the firm of Harpel & Cederquist, who do a very legal business. Mr Harpel was born near East Liberty, Logan county, Ohio, ad is a son of George and Minerva (Vernon) Harpel, the latter a lineal descendant of a Mr Vernon who was one of the eleven Friends who came to this country with William Penn. The paternal grandfather, George C Harpel, was born in northern Germany and was brought by his parents to America when but one year old, the family locating in Pennsylvania. They later removed to Carroll county, Ohio, where the late George Harpel, father of our subject, was born, The latter served three years and eight months in the Civil war in an Ohio regiment. He married in 1866, locating first in Logan county, Ohio and in 1870 removed to Polk county, Iowa, where he operated a farm until about four years before his death in 1908, having removed to Boone in 1904. He as loyal to the democratic party and was quite influential in its local councils in Polk county.
Llewellyn V Harpel spent his early boyhood on a farm in Polk county, near Sheldahl. He subsequently pursued a scientific course at the Iowa State College, graduating as a Bachelor of Science in 1887. He studied law at Drake University of Des Moines and in 1890 was admitted to the bar. He at first entered the law offices of Kaufman & Guernsey, attorneys in Des Moines, and did office work for them as clerk and stenographer until January 1, 1891, gaining valuable experience while so engaged. He then entered the office of John Shortley of Perry, Iowa, working on a salary basis for eighteen months, and formed at the end of that period a partnership with Mr Shortley, under the firm name of Shortly & Harpel. On June 1, 1903, Mr Harpel moved to Boone, succeeding Charles Whitaker in the firm of Whitaker & Cederquist. Later M C Creighton of Madrid was taken into the firm, the latter having charge of the branch office at that city. Upon his decease Mr Cederquist took charge of the Madrid office, the firm now being Harpel & Cedarquist. Mr Harpel has all the qualities of which a lawyer may be proud .He has a clear, logical mind and an excellent memory, using both to advantage in presenting his arguments before court and jury. He has handled a number of important cases and has a high reputation as a counselor and is frequently called in consultation in regard to difficult legal problems.
On July 29, 1892, Llewellyn V Harpel married Miss Kate Stevens, extended mention of whom follows. They have one son, Gates Harpel, who is a senior in the Iowa State College. Mr Harpel of this review is a Master Mason and was the first master of the lodge at Boone to serve in the Champlain Memorial Masonic Temple. He is a Chapter Mason and a Knight Templar and also is a member of the Benevolent Protective Order of the Elks, the Knights of Pythias, the Modern Woodmen of America and the Woodmen of the World., being very popular in all of these organizations. For about twelve years he was a democrat and within that period served as city solicitor of Perry. He then gave his allegiance to republicanism for about ten years and is now affiliated with the progressive party, being thoroughly in accord with the aims of that organization. He is a valuable, useful citizen who participates in all the movements which are undertaken order to advance the interests of Boone city and Boone county.

1914 Boone County History Book


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