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Murphy, Clarence F. 1890-1944


Posted By: Reid R. Johnson (email)
Date: 8/26/2014 at 23:31:47

Clermont Enterprise, Thur., 13 April 1944.

Clarence F. Murphy, Clayton county attorney, died at his home in Elkader, Monday evening, April 3.

Although in ill health for some time, death came suddenly and unexpectedly.

Mr. Murphy had been at his office Monday morning and had complained of not feeling well that afternoon.

He passed away in his sleep at the age of fifty-four years.


Clayton County Register, 06 Apr. 1944.

The death of Clarence F. Murphy, prominent Elkader Lawyer, came as a shock to this community Monday evening, April 03. Mr. Murphy had been in ill health for some time, but had been at his office that morning. He died in his sleep shortly after 11 p.m. Monday.

Funeral services were held at the home at 9:30 this morning and at 10 o'clock at St. Joseph's church. Pallbearers were A. J. Johnson, L. A. Meder, H. L. Meyer, George H. Schmidt, R. L. Jipson, Roy Hyde, Leroy Dittmer and R. L. Morse. Members of the Elkader Bar and their colleagues from surrounding communities served as honorary pallbearers.

C. F. Murphy was born April 19, 1890, at Elkader, the only son of D. D. Murphy and Henrietta Johnson Murphy, both of whom preceded him.

His preliminary education was in the schools of Elkader, and he was graduated from the Elkader high school in 1906. He attended the University of Wisconsin, obtaining his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1912. While there he was a member of Alpha Sigma Phi fraternity and was for a time its president. He attended the Law School at the University of Iowa for the next two years, obtaining his Bachelor of Law degree in 1914. He was a member of the legal fraternity Phi Delta Phi and also served as its president.

He was married to Louise Kleinpell of Elkader on October 28, 1914. Mrs. Murphy attended the schools of Elkader at the same time he did and was graduated from the University of Wisconsin in the same class. They have three daughters, Lorna, Kathleen (Mrs. Bruce Irwin), and Barbara.

He was the second of three generations of lawyers. His father, D. D. Murphy, was a leading member of the Iowa Bar association and served as its president. He also served as president of the Iowa State Board of Education for twelve years. After his father's death Clarence continued in private practice until the time of his death.

He was active in banking institutions of Clayton County, many of which had been established by his father. He expanded the banking business throughout the county, being interested in Elkport, Guttenberg, St. Olaf and Elkader banks. He was also a leader in state banking circles and was the author of and instrumental in the passage of a banking law which is generally known a Senate File No. 111, by means of which many banks were able to continue operation during the depression.

Active in Democratic circles, he took a keen interest in the administration of the government of his state and nation. In 1932 he was a delegate to the Democratic national convention.

He was a prominent member of the Clayton County Bar association and the Iowa Bar association.

He was a member of the St. Joseph's church, Elkader

Mrs. Murphy and her three daughters are living in Elkader..

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