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Pitts, C. W. 1885-1951


Posted By: Linda Ziemann, volunteer (email)
Date: 7/27/2009 at 16:25:25


Funeral services for C.W. Pitts, 66, LeMars attorney and former judge in this judicial district, will be held Friday at 2:30 p.m. in the First Presbyterian Church.

Mr. Pitts died unexpectedly about 4 p.m. Wednesday at the Sacred Heart Hospital where he had been taken early that morning after suffering a slight heart attack at home.

He had enjoyed apparently good health until the day of his death, having recovered from the effects of a severe fall early last December when he had been hospitalized for a week.

The Rev. Allen Bowe and Prof. Golden Thompson will conduct the services and burial will be in the LeMars cemetery.

Mr. Pitts had practiced law in LeMars since leaving the district bench in 1935. Prior to that date the family home had been at Alton where his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Gideon W. Pitts had moved a year after his birth at Orange City, Jan. 20, 1885.

Mr. Pitts was educated in the Alton public schools, graduating from high school there in 1901. He entered the Iowa State College at Ames with the Class of 1906, but left Ames to become court reporter for Judge William Hutchinson in this district in December, 1904.

During the previous summer he had attended a commercial school in Chicago to prepare for the new position. A few years later he began to read law under the tutelage of Judge Hutchinson and was admitted to the Iowa Bar in 1913, beginning his practice at Alton in 1916.

This was interrupted for a short period when he served with the field artillery during World War I.

His marriage to Miss Hester Carter took place July 1, 1922, at Pasadena, Calif.

He began his duties as judge in the 21st judicial district in 1931, following his appointment to the bench by Gov. Dan Turner.

In 1935 he formed a partnership with the late Clarence Roseberry and moved to LeMars with his family. Following the death of Mr. Roseberry in 1944, he continued the practice by himself and later formed a partnership with C. D. Down and Robert H. Roseberry under the name of Roseberry, Pitts, and Down.

He was a member of the Iowa and American Bar Associations, and was currently serving as president of the Plymouth County Bar. He had also been active in the Boy Scouts, and had received the Silver Beaver award for his work through the years with that group.

In addition he was a member of the LeMars Rotary Club, the American Legion and other civic and fraternal organizations.

A Republican, he had served on the Sioux County central committee for a number of years, and had taken an active, although often unofficial, interest in his party’s affairs.

At the time of his death only Mrs. Pitts and his eldest son, Chan Jr., were in LeMars. His younger son, Carter, had left for Chicago on business Wednesday morning and was notified en route, returning Thursday morning. His two daughters, Hester and Carol, returned to LeMars Thursday.

In addition he is survived by a brother, Gideon S. Pitts of Pomona, Calif.; and three sisters, Mrs. L.A. Foot, Sacramento, Calif., Mrs. Eva Larimer, Portland, Ore., and Miss Beth Pitts of Alton.

Funeral arrangements are being made by the Mauer funeral home.

~Source: The LeMars Semi-Weekly Sentinel, June 22, 1951


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