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C. J. Cederquist

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Clarence J. Cederquist was born in Titusville, Pennsylvania on September 23, 1874, the son of Swedish immigrants. As a young man, he attended Augustana College at Rock Island, Illinois, where he was an avid athletic enthusiast, playing on that school's first football team. He was a graduate of the Drake University College of Law.

On May 24, 1907, "Ceder" (as he was affectionately known), married Miss Clara Bork, of Boone. Born in Peoples Township on September 23, 1882, Miss Bork was the daughter of Gustaf and Caroline Bork, pioneers of the County. To their union were born four daughters: Mrs. Vernon E. Rogers (Esther) of Iowa City; Dr. Dena C. Cederquist, who is the head of the Foods and Nutrition Department of the Home Economics College at Michigan State University, of East Lansing; Mrs. Vernon Olson (Teckla), of Meriden, Iowa; and Mrs. Homer K. Larson (Ruth), of Ames.

Ceder practiced law in Boone County for 55 years, beginning after his admission to the Iowa Bar in 1901. He first practiced in Boone, and moved to Madrid in 1909, after he purchased the practice of Attorney M. C. Creighton.

The Cederquists established their home on West First Street, where they maintained uninterrupted residence until their respective deaths.

Ceder was active in the affairs of his church, St. John's Lutheran, and also in the Madrid Community. He taught a Sunday School class, and served as choir director of St. John's for 39 years. He sang in the Swedish Choir for the St. John's Centennial. He was a member of the Board of Directors of the Iowa Lutheran Home, and served on the Board of Directors of the Iowa Lutheran Hospital, in Des Moines. He was a Director of the Madrid City State Bank. In addition, he was a member of the Madrid Community Club, and the Madrid Lions. He served one term as Mayor of Madrid, was Boone County Attorney from 1906 until 1919, and a member of the Boone County Bar Association.

Ceder died October 9, 1960, at the age of 86, in Valparaiso, Indiana. He had been visiting his daughter, Dena, and attending the Iowa-Michigan football game, and was returning home, when he suffered a fatal heart attack on the train ride home. Mrs. Cederquist preceded him in death, November 15, 1946. She had called at her brother Emanuel's home in Ogden, where she was taken ill. An ambulance returned her to Madrid, but, unfortunately, Mrs. Cederquist expired shortly after her arrival home. Her brother preceded her in death by only a few hours. Both Mr. and Mrs. Cederquist are interred at Fairview Cemetery.

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