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Biography ~ Wm. McArthur, Mason City

Wm. McARTHUR, MASON CITY. - Senator from the forty-third district, composed of Cerro Gordo, Franklin, and Hancock counties, was born in Cerro Gordo county, July 15, 1886. Attended country school and graduated in animal husbandry at Iowa State College BSA degree in 1910 and given professional master degree in 1923. Member, Adelante fraternity and Alpha Zeta honorary agricultural fraternity, and the winning college corn judging team of 1908.

Married December 5, 1911, to Avice L. O'NEIL, Clear Lake, Iowa, and has three children, Dan Neil, Avice L., and Maxine.

Managed large group of farms in Oklahoma, 1910 to 1914, and since then engaged in general farming and livestock feeding five miles northeast of Mason City, Iowa. Also specializes in seed corn, soybeans, and polled Hereford cattle.

Originator of Golden King seed corn. He has judged corn and livestock at numerous county, district, and state shows and has served several years as secretary of township school board and member county board of education. He is director of farm bureau and cooperative elevator and director and president of the North Iowa Fair.

Honored by Wallace's Farmer in 1926 by selection to first group of master farmers.

He is also president of the Mason City Livestock Shipping Association: director of the Iowa Cooperative Livestock Shippers Association; director of the Iowa Beef Producers Association; director of the American Polled Hereford Breeders Association; president of the American Farmers Mutual Auto Insurance Company; member of Mason City Rotary Club and a member of the Congregational church.

Serving first term in the senate [1934]. A democrat.

NOTE: Senator McARTHUR retired in 1954 after 20 years of federal service to a farm near Mason City which he operated with his son. Senator McARTHUR died on October 22, 1953, and was interred at Elmwood-St. Joseph Cemetery, Mason City, Iowa.

SOURCE: IOWA OFFICIAL REGISTER, 1933-1934. Biographies ~ State Senators. Des Moines. 1934.

Transcription by Debbie Clough Gerischer

Note by Sharon R. Becker



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