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Iowa Official Registers

1927 -1928

Iowa State Representatives

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Will H. Crozier
Representative from Mahaska county, was born on a farm in the county he now represents, December 18, 1870. Received his early education in the rural school and after finishing high school in Oskaloosa, completed a course in Highland Park college, Des Moines, Iowa. Has been engaged in farming and stock raising continuously ever since. Has held a number of offices in his township and served on his local school board twenty-six years. Was married to Lillie B. Zarling of Fremont, Iowa in 1898. They have two sons, Ralph W. and Glen A. He is a member of the Presbyterian church and a republican in politics.

R.B. Eckles
Representative from Butler county, was born on a farm in Marshall county, Iowa, August 6, 1876. He was educated in rural schools, and graduated from the Iowa State college in 1896. He was married to Ena M. Burnham in 1899. They have three children, Lester, Gordon and Dotha. He taught dairying and animal husbandry for two years at Doyleston, Pennsylvania. Engaged in farming and livestock feeding since 1900 near Aplington, Iowa. Justice of the peace for many years, a member of the Aplington consolidated school board for twelve years, being president of the board at this time. A member of the Presbyterian church. Elected representative in 1924 and reelected in 1926. A republican in politics.

John Eden
Representative from Clinton county, was born December 25, 1870, on a farm in Clinton county. He lived on a farm continuously until 1921, when he moved to Calamus, his present home. Served as road boss for two years, president of school board two years, director of a rural school, three years, president of Red Cross five years, president of Farmers Elevator company four years, county supervisor six years, and town councilman. Elected to the legislature in 1924, and reelected in 1926. Received his education in the rural schools. On October 3, 1895, married Agnes B. Kuebler, to which union were born three sons, Lester J., Richard J., and Bernard William. Mr. Eden is a Thirty-second degree Mason, a member of the Modern Brotherhood of America, the Modern Woodmen of America and the M.E. Church. He is a republican in politics.

George W. Edge
Representative from Jasper county, was born on an old soldier's claim in Saunders county, Nebraska, March 27, 1872. Has resided in Iowa since 1877 and in Jasper county since 1883, owning and operating a quarter section of land in that county. Was married September 1, 1897, to Anna Friend. They have two children, Margaret, who is married, and Everett, who is still at home on the farm. His education was procured in the rural schools and in the Hazel Dell academy at Newton. Was in the Iowa National Guard five years, discharged in 1895, with the rank of sergeant. Belongs to the Modern Woodmen of America, Subordinate Grange, Jasper County Pomona Grange, Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks and Independent Order of Odd Fellows, in which latter order he has been department aide to the department commander of the patriarch militant branch with the rank of major. A member of the Sons of the Veterans and of the Methodist church. Politically a republican. Elected representative in 1922 serving in the fortieth general assembly and the extra session. Reelected in 1924 and 1926.

Elmore A. Elliott
One of the representatives from Polk county, was born on a farm near Louisville, Kentucky, and spent the early years of his life farming. Worked his way through school, entering Westfield college, Westfield, Ill., at the age of 23 where he spent two years, later entering old Western college at Toledo, Iowa, where he finished his education. Married Lola Shepherd of Des Moines. Elected a member of the city council of Des Moines in 1918, reelected in 1920, serving both terms as finance commissioner. With state board of health one year. Is a minister in the Congregational church. A member of the Masonic order, the I.O.O.F., K.P., L.O.O.M. and Hapac Grotto. Elected in 1924 and reelected in 1926. A republican in politics.

James D. Fleming
Representative from Crawford county, Iowa, was born September 26, 1884, of Scotch parentage. His entire life has been spent in Stockholm township, Crawford county, Iowa, where he now owns and operates a two hundred-acre farm. He received his early education in the rural schools, attended and graduated from the Denison Normal college in 1907. He taught school for three years and has been actively engaged in farming since then. In August, 1913, he was married to Lillie I. Carlson and has three children, Ruth Mae, Charlotte Marie and Paul James. The family are members of the Presbyterian church at Denison, Iowa. Mr. Fleming has taken an active part in matters of public interest in his home community. He has been assessor and road superintendent for a number of years. He is now a member of the school board and president of the Farmers Elevator at Deloit. He was president of Crawford County Farm Bureau for two years. Elected state representative in 1924 and 1926. In politics he is a republican.

L.B. Forsling
Representative from Woodbury county, was born in Sioux City, March 23, 1890. Attended grade and high school in Sioux City, graduated in law from Cumberland university; general practice in law in Sioux City since 1915. Police judge of Sioux City, 1918. Married Lillian Nash, February 12, 1914. elected representative, 1920; reelected 1922, 1924 and 1926. Republican in politics.

Wm. T. Gilmore
Representative from Cedar county, was born in Bellefontaine, Ohio. He was graduated from Iowa State college. Taught county school for two terms; afterward engaged in the clothing business for some years. Is now connected with the Cedar county state bank as vice president. Is a member of the Knights of Pythias, Consistory, Mystic Shrine, State Historical society and the farm bureau. Served on the city council for five years and was an alternate to the republican national convention in 1920. Elected representative in 1920, reelected in 1922 and 1926. Republican in politics.

H.M. Greene
Representative from Pottawattamie county, was born on a farm near Avoca, Iowa, September 6, 1882. He attended rural school and Avoca high school; graduated from the law department of the State University of Iowa in 1906. He was admitted to the bar the same year but returned to farming, at which he is engaged at the present time. He enlisted as a private in L company 168th infantry, Rainbow division, and was later made a sergeant. He was twice wounded. He is a charter member and first commander of Fred Funston Post, American Legion at Avoca, Iowa. He is a Mason, a Shriner, and in politics a republican.


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