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A Narrative History of the People of Iowa.
 Vol IV.

Chicago: American Historical Society,  1931

Harlan, Edgar Rubey.


    CHARLES C. LACY, clerk of the District Court of Pottawattamie County, has been a popular figure in business and political circles at Council Bluffs, where he has lived all his life.

    He was born there July 30, 1882, son of Charles Ambrose and Emma (Simpson) Lacy.  His grandfathers, Ambrose Lacy and Ralph Simpson, were both born in England.  His grandfather Simpson was a millwright by trade.  Charles Ambrose Lacy was born at Milwaukee, was in the railroad service from early manhood and acquired a considerable amount of valuable real estate in Council Bluffs, where he died in January, 1926.  His wife was born in England, and is still living, in Council Bluffs.  Both were active members of the Episcopal Church and he was an independent Democrat in politics.  There were four children, all of them residents of Council Bluffs, Charles. C., Mabel, Hazel, George F. George is credit manager for an electrical company.

    Charles C. Lacy attended public schools in Council Bluffs, and after leaving high school took up railroad work as a clerk in the Omaha offices of the Union Pacific Railway Company.  he followed that work for ten or twelve years, and for a short time was with a stock remedy concern.  In 1921 he became deputy clerk of he District Court of Pottawattamie County and in 1926 was selected as chief of the office, beginning his first term in 1927.  In 1928 he was one of the county officials reelected on the basis of service rendered.

     Mr. Lacy married, July 8, 1909, Miss Leila Stevick, who was born at Council Bluffs, daughter of Frank Stevick, an accountant.  She attended high school in Council Bluffs.  They have three children:  Dorothy Gertrude, wife of Richard Letner, Charles C., Jr., and Donald.  Mr. Lacy is a member of St. Paul's Episcopal Church and his wife is active in the Guild.  He is affiliated with the Fraternal Order of Eagles, and since early manhood has been interested in politics, chiefly as a voter and in helping his friends.  As clerk of the District Court he has an official staff of six persons.


    SCOTT M. LADD, LL.D., who is engaged in the practice of his profession in the /city of Des Moines, is one of the distinguished jurists of Iowa, has been a member of he bar of this state nearly half a century and has a splendid record of twenty-four years of consecutive service on the bench of the Iowa Supreme Court, but one other justice of that tribunal having ever served for an equally long period.

    Judge Ladd was born on the parental home farm near the village of Sharon, Walworth County, Wisconsin, June 22, 1855, and is a son of John and Sarah L. (Wilmarth) Ladd, and the conditions and influences that marked the formative period of his life, while benignant, were not such as to indicate that eventually he was destined to attain to the high office of chief justice of the Supreme Court of another of the great states of the Union.

    John Ladd was born in Herkimer County, New York, of English lineage, and his wife was born at Deerfield, near Utica, that state, she having been of English and German ancestry.  Mr. and Mrs. Ladd were reared and educated in the old Empire State and were folk of superior intellectual ken.  

Their marriage was solemnized in Wisconsin, where they gained much of pioneer precedence, Mrs. Ladd having accompanied her first husband, Luke O. Ladd, to that state in 1842, her second husband having arrived there in the following year.  John Ladd developed one of the fine farm estates of Walworth County, Wisconsin, and in that state he and his wife passed the remainder of their lives, secure in the high regard of all who knew them and rendering good account for themselves in connection with civic and industrial development and progress.  Mr. Ladd had membership in the Lutheran Church and his wife was a member of the Baptist Church.  he became a staunch supporter of the cause of the Republican party, with which he cast in his lot at virtually the time of its organization and with which he continued his alliance during the remainder of his life.  Of the family of five children Judge Ladd is now the only survivor.

     The public schools of his native county afforded Judge Ladd his preliminary education, and there also he attended an academy at Sharon, his parents having earnestly encouraged him in his ambition to obtain a liberal education.  He was a student in Beloit College, Wisconsin, in the period of 1875-77, an din 1879 he was graduated from Carthage College, Illinois, with the degree of Bachelor of Science, the supplemental degree of Master of Science having been conferred upon him in 1881.  this college later conferred upon him also the honorary degree of Doctor of Laws, while a similar recognition was accorded him by the University of Iowa in 1906.

    In preparing for his chosen profession Judge Ladd availed himself of the advantages of the law department of the University of Iowa, in which he was graduated as a member of the class of 1881.  Upon thus receiving his degree of Bachelor of Laws, with virtually coincident admission to the Iowa bar, Judge Ladd established residence at Sheldon, O'Brien County, where he continued in the practice of his profession until he was elected, in 1886, to the bench of the District Court of the Fourth Judicial District.  On this bench he made an excellent judicial record, marked by wise decisions and accurate knowledge of law and precedent, and there he continued his service until 1897, when he took his place as an associate justice of the Iowa Supreme Court, to which he had been elected in November of the preceding year.  On the Supreme bench he continued his able and loyal service nearly a quarter of a century, and he held the office of chief justice of that tribunal four years.  His record on this bench needs no commendation here, as it has become an integral and worthy part of the history of jurisprudence in Iowa.  Upon his retirement from the Supreme Court, in 1920, Judge Ladd engaged in the general practice of law in Des Moines, and it is needless to say that his law business is one of representative and important order, especially in difficult and doubtful issues.

     Judge Ladd has been a staunch and effective advocate of the principles and policies of the Republican party, but aside from those in line with his profession he has held no other public office save that of member of the board of education while he was residing at Sheldon, he having been chosen president of this board.  He has been a trustee of Morningside College for more than thirty years.  The Judge has affiliation with both York and Scottish Rite bodies of the Masonic fraternity and also with the Knights of Pythias.  He is a veteran and honored member of the Iowa State Bar Association.

     July 26, 1881, recorded the marriage of Judge Ladd and Miss Emma Cromer, who was at that time a resident of Irving, Illinois, but who was born at Columbus, Indiana.  Mrs. Ladd was graduated from Carthage College, Illinois, as a member of the class of 1878, and on the fiftieth anniversary of her graduation she attended the meeting of the alumni association of this college, was there the only representative of her class and made a pleasing address of gracious memories and in honor of her alma mater.  Loy, eldest of the children of Judge and Mrs. Ladd, was graduated from the law department of Drake University, Des Moines, and is now a judge of the District Court in Des Moines.  He married Ala Everhart.  Litta, next younger of the five children, is the wife of John Valericus, of Des Moines, and their one child is a son, John Ladd.  Lora is the wife of Herbert N. Mills, secretary of the Bankers Life Insurance Company, Des Moines, and they have three children:  Marion Mills, Beatrice  Mills and Scott A. Mills.  Helen is the wife of Emery S. Warren, of New York City.  Scott Mason Ladd, Jr., youngest of the children, is a graduate of Grinnell College, graduated at the Iowa City University Law School, where he is now one of the professors.  His wife, Esther Swansen, is a graduate of the Iowa State University.  They have a winsome little daughter, Caroline Jane.


     PERCY A. LAINSON, serving in his fourth term as sheriff of Pottawattamie County, is an overseas veteran, a native of Iowa who has made an enviable record as a soldier and peace officer.

    Sheriff Lainson was born in Ida County, Iowa, in 1886, son of George J. and Hattie D. (Terrill) Lainson.  His father was born in Stratford, Canada, and his mother in Northwestern Pennsylvania, and both are now living in Sacramento, California.  the paternal grandfather, William Lainson, was born in London, England, and was married in Saint Peter's Cathedral in that city April 18, 1845.  He was a clerk for Lord Darnelly's estate and was the first member of the Lainson family to come to America.  His son, George J. Lainson, came out to Iowa about 1869, and for a number of years was on the road as a traveling salesman.  By trade he was a carpenter.  His wife, Hattie D. Terrill, had been adopted into the Lainson family.  Her father, Jacob Terrill, was of Pennsylvania Dutch stock and was a Union soldier and died about 1869.  George J. Lainson and wife are active members of the Presbyterian Church.  he is a Republican in politics and is affiliated with the Knights of Pythias.  There were four children in the family, Percy A. being the oldest.  Florence is the wife of R. I. Barrett, a hydraulic engineer at Sacramento, California; Elmer F. is jailor under his brother, Sheriff Lainson; and Ruth married Mr. Keefer, a hydraulic engineer at Sacramento.

     Percy A. Lainson attended public schools in Iowa, as a youth clerked in a drug store and came to Council Bluffs as an employee of the Pacific Express Company and was assigned every task and responsibility in the routine of the local office.

     While working for the express company he joined the Iowa National Guard in 1902 and participated in its training regularly for a number of years.  He went with his company to the Mexican border in 1915, and in April, 1917, was again called to the colors for service in the World war.  He was mustered into the national army in August, 1917, was in training at Des Moines and at Camp Mills and sailed for overseas October 10, 1917.  He started as a second lieutenant and was promoted to first lieutenant while on the boat and later was made captain of Company L of the One Hundred Sixty-eight Infantry, which was a part of the famous Forty-second, Rainbow, Division.  He was with his company and regiment throughout its service in France, participating in some of the hardest fighting of the war, and he returned home as commander of his company.  He received an honorable discharge May 19, 1919, and was immediately commissioned as captain in the Iowa National Guard and helped reorganize his local company. Later he was promoted to major, and he served as state agent in the office of the attorney general until elected sheriff.

     Mr. Lainson was elected sheriff of Pottawattamie County in 1922 and has been reelected three times.  He has been in the office since 1923, and has given an administration worthy of the high praise accorded it.

     Mr. Lainson married, August 23, 1917, Elizabeth Roberts, who was born at Thurman, Iowa, and attended school there and is a graduate of the Council Bluffs High School.  They have two children:  Donald, born in 1918, and Jeanne, born in 1920.  Sheriff Lainson is a member of Grace Presbyterian Church at Council Bluffs, is a member of the Royal Arch Chapter, Scottish Rite bodies of Masonry, the B. P. O. Elks and the Fraternal Order of Eagles.  He is a Republican in politics.


     PAUL LAGOMARCINO is president of the Lagomarcino-Grupe Company, wholesale dealers in fruits, vegetables and ice cream, a business that was founded by his father in 1875, and comprises perhaps the largest organization of its kind in the Mississippi River Valley, operating branches and supply houses at Davenport, Clinton, Cedar Rapids, Ottumwa, Burlington, Muscatine, Keokuk, Creston and Iowa City.  Mr.. Paul Lagomercino is a resident of Davenport.  The headquarters of the company are at Burlington, and he was born in that city, son of Andrew and Mary (Tossine) Lagomarcino.  His parents, both now deceased, were born in Genoa, Italy, and settled at Burlington, Iowa, in 1874.  Andrew Lagomarcino in the following year started a small business, a fruit stand, and out of that by his energies and the combined exertions of his five sons has developed the present Lagomercino-Grupe Company.

     Paul Lagomarcino has four brothers connected with the business.  He was reared and educated in Burlington, and from early manhood has been active in the business and is now its president.  The branch at Davenport was opened in 1903.  Mr. Lagomarcino is a member of the Iowa Fruit Jobbers Association and is president of the Western Fruit Jobbers Association of America.  He is a director in the American Commercial & Savings Bank of Davenport and is a former president of the Chamber of Commerce.

    Mr. Logomarcino does things in a big way not only in business but in his devotion to the public welfare and in his patronage of wholesome sports and other activities.  he has given liberally to many movements for the good of Davenport.  He is president of the Davenport Baseball Club in the Mississippi Valley League, is a member of the Davenport Country Club, Rotary Club, B. P. O. Elks, Knights of Columbus and the Outing Club.  Mr. Lagomarcino owns what is known as the Long Island Club, with grounds of 700 acres on an island in the Mississippi River about thirty miles from Davenport.  It is well stocked with game, a hunting lodge, and provides a wonderful place for recreation and entertainment to the Lagomarcino employees and friends.


     RALPH S. LAKE, secretary and treasurer of the Shenandoah Nursery, like his brother Albert grew up in that business.  He was born at Shenandoah, December 18, 1878, son of David S. and Hannah (O'Day) Lake.

     After the public schools of Shenandoah he attended the Western Normal College of that city and has been connected with the Shenandoah Nursery Company since 1900.  He is also vice president of the Shenandoah National Bank.

    Ralph S. Lake married, October 1, 1913, Mary Caroline Farmer, a native of Iowa, who after attending the Western Normal College at Shenandoah took up stenography.  They are members of the Christian Church.  mr. Lake is a member of the Modern Woodmen of America and is an independent voter in politics.


PERCY CHARLES LAPHAM, superintendent of schools at Charles City, has had a career as an educator that can be profitably studied, and is a member of a family whose influence has been an important element in the educational and religious life of Iowa for many years.

Mr. Lapham was born at Osage, Iowa, December 17, 1890, son of Rev. Pay A. and Ella R. (Ranche) Lapham. The Laphams were New England people of Revolutionary stock.  p. C. Lapham's sister is a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution.  From the East they came out to Wisconsin, where J. A. Lapham was born, and he was a child when the family came to Iowa and settled at Bradford.  Ella R. Ranche was born at old Bradford in Chickasaw County, Iowa.  Her father, John Ranche, who came from Germany, was a carpenter and cabinet maker by trade and he helped build the famous Little Brown Church in Chickasaw County.  jay A. Lapham and Ella Ranche were students together in the old Bradford Seminary, of which he subsequently became principal.  He took some advanced work in the University of Chicago.  he was county superintendent of schools of Chickasaw County from 1880 to 1886, and for fourteen years taught in the Cedar Valley Seminary at Osage, served six years as county superintendent of schools of Mitchell County, and for two years taught in Central College at Pella.  After retiring from school and college work he became director of religious education for the American Baptist Publication Society, and only recently retired from this work.  He is now seventy-six and his wife seventy-three, and they make their home at Des Moines.  Rev. Jay A. Lapham for many years has been an ordained Baptist minister, and he filled pulpit assignments nearly every Sunday until he retired.  His wife taught school at Ionia, Iowa.  They had four children, the oldest, Burnett, dying at the age of seventeen, and the youngest, Judson, passing away at the age of four.  The daughter, Joyce Elinor, is an A. B. graduate of Des Moines College, also has advanced credits from the University of Chicago and Columbia University, and is a teacher at Cleveland, Ohio.

Percy Charles Lapham attended the Osage High School, also studied at the Central Academy and then at Pella, Iowa, Central College, and took his A. B. degree at Des Moines College, 1912.  He holds the Master of Arts degree from the University of Chicago, earning this in 1916, and majoring in education.  While in college he played on the football team.  His university expenses were defrayed chiefly from his earnings as a teacher.  He was for one year superintendent of schools at Gilman, two years at Cumberland, Iowa, and after that went to Chicago for his Master's degree.  he was for eleven years superintendent of schools at New Hampton and in 1927 came to Charles City as school superintendent and has made a notable record during the three years.  He taught in the Extension Summer Schools of the Iowa State Teachers College in Keokuk in 1924 and in Clinton in 1925.  At the time of the World war he was chairman of the four-minute men and chairman of the boys and girls war work organization at New Hampton.  He has been a deacon and member of the board of trustees of the Baptist Church both at New Hampton and Charles City, and for many years has taught a class in Sunday School.  He is a member of the Iowa State Teachers Association, the National Education Association, is president of the State High School Music Association and served as President of the Iowa High School Declamatory Association.  Mr. Lapham is a Royal Arch and Knight Templar Mason and Shriner, for four years was a prelate of the Eudora Commandery at New Hampton, and is a Rotarian and a Republican.  At New Hampton he was president of the Chamber of Commerce five years.

Mr. Lapham on June 16, 1916, married Miss Altha Dygert, who had been a teacher.  her father, Lewis Dyget, was a resident of Panora, Iowa.  Mrs. Lapham graduated from the Guthrie County High School, took her B. A. degree at Des Moines College and for three years was a teacher at What Cheer.  They have three children, Lewis Jay, born October 5, 1920, Lowell Winship, born March 20, 1922, and Margaret Ruth, born June 30, 1924.


     EDWIN RICHARD LAY.  For more than thirty years the New England Store has been one of the best0known mercantile establishments of Marshalltown, and for all but five years of this period has been owned and directed by Edwin Richard Lay, a recognized leader among the business men of the city.  Mr. Lay has also been one of the prominent factors in the development and progress of the city, where his interests are centered and where he has established an enviable reputation for integrity and fair dealing.

     Mr. Lay was born at Kewanee, Illinois, December 23, 1864, and is a son of Nelson and Mariette (Towsley) Lay.  Nelson Lay was born at Saybrook, Connecticut, in January, 1812, and was a youth of twenty-two years when he left the comforts of an eastern home to strike out for the then unknown West in search of fortune.  He arrived at Kenosha, Wisconsin, then know as Pike Creek, in 1834, and established himself in a mercantile business in a modest way.  He continued to reside there for twenty years, during which time he developed a prosperous business, but in 1854 moved to Kewanee, Illinois, of which city he became one of the founders and foremost citizen.  After establishing himself thoroughly as a reliable and substantial merchant he also went into banking and the grain business, and in the latter connection became the forty-third member of the Chicago Board of Trade, and lived successively at Kewanee and Geneva, Illinois, until finally moving to Chicago, where his death occurred in 1891, interment being made at Kewanee.  Mr. Lay was always prominent in public life, and during the administration of the war governor of Illinois, Hon. Richard Yates, served in the State Legislature.  He was a personal friend of the governor and named his son, Edwin Richard, after him.  In 1836 Mr. Lay was united in marriage with Miss Mariette Towsley, who was born April 1, 1818, at Hannibal, New York, and came with her parents to Kenosha, Wisconsin, in 1835, at Hannibal, New York, and came with her parents to Kenosha, Wisconsin, in 1835.  This was the first marriage consummated between a white couple in Wisconsin, south of Milwaukee, and it was necessary for Mr. lay to travel on foot from Kenosha to Milwaukee to secure an appointment from the governor of the state for a justice of the peace to perform the ceremony.  Mr. and Mrs. lay lived happily together for sixty-one years, her death occurring at Chicago, December 18, 1898,and burial also being made at Kewanee.

    The youngest of the family of eight children, all of the others of whom are deceased, Edwin Richard Lay resided at Chicago from 1865 until 1871, in which year he went to Geneva, Illinois, where he secured a high school education.  In 1881 he secured a position in the wholesale department of the great mercantile firm of Marshall Field & Company, at Chicago, which he later served as a traveling salesman, and during the seventeen years that he was identified with this monumental enterprise gained experience that was to prove of incalculable value to him when he embarked upon a business of his own.  On September 1, 1898, with John Bannatyne as partner, Mr. Lay came to Marshalltown and established a modest mercantile establishment known as the New England Store, which occupied the first floor of his present location, with a stock of dry goods and floor coverings. Five years later the partnership was mutually dissolved, Mr. Lay becoming the sole owner, and from then to the present the business has grown steadily and consistently, the modern establishment, at 131 East Main Street, now occupying three floors and being up-to-date in every respect.

Mr. Lay carries a complete line of the most desirable goods and his patrons have come to place implicit trust in his integrity. Mr. Lay is a Mason and a Shriner, and his religious faith is that of the Congregational Church.  He is a member of the board of directors of the Chicago Theological Seminary and of the directorate of the Young Men's Christian Association at Marshalltown, and belongs to the Elmwood Country Club and the Chamber of Commerce of Marshalltown.

    Mr. Lay married Miss Alice Hinchliff, daughter of William Hinchliff, formerly a builder and contractor of Chicago, and to this union there has been born a daughter, Clemewell, a graduate of Wellseley College, and with the Master's degree from Columbia University, and now an instructor in the Scripps College, Claremont, California.

 CARL LeBuhn is a native son of Iowa, and is one of the well known insurance men of the state. He is general agent for the Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company, with headquarters at Davenport, and Davenport is the home and civic community where his interests have been centered for many years.
    Mr. LeBuhn was born at LeClaire in Scott County, Iowa, son of William and Amelia (Trettin) LeBuhn. His parents were born in Germany, his father in Hanover and his mother at Lauenberg, and they were married at Davenport. William LeBuhn came to America in 1853. For many years he had a locksmith and gunsmith shop at LeClaire and also owned a farm there. He died at LeClaire in 1890. There were six children in the family: William, Herman, Henry, Louis, Louisa and Carl. Only to are now living, the son Herman occupying the old homestead farm near LeClaire.
    Carl LeBuhn attended grade and high schools at LeClaire and had four years in the Iowa State College at Ames. He taught school there for three years, but since 1900 has been engaged in the work which has brought out his best talents. He was first with the Mutual Life Company, spending ten years with that organization. For three years he was general manager of the Phoenix Mutual Company and for the past fifteen years has been general manager for the Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company with headquarters at Davenport, his territorial jurisdiction being in Western Illinois and Eastern Iowa.
    By his marriage to Martha Schultz he has a son, Richard, who graduated from Iowa State College at Ames in 1927 and now is in the insurance business with his father. Richard LeBuhn married Mable Blom and has a son, Donald. Mr. LeBuhn by his marriage to Hertha Schlump has two sons, Paul, born in 1927 and Carl, Jr., born in 1929.
    Mr. LeBuhn is a former president of the Davenport Underwriters Association. He is vice president and has been a member of the board of directors for three years of the Davenport Chamber of Commerce. He was one of the organizers and the first president in 1920 of the Kiwanis Club, a club founded on the broad principles of fellowship and the observances of the Golden Rule in business and the professions and devoted to community upbuilding. Mr. LeBuhn is a member of the Davenport Country Club, the Elks Club, the Turner Society and Independent Order of Odd Fellows. Mr. LeBuhn is a Presbyterian.

    FRANK WADE LEE, B. S., M. D.,  has been practicing medicine in Iowa for over forty years.  His home is at Osage, and it was in Mitchell County that he began his professional career.

    Doctor Lee was born on a farm near Jefferson in Ashtabula County, Ohio, July 18, 1859, son of John C. and Helen (Shotwell) Lee.  his father was of French ancestry and of Norwegian descent and his mother of Holland ancestry.  His father was born in Vermont and his mother in New York State.  They were married in Ohio, in 1858, and about 1868 came to Iowa and settled in Mitchell County.  John C. Lee was a farmer and later for many years conducted a grain business at Orchard in Mitchell County.  He lived to be ninety-three years of age, passing away in 1926, at Orchard, after having survived his wife many years.  He was a Knight Templar Mason, member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, the Congregational Church, and voted the Republican ticket form the formation of that party.  he and his wife has three sons, Frank Wadem Ralph, now deceased, and Clifford A., of Denison, Iowa.

     Frank Wade Lee was nine years old when brought to Iowa.  His common school education was supplemented by tow years in the Cedar Valley Seminary at Osage, from which he received his B. S. degree in 1884.  Afterwards he taught at Orchard, his home community, and at Mona.  Money to defray the expenses of his professional education was secured by farm work, by jobs of snow shoveling and waiting on tables.  He was an earnest and diligent student and made a good record while in the medical department of the University of Iowa, where he was graduated M. D. in 1887.  Since then he has left his practice at intervals to attend post-graduate schools and special clinics in Chicago and elsewhere.  He has always carried on a general practice, and to some extent has specialized in diseases of women and children.  Doctor Lee first located at Riceville, Mitchell County, where he remained until 1924, when he came to Osage.  The people of Riceville early learned to repose their confidence in him because of his evident skill and also his self sacrificing devotion to his work.  He was ready to respond to any call, on foot or on horseback, night or day and through all kinds of weather, and the consideration of money had no influence over the exercise of his skill.  Doctor Lee is a member of the Mitchell County, Iowa State, Cedar Valley and Austin Flint Medical Associations, the American Medical Association, and is a Royal Arch Mason.  He is independent in politics.

     He married at Mona, Iowa, November 8, 1888, Miss Rena Penney, daughter of Frank Penney.  She was born at Staceyville, Iowa, and was a teacher for a number of years, completing her own training in the State Teachers College at Cedar Falls.  Mrs. Lee passed away March 5, 1929.  She is survived by two adopted children:  Robert John, now a student in the Yates Business College at Waterloo; and Helen Marie, wife of Bert Hogan, of Osage.  Mr. and Mrs. Hogan have two children:  Madeline Pauline and Marshall Lee.

     Doctor Lee is a student and a scholar, his leisure time is spent in the pursuit of the finer things of life and he has a legion of friends over Northeastern Iowa.


    CHARLES N. O. LEIR is a graduate physician and surgeon, had a number of years of active experience in the general work of his profession, but finally turned his attention entirely to X-Ray work, and in that field is one of the outstanding specialists in Des Moines.

Doctor Leir was born at Jackson, Minnesota, November 28, 1869, son of Nicholas and Rebecca (Lilliberg) Leir.  His parents were born in Norway, and his father came to the United States about 1848, first locating in Wisconsin and about 1861 moved to Minnesota Territory, becoming one of the pioneer settlers and farmers of that state.  Both parents were very devout Lutherans and the father was a Republican in politics.  Of their six children two are living:  Mary, widow of L. N. Larson, of Jackson, Minnesota; and Charles N. O.

     Charles N. O. Leir spent his boyhood on a Minnesota farm and learned the value of toil and thrift and self reliance as a mean of enabling him to achieve the place in the work of the world to which he aspired.  he attended school in Minnesota, for two years was a student in the Highland Park College at Des Moines, and he served six years as civil service commissioner at Des Moines.  In 1901 he was graduated M. D. from Drake University, and had one year of further training as an interne in Mercy Hospital at Des Moines.  Following that he engaged in general practice, and later specialized in X-Ray work, and has confined his attention entirely to that work.  He has complete laboratory equipment in his offices in the Equitable Building, and he affords a valuable service to many of the leading physicians and surgeons of the city.  he is a member of the Radiological Society of North America, the Polk County, Iowa State and American Medical Associations.  He is visiting roentgenologist, U. S. Veterans Hospital, Knoxville, Iowa, and roentgenologist, Bradlawns General Hospital, Des Moines.

     Doctor Leir is also a World war veteran.  he enlisted August 23, 1917, and went to France with the One Hundred Sixty-eight Infantry as a lieutenant in the Medical Corps, and was discharged with the rank of captain in January, 1919.  He now has a commission as major in the Medical Reserve Corps, assigned to duty with the One Hundred Thirteenth Cavalry Regiment, Iowa National Guard.  He is a member of the Service Club, American Legion, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

     Doctor Leir married, May 11, 1903, Mary Flanagan, of Iowa County, Iowa.  She died December 30, 1907, leaving one son,  Martin, who was born August 9, 1905, and completed his education in Drake University and is now practicing law at Davenport.  Doctor Leir on October 9, 1926, married Zelda Glascow, of Des Moines, where she was reared and educated.  She is a member of the Christian Church.  Doctor Leir is a Mason and in politics a Democrat.


      DR. ERNEST J. LESSENGER is a competent physician and surgeon, practicing at New London in Henry County.  He brought to the work of his profession a sturdy self-reliance and an experience of doing for himself and making his own way while completing his education, and these qualities have had much to do with his professional success.

      Doctor Lessenger was born in McPherson, Kansas, June 9, 1886, and was three years of age when his parents, John Harrison and Sarah (Mellison) Lessenger, came to Iowa and settled near Mount Pleasant in Henry County.  His parents are still living at Mount Pleasant.  Doctor Lessenger was one of a large family of thirteen children, nine of whom are living.

     During his boyhood days he lived on the farm, shared in its work, attended country schools, and after his public school work he was dependent on his own exertions to get his higher education.  while attending Howe's Academy at Mount Pleasant he worked as a janitor.  He was graduated in the Latin preparatory course in 1910 and in the same year entered Drake University at Des Moines, where he also was employed as a janitor and at other jobs to pay expenses.  he graduated M. D. in 1913 and stood second in the examination before the state board of medical examiners.  After graduating Doctor Lessenger located at New London, and has enjoyed a steadily growing patronage as a physician and surgeon in that community.  He is a member of the Henry County, Iowa State, Southeastern Iowa, Des Moines Valley and Tri-State Medical Associations and was honored with the office of president of the county society in 1926.  He served on the city council in 1926-1930.

     Doctor Lessenger is a York Rite Mason and Shriner, member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, Knights of Pythias, Woodmen of the World, is a charger member of the New London Country Club.  His hobbies are hunting, fishing and trap shooting.  Doctor Lessenger married, September 18, 1912, Miss Florence Tibbetts, of Burlington, Iowa.  They have two children, Mary Jane, born in November, 1914, and Junior Ernest, born in July, 1920.


     CHARLES B. LEWIS, D. D. S., M. D.  Few people fully realize how necessary to the future welfare and happiness is the continued progress of dentistry.  The teeth more often become seriously affected, are more apt to become defective beyond the possibility of successful curative treatment, and are more commonly eliminated by surgery, than is any other portion of the human organism. Therefore it is of paramount importance to have men of skill, ability and honor in the profession that each day is rendering so important a service to humanity.  Such a man is Dr. Charles B. Lewis, of Ottumwa, Iowa, who is well versed in the theoretical branch of his learned calling, but possesses manual dexterity as well, has become remarkably proficient in the procedure of repair, restoration and replacement of the teeth, and who is also a graduate physician.

     Doctor Lewis was born at Ottumwa, Iowa, February 6, 1875, a son of Dr, Charles G. and Anna Harrison (Ball) Lewis.  Dr. Charles G. Lewis was born in Ohio, in 1832, and came to Iowa in the early '40s, after which he was graduated from the State Medical College, Keokuk, and continued in the practice of his profession until his death in 1900.  When war was declared between the states he enlisted with the Thirtieth Iowa Volunteer Infantry, of which he was assistant surgeon and ranking captain.  For many years after the close of the war he was examining physician on the local pension board.  High in Masonry, he had been advanced in the Consistory to the thirty-second degree.  The Lewis family originated in Virginia, as did the Ball family, and Mrs. Anna Harrison (Ball) Lewis descended from the same branch of the Ball family as did the mother of George Washington, a distinction not held by many.  Doctor Lewis of this review had one brother, Fred A., who was born in 1871, and died in 1914.  He, too, was a dental surgeon, and for seven years was secretary of the Iowa State Board of Dental Examiners.

    In 1893 Dr. Charles B. Lewis was graduated from the Ottumwa High School; in 1896 he was graduated from the College of Dentistry, Iowa State University; and from the medical department of the same institution in 1899.  While in the university he made XI Psi Phi Greek letter fraternity.

Doctor Lewis was appointed house surgeon in the medical department, and he taught in dental and medical colleges from 1896 to 1901.  In the latter year, in conjunction with five other dentists, he organized a corporation under the name of the Des Moines Dental College, of which he was general manager and professor of prosthetic dentistry.  Later Doctor Lewis bought the interests of his associates and became sole owner, but in 1906, sold the college to Drake University, and entered upon a private practice at Ottumwa, where he has since remained, building up a large and valuable practice.

    On February 18, 1902, Doctor Lewis was married to Miss Juna Cummings, of Mason City, Iowa, a daughter of Judge A. H. and Idella (Blake) Cummings, and a member of one of the old and honored families of Iowa.

     For years Doctor Lewis has been a member of the Wappelo County Medical Society, the Iowa State Dental Society, the American Dental Association; is secretary of the Gorgas Foundation; and is a member of the Kiwanis Club.  For two terms he had the honor and distinction of serving as lieutenant governor of the Nebraska-Iowa district of Kiwanis International.  He also belongs to the Wapello Club and to the local lodge of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks.  While in the University of Iowa Doctor Lewis, in company with Doctors Balwin, Rogers and Eastman, organized the Triangle Club, which became the leading faculty organization of the university.  Doctor and Mrs. Lewis belong to the First Congregational Church of Ottumwa, of which he has been a trustee, and he is now president of the Men's Club, an organization within the church.  Mrs. Lewis is a member of the Fortnightly Club and other organizations.  personally an example of what a professional man of skill and ability can accomplish, and his standing has been won on his own merits.


      CLINTON J. LEWIS has been a resident of Iowa the greater part of the time since he was a lad of about eighteen years, and here he has found ample opportunity for successful achievement in connection with the practical affairs of life.  He was actively identified with farm industry many years, and he is now engaged in the real estate and insurance business at Mount Ayr, the judicial center of Ringgold County.

      Mr. Lewis was born in Marion County, Illinois, June 17, 1851.  In 1869 he came to Davenport, Iowa where he engaged in farm enterprise in that vicinity.  Mr. Lewis is a son of Joel and Rachel (Hite) Lewis.  Joel Lewis was a son of Walter Lewis, who was born in Virginia and who was a representative of the same family line as was Martha, wife of General George Washington, her family name having been Lewis.  Of the same family was Meriwether Lewis, a Revolutionary soldier and one of the principals in the great and historic Lewis and Clark expedition in the Pacific coast.  The lineage of the Lewis family is traced back to staunch Welsh origin, Charles R. O'Neil, father of Mrs. Clinton J. Lewis, went forth as a loyal soldier of the Union in the Civil war, in which he was wounded in battle, at Fort Donelson, in February, 1862, from the results of which injuries he died at the close of the war.

     Clinton J. Lewis was reared to the sturdy discipline of the farm and received the advantages of the public schools of the period, his initial training having been gained in district schools of rural order.  While in Salem, Illinois, he studied law under the preceptorship of Judge Silas Bryan, father of the late Hon. William Jennings Bryan, and though he was duly admitted to the bar he never engaged actively in the practice of law.  As a young man Mr. Lewis was employed by a construction company that installed the first telegraph lines from Des Moines to Council Bluffs, and he reverts with satisfaction to his participation in this pioneer Iowa enterprise.  Thereafter he was engaged in farm operation in Scott County, this state, and after his marriage, which occurred in 1875, he was similarly engaged in Taylor County until 1888, when he removed with his family to Ringgold County, where he became a successful and influential representative of progressive agriculture and stock-growing industry, he having developed one of the fine farm estates of the county and being still owner of this valuable property.  The death of his wife occurred in 1904, and within a short time thereafter Mr. Lewis retired from his farm and established residence at the county seat, Mount Ayr, where he has since continued to be engaged in the real-estate and insurance business.  He is a Republican in political allegiance and has been influential in community affairs, especially in his several years of progressive administration in the office of mayor of Mount Ayr.  He has membership in the United Presbyterian Church, of which his wife likewise was a zealous adherent.

    In Madison County, Kentucky, the year 1875 recorded the marriage of Mr. Lewis to Miss Addie O'Neil, who was born in Illinois and who was graduated in the Kentucky Female Institute.  Prior to her marriage she had been a successful and popular teacher in the Kentucky schools.  She was of Irish Protestant ancestry and was a daughter of Charles R. and Harriet (Hensley) O'Neil.  As previously stated, the death of Mrs. Lewis occurred in the year 1904, and she is survived by two sons and one daughter:  Charles J. is a representative member of the Ringgold County bar and is engaged in the practice of his profession at Mount Ayr; Florence Mary is the wife of Grant Frederick, of Saint Joseph, Missouri, and they have two children, Lucy and Charles; Frank C. is likewise one of the successful and popular members of the Ringgold County bar and is associated in practice with his brother, Charles J., at Mount Ayr.


     LEROY W. LEWIS, D. D. S., was graduated in the department of dentistry at the University of Iowa as a member of the class of 1902, and his subsequent professional success offers the most effective voucher for his technical skill and his effective application thereof, as well as for his personal popularity.  The Doctor is established in the practice of his profession in the City of Shenandoah, where he has an office of the best modern equipment in both operative and laboratory departments, and where he has won definite standing as one of the representative members of his profession in Page County.

     Doctor Lewis was born on the parental home farm in Plymouth County, Iowa, November 20, 1878, and is a son of Thomas W. and Harriet E. (Belvins) Lewis, the former of whom was born in Illinois and the latter in Vermont, their marriage having been solemnized at Morrison, Illinois, and the year 1875 having marked their removal to Plymouth County, Iowa, where Thomas W. Lewis developed the fine farm estate that long continued the stage of his productive activities as agriculturist and stock-grower.  He became one of the honored citizens and retired farmers of Le Mars, the judicial center of Plymouth County, where he passed away at the age of eighty years, June, 1930, his wife having passed to eternal rest in the year 1919.  Ola B., eldest of the children, resides at La Mars; Dr. LeRoy W. is the next younger; Maude S. is the wife of I. R. stout, who is in charge of the male high school of the City of Newark, New Jersey, their home being maintained in the beautiful suburb of Bloomfield; Harry L., youngest of the children, resides at Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and owns and conducts a drug store at Hartford, that state.  Thomas W. Lewis was long a loyal supporter of the principles of the Democratic party and was affiliated with the Masonic fraternity, his wife having been an active member of the Congregational Church.  his father, Ward Lewis, was a substantial farmer in Illinois.  Mrs. Harriet E. Lewis was a daughter of c. Frank Bevins, who was a blacksmith and carpenter and who resided in turn in Vermont, New York State and Illinois prior to coming to Iowa, where he gained pioneer honors.

     After being graduated in the high school at Le Mars Dr. LeRoy W. Lewis there completed a course in the Le Mars Normal School, after his graduation in which he entered the dental department of the University of Iowa, in which he was graduated as a member of the class of 1902.  After thus receiving his degree of Doctor of Dental Surgery he was engaged in practice two month at Hull, Sioux County, and during the ensuing two years he maintained his professional headquarters at Larchwood, Lyon County.  In 1904 he established his residence in Shenandoah, in which city he has continued in successful practice during the intervening period of a full quarter of a century.  The Doctor has membership in the District Dental Association, the Iowa State Dental Association and the National Dental Association, and he has kept in close touch with the advances made in dental science and practice, so that his professional service at all times has been of the highest standard.

     Doctor Lewis gives his political allegiance to the Republican party, he and his wife are zealous members of the Congregational Church in their home city and he is a trustee thereof; he is a member of the Shenandoah board of education, is affiliated with the Masonic fraternity, and has active membership in the local Kiwanis and Country Clubs.

     The year 1908 recorded the marriage of Doctor Lewis to Miss Grace Padmore, who was born at Le Mars, Plymouth County, and whose early educational advantages included those of the University of Iowa.  Doctor and Mrs. Lewis have three children:  Jane is, in 1929, a member of the junior class in Grinnell College; Donald is a member of the senior class in the Shenandoah High School; and Helen is a member of the Junior High School.


     JUDGE WILLIAM R. LEWIS, who died in 1926, at the age of ninety-one was undoubtedly one of Poweshiek County's most beloved citizens.  His home has been in Montezuma for seventy years.  He lost his wife in death in 1893.  They had no children, and, as it was well said, in place of children Judge Lewis considered all members of community his children, loving his neighbors and friends, all of them, like a father.

    A remarkable demonstration of the affection in which he was held by the community occurred in a ninetieth birthday celebration, on October 12, 1925, when his old neighbors and friends gathered at the Opera House in Montezuma, presented him with a great basket of flowers and carried out a program in which many persons arose to comment  on some special phase of the Judge's life and work.

     William Robinson Lewis was born near Zanesville in Muskingum County, Ohio, a son of John M. and Louisa A. Ramey Lewis.  Judge Lewis was the oldest of their ten children and last to survive.  Judge Lewis married at Burlington, Vermont, in 1865, Mary C. Cutts, daughter of Edwin Cutts.  She died April 10, 1893.

     At the birthday anniversary celebration Mayor Hawkins, who presided, introduced the various speakers, one of the first being Mrs. Jennie Ensor, who spoke of Judge Lewis as the school man.  She was a pupil of his in 1861 at Montezuma.  Another speaker was J. W. Carr, who referred to "Lewis the pioneer organizer."  He said:  "In 1857 Judge Lewis was living in the state of Ohio, where he was born. . . .  he came to Iowa, settled in Poweshiek County and at Montezuma and assisted in the erection of the first court house there.  He also worked in the different offices of the county, being a man of education and a fine penman.  He assisted in laying out the highways, being a civil engineer.  He was county clerk in 1861 and after that he served as school superintendent, state senator of Iowa and Judge of the district court for ten years."

     As one of the speakers  said in making a brief summary of the life of Judge Lewis, "he helped build the court house, surveyed the roads, made it possible for Montezuma to have sidewalks, taught school, built the first electric light plant here, was judge of the circuit court, practiced law, was state senator for four years, a strong church worker, and in all his ninety years of life lived as a true Christian should."

     As his pastor at the funeral said:  "Judge Lewis came from a very religious lineage.  Some eventually belonged to one church, some to another.  This Christian breadth made itself felt in the Judge's outlook in feeling at home with any and all Christian people, while always loyal to the church and people of his choice.  What a glorious record he has engraved upon the walls of this church:  elder for half a century, Sunday school superintendent for twelve years in the court house before the church was built, and every other kind of official and performing every other variety of activity during all these years.  Until his last illness he always taught his Sunday school class.  He was the best kind of friend to his pastor and all of them, his dignified and humble participation during worship being one of the finest inspirations any minister could have."

    Judge Lewis was elected judge of the Circuit Court in 1880, his circuit embracing an extended territory of eight counties. He was judge of the Circuit Court until it was abolished and then four years judge of the District Court, and he left the office with the reputation of having brought about one of the best organized districts in the state, the sixth.  After his service as judge he continued to take an active part in the court and in the selection of officials for the district.  For some years he was the choice of the Twelfth District for the Legislature.

     The closing speech at the birthday celebration was made by R. J. Smith, on the topic of "Lewis, the Community Man."  "Judge Lewis was not content," said Mr. Smith, "to simply serve the public generally.  I say that we have therefore a splendid and happy occasion this morning of saying something to one of the grandest men that not only Poweshiek County, but Iowa, has had the opportunity of having and rearing.  When we combine his ability in the various walks of life and realize that he has been spared for many years to serve the community we are really the ones who are here in self-congratulation.  He has been courteous in manner, kind in spirit to serve us.  A friend to all, one where the children may enter his office and go there from with a pleasant word and kind word.  It seems to me that we can all acknowledge him our friend, also a friend to the church, to the school and to each individual."


    WILLIAM LEY has been a prominent figure in the coal business at Davenport for thirty years.  He is president of the Ley Fuel Company, a wholesale coal and coke organization, with headquarters in the hickey Building.

     Mr. Ley was born at Avilla in Noble County, Indiana, August 16, 1879.  When he was a small child his parents, Gustave and Caroline (Schneider) Ley, moved out to Kansas, and he grew up in that state, attending grade and high schools there.  Mr. Ley became a resident of Davenport in 1899, and has concentrated his business energies on the coal business.  At first he was with the Southwestern Coal Company, and in 1913 he organized the Ley Fuel Company, of which he is president.

    Mr. Ley has been a popular member of business and civic organizations at Davenport.  he is now president of the Davenport Kiwanis Club, with whose work he has been identified for several years.  he is a member of the Rock Island Arsenal Golf Club, the Davenport Outing Club and Knights of Columbus.

    On October 7, 1903, he and Miss Mary Hickey, oldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. D. J. Hickey, of Davenport, were married in the Scared Heart Cathedral, Bishop James J. Davis officiating.  Mrs. Hickey is a member of the prominent family of Davenport.  They have one son, Murray Hickey Ley, a member of the class of 1930 in Notre Dame University in Indiana.


     ADOLPH JOSEPH LIEBER, M. D. city health officer of Des Moines, is a highly skilled physician and surgeon, and a man experienced in his class of work.  He was born at Louisville, Kentucky, April 11, 1865, a son of Joseph and Babette (Friedman) Lieber, natives of Germany, who were married in thh United States.  For many years Joseph Lieber was a general merchant at Louisville, and was very successful, but both he and the mother are now deceased.  They had ten children, three of whom survive, namely:  Mace, who is an attorney of Louisville, Kentucky; Annie, who is unmarried and lives at Henderson, Kentucky; and Doctor Lieber.  The father was a Mason and a Democrat, and stood very high in public confidence and esteem.

     Doctor Lieber attended the Louisville grammar schools and New York College, being in the latter for two years.  When he left college he went on the New York World as a reporter, and remained with that newspaper for two years.  He then entered the New York College of Physicians and Surgeons, medical department of Columbia College, for one term, but left it to return to Louisville, where he entered the Louisville Medical College and was graduated from there March 1, 1889, with the degree of Doctor of Medicine.  Immediately thereafter he went to Henderson, Kentucky, and for the following twenty-three years was engaged in the practice of medicine in that city.  Too strict attention to professional duties caused a breakdown, and he finally went to Rochester, Minnesota, and was operated on by Dr. Will Mayo in 1912.  In 1914 Doctor Lieber came to Des Moines, but remained inactive for about a year before he reentered practice.  He was appointed assistant health officer of Des Moines, and served in that capacity for about a year before he took the emergency practice in the police department, and carried it on for twelve years.  At the expiration of that period of service the mayor appointed him health officer of Des Moines, April 5, 1925, and he is still serving in that capacity, giving the people of the city the benefit of his years of experience, his vast knowledge of sanitation and preventive measures, as well as his regular professional skill.

In 1888 Doctor Lieber married Miss Tillie Saile, born at New York City, where she received her education, a daughter of Joseph Saile, an eminent sculptor.  Doctor and Mrs. Leiber have a daughter, Ethel, who is unmarried and at home.  She was educated in Saint Mary's School, New York City.  In 1920 Doctor Lieber and his wife adopted John Allen Robb, and he is now attending the public schools of Des Moines.  The family are all Episcopalians.  Doctor Lieber belongs to the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, the Ancient Order of United Workmen, the Polk County Medical Society, the Iowa State Medical Society and the American Medical Association.  For a number of years he was a member of the Kentucky State and Ohio Valley Medical Association, and he long served it as secretary and treasurer.  His hobby is hunting, and he enjoys reading along professional lines.  At present he is a member of the Medical Reserve Corps of the United States Army, and official medical examiner of the Citizens Military Training Camps.  Under President McKinley he was pension examiner at Henderson, Kentucky.  With a most enviable record of continued usefulness and professional accomplishments behind him Doctor Lieber is giving all of his time and effort to the work of his office, and is proud of the fact that under his administration the health of the people of Des Moines has been kept to a high standard, and that he has been able to keen down any serious epidemic through preventive measures and modern methods of sanitation.


     CHARLES FRANCIS LITTLE is a young and very talented and capable representative of the medical profession, practicing at Vail in Crawford County, Iowa.  Doctor Little is a native of Kansas, born at the town of Washington, February 17, 1892.  His father, Hugh Little, was a native of Ohio, and gave four years of his early life to the service of the Union in the Civil war.  He was in the Thirty-first Illinois Infantry.  After the war he went to Kansas and taught school at Washington and subsequently settled on a farm there, where he lived until his death at the age of sixty-one.  Hugh Little married Ellen Murray, a native of Michigan now a resident of jays, Kansas.  Both parents were devout Catholics.

Doctor Little is one of seven living children.  He attended public schools, the Fort Hays Normal School, and took his medical degree, in 1921, from Creighton University of Omaha, Nebraska.  For one year he was an interne in St. Joseph's Hospital at Omaha, and in January, 1923, established himself at Vail, Iowa.  he does a general practice, and has made himself a valuable member of this community.  He is a member of the Crawford County, Iowa State and American Medical Associations.

     Doctor Little married, June 9, 1923, Agnes Neilly, a native of Omaha, daughter of George and Mary (Keooy) Reilly.  Her father is still living.  The three children of Doctor and Mrs. Little are Rose Mary, Elizabeth Ann and Patricia Agnes.


    SEHUYLER W. LIVINGSTON has to his credit more than a quarter of a century of successful law practice in the City of Washington, judicial center of the county of the same name, and he has appeared in connection with much important litigation in the various courts of this section of his native state, including the federal courts, while he has presented numerous cases before the Iowa Supreme Court.

Mr. Livingston is senior member of the representative law firm of Livingston & Eicher, with offices at 204 West Main Street, and the firm controls a substantial and important law business.  The Livingston family, of sterling Scotch origin, was established in the State of New York many generations ago and has figured worthily in the annals of the a nation's history.

    Schuyler W. Livingston was born at Ainsworth, Washington County, Iowa, October 14, 1872, and has here won prestige in a profession that was signally honored by the services of his father, his office at Washington, the county seat, having been that now occupied by his son Schuyler W.  The father, the late William John Livingston, was born at Carroll, Ohio, and came with his parents to Iowa in 1856, the family having gained pioneer prestige in Washington County, where he was reared to manhood and received the advantages of the public school of the period.  From the University of Iowa he received the degree of Civil Engineer, and in its law department he was graduated as a member of the class of 1879.  After thus receiving his degree of Bachelor of Laws he was engaged in the practice of his profession at Washington, this state, a few years, and he also did important work as a civil engineer, including service as surveyor for the Duluth & Winnipeg Railroad.  He was one of the honored and influential citizens of Washington at the time of his death, November 22, 1882, and his wife, whose maiden name was Eva E. McMillan, survived him more than forty years, her death occurring May 31, 1927.  Of the two children Schyler W. of this review is the elder, and the younger, Ralph L, likewise resides at Washington.

     The public schools of Washington afforded Schuyler W. Livingston his early education, and here he was graduated in Washington Academy in 1892.  In the meanwhile he had lived in the home and worked on the farm of Col. David J. Palmer, he having been a lad of ten years at the time of his father's death.  In Monmouth College, at Monmouth, Illinois, he was graduated in 1895 and received the degree of Bachelor of Arts, he having been a member of the Philomathian Society of this college.  After his return to Iowa he became superintendent of the Gas Company at Centerville, in 1897.  While retaining this position he began reading law in the office of Mabry & Payne, a leading law firm at Centerville, and in 1897 he went to Chicago, where he continued to be associated with D. C. Campbell and T. P. Shontz until 1900, the while he there continued his study of law, under the preceptorship of Judge D. F. Matchet.  He was admitted to the Illinois bar in 1900 and in the same year returned to Iowa and was here admitted to practice.  In 1901 he initiated his practice of law in the office that had previously been occupied by his father at Washington, and here he has since continued his professional activities, the scope and importance of which mark him as one of the representative members of the bar of this section of the Hawkeye State.  He has membership in the Washington County Bar Association, Iowa State Bar Association, American Bar Association and the American Law Institute, is a Republican in political allegiance and is an elder in the Presbyterian Church of his home city, of which his wife likewise is a zealous member.  Mr. Livingston is vice president of the Commercial Savings Bank of Washington and president of the Weber Engraving Company of Kansas City, Missouri.

     April 22, 1897, recorded the marriage of Mr. Livingston to Miss Alice Sampson, of Washington, and they have four children:  David palmer Livingston is associated with the Meredith Publishing Company in the City of Chicago.  Mrs. Alice Louise Voorhis is a resident of San Dimas, California.  Schuyler W., Jr., graduated from the Harvard Law School in June, 1929, and is now associated with the firm of Murray Aldrich & Webb, of New York City.  Miss Eva Margaret is a student at Scripps School for Girls at Claremont, California.


     ROBERT ELMER LONG for nearly fifteen years has been established in a growing law practice at Sac City.  He is a native son of Iowa, born in Poweshiek County, April 9, 1882.

     His parents, Andrew and Mary Ann (Morrison) Long, were born in Ireland, and after coming to America settled on a farm in Poweshiek County, where they lived out useful and honorable lives.  Robert Lemer Long has his boyhood experiences on a farm, attended a country school and in 1902 graduated from the high school at Brooklyn, Iowa.  He went on to the University of Iowa, where he completed the work of the liberal arts department in 1908, and also made considerable progress in his law studies while there.  Mr. Long was an educator and devoted nine or ten years to that profession.  During 1908-10 he was instructor in the high school at Galesburg, Illinois; was superintendent of schools at Tarkio, Missouri, in 1910-12; superintendent at Corning, Iowa, in 1912-14; at Lone Tree, Iowa, in 1914-16; and at Moulton, Iowa, from 1917 to 1919.

     During the Mexican trouble he enlisted and was assigned to Troop B of a regiment of Iowa cavalry, in which he was later a sergeant in the World war.  In the meantime, on October 7, 1918 located at Sac City, where he has devoted himself to his practice, to his duties as a citizen and to a varied group of interests and activities.  In 1926 he was elected county attorney, taking office on January 1, 1927.  He was reelected in 1928 and his present term expires January 1, 1931.  He has given the county a very thorough and capable administration of the office.

     Mr. Long married, December 11, 1918, Miss Esther Printz, who was born in Appanoose County, Iowa, daughter of Dr. E. T. Printz.  She is a graduate of the high school at Moulton, Iowa, and of the Iowa Wesleyan University at Mount Pleasant.  They have two children, Betty Printz, born October 30, 1919, and Barbara Ann, born November 25, 1921.  Mrs. Long is a leader in club work and has an influential factor in local and state politics.  Both she and Mr. Long were on the stump supporting Hoover in the campaign of 1928.  Mrs. Long is a member of the Episcopal Church.  he is affiliated with the Presbyterian denomination is a Royal Arch Mason, member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and Knights of Pythias.  He has served as adjutant of the local post of the American Legion and in 1926 was district vice commander and is now serving again in that capacity.  He was also state treasurer of the 40 and 8 Society.


FREDERIC KNIGHT LOGAN, composer, pianist, director, instructor, the Waltz King of America, an eminent musician of international reputation and world-wide renown, was born of Puritanic parentage at Oskaloosa, Iowa, October 15, 1871, at the home of his grandmother, Mrs. Rachael Budd Welsh Knight.  He was the only child of John F. and Virginia Knight Logan.

       Bereft of his father when a week child, his birthplace was ever his permanent home.  It was here, with the loving care of his proud mother, grandmother and aunts, Elizabeth A. and Mary E., and devotion of his uncle, William W. Knight, that Frederic Knight Logan, destined to become the world-famed musician, spent his happy childhood and school days.  He received his first musical training from his talented and efficient mother.  He played the piano "by ear" until his fourth year, although his hands and fingers were much too small.  His mother and the grand piano were his confidential friends, and whether the subject was new clothes or what not, whether he was pleased or vexed, they were first consulted.  Between this fond mother and gifted son there always existed that mutual altruistic devotion, of heaven-born worshipful love.

     Frederic Knight Logan'a natural disposition was sunny, cheerful and social.  he enjoyed the society of those many years his senior, among whom he had a host of friends.  From boyhood he always found great pleasure with his home folks, entertaining friends by a "spin" in his elegant car, his seven-passenger Cadillac Brougham.  his greatest pleasure and enjoyment in life was in providing every available comfort and happiness for his loved ones in his own charming home, and also for the pleasure of others.  He was fond of recalling with delight the experience "once upon a time," when he was commissioned to act as Santa Claus for the poor little "kiddies" of New York City, and with pride displayed his pictures of same.  Mr. Logan was very found of his pets, the little brown squirrel "Bunny," and his beautiful golden-voiced Hartz Mountain canary; his fine blooded coal-black horse "Nig," better known to his schoolmates as "Black Beauty!" and "Snowball", his great, all white Canadian Maltese cat.  The last two named he had trained to perform many tricks, including shaking hands.

     From early childhood Mr. Logan was conscientiously religious and devoted to Sunday School, and possessed a sincere respect and reverence for the teachings of the Gospel.  At an early age he united with the First Presbyterian Church, and retained his membership throughout his life.  His never failing trustfulness and patience were always markedly manifest during his last illness, fraught as it was with great disappointment in being obliged to relinquish many of his best works, leaving them unfinished, and knowing that many cherished hopes and plans, reaching far into the future, would be unrealized.  But, with it all he never faltered, was never reproachful, and never lost an opportunity to express his sincere gratitude to his Heavenly Father for his blessings for his never failing but always clear mentality, ever tenaciously strong, quick and logical; and for his memory, which was supremely retentive and even miraculously keen.

    Mr. Logan's mother, being a firm believer in travel as a must expedient incentive to educational advancement for her child, made it her practice during his school vacation to take her manly, businesslike little son with her as companion, counselor and escort whether to entertainments or on journeys.  Even while yet a lad in knee pants he accompanied his mother on her concert tours, as her piano accompanist, and frequently sang with her in duets, his voice being then very high and remarkably pure and flexible, blending perfectly with her highly cultivated voice.

Before his school days had ended Frederic Knight Logan, in company with his mother and grandmother Knight, had visited the principal cities and various points of interest from Des Moines, Iowa, to New York City; and also in Canada, from Hamilton, through Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal down the picturesque Saint Lawrence River, and through the Lachine Rapids, to quaint old historical Quebec, and there visited the imposing monument erected to the memory of the noted English general, James Wolfe.

      An episode that occurred in Mr. Logan's babyhood days, of which he was fond of relating, was when he attended with his mother a grand concert given by the celebrated violinist, Camila Urso, at his home town.  It was his first real impression of and meeting with a noted artist other than his mother.  He listened with bated breath to the classic numbers on the program of the wonderful artist, holding his mother's hand, pressing it tightly, all the time whispering "beautiful, beautiful."  During an intermission, while his mother was engaged in conversation with friends, young Frederic slipped away from her and toddled off to the stage and up behind the scenes, and when his mother found him, to her astonishment he was in the arms of the great violinist, who was lavishing all the praise and honor she could have given to her own child upon him.  Turning to his mother, she said:  "The baby is truly a musical child, else he would not have come to me."  and she caressed him again.

      He was a great lover of flowers, plant life and geology, and during his high-school days was an active member of the Iowa Chapter of the American Agassiz Association.  he exemplified extraordinary talent and ability in freehand drawing and painting in oil when a student under Miss Bailey of Penn College, of which college Dr. A. Rosenberger was president, and of whom, as his friend, Mr. Logan always spoke in highest terms, with pride and esteem, as he did, also, when speaking of Dr. J. L. Brasher, president of John Fletcher College, whom he regarded as a close friend.

Following Mr. Logan's course in the Oskaloosa High School, then under Supt. Homer H. Seerly, with Col. A. W. Swalm and J. W. Johnson, prominent editors on the school board, he was graduated from the Howe Business College, becoming an expert stenographer and typist, and as such holding many important positions with members of the legal profession, including Judge R. W. Preston and W. G. Jones; with the County Board Supervisors; with the railroad company, and for the Spencer Wholesale Company.  When special concessions were offered him by the Chicago College of Music to enter upon a course in music he lost no time in accepting same, since that was his heart's desire.  As this was the school his mother had attended, under Doctor Ziegfeld, she was naturally very anxious that her son should take advantage of the great opportunity.  Soon thereafter Mr. Logan, then a lad of sixteen years, entered upon his musical studies, and a little later his uncle, Alexander Stone, editor of the Peoria Transcript and postmaster of Peoria, Illinois, came to Chicago on business, and as an old acquaintance of Mr. Cooper of the Chicago firm of Siegel & Cooper, went to call upon him, taking Frederic with him.  By way of introducing him casually he spoke of him as an expert stenographer and typist.  Mr. Cooper thereupon asked Frederic to take a dictation upon the typewriter.  Frederic was at ease and perfectly at home there, and gave proof of his wonderful speed.  Mr. Cooper exclaimed:  "Judging from the manner in which you handle the keys, you play the piano, do you not?"  Mr. Cooper at once offered him the position of private secretary to him and Mr. Siegel, at a good salary.  He accepted it, and his usefulness and popularity with the firm was very manifest in many ways.  Two evenings a week he was regularly engaged as pianist by the most exclusive clubs in the city.  He was thereby enabled to defray his expenses and pursue his musical studies.

     Both Frederic Knight Logan and his mother, Virginia Knight Logan, who was the first instructor of vice with the L. G. Gottschalk Lyric School, resided at the Maison du Lac, a very exclusive private hotel, only a few steps from the Auditorium Annex.  There, with his piano in his room.  Mr. Logan devoted all available time to its study.  this hotel was managed by the mother of the now famous violinist Albert Spaulding.  It was there that Mr. Logan had the rare opportunity of meeting and sitting at the table with many distinguished artists, such as Sarah Bernhardt, Salvini, Countess Corneau, melba, the world-renowned "Dreamer" pianist Leopoid Gowdowski, Pietro Maseagni, Leon Cavello, composer of "I Pagliacci," and many others, to whom he was personally introduced as "a very talented, promising student of music."  hence, he was honored with special introductions to their performances.  Subsequently he met and accompanied many grand opera artists for concert and coaching, among whom were:  Rosa Raisa Tomaki Miura, Edith Mason, Cyrena Van Gordon, Caruso, Scotti, Sembrich, Mantelli, Calvi, Van Hoose, Schumann Heink, Schipa, Mojica, and others.  Once, while listening upon personal invitation to Mascagni as he played on the organ the "Intermezzo": of his grand opera "Cavelleria Rusticana,"  Frederic, standing close to the artist, as the last tones died away quietly took hold of the wonderful artist's coat, just so he could know that he had really been that close to the wonderful Mascagni while he played.

     Mr. Logan's compositions are regularly used by the great artists.  Being frugal and always strictly abstemious in his habits, and never afraid to say "no" when the occasion demanded it, and being always dependable, Mr. Logan won the honor, respect and confidence of his employers, associates and of the general public.  At three different times, assisting his grandmother Knight from his own earned savings, he rescued the old home from financial embarrassment.

     Frederic Knight Logan's entire musical education was received in this country under the mot prominent teachers of Chicago and New York City, and finished under the tutelage of August Hyllested, who was a concert pianist, and a great favorite of Liszt, Kullak and Grieg.  he also studied with Wilhelm Middleschulte.

     Having the wonderful gift of an adept improviser on the piano, Mr. Logan early turned to serious composition, and as constant companions Frederic Knight Logan and his mother, Virginia Knight Logan, both richly endowed by that Devine kindred inheritance, soon became co-workers, he as composer-pianist and she as author of his song poems.  Thereby they became known throughout the music world and profession as the only "Mother and Son" collaborators.  Through the merit of their works they were elected to, and maintained membership with , the exclusive American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers of New York City.

     As a composer of music Frederic Knight Logan, with his thorough musical training, keen conception and incorruptible heart, found and grasped the great psychological Master Key, to the colorful rhythm emanating from the should of melody in the divine laws of the harmony of the universe, the vibrancy of which dominates his every composition.  His works have gone around the world, and are used by musicians in every land.  It is no uncommon thing to hear them over the radio.  His "Missouri Waltz" was used for silent drill during the World war at the various military camps.  In the last moment in the life of the much-esteemed American military officer, of highest rank, the late Major General Frederick Fuston, at Camp Fort Sam Houston, Texas, he requested his musicians to play for him his favorite piece, the "Missouri Waltz," which was played very softly and with great expression.  This was regarded by Mr. Logan and all his friends as a most distinctive mark of honor.  This same composition was so admired by Queen Mary of England that she ordered it programmed and played by her private orchestra at her most exclusive salon receptions.  In acknowledgment of this honor a special copy of the "Missouri Waltz" was printed in gold type, on an extra quality of paper, and with the compliments of Mr. Logan and his publisher, F. J. A. Forster, it was sent to the Queen.  In return a most royally written acknowledgment was received from her Majesty.  Mr. Logan's love of his country, and pride for his native state, Iowa, prompted him to compose a song, "Iowa, Proud Iowa." which as soon as it was published was at once adopted by the Iowa Division of the American Legion, under Maj. Hanford McNider, as their official state song.  As such it was adopted also by the Iowa Federation of Woman's Clubs, and ordered to be regularly included on their programs, and to be sung at all their meetings as the Iowa State Song.  Many other clubs and societies also adopted it as their state song.  "Iowa, Proud Iowa," an original composition with appropriate words, and by a native-born Iowan, an elector and freeholder in Iowa, and an accredited musician of international reputation, renders it, logically and altruistically, the most appropriate state song for Iowa.

    Frederic Knight Logan had caught the weird, alluring strains underlying the dreamy themes of the waltz, as portrayed in his "Valse Chopinesque,"  "Cheiro Waltz,"  The latter being used by special permission from Mr. Logan by the famous palmist Cheiro on his programs in foreign lands.  Other waltz numbers are:  "The Moonlight Waltz,"  "Blue Rose Waltz,"  "Military Waltz,"  "Through the Night," and countless others, the popularity of which won for Mr. Logan the encomium "The Waltz King of America."  As a composer, dreaming as he did the loveliness of "Pale Moon," an American Indian love song; "Through Azure Blue,"  "Lift Thine Eyes,"  "E'en as the Flower,"  "A Little Room Within My Heart,"  "Fallen Leaf,"  an American love lyric, "Wishing That Dreams Would Come True,"  "I Love You,"  "My Heart's Desire,"  "Rose of My Heart,"  "A Song for You and Me,"  "But Why,"  "In Fancy's Bower,"  "Nocturne,"  "Italian Vespers,"  "Russian Lullaby,"  "In Dreamy Sevilla," waltz song;  "In a Brahman Garden,"  song cycle; "Supplication,"  sacred;  "Iowa, Proud Iowa,"  "Song Miniatures,"  four beautiful songs;  "Star Blossoms,"  "My Orient Rose,"  "Because God Gives Me You,"  a mother song; "Meditation,"  "Purple Heather,"  "Princesita,"  "Killarney, My Home O'er the Sea,"  "Enchanted Isle," four East Indian songs, "Pleading,"  "Summer Showers,"  "Pipes of Pan," a mythical pastoral suite,  "Sons of Cupid,"  seven love songs,  "O Vision Fair,"  "At Twilight,"  "Sylvia,"  "Water Sprites,"  "Dear Little Heart,"  lullaby,  "My Evening star,"  "WillO' The Wisp."  "Four Castillian Sketches," suite "Espagnole,"  "Tea Cup Tinkles,"  "Sweet Rose of yesterday,"  "Over the Hills,"  and innumerable other outstanding compositions, and many in preparation.  "Over the Hills" was the last composition published by Mr. Logan.  "Erilinda," a legend of the moon, a dramatic composition of Mr. Logan, as a prime favorite of the great Caruso, who included it on his programs, and sang it, with great success, with the interpretation as personally coached by Mr. Logan.  At Portland, Oregon, during the pageant of their annual "Rose Festival" in June, 1928, Mr. Logan's "Pale Moon" was sung by a grand chorus of over 500 voices.  Mrs. W. H. Keating, of Oskaloosa, Iowa, was present, and pronounced it the crowning event, musically, of the festival.

     As a pianist Frederic Knight Logan, although young in years, being an expert sight-reader of music and thoroughly trained, won an enviable reputation, ranking among the foremost in Chicago, New York City and other principal cities of the United States and Canada.  He was very popular as a concert pianist and filled many exclusive private engagements, and, also, for the most prominent clubs.  With pride he recalled a very rare and pleasant afternoon when, upon special invitation, he called upon the mother of President McKinley at her home in Canton, Ohio, whom he entertained with piano selections, and how, at parting, that elegant lady requested that when he was in Washington he should be sure to call upon her son William and tell him of their very pleasant visit together.  Mr. Logan's professional engagement soon thereafter took him to the national capital, and he compiled with the mother's request, visited the President and delighted him by repeating her very words to him.  It is well known as a matter of history that President McKinley was devoted to his mother.  At the time Mr. Logan was sure that he was one of the few young Americans to call the President of the United States by his first name to his face.  Although many distinguished members of the diplomatic corps were waiting to see the President, he invited Mr. Logan to take a seat and the two enjoyed a fine little visit.  Since that time Mr. Logan, with his artistic and natural political tendencies, took advantage of opportunities, as they offered themselves, to meet and converse with each of the Presidents of his party, namely:  Roosevelt, Taft and Harding, and he had already had the privilege of meeting President Harrison.

     Frederic Knight Logan's first professional stage experience was in a speaking part with the noted Maxine Elliott and Nat Goodwin.  Early in his professional career his first engagement as musical director was with the David Henderson productions.  In a short time his work received recognition from Jefferson de Angelis, who engaged him for his opera company, then playing in New York City, as assistant musical director and coach, and later he became the regular conductor.  Subsequently he was engaged for the Montgomery & Stone production of the :"Wizard of Oz." and made his debut as musical director at the Montauk Theatre, Brooklyn, New York.  The following season Mr. Logan was appointed director by Davi Belasco, and place to conduct the orchestra for the Mrs. Leslie Carter plays at the Belasco Theatre, New York City, and also on tour.  His success with Mr. Belasco gained him recognition with Charles Frohman, with whom he was connected for several years as musical director, traveling with Maude Adams, from coast to coast, in her repertoire, including "The Little Minister,"  "L'Aiglon,"  "Quality Street,"  and her marvelous production of "Peter Pan."  Mr. Logan was one of the very few visiting directors who ever conducted at hte Empire Theatre, New York City.

Under Mr. Logan's engagements in New York, under Belasco and Frohman, it was his rare privilege to study composition and conducting under the personal direction of the noted musicians Louis F. Gottschalk, William T. Francis, William Furst and Theodore Bendix.  Mr. Logan was musical director with Chauncey Olcott, for whom he composed the incidental music for his plays for several seasons.  His return engagements as the musical director were ever hailed as a feature.

    Having conducted for the greatest artists in every prominent city in the United States and Canada, Mr. Logan became one of the most known and most popular musicians in the country.  his work and versatility won for him an enviable world-wide reputation.  John Philip Sousa, the "March King,"  and Frederic Knight Logan, the "Waltz King."  were personal friends.  Frederic Knight Logan not only possessed a wonderful activity, but a most attractive personality and versatility and verve essential to a musician of his class, which, coupled with his thorough knowledge of the fascinating skill of dramatic art, rendered him most successful in all his undertakings.

    The demand for the compositions by Frederic Knight Logan increased to such an extent that Mr. Logan felt compelled to devote his available time to composition, and he sought the quiet and restfulness of his attractive home in the West, Oskaloosa, Iowa, where, away from the distractive confusion and bustle of a great city, and together with his mother, Virginia Knight Logan, a finished artist, he opened his work shop, "The Knight-Logan Studio of Musical Art."  A visit to this attractive studio, so befittingly appointed in every detail, leaves a delightful, never-to-be-forgotten memory.  there, with Mr. Logan as composer-pianist, instructor of piano, director of orchestra and ensemble and coach, and Mrs. Logan as writer of song lyrics, teacher of voice, harmony and public-school music, was established a great and happy combination, mother and son, an incomparable alliance.  The wee hours of the night frequently found them in the studio completing some important inspirational theme.

    As a successful teacher of the piano Mr. Logan was accorded the highest place.  Conscientious treatment of ground work, based upon Leschetizky Melody and Singing Touch, formed the secret of his artistic results.  Mr. Logan was most unselfish, ever generous and ready to recognize and give credit to merit in others.  He assisted, without price, any talented and deserving indigent pupils.  By his activity, his incessant endeavors to advance in point of poetical ideals and musicianship, and keen practical insight for placing his inspirations within reach of the musical understanding of the general public, this American song composer had arrived at an enviable position of prominence in this particular field.  Backed by an intimate knowledge of the imperishable classic song literature, our present day song writer experienced what may be termed a veritable renaissance of vocal inspiration, in which the teachings of the old masters, the folksong literature of every nation, the teachings of ultra-moderns are employed.  It has been conceded that Frederic Knight Logan did not grasp his success out of the air.  He worked for it.  He earned it.  It did not come to him-he want after it.  He took advantage of opportunities.  Being ambitious, he never allowed an opportunity of worth to pass him by that might enrich his mentality or increase his store of knowledge.  he was gathering for the future.  He was born with that native spirit of "go to it"-even if all the world is against you.  He always attributed his worthy efforts and successes to his mother.  Possibly that spirit of ambition was inherited, for he was a descendant of statesmen and heroes of the past.

    Frederic Knight Logan was the only grandchild of James K. Logan, a prominent Pennsylvania coal merchant, who owned and superintended, with the aid of his son, the father of Frederic, the operation of the noted Coal Bluff Mines near Pittsburgh, on the Monongahela River.  Frederic Knight Logan was a grand-nephew of Gen. James K. Moorhead of Pittsburgh, a statesman and United States senator from Pennsylvania; and he was also a very near relative of the noted American statesman, Gen. John A. Logan.  Through his mother Frederic Knight Logan was the only grandchild of Oliver Hampton Knight, an extensive landowner, and breeder of thoroughbred livestock, fine horses, cattle, hogs and sheep on the National Pike in East Bethlehem Township, Washington County, Pennsylvania.  Oliver Hampton Knight was a son of Hon. Jonathan Knight, and a descendant of Major General Wade Hampton, prominent in the military and political history of this country during its very early period.  Hon. Jonathan Knight, United States senator for years, was an expert mathematician, solving for the United States Government many technical problems.  He was commissioned many times by our Government to assist other countries at their request, and thereby made many trips to Europe.  He was a devout orthodox Quaker, and he and his wife occupied high seats in their church.  he was also a thirty-third degree Mason, receiving his highest degree while in London, England.  General Knight was commissioned by the United States Government to supervise and direct the construction of the National Pike from Cumberland, Maryland, to Illinois.  Knightstown, Indiana, was name in honor of this statesman.  He was the original and for many years the chief engineer of the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad, which was a most wonderful and notable accomplishment.  Among Mr. Logan's near relatives through his mother were:  Hon. G. V. Lawrence, United States senator, both most prominent Pennsylvania statesmen, and Hon. James G. Blaine, United States senator, and the candidate of the Republican party in 1888 for the presidency, his running mate being Gen. John A. Logan, another relative, on his father's side, of Mr. Logan.

     Frederic Knight Logan was a member of many organizations of dignity and rank.  He was most loyal to the Knights of Pythias, of which he was long a member.  He organized and directed from that body the Knights of Pythias Glee Club, which won Iowa statewide recognition of high standing.  mr. Logan was also a member of the Rotary Club, the Business Men's Commercial Club, the Young Men's Christian Association, the Red Cross, the Armory Association, the Musicians Union, the General Federation of Music Clubs, the National Geographic Society of Washington, District of Columbia, and the exclusive American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers of New York City.  From early years until the close of his life he was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, officiating as organist, while his mother was director of the choir.

When, at the height of his musical career, wherein he had attained such marvelous success, engaged in numerous works with his mother, Virginia Knight Logan, and after he had brought international fame not only to the City of Oskaloosa, the State of Iowa and his native land through his musical career, by his unfaltering personal struggles against hardships and reverses, Frederic Knight Logan, the "Waltz King of America," on July 3, 1924, was stricken with apoplexy, and after a lingering illness of almost four years, under the attendance of Dr. C. A. Abbott, he succumbed; and in the light of his beautiful ever-abiding faith he slipped away at midnight, Monday, June 11, 1928.  He passed away at his home, the place of his birth, at Oskaloosa, Iowa.  The news that he was gone was as a knell to the old town, where he was so well known, and so endeared in the old friends and schoolmates.

      On Thursday afternoon, June 14, from Mr. Logan's home he was conveyed to the Cheesman Undertaking Parlors, where he lay in state until the service at 2 o'clock, which services were conducted by Rev. W. D. Johnson, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Oskaloosa.  In his sermon Reverend Johnson referred to the life of Mr. Logan as "One Great Song," and lauded the musician composer, who overcame many obstacles in is rise to fame; who carried to the professional field clean manhood, and who returned to his home and mother with a record unstained.  An appropriate memorial tribute, written by Mrs. Nellie Cady Williams of Chicago, a very close friend of Mr. Logan and family, was read by the pastor.  At the close of Reverend Johnson's part of the services Oskaloosa Lodge No. 58, Knights of Pythias, with which Mr. Logan in life was actively associated, conducted the beautiful ritualistic service for the dead.  At Forest Cemetery Reverend Johnson was in charge at the grave, while the Knights of Pythias paid an impressive, silent last tribute in their illustrious Brother Knight.

     The same quiet manner that was characteristic of the Oskaloosa boy throughout his years of tedious training and diligent preparation to the place accorded him as one of the great musicians, directors and composers of America, marked the last rites of the man who had caught the divinely beautiful melody and grand harmony of the great universe.  It is said of him that the Hawkeye State may well be proud of her divinely gifted son, and accord him a place in her Grant Hall of Fame.  He has been given a permanent place in the Gallery of American Composers, for he created for himself a lasting memorial in the lasting quality of his work.  The newspapers and musical journals of the country, from coast to coast, contained beautiful memorials to Mr. Logan and his genius.  The reverence and esteem for Mr. Logan by his community, and his social and professional friends far and near, was exemplified in the numerous telegrams and letters of condolence, and a  beautiful memorial from a dear friend, as well as by the profusion of the rarest flowers, a veritable bower, which surrounded the bier and covered the last resting place of the "Waltz King of America."  There were not only tributes from his loved ones, neighbors, distant friends and musicians, but magnificent floral pieces from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers of New York City, the F. J. Forster Music Publishing Company, Chicago, and other organizations.  Many relatives and friends from a distance were present at the services.

     Of Frederic Knight Logan's immediate family he is survived by his devoted and sorrowing mother, Mrs. Virginia Knight Logan.

A magnificent fluted broken shaft, surmounted by an immortelle granite wreath, is a most fitting monument in the memory of the artist, cut off while young in years, and active in the midst of wonderful career.


"They never quite leave us, our friends who have passed

Through the shadow of death, to the sunlight above;

A thousand sweet memories are holding them fast

To the places they blessed with their presence and love.

"I cannot say, and I will not say that he is dead, he is just away.

With a cheery smile and a wave of the hand

He has wandered into an unknown land.

He is not dead, he is just away."


     VIRGINIA KNIGHT LOGAN, coloratura soprano in opera, oratorio, concert, composer of song lyrics, and teacher of voice, harmony and public school music, is the mother and collaborator of the late Frederic Knight Logan, talented composer, the Waltz King of America, a musician of world wide renown, and widow of John Fenney Logan.  She was born in Washington County, Pennsylvania, a daughter of Oliver H. and Rachael Budd (Welsh) Knight.

    Following the early death of the devoted Christian father, the mother, Mrs. Knight, with her little family of four children, Elizabeth A., Mary E., Virginia and William W., took up her residence in the City of Washington, Pennsylvania, for the superior advantages of the schools.   In this she was richly rewarded, as each of her children eagerly and thankfully took advantage of every opportunity  to obtain the highest scholarships.

From high school Virginia Knight entered the Washington Female Seminary, from which she was graduated with honor, and with pride retains membership with the Alumnac Association of that famous institution.  It was her great good fortune to receive her first musical training under the noted pianist Henry Bollman, of Saint Louis, and with the famous Addison P. Wyman, both of whom were very prominently known instructors throughout the East.

    Virginia Knight Logan's professional career, dating from her graduation from Washington Female Seminary, was one bristling with activity and scoring a long list of successful achievements.  As a musician and teacher of super-eminence and unbounded successful experience, she has long been identified with the accredited of her profession, and is a member of the Iowa Music Teachers Association, having ben elected to the office of treasurer of the same.

     The question is often asked how old was Virginia Knight Logan when  she began to sing, and the truthful answer is astounding, for it was at the age of one year or less.  When a babe not yet a year old-not able to talk plainly, it was her delight to entertain their pet Collie, and with her little sunbonnet on her head she would sit on the terrace, and with clever little "Porter's" head in her lap would sing "Yankee-doodle," much to his apparent appreciation and admiration, his grateful eyes seeming to call forth "encores."  This was the first indication of her inherent talent.  he father, who owned a very old "Strad" for his own diversion, permitted Virginia to "tune up," and with her growing years she proved her interest and possibilities by her natural ability to "finger the strings," and to "draw the bow."  The violin would call forth, under her hand, an occasional evidence of the latent terpsichorean tendencies.  But when the "wonderful" piano was installed in the home, they, at once, became veritable companions, and thus began the unfaltering, tireless ascent, step by step, up the ladder leading to eminence.

     After a thorough course under Doctor Ziegfeld, and his voice teacher, L. a. Phelps, of the Chicago College of Music, she studied with the most eminent in New York and Boston, and also with the most efficient in sight-reading and public school music.  She established herself as a teacher of piano, voice and harmony, becoming  most proficient as supervisor of public school music.  In the summer seasons she continued her study of music and also appeared many seasons on music festival programs, under the management of Dr. H. R. Palmer of New York; and Dr. H. S. Perkin of Chicago, as an instructor and soprano soloist.  She was always accompanied by her son, Frederic Knight Logan, then a youth in "knee-pants" and most enthusiastic, who created a sensation by playing most difficult piano accompaniments, and singing duets with his mother.  His voice was high and very flexible.  With her she had a lady quartette, three members of which were of the original Swedish Lady Quartette of world-wide fame.  She was the soprano and director of the quartette.  At one time Mrs. Logan was soloist with the noted Boston Ladies Symphony Orchestra.  As supervisor of public schools music she served, all told, fourteen years at Oskaloosa, Iowa, and South Bend, Indiana, and as a supply teacher is Chicago, Illinois, under the noted W. L. Tomlins.  When with the schools of South Bend Mrs. Logan massed, drilled and directed, by hand-signs and "C" pitch pipe, a great chorus of 3,750 voices, from the public and parochial schools, in national songs and beautiful flag drills during the grand parade and review of the Grand Army of the Republic, under the command of Gen. Lew Wallace, at the national encampment of the organization.  General Wallace was lavish in his praise of Mrs. Logan's great ability.

     Her perseverance and tenacity, for which she is famed, might be attributed to her inherited proclivities.  On her mother's side, her grandmother, Rebecca Hill, had the distinction of being the "reigning beauty," or "belle," of Enniskillen Ulster Province, Ireland.  A nobleman, William Welsh of Wales, crossed into Ireland, married this young lady, and brought her to America on a sailing vessel.  They were one month at sea.  On her father's side Mrs. Logan's grandmother was Ann Heston, a member of an English noble family, and he was united in marriage with Jonathan MacKnight, a Scotchman.  Together they came and they dropped the "Mac" from their name, becoming plain "Knight."  Only the best could be expected from ancestry of such dependable blood, each one determined and distinct, in fact a "four-cornered pedigree" and of the most prominent families in Pennsylvania.  Hon. William Welsh owned and established the famous Phoenix Library in Western Pennsylvania, where he was so well known.  Virginia Knight Logan's uncles, Hon. Joseph B. Welsh, Senator, and Hon. G. V. Lawrence, the later United States Senator and statesman, were very prominent in state and national affairs.  Hon. Jonathan Knight, United States senator, statesman and expert mathematician, chief engineer of the National Pike and of the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad, was familiarly known in America and also in foreign countries, and also Hon, James G. Blaine, United States senator and statesman.

     When the famous National American Opera Company, for Grand Opera by Americans, and to be sung in English, was organized by Madame Thurber, of New York, and her associate multimillionaires from the four largest cities, managed by Charles E. Locke, and under the baton of the famous director Theodore Thomas, accompanied by his wonderful orchestra of seventy-five pieces, with Max  Bendix as concerto master, Virginia Knight Logan was engaged for principal roles and under-study parts.  During their months of study of operas she also took a thorough course in the Delsarte School of Expression, Physical Culture and Acting.  She remained with the Grand Opera Company several seasons, or until it was disbanded.  The first year the company appeared in New York, Boston and Philadelphia.  The second year, after appearing in the above mentioned cities, after the holidays they appeared in Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Chicago, Saint Louis and San Francisco, and from there in the largest cities in Canada, traveling in private Pullmans and carrying the marvelous company of 350 performers, including the great ballet of 150.

After successful seasons the company closed and disbanded in Toronto, Canada, returning then to New York.  Mrs. Logan conducted for several years her own studio in New York, teaching voice, opera and coaching, and when she sang it was as soloist in the First Reformed Episcopal Church and in Saint Lgnatius and in Oratorio.  During this time her son, Frederic Knight Logan, was with her, as he was musical director for Belasco and Charles Frohman.  Mr. Logan was always his mother's supreme inspiration.  Subsequently Mrs. Logan accepted an engagement with the L. G. Gottschalk Lyric School in Chicago, as first assistant to Mr. Gottschalk in voice and teachers' training.

     When critical illness and bereavement invaded the old home Mrs. Logan returned to Oskaloosa, where she was joined by her son, who decided to devote his time and energy to composition.  There with his mother he established the well known Knight-Logan Studio of Musical Art, and together they produced many clever home-talent productions and some original works, and together, as collaborators, composed numberless most popular and classic musical compositions, which went out to the universal work carrying the name of "Oskaloosa, Iowa" to all countries.  These two, the only known mother and son collaborators in the profession, held membership for many years with the exclusive American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, of New York City.

    Virginia Knight Logan is not only deeply interested in music, but has found time also for public and political affairs, being identified with the national Republican committee as county chair-woman, and in 1924 serving as delegate to the Republican national convention at Cleveland, Ohio.  She possesses great ability as an organized Oskaloosa Chapter No. 146, O. E. S., which she served as worthy matron; and she holds the General Grand Chapter Certificate for proficiency, gained by rigid examination, being declared capable of holding any office within the power of the Order of the Eastern Star, which certificate is gained only by letter-perfect knowledge of the ritualistic work.  Mrs. Logan was the principal organizer of the Oskaloosa Woman's Club, which she served as president four years, and is now president emeritus, and chairman of the legislative, parliamentary law and citizenship department of the club, and community chairman of the "Better Homes in America."  She has served as a member of the educational and music departments of the Iowa Federation of Woman's clubs.  She is also on the board of the Iowa Federation of Woman's Clubs as a member of the legislative department, having served many years as such.  By the legal profession she is quoted as the most proficient parliamentarian in the community.

     When God, in His own appointed time, called Frederic Knight Logan, the "Waltz King of America," from earth to his high estate, to his Home Eternal, the "Light Wing:" of the Knight-Logan Studio of Musical Art was severed.  Now, though surrounded by his invisible, spiritual influence, the devoted, sorely bereft mother writes her song lyrics alone.  In her heart she repeats the refrain.  "He is not dead, he is just away."  A thousand sweet memories are holding him fast to the dear one he blessed with his presence and love.


      LOUIS W. LONDON has had a business career that has identified him with the City of Osceola in Clarke County for more than half a century.  He is perhaps the dean of local business men, and he is spoken of as not only a successful merchant but a man who has lived up to his obligations as a citizen and community worker.

     Mr. London was born in Clarke County, Ohio, February 8, 1857.  He grew up on a farm, had the advantages of district schools, and in 1874, when he was seventeen yours of age, became clerk in a drug store at Osceola.  He studied pharmacy, graduated after a period of training and in 1878 started a business of his own.  this he has operated for fifty-two years, and has kept his store at all times competent to the needs and demands of the times.  It is a popular business place, and in its appointments and service is one of the finest drug stores in Southern Iowa.

Mr. London has taken a quiet but effective interest in his community and served four years on the city council.  He is a member of the Masonic fraternity, belonging to the York rite bodies and Kaaba Temple of the Mystic Shrine at Davenport.  Mrs. London is a member of the Christian Church and of the P. E. O. Sisterhood, and has been a member of the leading clubs and other organizations of women in Osceola during the past fifty years.

     Mr. London married at Osceola in 1883 Miss Olive O, Balou,  daughter of Joseph M. and Mary (Chaney) Balou.  They have two children.  Their son, Joseph P., who is married and living in Colorado, enlisted at Kansas City, Missouri, in the Medical Corps for service in the World war and was overseas in France.  The daughter, Nellie Elizabeth, graduated from the School of Pharmacy of the Iowa State University, and is now the wife of Mr. M. E. Patterson, of Napa, California.   They have a son, John London Patterson. 


     MILO M. LOOMIS, physician and surgeon at Manilla, has been honored by his professional associates with the office of president of the Crawford County Medical Society, an honor that is indicative of his high standing and prestige in his work and vocation.

Doctor Loomis was born at Wyoming, Jones County, Iowa, February 20, 1874.  His father, Aaron M. Loomis, was a native of Ohio, who came to Iowa in 1856 and a few years later enlisted in the Twenty-fourth Iowa Infantry, rising to the rank of captain.  He was slightly wounded in the battle of Shiloh.  After the war Captain Loomis conducted a general mercantile store at Wyoming until his death in 1912, when seventy-eight years of age.  Captain Loomis married Alice Spitzer, a native of Ohio.  She passed away in 1923, at the age of seventy-six.  Captain Loomis by a former marriage had two children, one of whom is living, Mrs. C. S. Shepard, a widow at LaGrange, Illinois.  Finney Loomis, deceased, was formerly a railroad man.  One sister, Mrs. Mabel Kirkpatrick, is a widow living in LaGrange, Illinois.

      Milo M. Loomis was educated in the public schools of Wyoming, Iowa, attended Lenox College of Hopkinton, Iowa, and Oberlin College, at Oberlin, Ohio, and in 1897 took his degree in medicine at Rush Medical College in Chicago.  he practiced for eight years at Cascade, Iowa, and for ten years in Omaha, Nebraska.  He has been located at Manilla since 1915 and enjoys a fine reputation for reliability and conscientious devotion to the work of his profession.  He is a member of the Crawford County, Iowa State and American Medical Association, is a Republican, a Presbyterian, and is affiliated with the Masonic Lodge.  He has served on the Manilla School Board and at the present writing is president of the board.

Doctor Loomis is 1908, at Omaha, married Nina L. Wood, who was born at Watertown, New York.  Her father was Isaac Wood, also a native of New York.  Doctor and Mrs. Loomis' daughter, Alice, is a high school student.

      Mrs.. Loomis' mother was Elizabeth Luelling, who was born at Milwaukee, Oregon.  her father, Henderson W. Luelling, was a historic character of Iowa and of the far West.  From 1838 to 1847 he conducted a nursery at Salem in Henry County, Iowa, probably the first commercial nursery in the state.  He had read and heard a great deal about the Oregon country and became the pioneer nurseryman of the Pacific Coast.  In 1846, while travel was passing along the overland trail in a rising tide, but two years before the discovery of gold precipitated the tremendous rush to California, he began work in preparation for his enterprise.  he started with six wagons, in tow of which he built strong boxes, the bottoms covered a foot deep with earth mixed with pulverized charcoal, in which were set two-year old trees, supported and protected by lattice work.  In April, 1847, the journey started, and ended in November of the same year.  The site for this nursery stock was half a mile north of the present City of Milwaukee, Oregon, part of the City of Portland.  These were the first grafted fruit trees taken west of the Rocky Mountains.  They were known as the traveling nursery and started the cultivated fruit industry of the Pacific Coast.  There were seven or eight hundred trees, including cherry, apple, pear, peach and crabapple.  As late a s 1926 one of these blackheart cherry trees was still standing, and had been known to bear sixty bushels of cherries in one crop.  His first crop was 100 apples, which he took to San Francisco and sold to fruit hungry miners in 1849 at five dollars a piece.  Lueloing made a great name for himself in the nursery business.  The trees planted by him in 1856 are still standing.  As his wagons went across the plains Indians met them, but as they believed the Great Spirit existed in the trees of the forest, and seeing the man carrying trees across the plains, concluded he was a priest of the most high.  In 1927 Mr. George M. Himes, curator of the Oregon Historical Society, sent by a friend to E. R. Harlan, curator of the Historical and Art Department of Iowa, a cross section of a limb of a blackheart cherry tree, one of the original 800, this particular tree being at that time a vigorous and aged specimen still standing near Olympia, Washington.

      Henderson W. Luelling died in 1878 on his fruit farm near San Jose, California.  One of his children became the mother of Mrs. Milo M. Loomis, of Manilla, Iowa.  One of his nephews was Governor Luellingof Kansas.


     LAWRENCE P. LOVE.  The early spirit of personal independence that drove the men employed in the hard mining districts in Scotland to seek a broader and fuller life in the United States continues in a great degree to individualize the sons of Scotia.  Isolation, dependence upon their own resources, and the combativeness always developed by being the smaller numerically in great combinations of people have doubtless had much to do in giving to these people their personal characteristics.  Wherever they are found, in the army, in the professions, in business or in society, there is a spirit and a manner that tells us whence they came and who their fathers were.

     Lawrence P. Love, general manager of the Pershing Coal Company of Des Moines, was born January 22, 1874, at Braidwood, Will County, Illinois, and is a a son of Andrew and Marian (Piteaithley) Love, natives of Scotland, who immigrated to the United States in 1869 and settled in the mining regions of Pennsylvania.  The entire family had been mining men in Scotland, and Andrew Love found employment in the Pennsylvania coal fields, but in 1873 came to Illinois, and after a short time in Will County went to Grundy County, in the same state, where he became a mine manager.  Later he moved on to Wayne County, Iowa, where he was also a mine manager, and subsequently became the owner of a mine in Mahaska County, Iowa.  On July 18, 1928, Mr. and Mrs. Love, who had been married for more than sixty-one years, came to Des Moines, where they are now living in comfortable retirement.  They are members of the Latter Day Saints, and Mr. Love, who maintains independent views upon political questions, served in the Illinois Legislature on one occasion, having been elected on a Granger ticket.  mr. and Mrs. Love had eight children, of whom six are living, Lawrence P. being the fourth in order of birth.  The paternal grandfather of Lawrence P. Love was William Love, a native of Scotland, and superintendent of mines, who was murdered there while carrying a pay-roll.  The maternal grandfather, Lawrence Piteaithley, was born in Scotland, and, like his forebears, was a seaman.  He assisted in the laying of the first Atlantic cable.  Mr. Love's mother was one of twins, and was the recipient of a pound from the Queen Victoria, according to Her Majesty's custom upon such occasions.  Mrs. Love was born in Queen's Castle, at Edinburgh, Scotland, and her mother was a MacFarlane.  Mr. Love was born at Glasgow, Scotland, and they were married at Ardrie in their native country.

     Lawrence P. Love received his education in the public schools of Braidwood, Illinois, and Excelsior, Iowa, and in addition studied at night and took night school and correspondence school courses in mining and mine engineering, receiving a grade of 96-1/2.  He was first employed by the Excelsior Coal Company, a subsidiary of the Chicago, Milwaukee & Saint Paul Railway Company, and later became mine manager for the Hocking Coal Company in Monroe County, Iowa.  He then became superintendent of mines and a mine owner, being the owner of the Love-Carpenter Coal Company for eighteen months.  He next became secretary of the Iowa Coal Operators, and was a commissioner thereof for more than twelve years, finally accepting his present position as general manager of the Pershing Coal Company, with offices in the Insurance Exchange Building at Des Moines.  He is also a director of this company, whose mines, the largest in the state, are located in Marion County, and produce on an average of 1,200 tons of high-grade coal each day of eight hours.  Mr. Love is an attendant of the Methodist Episcopal Church.  He is a Scottish Rite Mason, and has belonged to the Independent Order of Odd Fellows for thirty years and to the Ancient Order of United Workmen for thirty-three years.  Like his father, he maintains an independent stand upon political matters, and on one occasion was nominated for the State Legislature, but refused the honor.

      In 1905 Mr. Love was united in marriage with Miss Anna Hall, who was born at Coal Valley, Illinois, of English parentage, and received her education in the public schools of Iowa.  To this union there have been born four children:  Iva, the wife of Cyril L. Kendree, assistant manager of the Phillips Oil Company of Des Moines; Victoria, the wife of Joseph Vandresser, of Prairie City, Iowa, general manager of the Dowden Potato Digger Company; Dorothy, the wife of Stanley Wells, of Boone, Iowa, with the General Foods Company; and Raymond, a law student at Drake University, who works part time for the Shell Oil Company.


     CHRISTIAN B. LUGINBUHL.  One of the most prominent members of the medical fraternity in Des Moines, Dr. Christian B. Luginbuhl is a recognized leader as a specialist in the practice of internal medicine.  Doctor Luginbuhl was born in Allen County, Ohio, in 1883, a son of Benjamin M. and Magadalena C. (Steiner) Luginbuhl, he born in Switzerland and she born in ohio.  The father died in 1922, but the mother is still living, residing on a farm in Allen County, Ohio, that he owned and operated.  Of the ten children born to them nine are still living, and Doctor Luginbuhl is the sixth in order of birth.  The parents were Mennonites in religious belief, and the father was a Democrat in politics.

     Doctor Luginbuhl was educated in the University of Chicago, from which he was graduated in 1912, with the degree of Bachelor of Science.  His medical training was taken in Rush Medical College, from which he was graduated in 1914, with the degree of Doctor of Medicine.  Following graduation he interned in the Presbyterian Hospital, Chicago, and he had the privilege of six months' of work under Dr. J. B. Murphy.  Doctor Luginbuhl was then attached to the American Embassy, and for six months served as inspector general of prison camps, after which for three months he did post work in Chicago.  At the close of that period of service he entered upon the practice of medicine at Des Moines with Doctor Fay, in August, 1917, and has built up a large connection in his chosen specialty. He belongs to the Polk County Medical Society, the Iowa State Medical Society, the American Medical Association, the International Post-Graduate Assembly of North America, the Des Moines Academy of Medicine, the Medical Library Club and the Des Moines Club, and he is on the staff of the Methodist Hospital.

     Doctor Luginbuhl is an authority on internal medicine, and has written several treatises on the subject - The Neglected Toxic Goiter, which he presented before the Seventy-seventh Annual Session, Iowa State Medical Society, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, in 1928 - Late Cardiac Manifestations of Toxic Goiter, read at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Study of Goiter, Dayton, Ohio, 1919.  He is also the author of a pamphlet entitled Differential Diagnosis in Upper Abdominal Pain, which was presented before the Upper Des Moines Medical Society, in 1928.

     Doctor Luginbuld was married in 1917 to Giula A. Hossfeld, a daughter of Frederick W. Hossfeld, formerly private secretary to Governor Larabee, but later consul to Austria, with headquarters at Trieste.  Mrs. Luginbuhl is finely educated and speaks four languages.  Doctor and Mrs. Luginbuhl have two children:  Christian B., Junior, and William Hossfeld.


     JUDGE ARTHUR C. LYON, judge of the Superior Court at Grinnell, is a native son of Iowa, and has won distinction in the field of the law, in public service and in business.

     He was born at Rockford, Iowa, November 16, 1874.  His father, Oelo Henry Lyon, was born at East Woodstock, Connecticut, January 20, 1835, an din early manhood came to Iowa, in 1856, and was one of the pioneers of Cedar Falls. He became prominent as a farmer and stock man, banker, and member of the Legislature.  He died June 18, 1904.  He was for four years in the Union army as a captain in the Third Iowa Battery of Light Artillery.  Captain Lyon married, in 1867, Miss Belle Alden, of Keene, New Hampshire, who died October 25, 1905.  Of their seven children five are living:  Mrs. Anna S. Patton, of Mason /city; Mrs. Jesse Brown Button, of Outlook, Saskatchewan, Canada; Arthur Chandler, of Grinnell; Mrs. Edna Belle Pooley, of Grinnell, and Mrs. Susie Elizabeth Long, of Mason City.

     Arthur Chandler Lyon attended public schools in Rockford, Floyd County, graduating from high school in 1890, and in the fall of the same year entered Grinnell College.  he has always been one of the most loyal of the alumni of Grinnell and since 1908 has served on the board of trustees.  He was graduated with the degree Bachelor of Philosophy at the end of his four year course in 1894, and won letters in baseball and football, and was elected a Phi Beta Kappa on his scholarship record.  After teaching a term in Floyd County he was for about a year connected with the J. Shepardson Bank of Marble Rick, for three years was principal of the Rockford High School, and for one year principal of the high school at Mason City.

    In 1900 he entered Harvard University School of Law, graduating LL. B. in 1903.  While in law school he also played football.  In 1904 he was admitted to the Iowa bar, and at first was associated with the law office of Clark & McLaughlin at Des Moines, but in 1905 opened an office of his own.  In February, 1906, he was appointed general attorney for the Spaulding Manufacturing Company of Grinnell, and served that corporation as general counsel until 1917.  In 1908 he was admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court.

     For a civilian Judge Lyon was interested with an unusual burden of responsibilities during the World war.  In 1918 he entered the American Red Cross service.  He was assigned as Red Cross director at Payne Feild, Mississippi, was then transferred to Camp Shelby at Hattiesburg, Mississippi, as field director, then to Camp McClellan at Anniston, Alabama, and from there was called to the Division Office at New Orleans, working in the military relief department.  In May, 1919, he was sent to Vladivostok, Siberia, as head of military relief, and served in that portion of the Far East a year and a half, his chief work being in getting the Czechoslovakian soldiers back home an din participation in child relief.

Judge Lyon returned home in July 1920, and resumed his connection with civic affairs as vice president of the Grinnell Washing Machine Company at Grinnell.  In 1925 he was elected Superior Court judge and has been on the bench for four years.  Judge Lyon is a Republican, is a member of the Congregational Church, is affiliated with the Masonic fraternity and B. P. O. Elks.

     He married Miss Alma Christian, February 4, 1914.  She was born at Grinnell, where their home is at 1430 Broad Street, while Judge Lyon's offices are in the Beyer Building.


     HON. CHARLES W. LYON, one of the ablest attorneys practicing at the bar of Polk County, and candidate of the regular Republican party for congressman from he Seventh Congressional District of Iowa in 1928, is a man in whom the people have implicit confidence, and one who had honorably won the high position  he occupies.  He was born on a farm in Van Buren County, Iowa, a son of Charles H. and Sarah (Tiffy) Lyon, both of whom were born in Van Buren County, he in 1840 and she in 1846.

     Charles H. Lyon was a farmer and dairyman upon an extensive scale.  When war was declared between the states he enlisted in Company A. First Iowa Cavalry, and served until peace was declared.  From the organization of the Republican party he took an interest in it, and his first vote was cast for Republican candidates, and he continued his support of his party's principles until his death.  Both he and his wife were active members of the Christian Church.  She, too, has passed away.  They had seven children, namely:  Ella, who married N. G. Richardson, a newspaper man of Andover, Ohio; Charles W., who is the second in order of birth; John D., who is a physician and surgeon of Minneapolis, Minnesota; Willard H., who is an attorney of Knoxville, Iowa; Paul T., who is a physician and surgeon of Chicago, Illinois; Mary who married Rupert O. Bard of Gordon, Nebraska, a merchant; and Ray B., who is an attorney of Paso Robles, California.

     Since he was tow years old Charles W. Lyon has resided in the Seventh Congressional District, and he was reared on the farm of his parents in Dallas County, whose rural schools he attended.  Later he was a student of the Dexter High School in the same county, and was graduated therefrom.  He continued his studies in Iowa State College, Ames, Iowa, and later still in the Iowa State Teachers College, Cedar Falls, Iowa.  At intervals between these courses he taught school, first in the rural districts of Dallas County and later was for four years superintendent of schools of Collins, Story County, and for seven years was superintendent of schools of Valley Junction, Polk County.  He then read law in the office of Attorney George W. Dyer, Nevada, Story County, and was graduated in law from Drake University.  In 1902 he was admitted to the bar of Iowa, and for four years was assistant attorney general of Iowa.  For ten years he was a member of the Iowa State Board of Law Examiners, and during 1920 and 1921 was head of the legal department of the City of Des Moines.  For four years he was a member of the Republican State Central Committee, and in 1924 was a delegate to the Republican National Convention held at Cleveland, Ohio.  Since 1898 he has been a resident of Polk County, and no man in its domain is better known and more universally respected than he.

     On June 4, 1928, Charles W. Lyon was a candidate in the primaries for congressman on the Republican ticket from the Seventh Congressional District, comprised of the following counties:  Dallas, Madison, Marion, Polk, Story and Warren.  He came before the people on the following platform:

  "Agriculture.  The prosperity and welfare of the nation as a whole is dependent upon the prosperity and welfare of our agricultural population.  The question of agriculture is therefore a fundamentally national one.  Iowa demands equality for agriculture.

"The McNary-Haugen Bill should be enacted into a law and made operative as soon as possible.  The situation demands the immediate enactment of a tariff sufficiently high to maintain the home market for agricultural products.  The price for agricultural products must be stabilized above the cost of production.

"Agriculture is demanding equal opportunity in the financial world, and to this end I would introduce and support in the Congress such measures as will bring about and insure this result.

"We are situated in the very heart of the great agricultural territory of the United States.  Farm values have been greatly deflated, the number of farm bankruptcies has multiplied, two-thirds of the bank failures since 1920 occurred in the twelve leading agricultural states - Iowa heading the list.

"I am anxious for the opportunity to help remedy this condition.  As your representative in Congress I could not and would not content myself to sit idly by but would exert every ounce of strength that God gives me to bring about a better condition.  Every farmer, every wage earner, every banker, every business and professional man and woman and every housewife is, I am sure, interested with me in bringing about a bettered situation.

"Foreign Relations:  I fully recognize the wisdom of and the practical necessity for an adequate system of national defense.  I would cooperate in all sound movements which would commit this nation to positive leadership in securing world peace.  In our relations with other nations, whether large or small, the policy of good will and friendly cooperation should prevail.  I favor arbitration between nations as a substitute for war and I look with disfavor on the spirit of competitive armament.

"Law Enforcement:  I am in favor of the enforcement of all laws including the Eighteenth Amendment.

"Labor:  I am in hearty accord with the efforts put forth by organized labor to improve the living and social conditions of the wage earner and his family, and I believe in and will seek to maintain the American standard of living for labor.

"Soldiers:  I believe it to be the patriotic duty of the Federal government to make ample provision for the proper care of the disabled soldiers who offered their lives in the Civil, Spanish-American and World wars.

"Conscription:  In case of war no discrimination should be made between men and wealth - if there is conscription of men there should be conscription of wealth.

"Deep Water Ways:  I heartily favor the proposals to establish and develop the Great Lakes-Saint Lawrence and Mississippi-Missouri water ways.

"Flood Protection: The Federal Government should take such action as will adequately protect life and property from destruction by floods along the great water ways of this country.

"Arid Lands:  Reclamation of arid lands and irrigation projects should be postponed until such time as agricultural conditions warrant such reclamation.

"Economy:  The burden of taxation has become so serious as to threaten business and personal interests.  Economy in government expenditures should be uppermost in the mind of every Congressman.  I pledge myself, as your representative in Congress, to do everything in my power to secure the ends of practical economy.

"I recognize public office as a public trust, and conceive the office of representative in the Congress of the United States as affording enlarged opportunities for public service; and as your representative in Congress my policy would be to initiate and actively promote legislation looking to the welfare of all the people, and, further, when such legislation is enacted, to use every legitimate means to secure its administration."


      On August 14, 1901, Mr. Lyon married Miss Grace Minnis, of Minburn, Dallas County, a daughter of Charles and Margaret (Woods) Minnis, both born in the North of Ireland, and came to the United States in young manhood and womanhood.  The farm on which they settled in Dallas County, Iowa, is still in the family.  Later he became a merchant at Minburn.  Mrs. Lyon was educated at Minburn and in the State Teachers College, Cedar Falls, and prior to her marriage she was a teacher in the public schools of Oak Park, Illinois.  Two children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Lyon, namely:  Homer M. who was born October 4, 1902, was graduated from West High School, Des Moines, Iowa, and from Drake University with the degrees of Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws and member of Signa Alpha Epsilon and professor of law in the law school of the University of Saint Louis, Missouri, having the distinction of being the youngest man to hold such a position in the United States, and he was admitted to the bar in June, 1926; and Howard W., who is a graduate of Roosevelt High School and Drake University, Des Moines, and during his senior year in each of these institutions he was president of the Student Council and of the Young Men's Christian Association.  He is now engaged in the mercantile business with Younker Brothers, Des Moines, Iowa.  The Lyon family all belong to the Methodist Episcopal Church, of which Mr. Lyon is a steward, and for seventeen years he has been a teacher of an adult Bible class in the Sunday School.  High in Masonry, he is a member of the Scottish and York Rites, and he also belongs to the Mystic Shrine, the Elks, the Modern Woodmen of American, Knights of Pythias, Sons of Veterans, Golf and Country Club, and is active in all of these organizations.

    VERNON W. LYNCH was born on an Iowa farm and had the benefit of training in one of the foremost universities of America, since which time he has practiced law with a record of successful achievements. He is a member of the Des Moines bar, with offices in the Iowa National Bank Building.
    He was born at Laurens, Pocahontas County, Iowa, February 22, 1899, son of J.J. and Nora V. (Ryan) Lynch, both of whom were born at Winterset, Iowa, where their parents were pioneer settlers. His grandfather was J.J. Lynch, a native of County Cork, Ireland, who settled in an early day in the vicinity of Winterset, Iowa, living in a log cabin and acquiring a large tract of land in Madison County. The maternal grandfather, John Ryan, was born in County Tipperary, Ireland, and was likewise one of the men who helped develop the country in the vicinity of Winterset. Mr. Lynch's father is now a resident of Des Moines, but his mother passed away March 12, 1923. His father was for thirty-five years engaged in the real estate business at Laurens, and is now looking after an insurance business. He is a Republican in politics and is a member of the Catholic Church. In the family were four children: Dr. J.J. Lynch, a surgeon in Boston; A.R. Lynch, formerly a well known ball player; Vernon W.; and Cecelia V., formerly secretary to Senator Baird.
    Vernon W. Lynch was educated in public schools at Laurens, and followed his advantages there by attending Saint Viator's Preparatory School at Burbonnais, Illinois. He then entered the Catholic University of America at Washington, graduating from the law school in 1919 and at the same time carried on literary studies. Mr. Lynch remained at Washington for sometime after graduating, and in 1921 located at Des Moines where he opened a law office and has enjoyed a steadily growing clientage.
    Mr. Lynch, who is unmarried, is a member of Saint Augustines Catholic Church, the Knights of Columbus and B.P.O.Elks. During the World war he was in training at Camp Lee, Virginia.


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