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