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COREY, Arthur Robert (ca. 1916)


Posted By: Jennifer Gunderson (email)
Date: 3/22/2021 at 22:53:44


Arthur Robert Corey, of Des Moines, is filling the office of secretary of the department of agriculture, having remained in the position since February, 1911. He was born in Sextonville, Wisconsin, July 25, 1881, his parents being Myron B. and Agnes (Thompson) Corey, the former a native of New York and the latter of Scotland. They became residents of Wesley, Iowa, in 1882, and there in the public schools Arthur R. Corey pursued his education until he became a student in Toland's Business College at Mason City, Iowa, from which he was graduated in 1901. Almost continuously since he has occupied official positions of public trust. Following his graduation from the business college he went to Des Moines and entered the office of the labor commissioner as statistician so serving for three years. He next became assistant secretary of the department of agriculture, and continued in that capacity for three years, during which time he gained intimate knowledge of the duties of the office and the demands made upon one occupying the position. He was thus well qualified for advancement when in February, 1911, he was elected secretary of the department of agriculture. Each year since that time he has been reelected and is making a most commendable record in office.

On the 24th of September, 1912, at Wesley, Iowa, Mr. Corey was united in marriage to Miss Agnes Cecelia Kunz, a daughter of Edward Kunz. They have one son, Arthur Woodrow, whose birth occurred on the 11th of February, 1914.

Mr. Corey belongs to the Masonic fraternity and has advanced through the degrees of the Scottish Rite until he has become a Consistory Mason. He is also connected with the Knights of Pythias and he belongs to the Grandview Golf and Tennis Club. Along lines which take cognizance of the needs, opportunities and possibilities of the city he is also active, holding membership in the Chamber of Commerce and the East Des Moines Commercial League. His political views coincide with the principles of the republican party, which he has supported since age conferred upon him the right of franchise, and his record in office establishes not only his efficiency but his popularity.

Source: Brigham, Johnson. Iowa : its history and its foremost citizens. Chicago : S.J. Clarke Pub. Co., 1916. Transcribed by Jennifer Gunderson (Mar 2021).

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