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DEYOE, Albert M. (ca. 1916)


Posted By: Jennifer Gunderson (email)
Date: 3/22/2021 at 22:50:42


Albert M. Deyoe, superintendent of public instruction of Iowa, was born in Dodgeville, Iowa county, Wisconsin, November 15, 1862. His father, Stephen M. Deyoe, a native of New York, followed the occupation of farming as a life work and in 1870 settled on a farm near Mason City, Iowa. He wedded Mary Ann Watkins, who was born in Worcester, England, and when seven years of age was brought to America. They are now residents of Mason City, Iowa.

Albert M. Deyoe attended rural schools in Wisconsin and Iowa and was graduated from the Mason City high school with the class of 1881. He afterward attended the State University, in which he completed a course in 1887, winning the Bachelor of Science degree, while in 1890 the Master of Arts degree was conferred upon him. He took up the profession of teaching and was engaged in educational work in Hancock county, Iowa, for twenty-two years. He spent four years at Garner as superintendent of schools, nine years at Britt and for nine years was county superintendent, retiring from that position December 31, 1910. The following day he assumed the duties of superintendent of public instruction for Iowa and has now occupied the position continuously since January 1, 1911. He has had no business interests of importance outside of the educational field but has invested his savings in farm lands and bank stock.

In Des Moines Professor Deyoe was married to Miss Harriet Raw, a daughter of S. B. and Leah Raw. For many years she was a teacher, being for some time connected in that way with the public schools of Duluth, Minnesota. Their children are Alan Maurice and Dorothy, both at home. Mr. Deyoe was a member of the Congregational church of Iowa City, Mason City, Garner and Britt and now has membership in the Cottage Grove Avenue Presbyterian church of Des Moines. His political allegiance has always been given to the republican party. He was formerly identified with the Knights of Pythias and the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and in the former was chancellor commander but is not affiliated with any lodge at the present time. In his chosen profession he has made steady progress and is today regarded as one of the most able educators of the middle west, prominent in the field to which he has directed his efforts, his labors proving of benefit and value as a factor in the development and advancement of educational standards in the state.

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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