Posted By: S. Ferrall (email)
Date: 11/2/2004 at 07:18:57
Iowa Industrial Commissioner, administering workmen's compensation service. Born in Adams county, Illinois, January 12, 1854. Son of Solomon Funk, of Pennsylvania, German origin, and of Jane Walby Funk, born in the ciry of London, England. Came to Hamilton county in 1865. Identified with the Spirit Lake Beacon for thirty-five years. Established the Enterprise at Flandreau, Dakota, in 1878. In 1879 elected first mayor of Flandreau, and returning to Spirit Lake, was in the same year chosen as its first mayor. Postmaster at Spirit Lake, 1882-85. Delegate to republican national convention in 1884. State senator 1888-1900. For three sessions president pro tem and chairman of ranking committee. Eleventh district member resolutions committee in ten republican state conventions. President capitol improvement commission by apoointment of Governor Cummins. For six years vice president of state board of education under two appointments by Governor Carroll. Resigned to accept present position upon resignation of Hon. Warren Garst January 1, 1916, by appointment of Governor Clarke. Reappointed 1919 by Governor Harding for term of six years.
-source: Official Register, State of Iowa 1921-1922, Twenty-Ninth Number, Biographies of State Officers, pg. 305
-transcribed by Sharyl Ferrall (not related to subject)
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