Buena Vista County, IA
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Extracted from:  Wegerslev, C. H. and Thomas Walpole. 
 Past and Present of Buena Vista County, Iowa
Chicago:  S. J. Clarke Publishing Co., 1909, p. 302-03.

Transcribed by Paul Nagy

Biography of  Albert C. Fuller, Jr.

The educational interests of Storm Lake are well represented by Professor Albert C. Fuller, Jr., now city superintendent of schools.  One of Iowa's native sons, he was born May 16, 1877.  His father, Albert C. Fuller, Sr., whose birth occurred in Oneida county, New York, is of Holland ancestry and is a college-bred man.  Removing from New York to the middle west about 1865, he first settled in Rockford, Illinois, where he worked for a time at the painter's trade.  About 1868 he removed to Buchanan county, Iowa, where he engaged in farming for a brief period and then went to Wright county, Iowa, where he took up a homestead claim.  This he improved and cultivated and when he had acquired a handsome competence he retired to private life in 1896, now enjoying a well earned rest in a pleasant home at Dows, Iowa.  He has attained the age of sixty years.  In his political views he is independent but formerly was allied with the democratic forces.  In his fraternal relations he is an Odd Follow and is a member of the Presbyterian church—associations which indicate much of the character of his interests and the rules which have governed his conduct.  He married Florence A. McCluer, who was born in Cattaraugus county, New York, and is now fifty-six years of age.  She is of Scotch extraction, her parents, Mr. and Mrs. James McCluer, having come from the land of hills and heather.  Mrs. Fuller is also of Presbyterian faith and like her husband shares in the high regard of all with whom they have been brought in contact.  Their family numbers four sons.  Merton L. is connected with the United States weather bureau at Canton, New York.  He is now the professor of meteorology in St. Lawrence University, New York, and for a time held a chair in Buena Vista College at Storm Lake.  James E. is principal of shorthand and typewriting in the Goldey Business College at Wilmington, Delaware.  Albert C. is the third of the family.  Roy E. is secretary of the Young People's Forward Movement Association of New York City, in which connection he does both office and lecture work.


Professor Albert C. Fuller attended the district schools and later became a student in the State Normal at Cedar Falls, where he was graduated in 1899 with the degree of Master of Didactics.  He has since been connected with educational work and is a prominent representative of the public school interests of the state.  In the fall of 1899 he accepted the principalship [sic] of the high school at Manning, Iowa, and a year later was made superintendent of the schools there, continuing in that capacity for three years.  He had the superintendency of the city schools at Sidney for one year and since 1904 has been superintendent of the Storm Lake schools.  In the meantime he has pursued his own education during stammer sessions in the Iowa State University and likewise pursued a course in the Armour Institute of Technology in Chicago, and also at Chicago University.


In 1901 occurred the marriage of Albert C. Fuller and Miss Olive Whitmore, who was born in Jefferson county, Iowa, December 18, 1876, and is a daughter of George and Margaret Whitmore, the former a farmer.  Three children have been born of this union, Alberta, Ruth and Robert.  The parents are members of the Presbyterian church and Professor Fuller is a Mason.  He is interested in all that pertains to intellectual development and progress and has become a member of the Iowa Historical Society, the North Central Teachers Association, the Science & Mathematics Teachers Association, the Iowa Manual Training Teachers Association, the State Teachers and Northwestern Iowa Teachers Associations.