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Delaware County, Iowa

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Asa O. Stanger

Superintendent of Schools

Union Township



      The subject of this sketch was born in Union township, Delaware county, February 28, 1859, the son of Christopher and Margaret Stanger. He received his early education in the common schools of the county and later became a student at Lenox College, in Hopkinton. On the completion of his course he engaged in teaching, following the profession of an educator for twenty seven years.

       In 1887 Mr. Stanger was elected county superintendent of schools, which position he held for four terms, which is the longest term of service in that office in the history of the county. In 1895 he resigned in order to accept the superintendency of the public schools at Falmouth, Massachusetts. This position he held for twelve years, returning to Manchester in 1907, where he has since made his home. Mr. Stanger studied law but has never engaged in active practice. He has real-estate interests in several states, to which he devotes much of his time.

     On December 24, 1892, Mr. Stanger was married to Miss Carrie Amsden, a daughter of the Rev. Benjamin M. and Reliance (Avery) Amsden. She was at that time a teacher in the Manchester schools. They are the parents of one child, a daughter, Margaret A., who was born in Falmouth, Massachusetts, and who is at present a student at Grinnell College.

     In politics Mr. Stanger is a republican and takes a commendable interest in public affairs. He served as secretary of the Manchester public library board for five years, Mrs. Stanger being secretary of that board at the present time. He is a member of the Congregational church and fraternally belongs to the Masonic order and to the Knights of Pythias. He is highly respected, is widely known throughout Delaware county, and all who know him give him that respect that nothing but genuine merit can command.



~ source: History of Delaware County, Iowa and its People, Illustrated, Volume II. The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1914, Chicago. Page 209-210. Call Number 977.7385 H2m; LDS microfilm #934937.

~transcribed and contributed by Constance Diamond for Delaware County IAGenWeb


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