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Iowa Official Registers

1927 -1928

Iowa State Representatives


John F. Kline
Representative from Davis county, was born in Wapello county, March 15, 1873. He attended the country schools and the southern Iowa Normal at Bloomfield and Highland Park college at Des Moines. He taught in the country schools in Wapello and Davis counties and spent the summer seasons farming. He located in Davis county in the spring of 1896. He was married to Miss Susie Darnielle of Fabius township, Davis county, on September 4, 1901, and soon afterward moved to Bloomfield, where he has since made his home except for a portion of the year 1910, when he lived at Newton, Iowa, and was owner and publisher of the Newton Herald. During the years he has resided in Bloomfield he has been actively engaged in the merchandising of fuel, flour, feed and groceries. He is a member of the Christian church and has been on the official board of the church for more than twenty years. He is a democrat, has served as county chairman of that party several years and also takes an interest in the affairs of the party of the district and state.

Irving H. Knudson
Representative from Hamilton county, was born April 27, 1896, at Jewell, Iowa. Received his education in the Jewell public schools, the Jewell Lutheran college, and the State University of Iowa. In February, 1919, he enlisted as a private in the World War, and was discharged in April, 1919, as sergeant first class. Upon leaving the service, he took a position with the State Bank at Jewell, and at the same time became a partner with his father, Gilbert Knudson, in the general and live-stock auction business. In the fall of 1921, he was married to Miss Leafy Bergum of Westby, Wisconsin. They have one son, Irving Howard, born October, 1922. He is a member of the Lutheran church; was president of the Jewell community club for two terms; is also a member of the Hawkeye Post No. 550 of the American Legion. Returning from the forty-first general assembly, he moved to Ellsworth, Iowa, where he took a position as vice president of the State Bank of Ellsworth. During the same year he was elected president of the Hamilton county bankers association and elected a director in the State Bank of Jewell, Jewell, Iowa. He was elected state representative in 1924 and reelected in 1926. A republican in politics.

Clarence A. Knutson
Representative from Cerro Gordo county, born in Clear Lake, Iowa, June 16, 1885. Has resided in Cerro Gordo county all his life. Educated in the public schools of Clear Lake and the Memorial university at Mason City. Has been engaged in the hardware business in Clear Lake twenty years. On June 2, 1908, was united in marriage with Miss Hazel Irene Wood of Mason City, Iowa. Elected in 1918 mayor of Clear Lake and served two terms. Past master Masonic lodge, past president of the Rotary club, past chancellor commandery of Knights of Pythias, past president of the Iowa Retail Hardware Association, member of the consistory, Knights Templar and shrine (Az-Ga-Zig). Republican in politics.

Theodore Krouse
Representative from Wayne county, born in Allerton, Iowa, June 6, 1881. Has resided near Allerton all his life. Educated in the public school of Corydon, Iowa. Engaged in farming. Was married in 1904 to Hallie Logan of Allerton. They have five children, three girls, Garnet, Frances and Jessie, and two boys, Theodore and Burl. Has been active in community affairs, having been county and township president of the farm bureau. He is a Mason. A democrat in politics. Elected representative in 1926.

E.P. Laughlin
Representative from Fremont county, was born May 10, 1881, on the farm he now owns where his father first broke the prairie. Completed Imogene public school and the Christian Brothers college in St. Joseph, Missouri. Taught school in Fremont county in 1900, 1901 and 1902. Was married April 20, 1909, to Theresa O'Brien. They have three children, Matthew, Lucille and Louis. Farmer and stock raiser. Started raising pure bred polled Shorthorn cattle in 1908 and has improved and enlarged the herd. In politics a democrat.

E.M. Lichty
Representative from Black Hawk county, was born in Orange township, Black Hawk county, Iowa, February 2, 1867. When he was six months old his parents moved on the farm where he has lived continuously ever since, and which he now owns. He received his education in the rural schools and business college at Waterloo; married in 1889 to Emma Miller of Summerset county, Pennsylvania. To this union were born seven children, one of whom died in infancy. He has made farming his life work, always raising and feeding a large number of hogs, besides dairying and cattle feeding. After being elected to the fortieth general assembly he resigned as president of the consolidated school board, secretary and treasurer of the telephone company (which office he held for twenty years), township trustee, and chairman of township farm bureau. The three sons and son-in-law are working the several farms consisting of 680 acres on a fifty-fifty basis. In May, 1921, his wife died and in December, 1922, he married Clara Miller of Waterloo, Iowa. Served in the fortieth, fortieth extra, forty-first and forty-second general assemblies. A republican in politics.

Fred C. Lovrien
Representative from Humboldt county, was born on a farm in Humboldt county, July 26, 1875. He graduated from the law department of the State University of Iowa and began his practice of law at Humboldt in June, 1897, in which work he has since continued, being a member of the firm of Lovrien & Lovrien. Interested in farms and is a firm believer in the ultimate success of the corn belt farmers. Married Jennie Bell French, November 30, 1901. They have seven children, Esther Bell, Freda, Gladys, Russell, Alice, Carroll Hope and Arthur. They lost one son, Kenneth. Member of the Baptist church. A republican in politics.

Marion R. McCaulley
Representative from Calhoun county, was born in Calhoun county, June 4, 1894, son of F.M. and Margaret Barr McCaulley. Attended and graduated from the rural schools and city schools of Lake City, Iowa. Attended Waterloo Business college, State University of Iowa, State University of Kentucky, and graduated LL.B. in 1915. In law partnership with Honorable John W. Jacobs, Lake City, since graduation. Married in 1915 to Blanche Hinton, Lake City, Iowa. Have one child, Marion R., Jr. Enlisted in regular army, World War; later commissioned as second lieutenant; holds rank of captain of infantry. Member of Masonic orders, including Shrine; Alpha Delta Sigma and Delta Chi fraternities. member American Legion; member school board, independent school district, Lake City. Baptist in religion. County attorney of Calhoun county two terms. Elected representative in 1924. Reelected in 1926. Republican in politics.

Azel H. McIlrath
Representative from Poweshiek county, born near Hartwick, Iowa, March 3, 1897, son of J.L. and Lizzie A. McIlrath. Graduated from Grinnell high school in 1913, and from Iowa state college in 1919. Voluntarily enlisted in army, May 11, 1913. Appointed sergeant, then first sergeant, and was discharged and commissioned lieutenant in field artillery reserve, November 26, 1918. Engaged in auctioneering beginning 1917. Made trip to France in 1919 in charge of shipment of 750 dairy cattle for French government. Associated several years in horse breeding business and in management of cooperative elevator. Married to Gay M. Huston of Grinnell, January 12, 1920. They have two children, Mildred and Paul. Following the deflation he supplemented his sale work becoming editor of the Brooklyn Chronicle, president commercial club and commander American Legion post. Member Congregational church, Masonic and Knights of Pythias lodges, officers' reserve corps, farm bureau, and Gamma Sigma Delta honorary agricultural fraternity. Elected on republican ticket in 1926, succeeding his father.

J.E. McIntosh
Representative from Muscatine county, was born on a farm in Goshen township, Muscatine county, Atalissa, Iowa, October 15, 1868, where he lived until he reached the age of seventeen, attending the country school and Atalissa school. He graduated from the law department of the State University of Iowa in 1892, and is now practicing law in West Liberty of which town he was mayor for twelve years. Has been president of the Citizens Savings Bank continuously since its beginning in 1908 to the present time. He attends the Presbyterian church, is a thirty-second degree Mason, Odd Fellow, Knight of Pythias and Modern Woodman. Republican in politics.

J.E. McMillan
Representative from Benton county, was born in Benton county, Iowa, November 16, 1860. Educated in common schools. He married Nora I. Pitts, November 2, 1882, and has five children, Leslie, Lawrence, Nancy, Glen and Wilhelmina. Has taken an active part in county and community affairs for many years. Was member of board of directors of Benton county, chairman of the farm bureau most of the time since organized and for two years has served as vice president. Has been one of the leading members of the Prairie Creek Church of Christ for a good many years and is at present chairman of the board. A republican.


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