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Iowa Official Registers

1933 - 1934

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Transcribed by Debbie Clough Gerischer

CLYDE L. HERRING, DES MOINES, - Governor, was born on a farm near Jackson, Michigan, May 3, 1879, and was educated in the public schools.  Married Emma Pearl Spinney of Mobile, Alabama, September 7, 1901.  They have three sons.  Was a rancher in Colorado.  In 1908 moved to farm near Massena, Iowa, and in 1910 became automobile dealer in Atlantic.  In 1912 moved to Des Moines, still continuing automobile business.  He was the democratic candidate for Governor in 1920, and for United States Senator in 1922.  Democratic national committeeman for Iowa from 1924 to 1928.  Elected Governor of Iowa, November, 1932.  Spanish war veteran.  A democrat.

NELSON G. KRASCHEL, HARLAN - Lieutenant Governor, was born on a farm near Macon, Illinois, October 27, 1889.  His entire boyhood life was spent on that farm, which was known for miles around for its pure bred live stock.  In 1910, at the age of 21, he came to Harlan, Iowa, where he engaged in the profession of live stock auctioneering.  He was married April 2, 1913, to Agnes Johnson of Harlan, Iowa, and has three sons, Frederick 18, Dick 13, and James 9.  Some of the most notable live stock auctions ever held in the United States and Canada have been under his management and direction.  He has conducted sales in twenty-six states of the Union and two provinces of Canada, selling more than fifty million dollars worth of agricultural property.  Several animals have passed under his hammer at more than ten thousand dollars each.  Throughout his life, he has been an ardent admirer of good live stock, and on his farms has bred some of the best cattle produced in the State.  In 1922, he was a candidate for State senator from the Cass-Shelby district, and in that campaign he spent much time in the support of Clyde L. Herring in his campaign for United States Senator against Smith W. Brookhart.  He was a candidate for the nomination for United States Senator on the democratic ticket in 1922, being defeated in the primary by Louis Murphy for the nomination.  He was nominated for the office of Lieutenant Governor at the democratic state convention July 22, 1932, to fill a vacancy and was elected at the general election in November.  A democrat.

MRS. ALEX MILLER (OLA BABCOCK), WASHINGTON. - Secretary of State, was born in Washington county, Iowa; daughter of Nathan L. and Ophelia Smith Babcock, the former a native New Yorker, the latter born in Illinois; wife of Alex Miller, editor of Washington Democrat, newspaper correspondent, lecturer, and democratic candidate for governor of Iowa in 1926; mother of three children; the son, Joseph, died in infancy; Ophelia (Mrs. George Gallup), lives in New Rochelle, New York; Barbara (Mrs. Edward Benson), in New York City.  She was elected in public schools, Washington Academy, and Iowa Wesleyan College; taught in public schools before marriage; active in civic and club work, and the suffrage movement.  Was Iowa president, and national president, of the P. E. O. Sisterhood; member of the Methodist church, Daughters of the American Revolution, Daughters of Union Veterans, Business and Professional Women's Club.  Elected secretary of state in 1932.  A democrat.

CHARLES W. STORMS, FORT MADISON. - Auditor of State, was born in Fort Madison, Lee county, Iowa, October 12, 1870.  Educated in the public schools and business college.  Married and had five children.  Business man and lumber broker.  Served twelve years as member of the Ft. Madison city council; two terms as  county chairman and twelve years on the democratic state committee.  Was a member of the war board during the world war in charge of distribution of fuel.  Elected auditor of state in 1932.  A democrat.

LEO J. WEGMAN, CARROLL. - Treasurer of State, was born at Maries, Missouri, May 17, 1875, and educated in the rural schools with collegiate course at Columbus, Ohio.  Entered railway service at an early age, holding various posts as telegraph operator or station agent with the C. M. & St. P. railway, Iowa Central and C. R. I. & P. railway.  Entered banking business, first in a bank at Madill and also at Tishomingo, Indian Territory.  Then moved to Iowa and for some five years was cashier of the Peoples Savings Bank at St. Benedict, Kossuth county, then spent three years in Omaha, returning to Halbur, Iowa, after purchasing the Farmers Savings Bank of that place.  Located in Carroll in 1914, residing there until elected Treasurer of State, November, 1932.  Democratic chairman of Carroll county for fourteen years.  A democrat.

RAY MURRAY, BUFFALO CENTER. - Secretary of Agriculture, was born on a farm in Iroquois county, near Cissna Park, Illinois, on April 27, 1892.  He moved with his parents to a farm near Buffalo Center, Winnebago county, Iowa, in 1895, and was educated in the local schools, graduating from Buffalo Center high school in 1909.  Married January 9th, 1918, to Miss Viola Wise.  Entered U. S. army as a private in battery "F," 337th field artillery.  Served with A. E. F., in 1918 and 1919.  Organized the legion post in his home town and has served as post, county, district and state vice-commander of that organization.  Member of the State Historical Society.  Father of two children, Jack and Marjorie.  A Methodist.  Elected secretary of agriculture, November, 1932.  A democrat.

EDWARD L. O'CONNOR, IOWA CITY. - Attorney General, was born in Johnson county, Iowa, Feb. 1, 1891; educated in a country school, Lone Tree high school, and State University of Iowa, receiving the following degrees:  B.A., L..B., J.D.   Admitted to practice of law in 1920; practicing attorney in Iowa City from 1920 to 1933; county attorney of Johnson county 1923-1927; president of Johnson county bar association 1932; served in the national army during World War from May 14, 1917, to Feb. 9, 1919, as first lieutenant in field artillery; married Nov. 7, 1917, to Miss Florence Freeman of Iowa City; has four children, Edward, Jr., Martin, Katherine, and Marian.  Elected attorney general in 1932.  A democrat.

AGNES SAMUELSON, SHENANDOAH. - Superintendent of Public Instruction, was born in Page county, Iowa.  Graduate Shenandoah high school, Western Normal college, and State University of Iowa.  Phi Beta Kappa.  Experience as rural teacher,  high school principal, town superintendent, county superintendent, and member of faculty of Iowa State Teachers college.  Professional membership in National Council of Education, National Council of Women in Administration.  National Council of State Superintendents and Commissioners of Education, and National Society for the Study of Education.  A republican.

WILLIAM D. EVANS, HAMPTON. - Judge of the Supreme Court, was born in Marquette county, Wisconsin, 1852.  In 1858 he came with his parents to Williamsburg, Iowa.  Here he attended the public schools.  In 1873 he entered the state university.  While a student at the university he taught school and was an instructor in a number of teachers' institutes during vacation.  He graduated from the liberal arts course of the university in 1878 and the following year took the law course fro which he graduated in 1879.  Following his admittance to the bar in 1879, he located at Hampton.  In 1902 he was elected judge of the district court for the eleventh judicial district.  During the year 1907-8 he was law lecturer at the state university.  In September, 1908, he was nominated for judge of the supreme court by the republican state convention to fill the vacancy occasioned by the death of Charles A. Bishop.  He was elected at the general election and by reason of statute served as chief justice of the supreme court in 1909,  1916, 1921, and 1927.  Was re-elected in 1910, in 1916, in 1922 and again in 1928.  Grinnell college conferred the degree of L.L.D. upon him in 1916.  A republican.

TURMAN S. STEVENS, HAMBURT. - Judge of the Supreme Court, was born in Tama county, Iowa, in 1868.  Attended the public schools, the Guthrie county high school; graduated from the law department of the state university and in 1892 located at Hamburg, Fremont county, where he still resides.  Was appointed judge of the fifteenth judicial district February 1, 1917, and to the supreme court May, 1917.  Was elected to said office in 1918 and re-elected in 1922 and 1928.  Has held no other public office except that of county attorney of Fremont county for one term.  Was married in 1893 to Miss Cora Patterson.  They had one daughter  born to them, Velma, who died December 14, 1910, at the age of thirteen.  A republican.

ELMA G. ALBERT, JEFFERSON. - Judge of the Supreme Court, was born June 5, 1866, near Gettysburg, Pennsylvania; came to Iowa in 1870.  Graduated from the law department of Drake University in June, 1891, and entered upon the practice of law.  County attorney of Greene county, Iowa, for six years commencing January 1, 1900.  District judge of the 16th judicial district from January 1, 1915, until elected to supreme bench in November, 1924.  Re-elected in 1913.  A republican.

JOHN W. KINTZINGER, DUBUQUE. - Judge of the Supreme Court, was born in the city and county of Dubuque, Iowa, August 12, 1870.  Graduated from the public grade and high schools in the city of Dubuque.  Attended the State University of Iowa and graduated from its law department in June, 1897, with the degree of L.L.B., and immediately entered the practice of law in Dubuque.  Was a member of the city council of Dubuque in 1900 and 1901 and was elected city attorney in 1904 and served several years.  Was elected judge of the district court of the 19th judicial district, and served in that capacity for 12 years from 1911.  Was a delegate to the national democratic convention at Baltimore in 1912.  Was chairman of the legal advisory board of the war department for Dubuque county during the world war.  Married in July, 1893, to Fannie E. Webb of Fayette county, Iowa, and had three children, Helen J., John W., Jr., and Robert H.  Elected to the supreme court in November, 1932.  A democrat.

JAMES W. KINDIG, SIOUX CITY. - Judge of the Supreme Court, was born at Welton, Clinton county, Iowa, December 3, 1879.  He moved to Woodbury county with his parents in March, 1887, and there attended the public schools.  In 1902 he graduated from the Morningside academy and received the degree of A. B. from Morningside college in 1906, and degree of L.L.D. from Morningside college in 1930.  After graduation from the law school, he entered the practice of law at Sioux City, Iowa, in June, 1907.  From July 1, 1915, until August 1, 1917, he was assistant county attorney of Woodbury county and advisor to the board of supervisors.  Subsequently he was assistant attorney general of Iowa during the years 1917 and 1918, and then again entered the general practice of law in Sioux City.  On April 19, 1927, he was appointed justice of the supreme court of Iowa, and in November, 1928, he was elected for a six-year term.  He married Gertrude Crossan September 2, 1908, and has two children, Burdette and Lowell.  A republican.

GEORGE CLAUSSEN, CLINTON. -Judge of Supreme Court, was born in Clinton county, Iowa, on August 6, 1882.  Attended Clinton public schools, and college of law of State University of Iowa one and one-half years.  Admitted to Iowa bar in 1909.  Was county attorney of Clinton county from January 1, 1915, to April 1, 1918, when he was elected the first judge of the Clinton municipal court.  Resigned as judge to return to the practice of law.  Married Luella Fahr of Clinton, in 1920, and has one son, Robert G.  Was appointed to Supreme Court on October 19, 1932, by Governor Dan W. Turner, to fill vacancy occasioned by death of Hon. Edgar A. Morling.  A republican.

JOHN W. ANDERSON, SIOUX CITY. - Judge of the Supreme Court, was born on a farm in Buchanan county, Iowa, July 21, 1871, of Scotch and English parentage.  Attended public schools and the Upper Iowa University, and was admitted to the bar of Iowa, May 11, 1893.  Has two children; Mrs. Marjora B. Schneider of Des Moines and Mrs. Elma I. Balls of Sioux City.  Mr. Anderson practiced law in Woodbury and Monona counties, Iowa, since his admission to the bar.  He was elected and served as county attorney of Monona county 1908-1912.  He was elected judge of the fourth judicial district in 1914, re-elected without opposition in 1918, and resigned such office in 1920, and resumed the practice of law in Sioux City, and so continued until January 1, 1933.  He is a past presiding officer of many fraternal organizations and has been active in the work of the various Masonic bodies and in the B. P. O. Elks.  Elected justice of the supreme court in 1932.  A democrat.

MAURICE FRANCIS DONEGAN, DAVENPORT. - Judge of the Supreme Court, was born on a farm near Welton, Clinton county, Iowa.  He attended the local district school and DeWitt high school.  He later attended Creighton college, Omaha, Nebr., from which he received the degree A.B., and also Georgetown university, Washington, D. C., from which he received the degree A.M.  He began the study of law at Georgetown University and continued it at the State University of Iowa, where he received the degree L.L. B., in 1901.  He began the practice of law in Davenport, Iowa, the same year, and from 1903 to 1908 was associated with E. M Sharon in the firm of Sharon & Donegan.  From 1908 to 1912 he was city attorney of Davenport, and from 1912 to 1921 he was judge of the district court, from which office he resigned and entered private practice.  In 1932 he was elected associate justice of the supreme court of Iowa.  A democrat.

RICHARD F. MITCHELL, FORT DODGE. - Judge of the Supreme Court, was born at Fort Dodge, Webster county, Iowa, on October 11, 1889, the son of Peter M. and Sarah F. Mitchell.  He attended the German Lutheran school at Fort Dodge, and then graduated from the Fort Dodge high school.  He received a B.A. degree in 1912, and an L.L. B. degree in 1913 from the State University of Iowa, and was admitted to practice law in the state of Iowa in 1913.  Started practicing at Fort Dodge, Iowa, and for ten years practiced in the firm of Kelleher & Mitchell.  He was a candidate for Congress from the tenth congressional district, and was defeated by Congressman Dickinson, now Senator Dickinson.  In 1928, elected state chairman of the democratic state central committee, and in 1930 was elected democratic national committeeman for Iowa, and was re-elected in 1932.  Was a delegate to the democratic national convention at Houston in 1928, and a delegate to the democratic national convention in Chicago in 1932.  Was elected to the supreme court of Iowa in the general election of 1932.  A democrat.

HUBERT UTTERBACK, DES MOINES. - Judge of the Supreme Court, was born in Keokuk county, Iowa, in 1880.  Graduated from Hedrick normal and commercial school in 1897.  Graduated from liberal arts department, Drake University, in 1903, receiving A.B. degree.  Graduated from law department, Drake University, 1906, receiving L.L. B. degree, and entered the practice of law in Des Moines.  In 1908, received master of laws degree.  Instructor in Drake University College of Law for past twenty-four years.  Taught commercial law class at Iowa Business College for three years.  For twenty years gave course of lectures on medical jurisprudence at Still College of Osteopathy.  Chairman of boy scout court of honor for past seventeen years.  Member of grand council, order of DeMolay, representing state of Iowa on said council, for eight  years.  For the past three years, president of Iowa Christian Endeavor Union.  Chairman of the Iowa state council of Red Cross chapters since its organization in 1918, to date.  Charter member of Des Moines Lions Club; past district governor of Lions Club for Iowa.  Member of Phi Beta Kappa; Acacia; Delta Theta Phi, law fraternity.  Honorary member Alpha Phi Omega fraternity.  Member of Polk county, Iowa state, and American bar associations.  From 1912 to 1914 was judge of the police court in the city of Des Moines.  He was one of the judges of the ninth judicial district of the state of Iowa from 1915 to 1926, inclusive.  Assigned to juvenile division of district court in 1920 and completely re-organized the court and established it on a modern humanitarian and probation basis.  In October, 1932, he was nominated for judge of the supreme court by democratic state central committee to fill vacancy occasioned by death of Justice Edgar A. Morling, and was elected at general election on November 8, 1932, by a majority of 95,547 over George Claussen, the republican candidate.  Married October 4, 1904, to Miss Edith Gwynne, who died May 3, 1930.  Two children - Mrs. Esther Penquite and Gretchen G. Utterback.  A democrat.

CHARLES WEBSTER, WAUCOMA. - Railroad Commissioner, was born on a farm at Waucoma, Fayette county, Iowa, and still resides on the old homestead entered by his father from the government in 1854.  Married Dolly G. Potter of Lawler, Iowa.  Three children were born to this union, Joe C., Neil A. and Bennett A. Webster.  Was appointed first station agent and telegraph operator at Waucoma; formed a partnership with his brother Ace under the firm name of Webster Brothers, who have since been extensive raisers and shippers of live stock, grain, and produce, as well as dealers in lumber.  President of several retail lumber companies.  Has been extensively interested in the building of telephone lines and exchanges.  Has promoted and built gas and electric companies in Arizona.  Delegate to the national republican convention in 1908.  Member of the state council of defense during the war and federal fuel administrator.  Was appointed railroad commissioner by Governor Harding November 5, 1917, and has been elected four full terms since that date.  A republican.

M. P. CONWAY, ATLANTIC. - Railroad Commissioner, was born and has lived his entire life in Cass county, Iowa.  Attended country school, city school and business college.  Spent boyhood days on farm; one year railroading.  Married an Atlantic girl in 1899.  Moved to Anita and became a realtor.  Has four children, three girls and a boy.  Moved back to Atlantic in 1908 and has lived there since, being engaged in the real estate and insurance business except during the war, at which time he was chairman of the council of defense, liberty bonds and all war activities in Cass county, and was in the next group to go across when armistice was signed.  Member of the democratic state central committee for sixteen years.  Never ran for elective office except that of Railroad Commissioner, and was elected November 8, 1932.  A democrat.

FRED P. WOODRUFF, KNOXVILLE. - Railroad Commissioner, was born at Knoxville, Iowa, September 21, 1876, and was educated in the Knoxville public schools.  In the Spanish-American war he served as first sergeant of Co. D, 51st Iowa infantry, in the Phillippines.  For meritorious service in action he was commissioned second lieutenant and brevetted a captain by Governor Shaw.  On his return home he engaged in the retail clothing and shoe business and continued in that line until the spring of 1927.  he is also engaged in the operation of a number of farms.  During the World war Captain Woodruff was active in promoting various war work activities, was a member of the Marion county council of defense and war work council, and later was commissioned captain and assigned to duty in the quartermaster department.  He was married September 18, 1901, to Myrtle M. Elliott, and they have one son, Elliott.  Was elected for full term in 1920 as railroad commissioner, was appointed by Governor Hammill to fill vacancy caused by the resignation of Hon. Dwight Lewis, July 1, 1927, elected for short term in 1928 and for long term in 1930.  A republican.


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