Senator John Everall View All Years

Compiled Historical Information
Date of Death: 5/17/1920
Party Affiliation: Democrat
Assemblies Served:
Senate: 24 (1892) - 27 (1898)
Home County: Clayton
John Everall
Clayton County


Senator Newberry, from a special committee, submitted the following report and moved its adoption:

MR. PRESIDENT—Your committee which was appointed to report resolutions commemorating the life, character and services of the Honorable John Everall of Clayton county, deceased, beg leave to report the following and hereby move the adoption of the report:

John Everall, son of Richard and Elizabeth (Liversage) Everall, was born in Shropshire, England, on April 20, 1839, and died at his home in Monona, Iowa, May 17, 1920.

Mr. Everall came with his father’s family from England and settled on a farm in Farmersburg township, Clayton county, Iowa, in the year 1851, which county was his residence continuously up to the time of his death.

John Everall gained his rudimentary education in his native land and supplemented this by attending the pioneer schools of Clayton county as well as by individual application, which with his natural studious tendencies, effectively broadened his intellectual horizon. He gained in his youth a close fellowship with the work of the pioneer farm of his father and during the many years of his active career he continued a close allegiance to the basic industry of agriculture, through the medium of which he gained substantial success.

He was one of the prominent and influential citizens of Clayton county. In 1858 to 1862 he was a successful teacher in the schools of the county.

In August 1862 he enlisted as a private in Company E, 27th Iowa Volunteers Infantry, with which he participated in the many engagements that marked the record of this gallant Iowa regiment. He was wounded in action in 1864 but was not long incapacitated for service. He rose from private to first lieutenant, in which rank he received an honorable discharge in June, 1865.

After the war, Mr. Everall resumed his association with farming in Clayton county and on October 25, 1865 at Farmersburg he was married to Miss Vallonia Renshaw. To this union seven children were born. Richard, the first born, died in early childhood. John Jr., who was a successful lawyer at St. Paul, died at the home of his parents in December, 1919. Dr. George L., a representative physician and surgeon at Clinton, Iowa, died at the home of his parents in December, 1910. Dr. Bruce B. is a practicing physician at Monona, Iowa. Dr. Benton C. is a practicing physician at Waterloo, Iowa. Miss Martha and Miss Bessie, who are prominent in educational work, reside at Monona, Iowa, caring for their mother who has long been an invalid.

Retiring from the farm in 1906, Mr. Everall and family took up their residence in the village of Farmersburg, where Mr. Everall became the president of the Farmersburg Savings Bank, which position he held at the time of his death. In 1919, he with his family moved to Monona where they made their home.

Mr. Everall was a prominent member of the G. A. R. and for fifty years affiliated with the Masonic fraternity. Mr. Everall was politically a democrat of the conservative order. He filled by election nearly all the township offices; four years county superintendent of schools; six years county auditor; and eight years state senator from the 36th District in the 24th, 25th, 26th and 27th General Assemblies. In every public position to which he had been called, he proved a faithful, loyal and efficient incumbent, filling the same in an able and satisfactory manner.

John Everall was a good man, an honest upright citizen, neighbor and friend. He was one of God’s noblemen, the very type of true manhood, he aimed to be just to his fellowmen, to treat all with whom he came in contact with due consideration. He never once entertained a feeling of animosity against a friend or a neighbor. On the contrary, his hand always reached out in recognition of worth, surely there was goodness in the heart beat of every man. His geniality and kindly sympathetic nature made him a beloved companion everywhere. A true man and a noble citizen of our state has gone to his reward.

Therefore, Be It Resolved, That in the death of John Everall, the state and the county, in which he resided, have lost a true, upright citizen, a valiant soldier, an honest, able, fearless man, whose life was one of worthy service.

Be It Resolved, That this Senate extend to his family its sincere sympathy in their great bereavement, and

Be It Further Resolved, That these resolutions be printed in the Senate journal and the secretary of the Senate be directed to forward an engrossed copy to his bereaved wife, Mrs. Vallonia Everall, and family at Monona, Iowa.




The resolution was adopted unanimously, by rising vote.

Senate District 36
25th GA (1894)
Legislation Sponsored
25th GA (1894)