Senator Albert M. Fellows View All Years

Compiled Historical Information
Date of Death: 2/17/1932
Birth Place: Center Township, IA
Birth County: Allamakee
Party Affiliation: Republican
Assemblies Served:
Senate: 35 (1913) - 38 (1919)
Home County: Allamakee
Albert M. Fellows
Allamakee County


The committee appointed to prepare a suitable memorial commemorating the life, character, and services of Albert M. Fellows, late of Allamakee County, Iowa, submitted the following brief memorial:

Albert M. Fellows of Lansing, Iowa, Senator from the fortieth district during the Thirty-fifth, Thirty-sixth, Thirty-seventh, and Thirty-eighth General Assemblies, was born in Center Township, Allamakee County, March 1, 1864. He succumbed suddenly on March 17, 1932, to an attack of coronary thrombosis at the Lutheran Hospital, LaCrosse, Wisconsin, where he had been taken that same day from his home in Lansing.

He was the worthy son of a notable father, Judge L. E. Fellows, who served in the Eleventh, Twelfth, and Thirteenth General Assemblies.

He completed his grade school and high school training in Lansing, and later was graduated from Upper Iowa University at Fayette.

In his early manhood, Mr. Fellows was associated with John Robson of Lansing in the lumber and mill business. From Mr. Robson he received excellent business training, and, in 1900, succeeded him as head of the large Lansing Lumber Company. He established branch yards at Waterville, Iowa, and Taopi, Minn. He maintained an interest only in the Taopi yard at the time of his death, having sold his other lumber properties several years previous, following a very successful period of ownership.

Miss Elsie Smith of Cresco became the bride of A. M. Fellows on Sept. 4, 1889. To them were born six children, who besides his widow survive him. They are: Nerma (Mrs. E. H. Wagner) of Riverside, Illinois; Dr. L. E. Fellows, Newton, Iowa; Milton of Minneapolis; Donald of Lansing; John of Chicago; and Kenneth of Waukon.

Senator Fellows leaves behind him a long record of public service and association in civic enterprises. He was a Shriner and member of the Masonic order for more than 44 years, a charter member of the Order of Eastern Star, and affiliated with the Lansing Kiwanis chapter.

He was a member and president of the school board of Lansing for more than 15 years, served on the city council, and later was mayor of Lansing for more than 16 years. He was always prominent in Republican politics and was chairman of the county convention on numerous occasions, besides representing the party at both state and national conventions. He was president of the Peoples’ State Bank of Lansing from the time of its organization, in 1911, until his death.

Mr. Fellows’ death was keenly felt in Lansing and vicinity where people had been in the habit of constantly coming to him for advice, suggestions and ideas. His level headedness, his excellent judgment, and his rare diplomatic powers were never questioned.

In the state legislature his activities and character brought him influence and respect such as were bestowed upon few during his eight years of service in that body. He was chosen to serve on many committees during each term, his work as chairman of the educational institutions committee being particularly noteworthy.

In the death of Albert M. Fellows the people of Allamakee and Fayette counties, and the people of the entire state of Iowa have sustained a great loss.

The committee directs that a copy of this memorial be printed in the Journal of the Senate and an engrossed copy be forwarded to the family of the deceased.