Senator John G. Legel View All Years

Compiled Historical Information
Date of Death: 12/17/1930
Birth Place: St. Louis, MO
Party Affiliation: Democrat
Assemblies Served:
Senate: 34 (1911) - 35 (1913)
Home County: Floyd
John G. Legel
Floyd County


MR. PRESIDENT: Your committee which was appointed to report resolutions commemorating the life, character and public services of the late John G. Legel, begs leave to submit the following report, and moves its adoption:

John G. Legel was born in St. Louis, Missouri, May 26, 1859, and died at his home in Charles City, Iowa, December 17, 1930.

He moved with his parents to Dubuque and later graduated from the Dubuque High School. In 1877, at the age of nineteen, he moved to Charles City, Iowa. For a time, he worked on a farm and taught school; following this, he entered the employ of Ed. Berg as a druggist’s clerk and became a registered pharmacist. In 1884, on the death of Mr. Berg, he and a partner purchased the store and later he became sole proprietor and continued in the business until the time of the death. Mr. Legel was an active member of the Lutheran church, in which he served as an official in various capacities. He served as councilman and mayor of his town and was a member of the city library board for many years. Mr. Legel was a trustee of the Cedar Valley hospital for several years. He took an active part in all of the affairs of the community. On September 16, 1884, he was united in marriage with Miss Bertha C. Dinkel who, with one son, survives him. He was an active member of the various fraternal and civic societies of his town and worked untiringly for the good of his community and state. He traveled extensively and brought home with him a wealth of information and knowledge which contributed much to the public welfare. In 1910 he was elected to the State Senate and served in the Thirty-fourth and Thirty-fifth sessions.

In politics Mr. Legel was a staunch Democrat and was elected as such in a strong Republican district. As a citizen and legislator his services were not bound by party lines but he supported all measures from the standpoint of right and justice.

Therefore, Be It Resolved, That in the passing of the Honorable John G. Legel the state has lost a valuable and honored citizen, a man of strong character and sterling worth, and the Senate of Iowa would tender by this resolution its sympathy to the widow, son and sisters, who survive.

Be It Further Resolved, That a copy of these resolutions be printed in the Journal of the Senate as an expression of the life and worth of the deceased, and an engrossed copy hereof be transmitted to the widow and son.





The resolution was unanimously adopted by a rising vote.