Representative Henry Edgington View All Years
MR. SPEAKER: Your committee, appointed to prepare a suitable resolution commemorating the life, character and public service of the late Honorable Henry Edgington, begs leave to submit the following memorial:
Henry Edgington, pioneer resident of Monona county, Iowa, was born in Crawford county, Illinois, March 14, 1854, and passed away at his home in Mapleton, Iowa, June 27, 1943, at the age of 89 years. Mr. Edgington received his early education in the schools of Illinois. He came to Iowa at the age of nineteen.
He was engaged in agricultural pursuits and was a successful farmer and feeder of livestock. He was energetic, ambitious and successful. At one time he owned and operated over one thousand acres of good Iowa land in Monona county and was widely known in western Iowa as an extensive cattle feeder and operator. In later years he was interested in banking, being President of the State Savings Bank at Ute, Iowa.
Mr. Edgington could be called a self-made man for his success was due to his own efforts. He knew the hardship and trials of a pioneer in the early days of the settlement of western Iowa.
He was honored by the citizens of his county in a political way. He served as county supervisor for nine years. At the expiration of his term as supervisor he was elected state representative of Monona county. He served in the Thirty-seventh, Thirty-eighth, and Thirty-ninth State Legislatures. He discharged the duties of supervisor and representative with ability, and in an efficient manner. He was conscientious and was beloved by his associates.
Mr. Edgington was married to Mary Idell Hitchcock of Ashton, Illinois, in 1880. Mrs. Edgington passed away in May, 1919. To this union four children were born, three of whom survive, Harlan and John Edgington and Mrs. Mabel Renfro all of Mapleton, Iowa. One son, Ray, passed away in December, 1918. He is also survived by eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Mr. Edgington was a man of pleasing personality, cheerful disposition and was well-liked by all who knew him. He was keenly interested in current affairs and always took an active part, lending his aid and support to those efforts which were for the betterment of the community in which he lived for over 63 years.
He was a member of the Methodist Church and various Masonic orders. His life work is ended but his memory and the good he has done lingers on.
Therefore, Be It Resolved by the House of Representatives of the Fifty-first General Assembly, That, in the passing of the Honorable Henry Edgington, the State has lost a valued and honored citizen and the family a loving father, and the House would tender by this resolution, its sincere sympathy; and
Be It Further Resolved, That a copy of this resolution be spread upon the Journal of the House and that the Chief Clerk be instructed to send an enrolled copy to the family of the deceased.
A. EARL MCNEILL,
CHARLES S. VAN EATON,