Representative Bruce Reese Mills View All Years

Compiled Historical Information
Date of Death: 10/1/1933
Birth Place: Bushnell, ILL
Birth Country: USA
Party Affiliation: Republican
Assemblies Served:
House: 38 (1919) - 39 (1921)
Home County: Harrison
Bruce Reese Mills
Harrison County


MR. SPEAKER: Your committee, appointed to prepare suitable resolutions commemorating the life and service of the Honorable Bruce R. Mills, late of Harrison county, Iowa, beg leave to submit the following memorial:

Bruce Reese Mills was born in Bushnell, Illinois, January 28, 1867, and departed this life at his home in Woodbine, Iowa, October 1, 1933, at the age of sixty-six years.

He was united in marriage to Armetta D. Kirk, in 1899, and to this union were born five children. Two daughters, Carmeleta and Helen, preceded their father in death. Mrs. Carl W. Reed of Red Oak, and Ted and Paul at home with the wife and mother mourn his passing. Besides the immediate family, he leaves two brothers, Gail of Lincoln, Nebraska, and March of Omaha, Nebraska, other relatives and a host of friends.

In 1897 he and his family moved to Woodbine where he engaged in the livestock and real estate business. This he followed until his appointment to the postmastership of the Woodbine office in 1907. He served in this capacity for nine years. After leaving the postoffice, he was elected to serve Harrison county as representative in the State Legislature. In this capacity he served two terms. In 1924 he was reappointed as postmaster and served in this office until his death.

Mr. Mills had the distinction of being appointed postmaster by four different presidents: Theodore Roosevelt, Taft, Harding and Coolidge. Besides these he served under three other presidents: Wilson, Hoover and Franklin Roosevelt.

Mr. Mills was a faithful public servant, always giving the best he had for the good of the greatest number of people. He was a kind and loving father, devoted to making his home life as comfortable and as happy as possible for those dependent upon him. He was a member of the Presbyterian church and gave of his time and substance unstintingly.

His lifework is finished; he has served his country well and has now gone to be with his God.

Therefore, Be It Resolved by the House of Representatives of the Forty­fifth Extra General Assembly of the State of Iowa, That the foregoing memorial be adopted as its appreciation of the life and character and public service of the Honorable Bruce R. Mills.

Be It Further Resolved, That these resolutions be spread on the records of this House and an enrolled copy thereof be sent to the family of the deceased.





Unanimously adopted, March 7, 1934.