Representative James E. Larson View All Years
HONORABLE JAMES E. LARSEN
MR. SPEAKER: Your committee, appointed to prepare suitable resolutions commemorating the life, character, and public service of the Honorable James E. Larsen, Cedar county, Iowa, beg leave to submit the following report:
James E. Larsen, son of Mads and Sarah Staples Larsen was born in West Branch, Cedar county, Iowa, on February 14, 1881. He obtained his scholastic education in the local schools, Penn College and the State University of Iowa. After several trials at other lines of endeavor he found his most congenial life work in the real estate and insurance business which he carried on for nearly thirty-five years.
On May 5, 1903, Mr. Larsen was united in marriage with Miss Rose Pettis who passed away in 1917. While a member of the legislature he returned to his home community to marry Miss Clara M. Rose on March 15, 1919. Three children blessed their home, Clara Mae, Thomas James and John Irwin, who with their mother still survive.
Mr. Larsen was always a public spirited man. He occupied many commuunity positions for many years. For twenty-five years he served in various capacities in the school system. He was County Relief Administrator in the early days of the depression. He also served in the Red Crooss work in the county.
Always a staunch Republican, Mr. Larsen was elected the Cedar county Representative in 1918 and served in the Thirty-eighth General Assembly.
Quiet in his ways, he was always sympathetic toward those in need. Many sought his advice and he ever sought to help carry the burden of those who consulted him. Ill health took its toll of his physical strength and eventually caused his death on December 14, 1939.
Therefore Be It Resolved by the House of Representatives of the Forty-ninth General Assembly, That in the passing of the Honorable James E. Larsen, West Branch, Cedar county, and the State of Iowa have lost a valued citizen.
Be It Further Resolved, That a copy of these resolutions be spread upon the Journal of the House and the Chief Clerk be directed to forward an enrolled copy to the family of the deceased.
F. A. LATCHAW,
J. J. SWANER,
Unanimously adopted, April 3, 1941.