Senator William Linnevold View All Years

Compiled Historical Information
Date of Death: 6/15/1956
Birth Place: Decorah, IA
Birth County: Winneshiek
Party Affiliation: Republican
Assemblies Served:
Senate: 52 (1947) - 55 (1953)
Home County: Winneshiek
William Linnevold
Winneshiek County


MR. PRESIDENT: Your committee, appointed to prepare a suitable resolution commemorating the life and public service of the late Honorable William Linnevold of Decorah, Iowa, begs leave to submit the following:

William Linnevold was born in Decorah, Iowa, on the 13th day of December, 1876, son of George and Johanne Linnevold. He attended the rural schools of that area, Valder Business College, Normal School and Luther College. Senator Linnevold taught rural schools for two years. He served as post office clerk in Decorah, Iowa, for a period of six years. He was manager and secretary of the Nordness Creamery Company for five years. He became postmaster of the Decorah, Iowa, Post Office and served in that capacity continuously from 1923 until 1936. Senator Linnevold was vice president of the Iowa Mutual Tornado Insurance Association, Des Moines, Iowa, and was secretary of the Norwegian Protective Association from 1913 until the date of his death. He was an active director of the Security Trust and Savings Bank, Decorah, Iowa, and served as a member of the Board of Home Missions, Iowa District Evangelical Lutheran Church.

Senator Linnevold was elected as a member of the Iowa Senate from the Forty-second Senatorial District and served in the Iowa Senate for a period of eight years, from 1947 to 1954, inclusive.

Senator Linnevold was married to Edith Hamrey, who predeceased him in death. He was the father of four children: Ruth, Elizabeth, Willard and Paul. He lived on a farm in Winneshiek County, Iowa, which had been in the Linnevold family since 1853. Senator Linnevold died at Decorah, Iowa, on the 15th day of June, 1956.

Senator Linnevold was always vitally interested in farming activities and the problems of rural Iowa. In addition to these interests, he was regarded as an outstanding insurance agent and executive and enjoyed considerable success in this field due to his knowledge of the subject and his years of experience.

Senator Linnevold was always active in community and church affairs. He was an active and highly respected lay member of the Lutheran Church. Senator Linnevold’s years in the Iowa Senate are recorded as a period in which he contributed a great deal in his conscientious and perceiving manner to the best interests of his District and the State of Iowa.

Be It Further Resolved: That a copy of this resolution be spread upon the Journal of the Senate, and that the Secretary of the Senate be directed to forward an enrolled copy to the members of the family of the deceased.





The resolution was unanimously adopted.