Representative Russell L. Eldred View All Years

Compiled Historical Information
Date of Death: 12/30/1961
Birth Place: Anamosa, Iowa
Birth County: Jones
Party Affiliation: Republican
Assemblies Served:
House: 56 (1955) - 59 (1961)
Home County: Jones
Russell L. Eldred
Jones County


MR. SPEAKER: Your committee, appointed to prepare a suitable resolution commemorating the life, character and public service of the late Honorable Russell E. Eldred, begs leave to submit the following memorial:

Russell E. Eldred was born March 2, 1911, in Anamosa and passed away on December 30, 1961, at the age of fifty. He married Greta Brady, January 1, 1933. They had two children, a son, Eugene, and a daughter, Mrs. Lonnie Hinrichsen, both of Anamosa. A brother, Galen, of Springville also survives.

He graduated from the Martelle schools, and later attended Cornell College at Mount Vernon and Iowa State University at Ames.

Mr. Eldred served in the Iowa Legislature as a Representative since 1955. He was chairman of the roads and highway study committee the last two sessions and served as a member of the highway study committee that conducted a thorough study of the Iowa road needs and reported to the 1961 Legislature.

He had been active in the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation, having served as a county president, voting delegate and a member of the state resolutions committee. He was named a Master swine producer in 1948 and a Master farmer in 1956. At the time of his death he had been engaged in farming for twenty-eight years and owned and operated 950 acres.

Mr. Eldred was a member of the Methodist Church, Masonic Lodge, Knights of Pythias Lodge, Anamosa Chamber of Commerce, Rotary Club, and Izaak Walton League. He served six years on the Federal Housing Committee. At the time of his death he was serving his fourth term on the Township and Agricultural Adjustment Administration.

Therefore, Be It Resolved by the House of Representatives of the Sixtieth General Assembly of Iowa: That in the passing of the Honorable Russell E. Eldred the state has lost an honored citizen and a faithful and useful public servant, and the House by this resolution would express its appreciation of his service, and tender its sympathy to the members of his family.

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