Representative Oscar C. Stephenson View All Years

Compiled Historical Information
Date of Death: 7/27/1957
Birth County: Wayne
Party Affiliation: Republican
Assemblies Served:
House: 55 (1953) - 56 (1955)
Home County: Wayne
Oscar C. Stephenson
Wayne County


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

Oscar C. Stephenson, farmer and legislator, was born in Wayne county, Iowa, on July 12, 1890, and passed away July 27, 1957, at the age of sixty-seven years. He was the son of McKendra and Belle Stephenson.

He was a graduate of Allerton high school and Capital City Commercial College in Des Moines, Iowa.

On January 16, 1913, he was united in marriage to Ruth Hays of Seymour, Iowa, and to this union were born four children—one son and three daughters.

Mr. Stephenson lived and farmed near Sewell, Iowa, until moving to Corydon, Iowa, in 1944, where he still owned and managed two farms until his death. He served as clerk of the district court of Wayne county in 1931 and 1932 and was one of the state inheritance tax appraisers for twenty years. He served as vice-president, director, and agent for the Wayne County Mutual Insurance Company.

Mr. Stephenson was a member of the Methodist church and of Corydon Lodge No. 91, A. F. & A. M.; Chapter 22 Royal Arch Masons of Iowa, Royal and Select Masters of Iowa, Council 42, Immanuel Commandery Knights Templar, Za-Ga-Zig Shrine of Des Moines, Iowa, and Order of the White Shrine of Jerusalem of Chariton, Iowa.

He was elected State Representative from Wayne county in 1952 and 1954 and served in the Fifty-fifth and Fifty-sixth sessions of the General Assembly. Mr. Stephenson is survived by his wife; a son, Fred C. Stephenson of Beloit, Wisconsin, and daughters, Paulla Conry of Minneapolis, Minnesota; Thelma Wood of Denver, Colorado, and Marcia Snyder of Corydon, Iowa, and seven grandchildren.

Therefore, Be It Resolved by the House of Representatives of the Fifty-eighth General Assembly of Iowa: That in the passing of the Honorable Oscar C. Stephenson, the state has lost an honored citizen and a faithful and useful public servant, and the House, by this resolution, would express its sympathy to the wife and children, and 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.