Representative Andrew Rae Melrose View All Years
A. R. MELROSE
MR. SPEAKER: Your committee, appointed to prepare a suitable resolution commemorating the life, character, and public service of the late Honorable A. R. Melrose, begs leave to submit the following memorial:
A. R. Melrose was born October 2, 1894, in China, the son of John C. and Margaret R. Melrose. He graduated from Lenox College in 1915 and received his M.A. degree in 1920 from Columbia University.
Mr. Melrose married Mona Kies of Worthington, Minnesota, on July 28, 1925. To this union were born one son and two daughters.
Mr. Melrose, a Democrat, served in the House of Representatives in the Sixty-first General Assembly. He was Floyd County Democratic Chairman from 1950 to 1957.
Mr. Melrose was high school principal in Madrid, Chariton and Charles City, Iowa from 1916 to 1927, and established an insurance agency in Charles City in 1927. He served in the infantry in World War I and was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross by General John Pershing, and the Purple Heart. He was a member of the Chamber of Commerce, Lions Club, American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Masons, Knights of Pythias, and the Congregational Church of Charles City. He was a Trustee of the Municipal Hospital; chairman of the draft board; airport commissioner, and chairman of the Planning and Zoning commission.
Mr. Melrose passed away April 22, 1972 after a long illness. Services were held at the First Congregational Church in Charles City. Surviving are his widow, Mona, of Charles City, Iowa; one son, Andrew of Charles City, Iowa, two daughters, Mrs. Mona Altiery of Honolulu, Hawaii, and Mrs. Nancy Albertson of Iowa City, Iowa, and one brother, Rev. Paul Melrose of Seattle, Washington.
Therefore, Be It Resolved by the House of Representatives of the Sixty-fifth General Asembly of Iowa: That in the passing of the Honorable A. R. Melrose, the state has lost an honored citizen and a faithful and useful 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.
WILLIAM B. GRIFFEE
CHARLES E. GRASSLEY
KEITH H. DUNTON