Collection Dates: 1899 -- 1965
This document describes a collection of materials held
Special Collections Department
University of Iowa Libraries
Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1420
Posted to Internet: May 2002
Acquisition Note: This collection was donated to the University by Robert C. Edson in 1972.
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Photographs: Box 1
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1874 -- born in Wilton, Illinois
1885 -- moved to a farm in Sac County, Iowa
1894 -- 1896 -- prep school and junior college at Buena Vista College
1897 -- 1898 -- member of the varsity football team of Iowa State College
1898 -- Bachelor of Science from Iowa State College
1899 -- 1900 -- member of the varsity football team at the University of Iowa (all conference halfback)
1901 -- Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Iowa
1901 -- 1902 -- rural school teacher in Calhoun and Sac Counties
1901 -- coached football at Iowa State Teachers College
1902 -- law practice in Storm Lake and coached both Buena Vista and Storm Lake high schools
1902 -- 1908 -- Storm Lake city clerk
1903 -- married Gail Sweeney who died in 1904
1904 -- trustee of Buena Vista College
1908 -- 1912 -- Buena Vista County Attorney
1911 -- married Ethelyn Bailie
1918 -- chairman of the Board of Trustees of Buena Vista College
1919 -- 1927 -- member of the Iowa State Legislature
1925 -- Speaker of the Iowa House of Representatives
1935 -- 1936 -- district governor of Rotary
1936 -- nominated Republican candidate for lieutenant governor
1949 -- Certificate
of honor from University of Iowa recognizing 1899 football
team and Doctor of Laws from Buena Vista College
1952 -- publication of "Football in the Gay Nineties" by W. C. Edson
1954 -- resigned from Board of Buena Vista College; received scroll from college recognizing fifty years of service.
1957 -- lawyer for over 50 years
1959 -- member of the Iowa Sports Hall of Fame 1965 -- death in Storm Lake
Scope and Contents
Buena Vista College
Congratulatory letters on being elected speaker of the Iowa House of Representatives
Law school materials
Miscellaneous personal papers (photos, genealogy, etc.)
Packing the United
States Supreme Court
Zetagathian debate -- "That vaccination is inadvisable"