The following Times-Republican account of the creation of the Kiwanis Club of Marshalltown, Iowa, describes the organization event and the 52 community businessmen forming the first Kiwanis club in our city. Ninety years later, there are now three Kiwanis clubs: Marshalltown, Marshalltown-Matins, and Marshalltown P.M.; the Marshalltown High School Key Club (Key stands for Kiwanis Educating Youth); and the Marshalltown Bobcat Aktion Club!
Kiwanis Club is Organized Here
With fifty-two charter members, the Kiwanis Club was organized and officers were elected at a meeting at the auditorium of the YMCA Thursday night [September 29, 1921]. Delegations from Kiwanis Clubs of Des Moines and Cedar Rapids attended. Dinner was served at 6:30 by the Ladies’ Auxillary.
The following officers were elected: Dr. G.E. Hermence, president; F. E. Northup, vice president; C.C. Trine, treasurer; H.W. Heywood, secretary; and Stanley B. Sieg, district trustee. The directors chosen were Dr. Glenn Miller, Dr. D.A. Collison, R.W. Scott, C.D. Mulcahy, R.C. Valentine, Milo F. Hunter and M.S. McFarland.
It was decided that the club would meet at the YMCA auditorium at noon every Wednesday.
Dr. H.R. Best, Des Moines, gave a short talk on the purpose of the organization and Arthur Poe, Cedar Rapids, spoke of the work of the Cedar Rapids club. Joe Long, Des Moines, governor elect of the Nebraska-Iowa district, had charge of the organization and spoke of the work to be accomplished.
Visitors from out of the city were Charles Hummel, C.M. Anderson, S.W. Dorsey, John Anderson, Clifford Roy, Dr. H.R. Best, Linn Nevens, Joe Long and W. Zaisler, Des Moines, and Arthur Poe, Kenneth Lindsay and James Killian, Cedar Rapids. The high school orchestra played and M.J. Soukup and Charles Hummel were selected song leaders.
The charter of the club is now closed and will be presented to the club soon. Two members are allowed to a classification.
The charter members are O.L. Ingledue, shoes; J.W. Wiley, canner; Forrest C. Reed, accident insurance; Hugh C. Beard, farm implements; Glenn W. Miller, dentist; J.D. Plumb, live stock; Charles C. Trine, banker; D.A. Collison, dentist; O.H. Allbee, lawyer; Henry S. Mayer, druggist; Henry Wachter, confectioner; G.E. Hermence, surgeon; H.G. Brintnall, dry goods; Ralph C. Brock, groceries; M.S. McFarland, postmaster; T.E. Adams, abstracter; H.P. Black, wholesale fruit; R.W. Scott, real estate; Milo F. Hunter, clothier; W.G. Crowder, minister; Lloyd Edson, auto accessories; C.D. Mulcahy, druggist; R.C. Valentine, oils; Horace Patton, broker; C.H. Threlkeld, educator; A.R. Lynn, internal medicine; R.C. Jones, wholesale fruit; Howard A. Miller, printer; L. Horn, dry goods; Albert Odett, real estate; John Stouffer, civil engineer; P.W. Mikesell, hotel manager; H.W. Heywood, surgical dressings; Jesse E. Day, athletic director; Carl Larson, shoes; John Jacobson, building contractor; Ray L. Winders, auto tires; F.E. Northup, lawyer; E.E. Emple, drainage contractor; J.V. Arney, farmer; A.H.E. Matthews, Iowa adjustment Company; W.G. Horne, hardware; W.R. Stewart, farmer; Eugene Higgin, department store; Stanley B. Sieg, brick and tile; W.M. Hodges, jeweler; Mathias Soukup, baker; E.N. Peak, electrical contractor; W.O. Rutherford, Chicago-Great Western; John M. Francis, minister; T.C. Blue, insurance; and W.F. Hamilton, obstetrics.