Washington County Genealogical Society
The Washington County Genealogical Society met June 3, 2014. The members and guest shared memories of earlier Washington Anniversary celebrations. Some had attended the 1939 celebration and remembered carnival rides and parades.
Short biographies for Norman Everson, George H. Paul, and the Honorable Edward Eicher were presented.
Norman Everson was a pioneer settler. Like many of that era, he was on his own at the age of 14. He became a teacher, then an attorney, before going into real estate and banking. His first public office was as postmaster, then as road supervisor. He served as mayor and was state senator for Louisa and Washington counties. He built the three-story Everson building on the northwest corner of the square. He started the first bank, was involved with the first gas and electric company, and was credited with getting a railroad to Washington. He gave money for the current courthouse.
George H. Paul was born May 6, 1877, in Oregon Township. He left school at age 14. He became a land agent, buying and selling land in Texas and Florida. The Geo. H. Paul Co.’s headquarters was in the building west of the State Theatre, where the Paul Horak Insurance is located. For many years he had an emigrant train business, traveling to Texas from many states, selling land. Cloid Willits was his chauffeur, driving his large Pierce-Arrow. He died in Omaha, Neb., on Aug. 21, 1965, and was buried in Elm Grove.
Edward C. Eicher was born in Noble on Dec. 16, 1878. His father was a Mennonite minister. He became an attorney and practiced law with his older brother in Washington. Eicher, a Democrat, served as the U.S. Representative of the 1st Iowa District from 1933 to 1939. He served as chairman of the Security and Exchange Commission in 1941 and 1942, leaving to become the chief justice of the U. S. Court for the District of Columbia. He had been presiding at a sedition trial for seven months when he died in his sleep on Nov. 28, 1944. He and his wife are buried in Woodlawn Cemetery.
The next meeting will be July 1, with Joanne Breen presenting “Genealogy on the Internet.”