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Hotelier and Innkeeper Politicians in Iowa

  Robert Edward Kersting (b. 1916) — also known as Robert Kersting — of Phoenix, Maricopa County, Ariz. Born in Clinton, Clinton County, Iowa, August 26, 1916. Democrat. Lawyer; test pilot and executive, Howard Aircraft Co.; president, Red Rock Ranches and Arizona Aviation Co.; secretary, treasurer, director, Savage Industries, Inc., Sun States Land and Development Co.; director, general counsel, Insurance Corporation of America; president, general counsel, Yavapai Hotels Corp.; director, Prescott Utilities Corp.; member of Arizona Democratic State Central Committee, 1951-70; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Arizona, 1956 (alternate), 1960. Episcopalian. Member, American Bar Association; Phi Gamma Delta; Phi Delta Phi; Moose; Fraternal Order of Police. Presumed deceased. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Augustus Henry Kersting and Eva (Schaub) Kersting; married, February 29, 1968, to Fracine Bassett.
  William Rhuben Neal (b. 1883) — also known as W. R. Neal — of Spirit Lake, Dickinson County, Iowa. Born in Clifton City, Cooper County, Mo., 1883. Democrat. Hotel owner; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Iowa, 1936, 1940 (alternate), 1944 (alternate), 1948 (alternate). Protestant. Member, Rotary. Burial location unknown.
  Richard J. Norpel Sr. (1918-2007) — of Bellevue, Jackson County, Iowa. Born in Bellevue, Jackson County, Iowa, June 24, 1918. Democrat. Served in the U.S. Army during World War II; grocer; hotelier; insurance and real estate business; member of Iowa state house of representatives, 1971-72; member of Iowa state senate, 1975-76. Catholic. Member, American Legion; Knights of Columbus. Died May 24, 2007 (age 88 years, 334 days). Interment at Bellevue Catholic Cemetery, Bellevue, Iowa.
  Relatives: Step-son of Herman Pogeman; son of Charles Norpel and Laura (Meier) Norpel; married, February 23, 1943, to Janaan Lewis.
Reno W. Trego Reno W. Trego (1877-1961) — of Merrill, Lincoln County, Wis.; Wausau, Marathon County, Wis. Born near Blairstown, Benton County, Iowa, August 24, 1877. Progressive. Machinist; automobile dealer; real estate agent; hotel operator; trucking business; electric utility engineer; member of Wisconsin state assembly from Lincoln County, 1937-40. Member, Odd Fellows. Died in Wausau, Marathon County, Wis., November 3, 1961 (age 84 years, 71 days). Interment at Garrison Cemetery, Garrison, Iowa.
  Relatives: Son of George Washington Trego; married, August 15, 1911, to Sevilla Ridenour.
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  Image source: Wisconsin Blue Book 1940
  William West (1822-1919) — of Ames, Story County, Iowa. Born in Williamsburg, Clermont County, Ohio, 1822. Member of Ohio state legislature, 1848; hotelier; mayor of Ames, Iowa, 1870-71. Methodist. Died in Ames, Story County, Iowa, December 29, 1919 (age about 97 years). Interment at Riverview Cemetery, Ames, Iowa.
  Relatives: Married 1847 to Harriet J. Porter.
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