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Michigan: Members of State Board of Agriculture

Members of Michigan State Board of Agriculture, 1861-1968 (May be incomplete!)
David Carpenter 1861-71 Justus Gage 1861-69 Philo Parsons 1861-63 Charles Rich 1861-67 Silas Yerkes 1861 Adonijah S. Welch 1863-66 J. Webster Childs 1869-82 Hezekiah G. Wells 1871-83 Cyrus G. Luce 1885-86 George B. Horton 1887-91 Oscar Palmer 1889-91 L. Whitney Watkins 1899-1905 Edward P. Allen 1899-1903 Robert D. Graham 1905-19 Henry F. Buskirk 1905-09 William J. Oberdorffer 1905-11 Alfred J. Doherty 1907-19 I. Roy Waterbury 1907-21 William L. Carpenter 1909-11 Jason Woodman 1911-23 John W. Beaumont 1912-21 L. Whitney Watkins 1920-27 Dora H. Stockman 1920-31 Clark L. Brody 1921-59 John A. Doelle 1922 Melville B. McPherson 1922-33 Jay R. McColl 1922-27 Herbert W. Gowdy 1924-29 William H. Berkey 1930-47 Charles E. Downing 1934-39 Benjamin H. Halstead 1934-39 James J. Jakway 1938-43 Lavina M. Masselink 1938-43 Forest H. Akers 1940-57 Melville B. McPherson 1940-45 Winfred G. Armstrong 1944-54 Sarah Van Hoosen Jones 1944-55 Frederick H. Mueller 1945-57 Ellsworth B. More 1948-50 Connor D. Smith 1950-53 Arthur K. Rouse 1954-59 Connor D. Smith 1954-68 G. Donald Stevens 1958-59 Jan B. Vanderploeg 1958-63

Events and Candidates (may be incomplete!)

  • 1861: Silas Yerkes, resigned.
  • 1882 Nov 8: J. Webster Childs, died in office.
  • 1886: Cyrus G. Luce, resigned.
  • 1891 Jan 23: Oscar Palmer, resigned.
  • 1899 Jan 25: Edward P. Allen, appointed.
  • 1905 Jan 30: Henry F. Buskirk, appointed.
  • 1905 Jun 30: William J. Oberdorffer, appointed.
  • 1909 Apr 5: William L. Carpenter (Rep), elected; William J. Oberdorffer (Rep), elected; John Smith (Dem), defeated; Rial V. McArthur (Dem), defeated; John W. King (Prohibition), defeated; Charles S. Bartlett (Prohibition), defeated; Fred Marshall (Socialist), defeated; John D. Hunt (Socialist), defeated; John H. Latta (Socialist Labor), defeated.
  • 1909 Apr 5: Robert D. Graham (Rep), elected; Alfred J. Doherty (Rep), elected; Benjamin T. Halstead (Dem), defeated; George H. Bartlett (Prohibition), defeated; George H. Candee (Prohibition), defeated; Archie Smith (Socialist), defeated; Clyde E. Kern (Socialist), defeated; John A. Ingram (Socialist Labor), defeated; Albert B. Latta (Socialist Labor), defeated.
  • 1909 Apr 5: William H. Wallace (Rep), elected; I. Roy Waterbury (Rep), elected; William Carpenter (Dem), defeated; James A. Taylor (Dem), defeated; Perry E. Palmer (Prohibition), defeated; Lucien H. Stoddard (Prohibition), defeated; Edwin R. Cornish (Socialist), defeated; Herman Mack (Socialist), defeated; Shepard B. Cowles (Socialist Labor), defeated; Thomas J. Grabuski (Socialist Labor), defeated.
  • 1911 Apr 3: John W. Beaumont (Rep), elected; Jason Woodman (Rep), elected; Albert E. Stevenson (Dem), defeated; John A. Weston (Dem), defeated; John D. Hunt (Socialist), defeated; William W. Mutton (Socialist), defeated; George H. Candee (Prohibition), defeated; Joshua C. Curtis, defeated; Archie McInnes (Socialist Labor), defeated; Albert B. Latta (Socialist Labor), defeated.
  • 1913: Oscar W. Braman (Progressive), defeated; Alfred E. Souter, defeated; Albert B. Cook, defeated.
  • 1915 Apr 5: William H. Wallace (Rep), elected; I. Roy Waterbury (Rep), elected; Angus M. Smith (Dem), defeated; John J. Bale (Dem), defeated; Henry Wilson (Progressive), defeated; O. C. Hollister (Progressive), defeated; John J. Palmer (Socialist), defeated; George W. Eldridge (Socialist), defeated; Jefferson D. Leland (Prohibition), defeated; William S. Lathers (Prohibition), defeated.
  • 1917: James J. Jakway (Dem), defeated.
  • 1919: L. Whitney Watkins (Rep), elected.
  • 1919 Apr 7: Dora H. Stockman (Rep), elected.
  • 1921: John W. Beaumont, resigned; Melville B. McPherson (Rep), elected; C. Kent Jakeway (Dem), defeated.
  • 1921 Oct 7: Clark L. Brody, appointed.
  • 1922: John A. Doelle, resigned.
  • 1922 Apr 4: Jay R. McColl, appointed.
  • 1923 Apr 2: Clark L. Brody (Rep), elected; Herbert W. Gowdy (Rep), elected; William H. Welch (Dem), defeated; E. Sumner Rust (Dem), defeated; Andrew Wood (Prohibition), defeated; John H. Perry (Prohibition), defeated.
  • 1925: Benjamin H. Halstead (Dem), defeated; Minnie F. Kaltenbrun (Dem), defeated; Dora H. Stockman (Rep), elected; L. Whitney Watkins (Rep), elected.
  • 1927 Apr 4: Melville B. McPherson (Rep), elected; Jay R. McColl (Rep), elected; Harris E. Thomas (Dem), defeated; Minnie F. Kaltenbrun (Dem), defeated; William Mollenhauer (Workers), defeated; Aaron M. Katz (Workers), defeated; William W. Haviland (Prohibition), defeated; Fred L. Perrine (Prohibition), defeated.
  • 1929 Apr 1: Clark L. Brody (Rep), elected; William H. Berkey (Rep), elected; Frank J. Sawyer (Dem), defeated; Minnie F. Kaltenbrun (Dem), defeated; Horace T. Auckerman (Socialist), defeated; Mint Nauta (Socialist), defeated; Wirt McClain (Prohibition), defeated; Charles H. Pollycutt (Prohibition), defeated.
  • 1931 Apr 6: Matilda R. Wilson (Rep), elected; Gilbert L. Daane (Rep), elected; William Tyson (Dem), defeated; Theodore Rzeppa (Dem), defeated; William F. Russell (Socialist), defeated; B. F. Underhill (Socialist), defeated; William J. Johnston (Prohibition), defeated; Francis Jesse (Prohibition), defeated.
  • 1933 Apr 3: Charles E. Downing (Dem), elected; Benjamin H. Halstead (Dem), elected; A. J. Rogers (Rep), defeated; Melville B. McPherson (Rep), defeated; Frank E. Bennett (Socialist), defeated; Charles W. Crum (Socialist), defeated; William J. Johnston (Prohibition), defeated; Judson Black (Prohibition), defeated.
  • 1935 Apr 1: Clark L. Brody (Rep), elected; William H. Berkey (Rep), elected; Clarence B. Smith (Dem), defeated; George W. Bolling (Dem), defeated; Angus Kennedy (Socialist), defeated; Nahum Burnett (Socialist), defeated; Roy McComb (Farmer-Labor), defeated; Harry Baumunk (Farmer-Labor), defeated; Herbert E. Persons (Commonwealth), defeated; Carrie M. Londsberry (Commonwealth), defeated; John S. Sweet (American), defeated; Henry S. Deering (American), defeated.
  • 1939 Apr 3: Melville B. McPherson (Rep), elected; Forest H. Akers (Rep), elected; Benjamin H. Halstead (Dem), defeated; Albert L. LaLonde (Dem), defeated; Nahum Burnett (Socialist), defeated; Will Cheeseman (Socialist), defeated; Walter S. Haynes (Commonwealth), defeated; Charles R. Lanphear (Commonwealth), defeated.
  • 1941 Apr 7: Clark L. Brody (Rep), elected; William H. Berkey (Rep), elected; Benjamin H. Halstead (Dem), defeated; Charles F. Klump (Dem), defeated; Eley Sherwin (Prohibition), defeated; Fred Sowles (Prohibition), defeated.
  • 1943 Apr 5: Winfred G. Armstrong (Rep), elected; Sarah Van Hoosen Jones (Rep), elected; Joseph P. Carey (Dem), defeated; Arthur W. Jewett (Dem), defeated; Floyd M. Barden (Prohibition), defeated; Allen Barr (Prohibition), defeated.
  • 1945 Jun 25: Melville B. McPherson, died in office.
  • 1945 Jul 25: Frederick H. Mueller, appointed.
  • 1947 Apr 7: Clark L. Brody (Rep), elected; Ellsworth B. More (Rep), elected; George D. Stevens (Dem), defeated; William S. Lamoreaux (Dem), defeated; Perry Hayden (Prohibition), defeated; Lester W. Kline (Prohibition), defeated.
  • 1949 Apr 4: Winfred G. Armstrong (Rep), elected; Sarah Van Hoosen Jones (Rep), elected; Connor D. Smith (Dem), defeated; Harvey C. Whetzel (Dem), defeated; Clyde Smith (Progressive), defeated; Annabelle McLay (Progressive), defeated; William J. Persons (Prohibition), defeated; DeLand Crary (Prohibition), defeated.
  • 1950 Apr 28: Ellsworth B. More, died in office.
  • 1950 May 15: Connor D. Smith, appointed.
  • 1951 Apr 2: Forest H. Akers (Rep), elected; Frederick H. Mueller (Rep), elected; Mrs. Raymond W. Starr (Dem), defeated; Hiram A. Sackett (Dem), defeated; William J. Persons (Prohibition), defeated; Glenn A. Root (Prohibition), defeated; Robert Travis (Progressive), defeated; Jesus Gonzales, Jr. (Progressive), defeated; Charles Schwartz (Socialist Labor), defeated; Albert Mills (Socialist Labor), defeated.
  • 1953 Apr 6: Clark L. Brody (Rep), elected; Arthur K. Rouse (Rep), elected; Connor D. Smith (Dem), defeated; Floyd Himes (Dem), defeated; Hector Hawkins (Prohibition), defeated; D. Earl Harrow (Prohibition), defeated; Charles Schwartz (Socialist Labor), defeated; Marion L. Walbridge (Socialist Labor), defeated.
  • 1954: Winfred G. Armstrong, died in office.
  • 1954 Dec 7: Connor D. Smith, appointed.
  • 1955: Sarah Van Hoosen Jones (Rep), defeated; Dale B. Stafford (Rep), defeated.
  • 1955 Apr 4: William E. Baker (Dem), elected; Connor D. Smith (Dem), elected.
  • 1957 Apr 1: G. Donald Stevens (Dem), elected; Jan B. Vanderploeg (Dem), elected; Frank Merriman (Rep), defeated; Frederick H. Mueller (Rep), defeated; William J. Persons (Prohibition), defeated; Paul H. Kyburz (Prohibition), defeated.
  • 1959 Apr 6: Frank Merriman (Rep), elected; Warren M. Huff (Dem), elected; E. H. Bjornseth (Dem), defeated; Arthur K. Rouse (Rep), defeated; John Zywicki (Socialist Labor), defeated; William J. Persons (Prohibition), defeated; Daniel T. Perrine (Prohibition), defeated; Frank Troha (Socialist Labor), defeated.
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