Facts and Events
The Guthrian, 25 Jul 1966
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 "John McLuen Rites Thursday", in Guthrie, Iowa, United States. Guthrian. (Guthrie Center, Iowa), 25 Jul 1966.
Funeral services for John Albert McLuen, 79, was Thursday at 2 p.m. in the Guthrie Center Methodist church with burial in the Morrisburg Cemetery. McLuen was manager of the Guthrie County Rural Electric Cooperative and had been since the organization was founded in 1938. He was widely known throughout the state and national organizations for REC's. Death came Sunday afternoon in the Guthrie Center hospital after an illness of about one year. McLuen was born in Jackson township west of Dale City and spent most of his childhood and adult life on the family farm. In 1934 he was named county chairman of the Corn and Hog program, later known as the Triple A program. Then he was named manager of the Guthrie Co. REC at its inception in 1938. During the time he was manager of the REC, he saw it grow and prosper into a 3000 member unit maintaining more than 1200 miles of power lines. McLuen at the start, served as lineman, office manager and foreman. Survivors included his wife, Bessie Dupuy McLuen; two sons, Wayne and Don both of Stuart, IA, two daughters, Mona Sellman of Stuart and Helen Downing of Marion, 10 grandchildren and two great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his first wife and a brother William.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 "McLuen Services held in Guthrie", in Bayard, Guthrie, Iowa, United States. Bayard News. (Bayard, Iowa), 28 Jul 1966.
John Albert McLuen, a man who has been closely associated with farm programs in Guthrie county for the past 32 years, died Sunday night in the Guthrie county hospital.
A native of the Stuart area, McLuen has been manager of the Guthrie County Rural Electric Co-operative since its inception in 1938. Prior to that he served as the first chairman of the county corn-hog program for four years.
McLuen who was 79 years old entered the hospital several weeks ago. He had cancer and his condition grew worse until his death at 5:30 p m Sunday.
Funeral rites for the man who has been so closely associated with the farm economy in this community will be held today at 2 p m from the Guthrie Center Methodist church. The Rev. Darrell Mitchell, pastor of the Guthrie church, and the Rev. Dale Shenefelt, pastor of the Panora Brethern church, will officiate. Interment will be made in the Morrisburg cemetery north of Stuart.
A native of Jackson township, Mr McLuen was born near Dale City December 20, 1886. He farmed in that area until 1934 when he moved to Guthrie Center to head the Corn-Hog program. He was a prime mover in the establishment of the rural electric cooperative and became its first and only manager.
Under his management the Guthrie REC grew from just a dream to a solid organization covering parts of five counties with 1280 miles of lines which take electricity to 3427 rural users. During the time he was associated with the REC he was active in the state and nationals organizations.
Mr McLuen first married Maude Miller who died many years ago. Later he married Bessie Dupuy who survives.
Also surviving are sons, Wayne and Donald McLuen of Stuart, and daughters, Mona (Mrs. Ronald Sellman) Stuart, and Helen (Mrs. Tom Downing) Marion. There are 10 grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
The family requests that those who care to should make memorial gifts to the Guthrie County Cancer Society. Mrs. C H Taylor at Guthrie Center is the memorial chairman.
- United States. 1910 U.S. Census Population Schedule. (National Archives Microfilm Publication T623).
Year: 1910; Census Place: Jackson, Guthrie, Iowa; Roll T624_404; Page: 1A; Enumeration District: 57; Image: 226.
McLuen Amelia Head Female White 54 abt 1856 Widowed Massachusetts England England
McLuen William R Son Male White 15 abt 1895 Single Iowa Ireland Massachusetts
McLuen John A Head Male White 23 abt 1887 Married Iowa Ireland Massachusetts
McLuen Maud Wife Female White 20 abt 1890 Married Iowa Iowa Iowa
McLuen Edgar W Son Male White 1 7/12 abt 1908 Single Iowa Iowa Iowa
- United States. 1920 U.S. Census Population Schedule. (National Archives Microfilm Publication T625).
Year: 1920;Census Place: Jackson, Guthrie, Iowa; Roll T625_491; Page: 3B; Enumeration District: 60; Image: 549.
McLuen John A Head Male White 33 abt 1887 Widow Iowa Ireland Massachusetts
McLuen Wayne Son Male White 11 abt 1909 Single Iowa Iowa Iowa
McLuen Donald Son Male White 7 abt 1913 Single Iowa Iowa Iowa
McLuen Amelia Mother Female White 64 abt 1856 Widow Massachusetts England England
- Iowa, United States. 1925 Iowa state census. (Des Moines, Iowa: State of Iowa, Department of General Services, Records Management Division, Micrographics Section, 1980).
Ancestry.com. Iowa State Census Collection, 1836-1925
John A McLuen 37
Bessie McLuen 17
Wayne E McLuen 16
Donald A McLuen 12
Amelia McLuen 69
- United States. 1930 U.S. Census Population Schedule. (National Archives Microfilm Publication T626).
Year: 1930; Census Place: Jackson, Guthrie, Iowa; Roll 656; Page: 3A; Enumeration District: 14; Image: 1028.0.
McLuen John A Head White 43 abt 1887 Iowa Northern Ireland Massachusetts
McLuen Bessie H Wife White 22 abt 1908 Iowa Iowa Iowa
McLuen E Wayne A Son White 21 abt 1909 Iowa Iowa Iowa
McLuen R Donald R Son White 17 abt 1913 Iowa Iowa Iowa
McLuen Mona J Daughter White 1 3/12 abt 1929 Iowa Iowa Iowa
McLuen Amelia Head White 73 abt 1857 Massachusetts England England
McLuen William R Son White 35 abt 1895 Iowa Iowa Iowa