- Existence: 1888-1971
Earl Elijah (1888 -- 1971) was a native of Clarence, Iowa. He attended Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa, and Iowa State University in Ames. He was a farmer, banker, and state senator. In 1928, Elijah was named the master farmer of the year. His career included working as the president of the Clarence Savings Bank. He was the Iowa state senator for the 23rd district from 1952 to 1964. For eight years he served on the Iowa Soil Conservation Commission and he was a member of the Iowa Commission on Alcoholism. Active in community and professional organizations, Elijah was the first president of the Clarence Consolidated School Board. He was also a past president of both the Iowa Beef Producers and the Iowa Swine Producers Associations. In addition, he was a member of the board of trustees for Cornell College and Saint Luke's Hospital in Cedar Rapids.