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Lawyer Family papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: RS 21/8/9

Scope and Content

This collection (circa 1914-2007, undated) contains documentation and memorabilia of the college life of Courtney Hulbert Lawyer and his sons Courtney Merle Lawyer and David Vernon Lawyer. The materials include student report cards, class registration forms, fee cards, and student club membership cards. Documents related to Courtney Merle Lawyer's service in the ROTC (Reserve Officers' Training Corps) include his 1955 income tax form. The collection also contains several postcards, a souvenir picture booklet of Iowa State, and artifacts that include a button from the class of 1914 and two Iowa State pennants.


  • circa 1914-2007, undated

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Access Restrictions

Open for research.

Use/Re-use Restrictions

Consult Special Collections and University Archives


Courtney Hulbert Lawyer was born August 6, 1897, in Bruce Township, Benton County, Iowa, the son of Alonzo David Lawyer and Olive Marie Kenaston. He graduated from Dysart High School in 1915 and attended Iowa State College (University) the following year. There he studied animal husbandry for one semester (Fall 1916) and later returned to enroll in the herdsman course for one quarter (Winter 1920).

Lawyer worked for the Worth County No.1 Cow Testing Association as their tester. This organization was sponsored by the Dairy Herd Improvement Association and the Iowa State College Extension Service and was charged with tracking milk and butterfat production by herds and helping to improve profitability of dairy herds.

Courtney Hulbert Lawyer married Leona Christine Benjegerder in 1927 at Manly, Iowa. Shortly thereafter, the Lawyers started farming near Manly where they raised Guernsey cattle. Courtney Hulbert Lawyer died in September 1944 as a result of a farm accident.

The Lawyers had two children: Courtney Merle and Vernon David. Both sons graduated from Iowa State College (University). Courtney Merle Lawyer graduated with a B.S. (1956) in agronomy and served in the Soil Conservation Service and also the Army Reserve, retiring as Lieutenant Colonel. Vernon David Lawyer graduated from Iowa State with a B.S. (1958) in farm operations and became a successful farmer, farming the home place. Vernon David married an Iowa State graduate, Caryl Louise Marsh, who received her B.S. (1958) in textiles and clothing.


0.21 Linear Feet (1 half-document box)


The collection is organized Alphabetically.

Processing Information

Released on 2018-11-01.

RS 21/8/9. Lawyer Family papers, circa 1914-2007, undated
January 23, 2019
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives Repository

403 Parks Library
701 Morrill Road
Iowa State University
Ames Iowa 50011-2102 United States
(515) 294-6672