IOWA OFFICIAL REGISTER 1933-1934
OTHER STATE OFFICERS
W. H. GEMMILL, DES MOINES. - Secretary of the State Board of Education, was
born in Ontario, Canada, March 14, 1871. In September of that year his
parents moved to Keokuk county, Iowa, and settled on a farm near South English.
He attended the rural schools and graduated from the South English high
school in 1889. He entered the Iowa State college at Ames and graduated in
November, 1894, with the degree of bachelor of science. During these years, he
taught several terms in country schools. He has taken about two years of
advanced study in education, history and economics in Highland Park college, Drake
university and Des Moines college. He was principal of schools at Gibson,
Iowa, two and one-half years; county superintendent of Keokuk county four years;
superintendent of schools at Dallas Center 1901 to 1911, and superintendent
of the Carroll schools 1914 to 1917, and resigned to become secretary of the
board of education. He was married in 1895 to Birdie D. Richards. They have
four children, Agnes, John, Helen and Iva. A republican.
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