A Narrative History
The People of Iowa
SPECIALTREATMENT OF THEIR CHIEF ENTERPRISES IN
EDUCATION, RELIGION, VALOR,INDUSTRY,
EDGAR RUBEY HARLAN, LL. B., A.M.
Curator of the
Historical, Memorial and Art Department ofIowa
THE AMERICAN HISTORICAL SOCIETY, Inc.
Chicago and NewYork
HON. MARK WILLIAM HYLAND, mayor of Tama, has practiced law in that city
since 1911.It was both an honor and responsibility when Mr. Hyland waselected
mayor, and the people of Tama have fallen into the habit of looking tohim
for able leadership in any form of community undertakings.
Mr. Hyland was born in the City of Des Moines, September 26, 1886, sonof
William and Mary (Dowd) Hyland.His grandfather was Mark Hyland, anIowa
pioneer who came from Worcestershire, England.He was a brick masonby trade, but in Iowa lived on a farm at the village of Campbell in Polk County. He was an English Lutheran, but his son William and Mary Dowd Hyland wereCatholics. William Hyland learned the trade of brick mason, and through his trade contributed to the construction of some of Des Moines' buildings. For a number of years he acted as straw boss for the two prominent construction firms of Youngermann Company and Weitz Company. He was born at Campbell, just west of Des Moines, in 1853, and his wife was born at Davenport, in 1851. These parents have three children, Mark William being the oldest, John for many years was manager of the Des Moines Gun Stock Company,and since that was merged with the Penrod Jordan & Clarke Company he has had charge of the Kansas City branch. The daughter, Mayme, is the wife of Roy Peterson, with the Des Moines Gun Stock Company.
Mark William Hyland did not lack the average comforts and privileges ofan
Iowa boy growing up in the capital city, but the circumstances of the family
were such as to encourage him to early efforts for himself, and after the local
schools he won his education through college and university.He attended
the Crocker School in Des Moines for his grade work, graduated from the West
DesMoines High School in 1905, and later entered the University of Iowa.
While he paid his expenses in university, he took a prominent part inathletics,
going to the university with the record of a good performer in thehigh
school teams.While at the university he was for a time stenographerto the Dean
of Pharmacy.He played football and basketball, and also hadcharge of the
ticket sales at various athletic events.His interest inathletics was
continued after he left the university and for a time he playedprofessional ball,
and even yet he finds his week ends taken up by duties as areferee.He was
graduated LL. B. from the University of Iowa in 1911, andat once came to
Tama to engage in practice.He was associated with S. C.Huber until the later
was appointed United States judge in the Hawaiian Islandsby President Wilson
in 1916.Since then he has practiced alone and hasenjoyed a large business
in the local courts and as a counselor.
Mr. Hyland was a member of the Tama school board and chairman of the board from 1922 to 1928, and in the latter year was elected mayor. His administration has been one of efficiency in all departments, but perhaps his chief
emphasis has been directed toward giving Tama adequate streets, and connections with the outside world through paved highways. He has been an advocate of good roads ever since he came to Tama, and exerted his influence toward bringing two of the Federal Aid Highways through the city, the Lincoln Highway and Route 59.In politics Mr. Hyland is a Democrat, and has served his party well in the county and has attended a number of Democratic conventions.He is a member of the Tama County, Iowa State and American Bar Associations, is a member of the Phi Delta Phi legal fraternity, the Sigma Alpha Epsilon, and is secretary of the Tama Commercial Club. During the war he had charge of the Third Liberty Loan Drive, was district chairman of theNational Council of Defense, and is today chairman of the local Red Cross.
Mr. Hyland married Miss Elizabeth Hruska, daughter of Lueis Hruska, ofCedar
Rapids. They have two children, John, born in 1915, and June, born in1920.
John has the athletic propensities of his father and in high schoolis on
the basketball and football teams and one of the junior players in thelocal
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