A Narrative History
The People of Iowa
SPECIAL TREATMENT OF THEIR CHIEF ENTERPRISES IN
EDUCATION, RELIGION, VALOR, INDUSTRY,
EDGAR RUBEY HARLAN, LL. B., A. M.
Curator of the
Historical, Memorial and Art Department of Iowa
THE AMERICAN HISTORICAL SOCIETY, Inc.
Chicago and New York
IRVING C. HASTINGS has been a member of the Iowa bar since 1910, and his
chief work as a lawyer and citizen has been done in Garner, Hancock County. Mr. Hastings is a native of New England, but has lived practically all his life in Iowa.
He was born at Corinth, Vermont, May 9, 1886, son of Charles C. and Louise
A. (Avery) Hastings. Both the Hastings and Avery families were represented by
soldiers in the Revolutionary war, and Mrs. Louise Hastings was eligible for
membership in the Daughters of the American Revolution. The Hastings family
in America was founded by four brothers who came over in Colonial times, two
settling in New England and two in Virginia.
Charles C. Hastings was a merchant and business man all his life. In 1888
he brought his family to Iowa and for four years conducted a general mercantile business at Cherokee. His next location was Spencer, and after he sold his local interests as a merchant he was on the road as a traveling salesman for Chicago wholesale grocery house until his death on March 4, 1925. His wife died March 11, 1911. He was a Republican and at one time was a candidate for the Iowa State Senate. Irving C. Hastings has two children: Glee L., wife of Z. M. Dervend, of New York City, and Ruth J., wife of W. J. Wiese, of Springfield, Massachusetts.
Irving C. Hastings was educated at Spencer, and after one year in high school there entered Culver Military Academy in Indiana, where he was graduated in 1905. For two years he pursued the academic course in the University of Iowa and then entered the law school of the university, from which he was graduated LL. B. in 1910. Mr. Hastings practiced at Algona, Iowa, until 1914, when he removed to Garner. Here he was associated in partnership with J. E. Wichman until the latter's death on March 28, 1929, and he is now conducting an extensive law business alone. He served as county attorney of Hancock County during 1915-19 and during the World war was local appeal officer and in 1918 entered the Officers Training School at Camp Pike, Arkansas. The armistice came before he received a commission.
Mr. Hastings has been a member of the Garner School Board. He is a
Republican, is a charter member of the local post of the American Legion, belongs to the Blue Lodge, Royal Arch Chapter and Council of Masons, is a member of the Lions Club, Sigma Chi and Alpha Delta Phi.
He married, September 8, 1914, Miss Emma K. Miller, of Spencer, Iowa,
daughter of Albert W. and Emma S. (Lamar) Miller. Her father was a banker, having organized the First National Bank at Spencer and was its president until his death. Mrs. Hastings has three sisters and one brother: Laura A., Mrs. J. A. Gilbreath, Jessie B., wife of N. Legsbeth, Albert W., of Spencer, and Bessie G., who is Mrs. J. A. Wilson, of California. Mr. and Mrs. Hastings have a son, Charles A., born July 16, 1915.
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