A Narrative History of The People of Iowa with SPECIAL TREATMENT OF THEIR CHIEF ENTERPRISES IN EDUCATION, RELIGION, VALOR, INDUSTRY, BUSINESS, ETC. by EDGAR RUBEY HARLAN, LL. B., A. M. Curator of the Historical, Memorial and Art Department of Iowa Volume IV THE AMERICAN HISTORICAL SOCIETY, Inc. Chicago and New York 1931
WARREN H. MEEKER, professor and head of the mechanical engineering department of the Iowa State College at Ames, has been a member of the faculty of instruction and administration there for over forty years.
Mr. Meeker was born in Pennsylvania, May 5, 1868, son of Charles J. and Georgiana Wilbur)Meeker, also natives of Pennsylvania. His father was a Pennsylvania farmer but in 1874 moved to New York State and engaged in farming. In 1882 moved to Binghamton, New York,and engaged in the heavy draying business. His father and mother both died there.
Warren H. meeker was educated in the common schools and attended grade and high school at Binghamton, New York, and in 1887 entered Cornell University, where he was graduated in 1891,with the degree of Mechanical Engineer. Immediately after graduating he was appointed by President William M. Beardshear, of Iowa State College, as assistant in the mechanical engineering department of the Iowa State College. At the present time(1931) he is the oldest man in length of service in the engineering division of Iowa State College. He was made assistant professor in 1892, associate professor in 1900, in 1907 professor of mechanical engineering and superintendent of heating,light and water service and in 1912 became head and professor of the mechanical engineering department. For a number of years his entire time has been taken up with the heavy routine of administrative duties. His service has not only been directly connected with the college itself but to the state at large. In 1924 Governor Kendall appointed him one of the members of the elevator conference board to prepare a code for the construction, equipment, maintenance and operation of elevators. He has filled a number of similar advisory or practical positions on similar boards from time to time.
Mr. Meeker in 1915 married Ethel U. Underwood who was born at Ames, Iowa, and is a graduate of the high school of that city. Mr. Meeker is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the Society for the Promotion of Education, National Geographic Society, is an honorary member of the engineering society Tau Beta Pi and is a Phi Kappa Pi. For the past twenty years he has been a member of the board of directors of the State College Y. M. C. A.
Early in 1918 he was appointed by the president of the college a director of war training and had charge when 2,000 men, in groups of 500, were in course of training for war service at Ames. he also served in 1917-1918 as a member of the citizens committee to report Camp Dodge activities, and he submitted that report to Secretary of War Baker at Washington. Mr. Meeker in 1928 was appointed by Governor Kendall a member of the education conference board. For the past twenty years he has been a member of the Ames City School Board, and part of the time president of the board. He is a member of the scholarship committee of the Iowa State College and for the past eight years has been its chairman.
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