Served Quarter Of A. Century ~ E. L. Shira
Leon Reporter, Leon, Iowa
Thursday, February 26, l925
E.L. SHIRA, the very efficient steward of the County Farm, this week completes twenty-five years continuous service in this capacity, and we doubt very much if there is another steward in the whole State who has such a record.Twenty-five years ago, MR. SHIRA and his good wife, moved to the County Farm, he having been elected by the Board of Supervisors as steward to succeed Sam Grayson; and each year he has been elected to the position, for in every way he has made a splendid Official.MR. SHIRA is considered among the very best County Home stewards in the State, and the Decatur County Home is always rated very highly by the State Inspectors who regularly inspect every County Home in the State, and they consider him mighty hard to beat.
MR. and MRS. SHIRA have worked hard to conduct the County Home in an economical manner in the interest of the taxpayers.They give the unfortunates who make their home at the County Farm, the very best attention, and while they maintain rigid discipline, they do so in a manner which earns for them the respect and love of the inmates, and it is just like one big family out there.You could not induce many people to take charge of a County Home, for there are some very disagreeable features connected with it, such as the care of insane, but MR. and MRS. SHIRA are equal to every occasion.After serving so efficiently for a quarter of a century, it is safe to say that MR. SHIRA will continue as steward as long as he desires the position.
Copied by Nancee(McMurtrey)Seifert ('bittersweetly'..)
"With permission from the Leon Journal Reporter"
October l2, 2002
*Note: There is a newspaper picture of MR. SHIRA, who is quite a good looking man.