Wednesday, October 21, 2020
Sunday, October 18, 2020
"During his incumbancy as superintendent he has introduced many substantial improvements in teaching and also in the branches taught. His labors are at all times practical and he inspires the teachers under him with much of his own his zeal and interest in the work."
- The Evening Shade Lodge #312 of Free and Accepted Masons
- Clay Chapter #112 Royal Arch Masons (served as High Priest)
- Temple Council #37 of Royal and Select Masters (past Illustrious Master)
- Asotus Commandry #65, Knights Templar (past Commander)
- Sioux City Consistory#5 Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite
- A founder of the Spencer DeMolay Chapter in 1922.
"In political affiliations in the legislature, Mr. Avery maintained the position of an independent Republican, being affiliated with no group or faction. As a result he was enabled to meet with and cooperate with almost every faction of the house during the term and advance Clay County's cause through his connections with all blocs."
- Supported the State Road bond constitutional amendment.
- Supported the inheritance tax increase.
- Supported oleomargarine tax increase.
- Supported a 5% tax cut by all levying bodies.
- Supported a twenty-five-year conservation program.
- Supported a state senate redistricting bill.
- Fought against the state purchase of interstate bridges.
- Fought against state control of telephone and telegraph lines.
- Fought against the appropriation of $50,000 for an Iowa exhibit at the 1933 World's Fair, "on the grounds that it was an excessive outlay of tax money."
"Most impressed by the honest and sincerity of the majority of the members of the house to act and vote in accordance with their honest convictions of what was the best for the state of Iowa. Honest disposition of all matters seemed to be the first consideration on the part of the majority, no matter how determined the opposition."
In the June 1932 Republican primary Avery was defeated for reelection but was not out of the political spotlight for long. Due to the resignation of fellow Clay County representative Frank Wenig, a special election was held in September 1933 to fill his seat. Avery entered the race and was elected that September, and two years later won a third term, defeating Democrat Roy S. LaBrant by a vote of 2,812 to 2,077. These terms saw Avery named to four new house committees, including the Judiciary, Military Affairs, Public Health, and Public Utilities, and in November 1936 lost his reelection bid to Democrat Thomas I. Kephart.
Friday, October 16, 2020
Wednesday, October 14, 2020
Sunday, October 11, 2020
"Come join us in our fight for Democracy...Let businessmen, laborers, farmers and professional men join hands in this fight. It is a fight where all good citizens belong. Let us put this program over and demonstrate once and for all that we are going to rid ourselves of the shackles of industrial slavery which is sinking down thousands, yes millions, of good Americans every year."
"The first task I met, and the first thing that I saw needed, was to arouse the people generally and the officials of the state to get equality of assessment. There must be equality between taxpayers...The people are beginning to realize there is such as thing as far treatment between individuals. My idea was, and still is, that all taxpayers must pay, and that they will pay more willingly if they know all are paying alike. The work of the tax commission has doubled since I took office, probably because we have been too willing to work."
Thursday, October 8, 2020
"Lastly, the states attorney should take care of all county business before any private business. He should stay on the job the year round and at all times remember that he has been hired and paid by the taxpayers of this county to take care of the county business, promptly and efficiently, and yet with little expense as possible."