Stanley S. Watts

was born in Van Buren County, Iowa in 1894. He graduated from Birmingham High School and attended Iowa Wesleyan College and the State University of Iowa and Williams College of Embalming.

In 1917 he married Fannie Eide and they were parents of two children. During WWII Watts served in France with Hospital Unit R of the United States Army and received the Distinguished Service Medal from the French government.

He served as a representative of the 44th General Assembly from Van Buren and Clarke Counties.

Before moving to Murray in 1935 he was a school superintendent at Birmingham and Burlington. In 1948 he put a furniture store in Lorimor, Iowa.

In Murray he was senior partner in Watts and Soll Furniture Store and Funeral Home and had farming interests in Clarke County.

He was active in the American Legion, Methodist Church, Farm Bureau, Masons and Eastern Star and Corriedale Association.

In 1959 Watts suffered a heart attack while attending a Democratic political convention in Chariton. He had just delivered a speech for Bob Hutte in the convention hall only a few minutes before the attack. During recess he was walking outside of the National Guard Armory when he collapsed.

Watts is buried in the Birmingham Cemetery.