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  • 1. Seldon Banker
    • WDM Drum & Bugle Corps President
    • Guided fund-raising activities resulting in construction of a new Legion Building
    1 9 5 0
  • 2. Belle Ohler
    • First woman to receive the award
    • Women’s Club president responsible for wading pool and picnic tables at Legion Park
    • Red Cross Volunteer
    1 9 4 9
  • 3. Earl McLaren
    • Instrumental in founding the WDM Commercial Club, predecessor of the WDM Chamber of Commerce
    • WDM Rotary Club
    1 9 4 8
  • 4. Jess Compton
    • WDM Mayor
    • Active in the campaign to change the name of the city from Valley Junction to WDM
    • Helped establish Walnut Woods State Park
    1 9 4 7
  • 5. Dr. C.W. Burt
    • WDM Mayor
    • His was the deciding vote that abolished the “last” saloon in WDM
    • WDM School Board
    1 9 4 6
  • 6. C.C. Yost
    • WDM Chamber of Commerce President
    • Major achievements is various bond drives, the American Legion and various library, church and social activities
    1 9 4 5
  • 7. west des moines citizen of the year
    • Given in recognition of exemplary service to our community; by maintaining business, civic, and moral responsibilities with a commendable Code of Ethics; whose unselfish guidance and deeds, unmindful of pecuniary rewards, have aided and encouraged those things which have stimulated business, politics, education and religion to higher plains of attainment and by so doing not only has created a better atmosphere for our citizens but also has brought credit and honor to the City of West Des Moines.
    1945-2006