Mayor Merritt Ewalt, 1940s-1950s

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Merritt A. Ewalt served on the Town Council for three years, starting in 1942. In November of 1944, Ewalt was appointed Mayor of Coralville after Mayor Harold Breece resigned. Ewalt served for nine years, ending in 1953. He was employed by the University of Iowa as a carpenter.

During Ewalt's time as Mayor, Coralville experienced many changes. A modern sewage system was built, as well as a modern maintenance building. The Fire Station was enlarged and the Town Hall was remodeled. The Coralville streets were renumbered, a building ordinance and zoning plan was created, and a twice weekly garbage collection was established.

Ewalt was born in Marshalltown, Iowa to parents Myron and Lula (Hilsebeck) Ewalt on March 14, 1907. He married Mae Kelley of Greenville, Tennessee (b. July 24, 1907) on August 3, 1939 in Cedar Falls, Iowa. A year later, they moved to Coralville. Together, they had five children. Merritt died in July of 1980; Mae passed away in May of 2005 (Lovetinsky et al., p. 79, 86; Ancestry Library).

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Coralville Public Library. Coralville Digital History Library.

Date

1940s-1950s

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Coralville, Iowa

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“Mayor Merritt Ewalt, 1940s-1950s,” Coralville Digital History Library, accessed December 2, 2022, https://coralvilledigitalhistory.omeka.net/items/show/103.

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