Mr. David Singer Huber
David Singer Huber was instrumental in the construction of the Carnegie-Viersen Library in Pella, Iowa. As mayor of the town in 1903, he wrote a letter to Andrew Carnegie requesting “ten to fifteen thousand dollars for the building of a library in this place.”
Prior to serving as the mayor of Pella, Huber was a merchant and dealer of grain in Pella. He was born in Johnstown, Pennsylvania on 19 February 1837 to William and Ruth Huber. By 1860 he was residing in Van Buren, Iowa. Huber married his wife Susan in 1863. between the census of 1860 and 1870, Singer and his family moved to Pella. Huber owned a farming implement store with C.E. Snow in 1901, and was mayor from 1903-1905.
After his term ended in 1905, Huber worked with Sibirje Viersen and Robert Beard to secure the land for the Carnegie-Viersen Library. Beard is listed with Beard as a buyer in the deed of sale for Viersen’s land. The two men purchased the land for $6,000, which was placed in a trust to purchase books upon construction of the library.
Beard and Huber, with Pierre Bousquet, approached the Pella City Council on 1 May 1905 to propose building the library. Beard stepped away from the business of the library after the city approved it in a special election. He would remain a prominent figure in the town until his death at the age of 90 on 8 June 1926. He is buried in Pella’s Oak Wood Cemetery.
 Huber, David Singer. “Library.” Received by Mr. Andrew Carnegie, 18 Oct. 1904, Pella, Iowa
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