Theodore C. Diers
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Theodore C. Diers
Theodore C. Diers
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Member of the Wyoming Senate

John B. Kendrick
Member of the Wyoming House of Representatives

Personal details
Theodore Carl Diers

(1880-12-04)December 4, 1880
Seward, Nebraska, U.S.
DiedDecember 11, 1942(1942-12-11) (aged 62)
Lincoln, Nebraska, U.S.
Resting placeExeter Cemetery, Exeter, Nebraska, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Sylvia Jeanette Cole
(m. 1929; died 1942)
MotherAnna Catharine Schulte
FatherArmand Diers
EducationLincoln Business College
Chicago Musical College
University of Nebraska

Theodore Carl Diers (December 4, 1880 - December 11, 1942) was an American politician, actor, and writer who served as a member of the Wyoming Senate as a Democrat.


Theodore Carl Diers with other Federal Food Administrators and Director of the United States Food Administration Herbert Hoover

Theodore Carl Diers was born in Seward, Nebraska to Herman Diers and Anna Schulte on December 4, 1880 and was educated in Seward public schools. In 1897 he graduated from the Lincoln Business College and became a bookkeeper at the First National Bank of Seward. In 1902 he went to New York to become an actor and attended the Chicago Musical College and while in Chicago he studied vocals under Oscar Saenger and piano under Rudolph Ganz.[2] In 1909 he moved to Clearmont, Wyoming and became a cashier at the Clearmont State Bank until 1910 when he became a cashier at the Citizens' State Bank of Sheridan. In 1911 he became the president of the Clearmont State Bank.[3][4] In 1931 he received a BFA degree from the University of Nebraska.[5]

During World War I he served as the Federal Food Administrator for Wyoming.[6] From 1913 to 1915 he served in the Wyoming House of Representatives. Diers then served in the Wyoming Senate from 1915 to 1919 to succeed John B. Kendrick, who was elected as governor, and was a member of the Mines and Mineral Products, Sanitary and Medical Affairs, Railroads and Transpiration, and Judiciary committees.[7] In 1920 he served as the chairman of the Wyoming Democratic Party's state convention and was a member of the resolutions committee at the 1920 Democratic National Convention.[8]

In 1924 he joined the staff of Transylvania University. In 1925 he became the radio director for the University of Nebraska and in 1932 became the supervisor of the university's music division and served in both positions until November 30, 1940 when he resigned to become the Nebraska Federal Music Project music supervisor.[9][10] In 1927 he wrote "My Nebraska, A Verse to the Cornhusker State: and it was considered as a choice for the state's official song in 1967, but the state legislature chose Beautiful Nebraska instead.[11] In 1929 he became the secretary of the Nebraska Writers Guild and served until 1940.

On December 11, 1942 he died at his home in Lincoln, Nebraska from a heart attack and following his death "A Prayer for Peace", one of his unpublished songs, was sung by Carl Schaefer at his funeral.[12][13]


  1. ^ "Diers, Theodore Carl". Archived from the original on 12 January 2020.
  2. ^ "The National magazine: an illustrated monthly". Bostonian Publishing Company. January 12, 1920. p. 519 – via Google Books.
  3. ^ "Men of Wyoming: The National Newspaper Reference Book of Wyoming Containing Photographs and Biographies of Over Three Hundred Men Residents". C.S. Peterson. January 12, 1915. p. 75 – via Google Books.
  4. ^ "Theodore Diers Dies; Formerly On UN Faculty". The Lincoln Star. 11 December 1942. p. 1. Archived from the original on 12 January 2020 – via
  5. ^ "Theodore Carl Diers". Archived from the original on 12 January 2020.
  6. ^ "Theodore Diers, Federal Food Administrator, Makes Public List Of Fair Prices For Wyo". Casper Star-Tribune. 26 June 1918. p. 5. Archived from the original on 12 January 2020 – via
  7. ^ "Senate Journal ..., Volume 14". Wyoming. Legislature. Senate. January 1, 1917. p. 26 – via Google Books.
  8. ^ "Theodore Diers is praised as creative man". The Nebraska State Journal. 15 December 1942. p. 10. Archived from the original on 12 January 2020 – via
  9. ^ "Theodore Diers dies". The Lincoln Star. 11 December 1942. p. 10. Archived from the original on 12 January 2020 – via
  10. ^ "T. C. Diers resigns from university". Lincoln Journal Star. 25 November 1940. p. 1. Archived from the original on 12 January 2020 – via
  11. ^ Capace, Nancy (January 1, 1999). "Encyclopedia of Nebraska". Somerset Publishers, Inc. p. 7 – via Google Books.
  12. ^ "T. C. Diers Dies". The Beatrice Times. 12 December 1942. p. 2. Archived from the original on 12 January 2020 – via
  13. ^ "Theodore Diers' Unpublished Song Is Sung At His Funeral". The Lincoln Star. 14 December 1942. p. 8. Archived from the original on 12 January 2020 – via

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