Robert Mueller, one of four Mueller brothers who each left their mark on 20th-century Austin, was a City Council member (or, back then, a city commissioner) for only a few months in 1926.
Mueller died in office after falling gravely ill while debating the city budget -- of "blood poisoning brought on by hay fever": Allergy sufferers take note. Friends and colleagues, sobered by the knowledge (now sadly forgotten) that long City Council meetings could indeed be fatal, wanted to commemorate his sacrifice. Three years later, they had their chance when Austin's tiny airport opened on the northeast edge of town.
The article goes on to note that Bergstrom Air Force Base, (Now Austin Bergstrom International Airport) was named for John August Earl Bergstrom, who was the first Austinite killed in World War II, which led to the old Del Valle Army Air Field being rechristened in his honor.