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The Blue Book of Iowa Women A History of Contemporary Women

Compiled by Winona Evans Reeves, 1914.


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Mrs. Lucy Nottingham Warden Brockman was born in Ottumwa, Aug. 29, 1868, and has lived there all her life.  Her father was Dr. Charles Warden whose ancestors as far back as colonial days lived in Virginia and Kentucky; they were slave holders and had tobacco plantations.  Dr. Warden was educated in the Medical College at Cincinnati, coming to Wapello county in 1843 and was the first practicing physician in that county.  He was for years a member of the Board of Trustees of the Agricultural College at Ames.

Mrs. Brockman's mother was Martha Williams.  Her father, Washington Williams, crossed from Ohio to Oregon in a wagon with a short stay in Ottumwa where his daughter and Dr. Warden were married on June 13, 1846.  For twenty years before her marriage, Mrs. Brockman was a teacher in the public schools of Ottumwa, for the greater part of the time was principal of the Lincoln building.  She was married Feby. 2, 1910, to Dr. David C. Brockman, a surgeon who is well known throughout the State, having a wide practice.  She is a member of the Episcopal church.  She is vice president of the Play-ground and Recreation Association, and has had an active part in the establishment of public play grounds.  She has done a great deal of archeological research and has a large collection of Indian curios, many of them she gathered on long tramps in Wapello and Van Buren counties.  She is versed in bird lore and is an enthusiastic botanist.  She has a special talent for painting and drawing, especially in water colors and in designs for china painting.


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