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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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Martha Stahl was born Aug. 11, 1862, the daughter of Michael and Mary Talley Stahl who came to Ringgold county in 1856, locating on a farm bought from the government which is still in Mr. Stahl's possession.  She was graduated in 1888 from Simpson College and has the degrees of  B.S. and  M. S.,  later taking post graduate work in the Chicago University.  For nine years she was professor of Latin in Simpson College.  On August 25, 1904, she was married to Randolph S. Beall of Mt. Ayr.  She is an active member of the M. E. Church and for several years has been secretary of the Des Moines Conference Woman's Foreign Missionary Society.  In 1912 she was a delegate to the General Conference, being the only woman delegate from the district comprising Iowa and Nebraska.  She is president of the Monday Club and of the Village Improvement Association.  She organized and was for several years president of the Mt. Ayr Lecture Course Association.  She has travelled in this country and in Europe.  A sister, Miss Josephine Stahl, has for twenty years been a missionary in India and Burma, and was the heroine of the Dargeeling disaster in 1897.  Mrs. Beall's family in all of its branches are devoted members of the M. E. church.  Her father was a member of the first class organized in the county and for several years his home was used for religious services since there were no churches of that faith near.  Of his nineteen living children and grandchildren all are members of that church and fifteen of them have been educated in Simpson College.


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