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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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One of the first settlements in Iowa was the village Montrose on the Mississippi river.  It was here on Feby. 17, 1858, that Margaret Warner Morley was born.  She is the daughter of Isaac and Sarah Robinson Warner, who were Iowa pioneers living in a cabin as did all their neighbors.  Shortly after the birth of their daughter they returned to the East where she was educated for the profession of teaching, being graduated from the New York City Normal College in  1878.  She taught in the Oswego, N. Y., Normal School, in the Milwaukee, Wis. Normal School and in the High School at Leavenworth, Kan.  She also taught biology in Armour Institute, and in the free kindergarten association training class of Chicago.  She has delivered lectures in many cities.  Her specialty is biology and she has written many books and magazine articles on the beginnings of life, and how to teach children the simple laws of biology and nature study.  In 1913 she contributed a series of articles on nature studies for the Outlook which received most favorable criticism.  Many of her books are used as supplementary readers in the schools.  They are attractively illustrated and the children love them.  Among her books are "A Song Of Life,"   "A Few Familiar Flowers,"   "Life and Love,  "Flowers and Their Friends,"  "The Bee People,"   "Seed Babies,"   "The Honey Makers,"   "Little Wanderers,"   "Down North and Up Along,"   The Insect Folk,"  "Little Mitchell,"  "Wasps and Their Ways,"  "The Renewal of Life,"  "Grasshopper Land,"  "Donkey John of the Toy Village" and  "The Insect Folk."  Mrs. Morley lives at Tryon, North Carolina.


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