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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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Miss Baker has rendered a peculiar service in the establishment of diet kitchens in hospitals and by compiling a book, "Recipes for Nurses," giving sick diet for patients under various conditions.  She took her first training in the Department of Domestic Economy at the Iowa State College, which ranks among the finest institutions of its kind in the world.  She took further work in Columbia University, N. Y.  She was the first dietitian in the Iowa Methodist Hospital in Des Moines, from there she went to St. Joseph's Hospital in Chicago and organized the dietetic department there.  She is now head of the Domestic Science department of the Wisconsin Dunn County School of Agriculture and delivers lectures in the state on dietetics and domestic science.  Her father, Ira Baker, who was born in Marion county in 1852, is the oldest hardware and implement merchant in Iowa.  Her mother, Emma Reynolds Baker, is a native of Iowa, her parents coming here in 1850.  The Reynolds family has been prominent since pioneer days.  Miss Baker's grandmother, Mrs. Reynolds, resides in Des Moines and is able to tell interesting and thrilling stories of the early days in Iowa and of the dark days of the Civil War, when she, like other brave women of that day cared for the family and the farm while her husband fought for the preservation of the Union.  Beside her professional work Miss Baker has found time for church work, Y. W. C. A.,  P. E. O.  and local clubs.  She is one of the successful young women of Iowa.


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