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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. Chauncey P. Colegrove

Emma Ridley Colegrove was born Dec. 28, 1866, at Grinnell.  Her mother, Maria Anna Brown, born in Evercreech, Eng., in 1845, came to Grinnell in 1855.  Her grandfather, John Brown, was prominent and influential, working with J. B. Grinnell and others, for the general uplift.  Her father, Chas. A. Ridley, born in Searsport, Me., 1841, a veteran of the Civil War, is a descendant of the ancient Ridley family, Northumberland, Eng.  Mrs. Colegrove graduated from the Grinnell High School, the Iowa State Normal, M. Di., Michigan University Ph. B., Radcliffe College, A. M.  She taught in the Grinnell schools, principal of the Perry high school and was head of the Historical Dept. Iowa State Teachers' College.  Married Aug. 29, 1899 to Chauncey P. Colegrove, A. M., SC. D.  They have three children--Marian Emma, born 1900;  Donald Ridley, 1901;  Catherine Anna, 1909.  She is president of the Cedar Falls Woman's Club, the largest and most influential club in the city, a member of the M. E. church, active in the missionary work of the upper Iowa conference, a member of the Tuesday Club, of the Cedar Falls Chapter D. A. R., recording secretary of the Iowa Congress of Mothers and secretary of the Iowa State Teachers College Alumni Association.  She often makes public addresses on missionary, social and educational topics.  She is the author of an "Outline guide to American History."  Her husband, Dr. Colegrove, is head of the Professional Department and vice president of the Iowa Teachers' College.  He is a lecturer of national reputation on educational lines and his latest book, "The Teacher and the School," has already (1913) been adopted by the State Reading Circle Boards of twenty-six states.



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