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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. Helen Mar Comstock

"You might read her beautiful biography written in the hearts of her friends; and heart biographies are the only true ones we know."  Certainly this is true of Mrs. Helen Mar Comstock, who long will live in the memory of all who knew her.  She was descended from Virginia ancestry.  Her great-great-great grandfather founded the second church in the valley of Virginia which was known as the Old Stone Church.  Her grandfather lived in a settlement in Augusta county, Va., from which came President Harrison and other noted men.  Her father was William Graham, whose lineage is traced from the Earl of Montrose and many of the family distinction in the professions.  Graham Hospital in Keokuk is a memorial to William Graham.  Her mother was Martha M. Coyle, born at Lexington, Ky., of Scotch-Irish descent.  Mrs. Comstock was born in Jasper, Ind., in 1837, and died in Pasadena on Easter morning, April 12, 1914.  She moved with her parents to Keokuk in 1847.  At the age of sixteen she was married to Gilbert Comstock who died several years ago.  Mrs. Comstock always called Keokuk "home," although she spent many seasons in Washington;  lived in the north in summers and the last ten years of her life lived in California, and only visited "home."  At her death she left many bequests to benevolences.  She was a devoted Presbyterian and a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution.  She was a woman of the greatest charm, an unusually beautiful woman physically, a woman cultivated by study and travel and above all a woman of the most devoted Christian character.



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