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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. Julia Ellen Rogers

Although not a native of this state, yet a woman whom Iowa claims because of her long residence within its borders is Julia Ellen Rogers, author and lecturer.  She was born in La Salle county, Illinois, Jan. 21, 1866.  Her parents, Daniel Farrend and Ruth Dodd Lewellyn, lived on a farm and it was here that as a child she lived near to nature and learned to love and understand nature in her varied seasons and moods.  In 1892 she was graduated from the State University of Iowa with the degree Ph. B.  In 1892 she received the degree of M. S. in agriculture, in the College of Agriculture in Cornell University, New York.  For many years she taught in the public schools and academies of Iowa.  She was head of the Department of Biology in the East High School, Des Moines, and taught also in the Cedar Rapids High School.  She taught nature science in many summer schools in different parts of the state.  She has lectured in many cities on various phases of nature study, on civic improvement, the beautifying of cities by trees and parks and kindred subjects.  She is the editor of the Nature Club department in Country Life in America and has done much to encourage her readers to love the out of doors and to conserve the beauty spots of our country.  She is the author of a number of books, among them "The Shell Book,"  "Among Green Trees,"  "Earth and Sky,"  "Trees Every Child Should Know,"  and "Wild Animals Every Child Should Know."  She is a devoted member of the Presbyterian church and is a sorority woman, being a member of Pi Beta Phi and Phi Beta Kappa.  She has a residence in New York at 2338 Loring Place.



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