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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. George W. Delaplaine

In 1852 there came to Iowa from Ohio, the Collier family and the Wilson family of Scotch and Scotch-Irish lineage, and firm in the Presbyterian faith.  They settled on adjoining farms in Van Buren county.  The household goods were sent by boat down the Ohio and up the Mississippi to Keokuk.  The families drove across the country or rode horseback.  Mary Wilson rode her own saddle horse all the long journey.  In 1855 Alexander Collier and Mary Wilson were married and in 1856 came to Keokuk to live.  Mr. Collier was a wholesale merchant and four generations of his family have been prominent in the social and business life of that city.  To Mr. and Mrs. Alexander Collier were born eight children, six of whom are living, John Wilson, David Alexander, George, Charles Cox, Mary Belle and Elizabeth Jean.  Mary B. Collier was born at Keokuk and educated in the schools there.  She was married Jany. 4, 1888, to George Walker Delaplaine, who died in 1894.  He was the son of James W. Delaplaine, who was a prominent Keokuk pioneer.  Mrs. Delaplaine enjoys society and her friends, loves travel, is a keen observer, a charming conversationalist and a constant student.  She is a member of the Art Club, the Travel Class, the Mentor Reading Club, the Monday Music Club, the Country Club, and to the Fortnightly Whist Club.  Margaret Collier Graham of literary fame is a cousin, their fathers being brothers.  For more than thirty-five years, the Collier home at 1st and High St. on the bluff overlooking the Mississippi River was a center of hospitality and good cheer and only recently because the size of the house and family were not commensurate did the old home pass into the possession of strangers.



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