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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. Albert E. Connable

Rose Florida Franklin, the daughter of Noah Arnold Franklin and Nancy Long, was born in Keokuk.  The first home built by her parents in 1845 at 110 N. First St., still stands;  as the town grew they moved to 319 Morgan St., later to 623 High St., which is still the home of the elder daughter, Mrs. J. C. Paradice.  The Franklin family was a prominent one socially and in a business way.  Mrs. Connable was educated in Miss Lawrence's private school and in the convent of the sisters of the Visitation;  later she graduated from the Oakland Female Seminary at Hillsborough, Ohio.  She was married Nov. 6, 1872 to Albert E. Connable.  Their home for 35 years was at "Rose Dale," a beautiful home surrounded by 300 acres, a mile east of Hamilton, Ill.  Here three children were born to them---Saidee Perry, now the wife of Ira W. Wills, president of the Kellogg-Birge & Co. of Keokuk;  Lucile Helen, the wife of Lewis C. Judd of Los Angeles, who is interested in the Imperial Valley and in Mexican Mines.  Franklin Albert of Houston, Texas, is president of the Hot Well Co.  Mrs. Connable is a member of the Unitarian church of which her father was a charter member and of which her father-in-law, A. C. Connable, was a pillar for many years.  For years she was president of the Montibello Floral Society of Hamilton, and belongs to several prominent Keokuk Clubs.  She has traveled all over America and in 1909-10 she and Mr. Connable made a journey around the world.  She has given many delightful addresses and travel talks before clubs and societies and the written story of her journey furnishes material for an unusual book of travel, which she has been urged many times to have published.



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