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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. Charles P. Frantz

Mary Eliza Arnold Franz was born in Salem, Iowa, Feby. 29, 1876.  She is the daughter of Columbus Vespucius Arnold and Adeline Patterson Howard.  Her father was one of the prominent men of southern Iowa, living in Mt. Pleasant for nearly forty years.  For twenty years he was treasurer of the Iowa State Hospital for the Insane, for twenty-two years he was treasurer of Henry county, for fifteen years he was cashier of the Henry Co. Savings Bank.  It is interesting to note that Mr. Arnold's grandfather held the first patent for the threshing machine.  Adeline Patterson Howard Arnold was a descendant of Henry Howard, the second son of the Duke of Norfolk who settled in America at Newbern, N. C.  Her grandfather, Elisha Bates, was a Quaker preacher who stood very high in the councils of the church and was sent three times to church conferences in England.

Mrs. Frantz was educated in the public schools of Mt. Pleasant and in the Iowa Wesleyan College, being graduated in 1896, with the degree of B. S., later receiving M. S.  She belonged to the College P. E. O. chapter, and to Alpha Xi Delta, which later supplanted it.  She was married November 7, 1900, to Dr. Charles Peter Frantz, a successful practitioner of Burlington, where they reside in a beautiful home on North Hill.  They have three children, Robert Arnold, Charlotte May and Howard Jerome.  She is an active member of the M. E. church.  She has served the Burlington chapter of P. E. O. as president three years, as organizer and as vice-president of the State Grand Chapter.  She belongs to the Burlington Musical Club and to the Golf Club, enjoys society and her friends but finds her greatest interest in her family and home.



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