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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. Frederick P. Hartsook

A visitor at one of the bienniels of the General Federation of Women's Clubs, said:  "I am impressed with the fact that practically all of the women are devoted Christians, loyal members of their churches.  And most of them if the question were asked, would admit that the vision which made them really successful in their club work had its beginnings in their church life."  Lavina R. Hartsook was born July 7, 1876, near Winterset, which town is still her home.  Her parents, James Foresman and Mary E. Travis Foresman, came to Madison county in the early 60's.  Mr Foresman with three brothers served through the Civil War, in the Union Army.  Her paternal grandparents were Samuel and Rebecca Oakes Foresman;  her maternal grandparents were Martin B. and Lavina Beyer Travis, all of whom were Pennsylvanians.  She received her education in the schools of Winterset and in the Northwestern University.  On June 12, 1900, she was married to Frederic P. Hartsook.  They have one daughter, Helen.  Mrs. Hartsook is a member of the Presbyterian church and superintendent of the Sunday school.  She has served the local missionary society as president and secretary.  For seven years she has been an officer in the Des Moines Presbyterial Society of Foreign Missions.  She was secretary for four years, secretary of literature one year and is now president, having held that office two years.  This is one of the largest and strongest Presbyterial societies in the State and much of its success is due to Mrs. Hartsook.  She is Cor. Sec of the Woman's Club, a member of the Conservation Committee I. F. W. C. and a member of the P. E. O. sisterhood.



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