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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. A. S. Hazelton

Mrs. Emma Higham Hazelton, daughter of Abel Highman and Anna Pierce Easton, was born April 23, 1858, at Keokuk, Iowa.  Abel Higham came from an English Quaker family and emigrated in an early day from Bolton, England.  He settled first in Philadelphia where he married Anna Pierce Eaton, who descended from Francis Eaton of May Flower fame, Abraham Pierce of Plymouth Colony, the Rounsville and Howland families, and was connected with many of the most prominent families of Colonial times.  In 1851 Mr. and Mrs. Higham located in Keokuk, where they made their home and both found their final resting place.  Mrs. Hazelton's oldest brother, Richard Higham, was the only soldier killed at the battle of Fort Donaldson, in Co. A., Second Iowa Regiment.  When a boy a lasting friendship was formed between Richard Higham and Mark Twain, which only ended with the former's death.  In 1856, he with a number of the most prominent young men of Keokuk, formed the Gate City Literary Institute which founded the magnificent public library of that city.

May 16, 1888, at Keokuk, she was married to Arthur Sargent Hazelton, a promising young lawyer of Council Bluffs, and has made her home in that city ever since.  Two sons were born to them, Charles Sargent and Paul Higham.  Mrs. Hazelton has never been inclined to public life, and while she was for some years a member of social and literary clubs, they have been rather an incident in her life than live issues.  She is a member of the Council Bluffs Chapter of the D. A. R., and has traveled quite extensively in her own country, is deeply interested in public affairs, but is not an advocate of woman suffrage.



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