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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. Eugene Henley

Mrs. Louise Miller Henley of Grinnell, belongs to a family well known in this state.  Her father was Col. Alexander James Miller;  Supreme Judge W. E. Miller and Dr. Emory Miller were uncles and Judge Jesse A. Miller of Des Moines is her brother.  She was born June 9, 1872, near North Liberty, Ia.  Her father, Col. Alexander James Miller, was of Dutch Knickerbocker stock, whose grand father was one of the settlers of New Amsterdam, and owned Staten Island, until driven out by the British.  A deed to this purchase is still a family possession.  Col Miller earned his title as Colonel of the Sixth Iowa Infantry during the Civil War.  Mrs. Henley's mother was Mary Louise McColm, a native of Baltimore, Md.  When Mrs. Henley was five years old her parents moved to Oxford, Ia., where her father edited the Oxford Journal.  She was educated in the public school and at the State University of Iowa.  On June 28, 1892, she was married at Oxford to Eugene Henley, who is one of the best known educators in the State, having been superintendent of Grinnell schools since 1905.  They have two daughters, Inez Louise and Margaret Kirkley.  Mrs. Henley is a P. E. O., has served the Iowa Grand Chapter as organizer and corresponding secretary very efficiently.  She is vice-president of the Historical and Literary Club, one of the oldest clubs in Grinnell, a member of the Art Study Club and Shakespeare Club and the City Civic League.  She is a member of the Civic Com. I. F. W. C.  She has written many magazine articles and in 1913 printed a series of articles on the Yellow Stone Park where she has spent several summers.  These were later published in book form, and is a charming description of one of the greatest wonders of the world.



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