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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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Miss Harriet Isadora Lake

Miss Harriet Isadora Lake, Vice-president General National Society, Daughters of the American Revolution, was born in Independence, the daughter of Col. Jed Lake, a prominent Iowa lawyer, and Sarah Meyer Lake, descended from many old New England families, viz:  Lake, Waldo, Adams, Dimmock, Abbott, Church, Blakeslee, etc.  She was graduated from the Independence high school, later attending the University of Michigan and the Boston School of Expression.  She is a member of the Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority.  She is a member of the Protestant Episcopal church.  For two years she was corresponding secretary of the Iowa Federation of Women's Club and for two years she was General Federation state secretary.  She started the federation loan fund in the third Congressional District in 1909, it was adopted as a work of the state in 1911.  Miss Lake was chosen treasurer of the Scholarship and Loan Fund Committee in 1911, and served until 1913, when she was chosen chairman, which position she now holds.  She is one of the best known Iowa women among the Daughters of the American Revolution.  She organized Penelope Van Princess chapter, June 3, 1903, and was its regent until 1910.  She was elected Vice-president General of the national society at the Continental Congress held in Washington, D. C., April, 1911, which position she still holds.  She is a D. A. R. by virtue of the services of Henry Lake, Capt. James Blakeslee, Malachi Church and John Waldo.  Is a member of the National Society of Colonial Dames, through the service of Capt. Samuel Adams of Massachusetts, son of Henry Adams, emigrant ancestor of the Adams' family.  She was state regent Iowa D. A. R., 1908-10.



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