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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. F. M. Hubbell

One of the most beautiful homes in Des Moines, surrounded by a great lawn, shaded with forest trees, and filled with beautiful things gathered from every country in the world, is presided over by Mrs. F. M. Hubbell.  She is a woman of gentle manner, gracious and kind to all who enter the wide portals of her home.  She was born near Toledo, Ohio, in 1840, and came to Iowa in 1845 with her parents, Isaac Cooper and Caroline Armstrong Cooper.  Her father was a nephew of J. Fennimore Cooper, the novelist.  They lived the life of the pioneers, and with strong hearts and great courage did their part toward laying the foundation which made possible our Iowa of today.  On March 19, 1863, Mr. and Mrs. F. M. Hubbell were married in Des Moines and began life in a very unpretentious way.  In March, 1913, they celebrated their golden wedding anniversary, the pleasure of which occasion was shared by hundreds of friends.  In those fifty years through diligence and good business judgment Mr. Hubbell has come to be the richest man in Iowa.  They have three children:  Frederic Cooper Hubbell, Beulah C. Hubbell, now Countess Wechtmeister of Sweden, and Grover Cooper Hubbell.  They have six grand children:  Frederic Winson who made Harvard in three years, and James Winson now a Harvard student, both sons of Frederic C. Hubbell.  Their daughter who is married to Count Wechtmeister, a diplomat from Sweden, now stationed at Cairo, Egypt, has a son five years old who will take his father's title.  The youngest son, Grover Cooper Hubbell, has three little daughters:  Frances Cooper, Virginia and Mary Belle.  Mrs. Hubbell is an ideal mother and home maker.  She has traveled the world over many times, which has only served to strengthen home ties.



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