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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. Henry J. Howe

One of the most popular women in Iowa and one who merits the popularity is Mrs. Henry J. Howe of Marshalltown.  Anna Belknp Howe was born May 14, 1849, at Randolph, Vermont.

She is the daughter of Lorenzo Belknap and Betsy L. Austin.  She is a descendant of Sir Robert Belknap, Chief Justice of England, under Edward the Second, 1357.  She was educated at Northfield Academy, Northfield, Vt.  On May 31, 1876, at Northfield she was married to Henry J. Howe.  She is a member of the Congregational church.  She has served as president the following local clubs:  Twentieth Century, Woman's Club, Marshalltown Federation of Women's Clubs, Hawthorne, and Witengamote.  She was president I. F. W. C. in 1895-97, being the second president of the state organization.  She is now Honorary president.  She is chairman of the Scholarship and Loan Fund Com. I. F. W. C.  She is a member of the Iowa Society of Colonial Dames.  She has served the Spinning Wheel chapter D. A. R. as its regent.  She joined D. A. R. on the service of Simeon Belknap.  She is president of the Marshall Co. Historical Society.  Has served the Iowa Library Association as its president.  For eleven years she was president of the Marshalltown Public Library.  She has served the National League of Library Commissions as vice-president.  Since 1904 she has been a member of the Iowa Library Commission.  In 1904 she had the honor to be a member of the Woman's Auxiliary Committee of the Iowa Commission to the Louisiana Purchase Exposition at St. Louis.  She has contributed to Iowa's Literary History by compiling "A List of Iowa Authors."  Mrs. Howe is typical of the very best among Iowa women.



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