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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. Susie Moreing Burr Healey

Mrs. Susie Moreing Burr Healy who organized at Dubuque the National Society of the Women of the Civil War and was its first president, was born in Dubuque, Jany. 5, 1856.  She is the daughter of Jesse Moreing and Celia Johnson.  Her father was one of the very early settlers, having come with Dr. Stephen Longworthy, the first physician to come to that section of the state.  He settled on a farm where their six children were born.  Later he built the Illinois Central R. R. from Dubuque to Galena.  Mrs. Healey was graduated form the high school and taught in the city schools for several years.  June 3, 1867, she was married to Prof. David P. Burr;  to them were born two children, Louie Farwell and Theodore Louis.  She is a member of the First Presbyterian church of Chicago.  She has lived many winters in California and during the mid winter fair in San Francisco she was superintendent of the San Joaquin county building, the largest county building on the grounds.  She has been appointed to an important position by the Woman's Board of the Panama Exposition, 1914.  She has been a prominent club woman of Dubuque as secretary of the city federation of clubs, president of the church federate of women, and a member of the Y. W. C. A. Directorate.  Because she, a Dubuque woman organized the National Society of Women of the Civil War, that city will always be its national headquarters.  She is familiar with every section of this country, having crossed the continent forty-two times and sailed around it once.  She is a business woman, having dealt largely in land, as well as in city property.  She has always been a successful self-reliant woman, and yet she is most womanly in her tastes and ideals.



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