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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. Roger S. Galer

Mrs. Laura Bowman Galer was born in Carroll, May 12, 1877.  She is the daughter of Truman Lewis Bowman and Anna Hubbard.  Her ancestors on both sides have been Americans since 1650 and have fought in 1776, 1812 and 1861.  Her great grandfather, Godfrey Bowman, of Pennsylvania, was one of the eight men who carried Commodore Perry from ship to ship during the battle of Lake Erie.  Her mother's mother was a Hale of Connecticut of the same family as Nathan Hale and Edward Everett Hale.  Mrs. Galer is a graduate of the Boston High School, of the Iowa State Normal, B. Di. 1900, of Radcliffe B. A.  1904, and of the Rider Divinity School, B. D. 1911.  She was a member of the faculty of the Iowa State Normal School 1904-'09, of Lombard College, 1909-'11.  She was pastor of the Universalist church of Markesaw, Wis., 1911-'12.  She is now pastor of the Mitchelville, Iowa and vice-president of the Iowa Convention.

In 1912 she was married to Roger Sherman Galer at Wellesley Hills, Mass., a well known lawyer of Mt. Pleasant, which city is their home.  Mr. Galer's parents were pioneers of southeast Iowa.  He received the degree M. A. at Iowa State University, later studying law.  Mrs. Galer believes very sincerely in equal suffrage.  She is a woman of the keenest intellect, and one of the most delightful public speakers among the women of Iowa.  She thinks as she talks, and holds the interest of her audience every moment.  She belongs to the Ladies' Library Association, the second oldest club in the United States.  She is fond of society and has a rare faculty for making friends.



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