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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. H. E. Jewell

"To whom it be given to dream, he can in no wise have peace, save in the recording of the vision."

Pauline Bonwell Jewell is the daughter of the Hon. John C. Bonwell of Audubon county, who served in the Iowa Legislature from 1906-'10.  At the age of nineteen he enlisted in Co. F, 60th Ohio Volunteer Infantry.  He served in Virginia and was taken prisoner at Harper's Ferry in 1862;  was paroled and sent to Ohio where he served with the State Militia and participated in the pursuit and capture of John Morgan in his raid through Ohio.  In '64 he again enlisted in Co. A, 175th Ohio Volunteer Infantry, and served to the close of the war.  He came to Iowa in 1869, to Marion county where he was married.  His daughter was born and educated in Iowa and has lived here all her life.  She was educated at Iowa State College at Ames.  At an early age she was married to Dr. Harrison E. Jewell of Coon Rapids, where they now reside.  There are three sons in their family.  When a school girl Mrs. Jewell began to write verse and allegories, showing marked talent even as a child.  She has written many verses since then, many of which have been published.  At the time of the development of the water power at Niagara when there was a good deal of feeling over the possible destruction of the falls she wrote a book, "Wailing Waters."  It is in the form of an allegory and profusely illustrated.  For some time she has been at work on a series of poems, "Madonnas of the Centuries."  One series has been finished and the others are in process.  When finished they will be an addition to Iowa's literature.



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