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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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Rev. Effie McCollum Jones

Rev. Effie McCollum Jones of Waterloo, minister, lecturer and worker along philanthropic lines, was born near Ft. Scott, Kansas, March 29, 1869.  She is the daughter of Cornelius A. McCollum, a native of Ohio, and Martha Kidwell, of Tennessee.  She received her earliest schooling in the district schools of Kansas, later attending a training school in Ft. Scott.  In 1888 she entered Lombard College, pursuing studies in the college department and carrying the work in Ryder Divinity school at the same time, from which she received the degree B. D. in 1892 and D. D. in 1907.  She married Ben Wallace Jones, a classmate and with him was ordained to the ministry of the Universalist church in 1892.  Their first hoe was at Waterloo where Mr. Jones was pastor of the church of the Redeemer.  Mrs. Jones did missionary and supply work over the state.  In 1894 they moved to Barre, Vt., where they were called as co-pastors of the First Universalist church, one of the oldest and strongest churches in Vermont.  Here Mr. Jones died, Jany. 19, 1898, during an epidemic of typhoid fiver, throughout which he had aided many, only to fall a victim himself.  Dr. Jones remained more than six years as pastor after her husband's death.  She had a wide range of influence and activity here outside her church.  In 1904 she was called again to Waterloo, her husband's first pastorate.  In 1910 Dr. Jones was honored by being one of the American speakers at the International Congress of Religious Liberals in Berlin.  She is an officer of the Associated Charities, of the Woman's Club, W. C. T. U., P. E. O., Visiting Nurse Association and a trustee of Lombard College.



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