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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. Dorothy Christy Ketcham

Dorothy Christy Ketcham enjoys the distinction of belonging to one of the oldest and most prominent families of Van Buren county, Iowa, being the daughter of Thos. Christy, who came from Harrison county, Ohio, in 1842, and Sarah Johnson Crhisty, who came from Fountain county, Indiana, 1837.  Her father was prominent in the commercial and political affairs of the state and county during his life.  He served as County Supervisor in 1873 and as a member of the State Legislature in 1876.  He organized the Farmers & Traders' State Bank of Bonaparte, Iowa, which was the first bank in the county and was active in the management of it until his death in 1887.  Her mother, who is still living, now resides at Bonaparte, Iowa, in the same home where she entered as a bride sixty years ago, this being the birthplace of Mrs. Ketcham on June 16, 1876.

Miss Christy became the wife of B. F. Ketcham, Nov. 29, 1899, after which they spent a year in Donnellson where her husband was cashier of the Citizens' Mutual Bank.  They came to Farmington in 1900, where they have since lived, Mr. Ketcham being the vice-president of the First National Bank of Farmington.  They have one child, Helen Christy Ketcham.

Mrs. Ketcham is a graduate of the Bonaparte High School.  Her ancestry on both sides for several generations back were of the Presbyterian faith, but since coming to Farmington Mrs. Ketcham affiliates with the Congregational church.  She is active in society and club work.  She is president of chapter O, P. E. O.  She is a modest, dignified and charming woman whose influence is pronounced in behalf of all that is noble and lofty in sentiment.



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