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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. Julia Baldwin McKibbin

Julia Baldwin McKibbin --- author, college professor and one of "God's good women," was born Dec. 16, 1855, in Keosauqua, Ia.  She is the daughter of Charles Baldwin and Rachel Wright, who were married on the Wright farm in Van Buren county and lived in Keosauqua for fifty-four years, celebrating their golden wedding in the old home in 1894.  Her mother was a sister of Geo. G. Wright of the Supreme Court of Iowa, and later of the U. S. Senate.  Another brother, Joseph A. Wright, was Governor of Indiana.  Mrs. McKibbin attended the State University at Iowa City and was graduated from the Iowa Wesleyan University, B. A. and M. A.  She belonged to P. E. O. when it was a college sorority, being one of the early members.  On July 20, 1886, she was married in Keosauqua to Dr. Geo. J. McKibbin.  One son was born to them --- George Baldwin McKibbin, April 26, 1888.  He is a lawyer by profession, practicing in Chicago, a young man of whom his mother is justly proud.  After the death of Dr. McKibbin for several years she held the chair of history in the Iowa Wesleyan University, and was later field secretary of the Women's Guild of Iowa Wesleyan and Dean of Woman.  She is the author of "Miriam," a book which has had wide circulation, and has received favorable comment by literary critics.  She has written many short stories, and serials for magazines and has done a great deal of newspaper work.  She is a member of the M. E. church and a woman of staunch Christian character.  She belonged to the Mt. Pleasant Ladies' Library Association, the second oldest club in the United States, and the oldest in Iowa.  She has traveled extensively in this country and in Europe and is a woman of broad culture.



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