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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. Anson Marston

Mary Alice Day Marston, of Ames, was born near Gasport, Niagara county, N. Y., June 21, 1865.  She is the daughter of Dudley Watson Day, Sr., and Rachel Scott Day, both of New England ancestry.  She is a graduate of the University of Michigan.  After her graduation she taught school for several years and was married Dec. 14, 1892, to Anson Marston, Dean of Engineering at Iowa State College.  He was born May 31, 1864, the son of George W. Marston and Sarah Scott, pioneers of Illinois.  Prof. Marston is a graduate of Cornell University, Ithaca, N. Y., and is one of the foremost men in this country in his profession.  He is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, of the National Society for the Promotion of Civil Engineering Education, the Western Society of Civil Engineers and the Iowa Engineering Society.  Under his professorship the engineering department or Iowa College has become a model for other schools.  Two children have been born to Prof. and Mrs. Marston, Morrill Watson Marston, born Jany. 30, 1896, and Anson Day Marston, born May 30, 1905.  Mrs. Marston is a member of the Congregational church, of the P. E. O. sisterhood, of the Club of Faculty Women of Iowa State College, of the Parent-Teachers' Association and of the Sun Dial chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, joining on the service of Abram Van Vleet and Serg. Noah Day.  She has served on many committees of the state and national society and was State Regent of Iowa D. A. R., 1911-12, being a very efficient and just officer.  She presided at the conference held in Des Moines, which was one of the most successful of the state conferences.



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