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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. Ola Babcock Miller

Among the Iowa women who have that peculiar quality which for want of a better name we call "charm," is Mrs. Ola Babcock Miller of Washington.  She is a public speaker of ability and writes with a delightful style.  She is the daughter of Nathan Lee Babcock and Ophelia Smith, who were Iowa pioneers.  She was born March 1, 1871.  She was graduated from the Washington Academy in the classical course in 1890.  She later attended the Iowa Wesleyan College.  On May 28, 1895, she was married to Alex. Miller, who is editor of the Washington Democrat, a paper widely read in this state.  Mr. Miller has a peculiar style, unlike any one else and makes one interested in reading the everyday news about people whom you have never seen or heard of before.  He is the son of Peter and Barbara Somner Miller.  His paternal grandfather, Joseph Somner, was a pioneer --- a minister in the Mennonite church.  The barn on the old farm which was used as a recruiting station during the Civil War still stands.  Mrs. Miller is a member of the M. E. church.  She is a charter member of the 19th Century Club, organized in 1894.  She is a D. A. R., joining on the service of Samuel Rogers.  She has served the I. F. W. C., on the Child Labor Com., and the Civil Service Reform Com.  For many years she has been a member of the P. E. O. sisterhood and has served the Iowa Grand Chapter as secretary, vice-president and president.  She was one of the most popular and efficient presidents the Iowa Grand Chapter has had.  SHe is the mother of three children --- Ophelia Smith Miller, Barbara Somner Miller and Joseph Somner Miller, who died in infancy.



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