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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. George W. Needles

Mrs. Margaret Crosby Needles was born June 19, 1861, in Columbus, Ohio.  She is the daughter of Amasa Jones and Ellen Crosby.  Her great grandfather, Dr. Samuel Crosby, was a surgeon in the army under Gen. Washington during the War of the Revolution.  In his honor the Centerville chapter, D. A. R., is named Dr. Samuel Crosby Chapter.  Her paternal great-grandfather was also a Revolutionary soldier.  On Aug. 29, 1883, she was married in Centerville to George W. Needles, editor and publisher of the Centerville Daily Citizen, which was established in 1864.  For ten years Mrs. Needles has been on the staff of her husband's paper, of which her son is the business manager.  She is the mother of three children --- Otis Crosby Needles, Eleanor Colby and Lyman C., who died several years ago.  In religious faith she is a Unitarian and is active in all the interests of the church.  She is a member of the M. X. L. Club, a prominent social organization, of the O. E. S., the P. E. O. sisterhood, and of the D. A. R.  She was instrumental in organizing the chapter in 1910 and has been for several years its regent.  She is a charter member of the Ladies' Cemetery Association, which has a membership of fifteen.  It was organized by Mrs. Geo. W. Merrett in 1898, and in that time beautiful drives have been laid out, a pergola built in the center of Bradley Memorial Park, a superintendent's home built and a white stone chapel erected.  Mrs. Needles is vice-president of the association.  She has served the State Society of D. A> R> two years as organizing regent and has served on state and national D. A. R. committees.  She enjoys society and leads a busy life in her home and in her interest in public welfare work.



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