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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. L. F. Andrews

Mrs. L. F. Andrews, literary woman, one of the leading club women of Iowa, real Daughter of the American Revolution, at the age of 85, is recognized as a leader among the women of the state.  She is the daughter of John Van Dalson, who was born in Newborough, N. Y. in 1702.  He was a minute man and served during the whole of the Revolutionary War.  He was with Washington at the battle of Trenton on Christmas night, 1776.  He was in the battle of Saratoga and witnessed Burgoyne's surrender;  he was in the battle of Yorktown when the new nation won its victory there.  At the close of the war John Dalson was married to ELizabeth Carr at Big Flats, N. Y.  Their daughter, Sophia M. Dalson, was born in Elmira, N. Y., in 1829, and came with her parents in a covered wagon to Michigan in 1835.  When a little girl she became proficient in household arts, learned to spin and to do the tasks which fell to the lot of the pioneers.  Her early life was a struggle for an education in a day and land where there were few advantages.  She taught school at intervals to pay the expense of her education.  Mrs. Andrews has been twice married.  Mrs. John W. Bishop of Santa Ana, Cali., is a daughter by her first marriage, and Mr. Frank M. Andrews, the very successful architect, is a son by her second marriage.  Mrs. Andrews came to Des Moines in 1864, since which time she has been a leader in society, clubs, and literary life.  She was one of the first women to be given a seat in the Iowa legislature as a press correspondent.  She is a charter member of the Des Moines Woman's Club, organized in 1865, and first regent of Abigail Adams Chapter, D. A. R.



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