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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. Howard Tedford

Mrs. Regina Vale Tedford of Mt. Ayr was born at Bonaparte, Nov. 4, 1876, the daughter of Benjamin Rex Vale and Julia Biddle.  Her grandfather, Jacob G. Vale, was state senator for two terms and her father was state senator for four terms, representing the same district.  Her father's mother's ancestry is traced from morganatic marriage of George III of England, hence the family name Rex.  She received her classical education at Monmouth College and at the State University of Iowa.  Her musical education was obtained at New England Conservatory of Music, Boston.  At her home in Bonaparte, on June 4, 1902, she was married to Howard Tedford, of Mt. Ayr, editor of the Mt. Ayr Record, son of James Harvey Tedford and Elizabeth Rowan.  His father has been an Iowa newspaper man since 1870.  His mother was a native of New York, a descendant of the Rowans, who were noted patriots and who rendered valiant service in the war of the Revolution.  Mr. Tedford was for three terms state binder and was clerk for the Interstate Commerce Commission (1895-96) of which Col. W. P. Hepburn was chairman.  From this committee the Panama Canal bill was first recommended for passage by Congress.  Mrs. Tedford is in religious faith a Presbyterian.  A member of P. E. O., and has served her chapter as president and been a delegate to both state and national conventions.  She is one of the organizing regents of Iowa D. A. R.  She has traveled all over this country;  been to Cuba, Panama and through Europe.  She is woman who has had every advantage, birth, education, travel, association with cultivated people, and the result is a woman of very high type.



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