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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. J. J. Seerley

Mrs. John J. Seerley, was president of the Iowa Federation of Women's Clubs, 1905-'07, and always active in its interests.  Mrs. Elizabeth L. Clark Seerley was born in Huntsburg, Ohio, Nov. 19, 1854, and died at her home in Burlington, April 2, 1913.  She was graduated from the State University of Iowa in 1876.  For two years she was superintendent of schools at West Liberty.  On Sept. 17, 1879, she was married to the Hon. John J. Seerley, a prominent member of the Iowa bar, who has practiced in Burlington since 1877, and who served as congressman from the first district 1890-92.  They have three children:  Mrs. Florence E. Reed of Denver;  Mrs. Hazel V. Bell of Evanston, and John J. Seerley, Jr., of Burlington.  Mrs. Seerley was by nature a leader, but charmingly tactful and kind, and so this quality never offended even the humblest.  She was a patron of everything that ministered to the public welfare.  She was prominent and popular in society, and enjoyed meeting her friends in a social way.  She was a devout Christian, being a member of the Congregational church.  She was a devoted wife and mother and the atmosphere of her home life was all the name "home" implies.  She was a woman steadfastly loyal to womanhood, and to the welfare of women she gave her deep interest.  She believed sincerely in clubs for women for the sake of study and for the co-operative sympathy which they create.  She belonged to many local clubs and was prominent in the Iowa Federation and in the General Federation to which she was many times a delegate.  She spoke with ease, and with conviction and was always a force in the conventions.  She was a woman whose life and work are a lasting memorial.



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