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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. H. L. Waterman

Alice Hill Waterman was born Jany. 6, 1855, the daughter of Newton Clark Hill and Mary Blake, pioneers of Ottumwa.  At eighteen she graduated from the Ottumwa high school, and taught four years.  On Oct. 9, 1879, at Oakland Farm, her father's estate, she was married to H. L. Waterman, a very successful business man, the head of a great coal mining industry, and for three terms state senator.  He had on son, Philip H. Waterman, by a previous marriage.  In speaking of him Mrs. Waterman said:  "If he has ever felt other than as my own son he has never shown it, and his children are as my own, and because of them I have known, what otherwise I should not, "The touch of baby fingers on the cheek.'"  For a number of years she was on the official board of the M. E. Church and for years was superintendent of the intermediate department of the Sunday School.  Her greatest public service has been in behalf of the Ottumwa hospital.  One of her earliest friends was Mrs. Mary Brooks Thrall, whose heart's desire had been the establishment of a city hospital, but who had not been able to bring about the realization.  In her last illness she asked Mrs. Waterman if she would undertake this work and the promise was given.  Previous to this a Bible class of twenty-five had been organized and named the Mary Brooks Thrall Bible Class, and it was in this group of women the work began.  Mrs. Waterman has worked for the hospital in season and out of season, for eighteen years, as secretary of the association and now, its president.  The success of the institution and its beneficient ministry are in a great measure the result of her labor.



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