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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. Alta H. Sullivan

Mrs. Alta Haskell Sullivan, of Fairfield, is one of the women to whom has been given the highest honor in the gift of the members of the Iowa grand chapter Order of the Eastern Star, that of worthy grand matron.  She was born in Monroe county, Iowa, July 28, 1864, the daughter of the Hon. Lorenzo Osborn Haskell and Angelina Bay.  She was educated in Howe's Academy and in the Iowa Wesleyan University at Mt. Pleasant.  Howe's Academy was one of the oldest preparatory schools in Iowa, and the Iowa Wesleyan is the oldest University in Iowa.  In recent years the two schools have been combined.  Mrs. Sullivan also attended the State University of Nebraska at Lincoln.  For two years she was principal of the schools at Almena, Kansas.  On Oct. 24, 1887, she was married to William Parris Sullivan, at her home in Norton, Kans.  She is a member of Log Cabin Chapter, D. A. R., her mother being of Revolutionary descent.  She joined Original A, chapter of P. E. O., in the days when it was a college sorority.  She is a patroness of Achoth Sorority, of Iowa City.  For many years she has been a prominent member of the Order of the Eastern Star, serving as grand matron in 1912-13.  Her compilation of the memorial given at the grand chapter in October, 1913, is especially admired by the order.  She is now chairman of the Board of Custodians of the Order.  Mrs. Sullivan has fine literary taste and is a woman of wide reading along many lines.  She has a fine appreciation of art.  She believes that women have the inalienable right to franchise and should be given the privilege.  She is a careful housekeeper and a devoted home-maker, and the other things among her activities have been incidental to her home-making.



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