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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. I. M. Earle

Mrs. Teda Morgan Earle, of Des Moines is the daughter of Elija Dodson Morgan, and Kirilla Ann Dorsa Wilhite, who came to Pella, Iowa, April 1, 1854, being early settlers of that very interesting Holland colony.  Beside the daughter there were four sons in the family:  John S. Morgan, who served through the Civil War and was promoted from the ranks to the office of First Lieutenant for conspicuous gallantry in the field.  After his return from the war he practiced law for several years, but died as a result of exposure while in the service.  The other three sons were practicing physicians, --- Dr. Horace Wilber Morgan, and Dr. Curtis Chapman Morgan, both of whom died a few years ago, and Dr. Benjamin Franklin Morgan, who practices his profession in Clay Center, Kansas.  Mrs. Earle was educated at Central University at Pella, Iowa.  In 1876 she was married to Ira Marshall Earle, of Des Moines, general counsel for the Bankers' Life Association, and its vice-president.  Mrs. Earle is a member of the Christian Science Church, Des Moines Woman's Club the Votes for Women League.  In 1910 she published a charming book of verses, --- Jack Frost Jingles under the nom de plume of Earlaine Morgan.  Other poems and verses have been published in the Med Western, and other magazines.  Her verses have all been well received.  While she does not write as much as she did a few years ago, occasional verses still appear in magazines and periodicals.  She has a fine appreciation of literature, music, and all of the refining things of life,  She is a woman of poise, of remarkably sweet spirit, and optimistic in every view of life.



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