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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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Miss Gulielma Zollinger

Guilelma Zollinger, author, was born in Mt. Morris, Ill., April 13, 1856, and came with her parents to Newton, Ia., March, 1857, which has since been her home.  She is the author of a number of books which have had wide circulation, perhaps the best known is "The Widow O'Callaghan's Boys."  She wrote this book to show that when people do not succeed in life it is largely their own fault --- there is a chance for every one, no matter what their condition in life may be.  "Maggie McLenehan," a book for girls, teaches the same lesson.  She has begun a series of Historical Juveniles, the first of which is "A Boy's Ride," laid in the reign of John.  The second is "The Rout of the Foreigner," laid in the early years of the reign of King Henry III.  She spent several months in England in study for this series, the completion of which has been delayed by the illness of her mother, to whom she has for several years given her entire time and companionship.  Her books are wholesome and charming, and are enjoyed equally by children and adults.  She is personally a most interesting woman, one with a sense of humor and the keenest wit.  She is a member of the Authors' League of America, the Iowa Press and Authors' Club, of the Faith Trumbull Chapter, D. A. R., at Norwich, Conn.  She is a P. E. O. and was the first president of the Newton chapter.  She is an active worker in the Friday Club, a local literary club, and is a member of the O. E. S.  In religious faith she is a Congregationalist.  She has traveled widely in America and spent three summers in England.  Her literary work has received merited recognition throughout this country as well as in England.



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