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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. Albert C. Zaiser

Grace Melcher Zaiser, dramatic reader, was born at Danville, Ia., Sept. 19, 1879.  She is the daughter of Dennis Melcher and Sarah V. Hanna.  She received a classical education at Monmouth College, Monmouth, Ill.  Later she was graduated from the Columbia College of Expression, Chicago, and took a post graduate course in Emerson College, Boston.  At the close of her training she appeared in many cities under the management of Lyceum bureaus, most successfully.  She has made a specialty of the interpretation of modern drama.  She has successfully appeared in lecture courses, with concert companies and in individual programs.  She is a woman of unusual beauty and has a charming stage presence;  her interpretations are natural and always artistic.  Her repertoire, includes, besides most of the modern dramas, which lend themselves to this sort of interpretation, a number of modern novels, allegories and many short poems and prose selections.  On Jany. 1, 1902, she was married in Burlington, Ia., to Dr. Albert C. Zaiser.  They have one son, Donald Zaiser, born June 14, 1905.  She is a member of the United Presbyterian church, of the Shakespeare Club, of the Burlington Musical Club, of P. E. O. and of the King's Daughters.  To make even one mind appreciate good literature, who else might miss that joy in his life, is no small service.  To such a talented woman as this J. M. Barrie's appreciation of his mother might well apply:  "When you looked into my mother's eyes, you knew as if He had told you, why God sent her into the world --- it was to open the minds of all who looked to beautiful thoughts.  And this is the beginning and end of Literature."



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