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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. George A. Young

Ema Jackson Young was born May 23, 1870, in Terre Haute, Ind.  Her father, Henry Llewyln Jackson, was of English descent and her mother, Elizabeth McKenna, was of Scotch-Irish ancestry.  Their early home was in Liverpool, England, whence they came to Philadelphia.  Later they moved to Indiana, where Mr. Young was born.  After her father's death her mother moved to Sioux City.  She was educated in the Sioux City schools, and on April 2, 1889, at Des Moines, was married to George A. Young, president of the Homesteaders' Insurance Society.  Since their marriage their home has been continuously in Des Moines.  Mrs. Young is a member of the First Unitarian Church and of the Unity Circle.  She is a charter member of the original Robert Browning Club.  She is a member of the Iowa Press and Authors' Club, of the Political Equality Club and of the Votes for Women League.  She believes very earnestly in equal suffrage, in its justice and expediency.  She is a member of the O. E. S., and of the Iowa Humane Society.  For the past seven years she has been associate editor of The Back Log, a fraternal insurance magazine published in Des Moines.  She is a widely read woman and finds in this one of her greatest pleasures.  She is a home-loving woman, not caring for society in the common acceptance of that term.  She and her husband have always been the closest companions, having a common interest in everything.  "There are a few people who live in perfect sympathy, in silent understanding; who do not have to spend years in shouting explanations to each other above the noise of living.  Each has looked into the other's soul, and that glance has left its record and made those souls akin forever."



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