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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. James G. Berryhill

Mrs. Virginia J. Berryhill, vice-president of the General Federation of Women's Clubs, and the first president of the Iowa Federation of Women's Clubs, was born in Fairfield, Iowa, the daughter of Christian Wolff and Nancy M. Seward Slagle.  After completing the public school course, she entered the State University of Iowa, graduating in the class of 1877, A. B.  Her college sorority is Phi Beta Kappa.  In 1878 she studied in Berlin, taking the Victoria lyceum lecture courses.  She taught for one year in a Female Seminary in Pennsylvania.  On Jany. 19, 1881, she was married at Fairfield to James G. Berryhill, of Des Moines.  They have two children:  James G. and Katherine.  She is a member of the Unitarian church and active in the Unity Circle.  She is one of the best known club women of Iowa, having made this state known favorably in the general federation.  At the meeting of the general federation in Chicago, 1914, she was elected its vice-president, an honor altogether merited.  When the Iowa Federation was organized in 1893, Mrs. Berryhill was elected its first president.  She has since served on many state committees and was chairman of the legislative committee when at the biennial held in 1913, at Cedar Rapids, the Iowa federation declared for equal suffrage.  She has served the Associated Charities of Des Moines as vice-president;  she has served the Des Moines Woman's Club as president, and has also been president of the City Federation of clubs.  She is a member of the Iowa Press and Authors' Club and has been its president.  She is corresponding secretary of the Colonial Dames of Iowa.  She is the author of a biographical sketch of Prof. A. N. Currier, published in the annals of Iowa.



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