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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. Frank Walcott Webster

Mrs. Louise Rhine Webster was born in Hartford, Iowa, daughter of Joshua Wilson Rhine and Malinda Wilson.  Her grandfather, John Rhine, was one of Washington's life guards.  She was educated in the Indianola schools, at Ackworth Academy and in Drake University.  For several years she taught in the public schools of Des Moines.  On March 31, 1891 she was married in Des Moines to Frank Walcott Webster, a descendant of Henry Walcott, through Wm. Bradford to the Rev. John Walcott, colonial governor of Connecticut.  They have three children, Frank Rhine Walcott Webster, Louis Walcott Webster, and Theodore Walcott Webster.  Mrs. Webster belongs to the Disciples' church, University Place,  to the Des Moines Women's Club, a member of the board of management and chairman of the art committee, to Abigail Adams Chapter D. A. R., of which she has been vice-regent and secretary.  She organized the Beacon Hill Chapter, Children of the American Revolution, having fifty members and was the president two years.  She has served as chairman of state D. A. R. committees, is a member of the Mississippi Valley Historical Society, Des Moines Musical Association, Unity Circle, Equal Suffrage League, was president of the Des Moines Federation of Women's Clubs, 1913-14.  She is now chairman of the school of methods for the Iowa Suffrage Association and has made many addresses in the state along this line.  She has contributed to periodicals and magazines, for some time being a department editor.  She is the author of many verses which have been published, some of which have been set to music.  She is a woman of much ability and many talents.



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