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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. HELEN READ ANDREW

A woman of broad culture and a gentle woman of the highest type is Mrs. Helen Read Andrew of Ottumwa.  She was born in Byron, Ill., Jany. 17, 1844, the oldest daughter of Lucius and Emily Read who came from Vermont to Illinois when the state was considered on the far frontier.  She graduated from Wheaton College in 1863, having had unusual educational advantages for the time.  She is the widow of Archibald Andrew and has one son, Lucius A. Andrew, who is president of the Citizen's Saving Bank of Ottumwa.  She taught school after her husband's death in Illinois and Wisconsin for twenty years and was interested in newspaper work for ten years.  She has always been a woman of keen thought and a great reader.  She keeps abreast of the times and is much interested in the advancement of women.  She believes sincerely in the justice of equal suffrage.  She has been prominent in the State W. C. T. U. work; for five years she was press superintendent and later district president.  For thirty years she has been a club woman; for several terms she was president of the Ottumwa Woman's Club, treasurer of the City Federation of Clubs, president of the Bay View Club and of the Union Bible Class.  As president of the Visiting Nurse Association she has directed a splendid work of Ottumwa's dependent classes.  She is a member of the Presbyterian church and devoted to it's interests in the Sunday school and missionary work.  She has traveled extensively in this country and in Europe.

Mrs. Andrew has always been a woman of vision, who saw possibilities of human advancement and uplift and has done her part to make real her vision.
 

 

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