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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. EDWARD READ BURKHALTER

Lucy Anna Denise was born in Franklin, Ohio, Jany. 18, 1847.  She is the daughter of Denise Denise and Mary Elizabeth Schenk Denise who in 1847 moved to Burlington, Ia., where they were honored residents and pillars in the First Presbyterian Church the remainder of their lives.

An ancestor founded the old "Log College," which afterwards became Princeton University.  She was married on July 12, 1870, to the Rev. Edward Read Burkhalter, of New York City, and moved to New Rochelle, N. Y.  Four children were born to them, Lucy, Denise, Mary and Louis D.  In October 1876, the family moved to Cedar Rapids, where Dr. Burkhalter became pastor of the First Presbyterian church.  Mrs. Burkhalter was president of the local W. C. T. U. for many years and has held office in the State organization.  She has been president of the City Missionary Society which founded and maintained an institution known as The Helping Hand, which aided women of the poorer classes by teaching them practical lessons along many lines.  Mrs. Burkhalter has had many advantages of travel, having been in almost every state in the Union, has traveled through Europe and in the countries around the Mediterranean, Adriatic and Red Seas.  Her life is one of practical service;  she has sought to bring the kingdom of God to the earth right where she lived and follows closely the precept of Him "who went about doing good."
 

 

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