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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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Miss Harriett Solomon

"Let the soldier be abroad if he will, he can do nothing in this age.  There is another personage less imposing perhaps---the school master, and I trust to him armed with his primer, against the soldier in full military array."  Harriett Eliza Solomon of Keokuk was born in Oregon, Ill.  Her father Henry Christopher Solomon, born in Gustrow, Mecklenberg Schwerin, and served in the regular army of Mecklenberg.  Her mother, Mary Louisa Burmeister, was born near Gustrow.  They were married in 1849 and came to America in 1854, the sea voyage taking six weeks.  They came overland to Oregon, Ill., and lived there until 1870, when they came to Iowa.  Few women have had a wider influence in their home city than Miss Solomon has had.  For thirty-seven consecutive years she has taught in the Keokuk schools, twenty-one of which have been in the high school; and through those years she has left a lasting impression for good upon the lives of hundreds of young people.  She is a charter member of the Iowa Association of mathematic teachers, is a prominent member of the Teachers' Club, secretary of the Art Club, leader of the Travel Class and a P. E. O.  She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Y. W. C. A. and one of the most useful and efficient members of the association.  She is president of the Parent-Teacher Association of Keokuk.  She is a Presbyterian in religious faith and serves the church in many capacities.  She is a woman of the greatest culture and educated along broad lines.  While professionally her specialty is mathematics, she has a technical knowledge of art and of the many schools of painting and sculpture.  She is a Bible scholar above the average and is widely read on other lines.

 

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