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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. D. N. Cooley

Mrs. Clara Aldrich Cooley, widow of Judge D. N. Cooley, during her many years residence in Dubuque, has been a forceful leader in religious, literary and philanthropic circles.  Her interests are wide and varied.  The General Federation of Women's Clubs, at its biennial held in St. Paul, gave her the title of "Honorary Vice President," an honor as great as they could bestow.  She is a member of the Pioneer Woman's Club of New York, the founder and first president of the Dubuque Woman's Club;  one of the incorporators and first president of the Home for the Friendless.  Of colonial ancestry, Mrs. Cooley, is a most enthusiastic member of the national organization, Daughters of the American Revolution.  She founded the Dubuque Chapter, served as its regent and later served as State Regent;  she is now honored by the office of Honorary State Regent.  This gifted woman at the age of eighty-four is presiding over and leading The Monday Afternoon Club of fifty members, organized by her twenty-three years ago, and meeting at her home.  Mrs. Cooley has won honors from the club women of our country because of her enthusiastic work in behalf of the club movement.  Sorosis of New York has made her an honorary member of their organization.  She is a member of the Mary Washington Association, of the American Economic Association, The Academy of Political Science of New York, and the National Geographical Society.  Mrs. Cooley is a Methodist and has a national reputation as a Bible teacher.  Four children were born to Judge and Mrs. Cooley, all of whom are living --- Mrs. Clara C. Becker, Chicago;  Mrs. J. F. Douglas, New York;  Mrs. C. W. Bassett, Baltimore;  Mr. Harlan Ward Cooley, Chicago.

 

 

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