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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. Harold Rivers Howell

Elizabeth Myra Brown Howell was born in Fon du Lac, Wis., the daughter of Henry Purchis Brown and Maria Kesiah Hall.  Her father was a graduate of Bowdoin College, Maine, and a pioneer of Wisconsin.  She received her preparatory education in the Misses Martin's school for girls, and was graduated from the Northwestern University in 1890 with honors.  She was one of two women in the class elected to Phi Beta Kappa, being the first woman in the University to be given that honor.  Her sorority is Kappa Kappa Gamma.  On Jany. 12, 1892, she was married to Harold Rivers Howell, a prominent business man of Des Moines.  They have two children, Dorothy Brown Howell and Henry Adam Howell.  She is a member of the First M. E. church and for ten years was superintendent of the primary department of the Sunday school.  She is a member of the Des Moines Woman's Club and has served on the directorate.  She is a member of the Mayflower descendants, her ancestor being Gov. Bradford.  She is a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution by the service of Capt. David Brown.  She has served Abigail Adams Chapter as Regent, and was State Treasurer, and State Regent for two terms.  She was the first chairman of the Early Iowa Trails Committee and in 1912 with an automobile party traced the Mormon trail from Council Bluffs to Keokuk and Montrose, verifying the old survey.  She is chairman of The Children of the Republic Committee of Abigail Adams Chapter, which has done remarkable service in patriotic education.  She is a member of the Board of The Roadside Settlement, and of the Votes for Women Association.

 

 

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