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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 Ida Van Hon

Among the prominent members of the Rebekah Assembly of Iowa, and one who has served as the State President, is Miss Ida Van Hon, of Mt. Pleasant.  She is the daughter of Thomas J. Van Hon, who for forty-six years was identified with the First National Bank of Mt. Pleasant, and its president for twelve years.  He was a soldier of the Civil War in the 155 Ill. Volunteers.  He died May 2, 1913.  Miss Van Hon's mother, Melissa Rathbone, is descended from a prominent English family, which settled in Block Island, in 1636.  Both of her grand fathers were captains in the Revolutionary War, and her father, Dr. Rathbone, was a prominent physician of southern Illinois.  Miss Van has two brothers, Dr. William Van Hon, who died in 1896, and Fred Van Hon.  She was graduated from the Mt. Pleasant high school in 1886 from the Iowa Wesleyan University in 1890, B. S., 1893, M. S.  She belongs to the Pi Beta Phi Sorority and was one of the organizers of the Hypatia Literary Society in I. W. U.  She specialized in Latin and for several years was a high school Latin teacher.  For twenty years she was secretary of the I. W. U. Alumni Association.  She is a member of the O. E. S. and of the W. R. C., having served as presiding officer of both.  She served the Rebekah Assembly of Iowa as state treasurer, warden, vice-president and president in 1901-'2.  During that year the organization had the largest increase in membership of any previous or subsequent years.  For four years she was chairman of the Advisory Board of the Iowa Odd Fellows Orphans' Home, and assisted in its dedication.  She is a member of the Board of Charities, Ladies Library Association, Y. M. C. A. Auxiliary, and the Episcopal Church.

 

 

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