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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. Horace M. Towner

Mrs. Horace M. Towner, of Corning, had a large part in the creation of the Iowa Library Commission, appointed a member in 1900, and has been twice reappointed.

She was born April 13, 1869, in Providence, R. I., daughter of Charles T. Cole and Caroline Greene.  She was educated by private tutors, specializing in English literature.  In 1887 at Corning, Ia., she was married to Horace Mann Towner, for twenty-three years judge of the third judicial district, and now congressman from the eighth Iowa district, and is one of Iowa's most able men.  They have three children:  Leta E. Towner, Horace C. Towner, and Constance M. Towner.  Mrs. Towner has unusual literary ability and is a frequent contributor to magazines, and has prepared many copyrighted study outlines for clubs.  She is secretary of the Congressional Club of Washington, D. C., vice regent for Iowa of the Mt. Vernon Ladies' Association of the Union, vice-president of the Children of the American Revolution, President of Iowa Library Association, 1904-'5,  member of the P. E. O. sisterhood, member Old Thirteen Chapter, D. A. R., president board of trustees of Corning Free Public library, recording secretary Iowa Federation of Women's Clubs, 1909-11, auditor I. F. W. C., 1907-'9, chairman of the Department of Legislation of the General Federation of Women's Clubs, 1912-14, member of the Iowa Press and Authors' Club, Des Moines, and of the Corning Culture Club, and has been chairman of many standing committees of I. F. W. C.  Mrs. Towner has been Iowa's representative in many national organizations and the state has much pride in such a representative.

 

 

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