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Wyly, Mary Gae

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Mary Wyly '62 served as a librarian at the College from 1968 to 1976.  This collection includes documents from her desk files.

Grinnell, Josiah Bushnell

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  • 1872-1952

1821 Born in New Hampshire

1847-ca.1853 Congregational pastor

1852 Married Julia Chapin

1854 Founded Grinnell, Iowa

1856 Active in organizing Republican Party in Iowa

1856-60 State Senator. Worked to establish public schools in Iowa

1858 Admitted to the Iowa bar

1860 Delegate to Republican convention which nominated Lincoln

1863-67 Representative (Republican) to U. S. House of Representatives

1854-84 Trustee of Iowa (Grinnell) College

1891 Death

Interests included religion, education, politics, railroading, stock breeding, and sheep raising.

More details in Dictionary of American Biography, National Cyclopedia of American Biography, Who Was Who in America, Charles Payne’s Josiah Bushnell Grinnell.

Grinnell, Iowa was founded in March 1854 by Josiah Bushnell Grinnell (1821-1891) who chose a site which surveys indicated would be the junction of two railroads. Grinnell was a minister, trustee and benefactor of Iowa College (later renamed Grinnell College), helped organize the Republican party in Iowa, was a Representative to the Iowa legislature and later to the U.S. House (1863), was active in agricultural development and railroad building. He and his wife, Julia Chapin, were both descended from old New England families; their daughter, Mary Grinnell Mears, may have assembled some of these papers.

Mattison, Lillian

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Lillian Mattison graduated from Grinnell College in 1915

Wolcott, Henry A.

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  • 1821-1887

Horace A. Wolcott, b. 1821 in Orwell, OH, d. 1887 in Boulder, married Louisa Pason Bixby 1856. Louisa Bixby was the daughter of Sumner and Lucy Bixby of Norridgewock ME., and a cousin of Amos Bixby.

Children of Horace and Louisa: Edward, b. 1862, Grinnell (fell from a wagon on the way to Colorado and suffered a severe leg injury) Charles, b. 1870 in Ward, CO Frank, b. 1876, Gold Hill, CO Son of Charles: Roland, b. 1917, Boulder

Horace and Louisa homesteaded a ranch near Boulder, he developed many mines in the mountains west of Boulder. Their son Charles was involved in real estate to the extent of purchasing and reselling abandoned mines at tax sales. Charles's son Roland lives on some of this old mine property and is well steeped in the lore of mining in the early twentieth century. Roland owns the papers left by his grandfather, Horace. Wolcotts were one of a number of families from Grinnell who moved to Colorado in the 1850s and 60s.

Reed, Julius A.

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  • (1809-1890)

Julius Reed was one of the first Congregational ministers to venture into Iowa and was instrumental in establishing Congregational Churches in the state, and for five years, serving as treasurer and principal of Iowa College. Reed was born in 1809 in East Windsor Hill, Connecticut. He attended Yale College, graduating in 1829, and after teaching for a few years, returned to Yale Divinity School where he received his degree in 1835. That same year he married Caroline Blood and was commissioned by the American Home Missionary Society to go west. Reed settled first in Illinois, where he was ordained in 1836, and served churches in Montebello, Nauvoo, Carthage, and Warsaw. He made several trips into Iowa and helped organize the Denmark Church in May of 1838. In 1840, Reed received a call to Fairfield, Iowa, where he settled for the next five years. During that time, he assisted with the organization of the State Association of Congregationalists on Nov. 5-6, 1840. In 1845, Reed became the agent of the American Home Missionary Society and moved to Davenport. He resigned that position in 1858 to become treasurer of Iowa College. When the college moved to Grinnell in 1860, he moved with it and served as Principal of the Preparatory Department, and Acting Professor of Mathematics and well as Treasurer. In 1862, he resigned from the college and returned to Davenport to serve again as agent of the American Home Missionary Society. Ill health caused him to resign in 1869. He lived for the next decade in Columbus, Nebraska but returned with his wife to Davenport in 1880 to live with his daughter until his death on August 27, 1890.

Parker, Leonard F.

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  • 1825-1911

Leonard Fletcher Parker was a professor of Greek and Latin at Grinnell College from 1860-70 and of History from 1888-98. In the interim he taught at the University of Iowa. Parker was involved with the public schools, with the Underground Railroad, and with many aspects of life in the Grinnell area. He died in 1911 after the publication of his last book, History of Poweshiek County.

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