Grace Douglass Orr Papers

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Grace Douglass Orr Papers



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Grace Douglass was born March 10, 1882 in Osage, Iowa, the youngest of the six children of Truman O. and Maria Greene Douglass. In August 1882 the family moved to Grinnell where Rev. Douglass served as Secretary of the Iowa Congregational Home Missionary Society, a position he held for the next 25 years. Grace graduated from Iowa College in 1902, studied physical culture in the Boston Normal School of Gymnastics (a graduate department of Wellesley College) for a year, and taught physical training 1903-04 at Iowa College. In September 1904 she married Dr. Hiram Winnett Orr, an orthopedic surgeon in Lincoln, Nebraska. They had five children. Mrs. Orr was active in the Congregational church and with Camp Fire Girls. She is the author of A Layman's Guide to Ecumenicity, 1956.

Dr. Orr died in 1956, and Mrs. Orr later moved to the Mayflower Home in Grinnell. She died Aug. 23, 1962.

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The bulk of the collection consists of Mrs. Orr's recollections about her life and the lives of three of her brothers, and of family photographs.

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