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Women's History exhibit
July 28, 2014 - Mike Donahey
Susan Ford Williams of Marshalltown and other Historical Society of Marshall County volunteers have prepared an exhibit that young, old, and those in-between should see.
It is the Women’s History exhibit, and features a number of prominent Marshall County women who contributed significantly to the county’s development.
The subjects range from Martha Ellen Tye to Sybil Householder to Dr. Rosa Upson-Liebig.
“Upson-Liebig is one of the amazing women we are proud to call Marshalltown's own,” said HSMC volunteer Michelle Roseburrough of Marshalltown, who was part of the team which made the exhibit possible.
A Michigan native, Upson-Liebig moved to Marshalltown in 1881 to practice medicine and to open her own drug store.
She was the first woman elected to membership in the American Pharmaceutical Association, and as a delegate to the National Retail Drug Association.
Upson-Liebig was also a delegate to the World Congress of Pharmacists. She was the first woman admitted to membership in the Iowa State Medical society and for several years, was secretary and treasurer of the Iowa Public Health Association.
She was active in several groups locally as well, most notably the Political Equality club and the Marshall County Humane Society.
Because of her strong interest in humane initiatives, she was appointed special humane officer with police power by the mayor and city council in 1904.
Though only five feet in height and weighing less than 100 pounds, what she lacked in weight and stature, she made up in zeal. She proved herself equal to the task, and had the support of every member of the city council and the hearty encouragement and assistance of her brother officers on the police force.
The HSMC museum is at 202 E. Church St.
Telephone 641-752-6664 to arrange a tour.
And read all about Householder, Tye and Upson-Liebig in this Sunday’s Past Times, a special supplement in your Times-Republican.