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Henrietta Martha Bousquet Egan was born in Ames, Iowa, Nov. 28, 1869. Her parents, John J. Bousquet and Anna Van der Linden, are of Holland birth, and came to America with their parents, with a company of religious refugees in 1847, to find a home in the Holland settlement at Pella, Iowa. In all American history there is no more interesting story than the founding of that settlement at Pella. The colonists brought the traditions of the home land in their hearts and for years and years Pella was a little Holland in its life language and customs. The Bousquet family after a brief residence at Ames returned to Pella and here the daughter Henrietta Martha was educated, graduating from Central College in the department of music. She continued her musical studies in Boston, her natural talent and training have made her a very accomplished musician. She was married Sep. 3, 1896, to Ed. E. Egan, and lived in Glenwood and Atlantic, Iowa, until 1904, since which time their home has been in Burlington, where Mr. Egan is secretary of the Commercial Exchange. Four children have been born to them, John Bousquet, born in 1897, Eugene William in 1907, Louis Gardner in 1910. Geraldine was born in 1901 and died in 1906. Mrs. Egan is an active member of the Congregational church and a valued member of the Burlington Musical Club. For fourteen years she has been a member of the P. E. O. sisterhood, having belonged to the chapter in Atlantic before joining the Burlington chapter. In her life she is wonderfully well balanced; she is domestic in her tastes, generous of her musical ability to her friends, fond of society and interested in all that ministers to the welfare of the community.

From "The Blue Book of Iowa Women, A History of Contemporary Women," edited and compiled by Winona Evans Reeves, Press of the Missouri Printing and Publishing Company, Mexico, Mo., 1914, pg. 58.

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