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1894-1896, Laura C. Creighton


1894-1896, Laura C. Creighton



Laura C. Hudson was born August 1, 1850 in Hazelwood, Missouri, the daughter of Alexander McFarland Hudson and Sarah J. Young. Her father was a lawyer who helped the Union causes in Missouri and was assassinated during the Civil War in 1863. Laura became the first Postmistress at Lebanon, Missouri. In 1868 she married James H. Creighton who was also an attorney and Mayor of Springfield, Missouri. James and Laura had five children: Carl H., Abilena, Harold S., Hugh M., and Edwin J.. The family moved to Indianola, Iowa where Mr. Creighton had a law firm Creighton & Creighton. In 1891 they moved to Des Moines. Mrs. Creighton had been involved with the Woman’s Relief Corps and had been a delegate to their national conventions, member of their state executive council, and their department treasurer. She became the State Librarian from 1894 to 1896. During this time, their daughter, Abilena, married Shirley Christy in Des Moines and left for Phoenix, Arizona where Mr. Christy’s family were bankers. Laura and James followed and lived with the Christy family from 1900 on. James died in 1912. Laura Creighton moved to Los Angeles, California in 1930 and died at the home of her son, Hugh, on January 28, 1932 at age 81. Hall, Willis L. The Iowa Legislature of 1896; containing biographical sketches of the members of the twenty-sixth general assembly of Iowa, the state officers and members of congress, Des Moines. 1895: 24-25. The History of Warren County, Iowa, containing a history of the county, its cities, towns…Des Moines: Union Historical Company: 1879. 589-590. 1860 US. Federal Census, Town of Lebanon, Laclede County, MO, p.220, line 38, Alexander McF. Hudson household, (Online: Heritage Quest, 2008) . 1900 US Federal Census, Phoenix 1st Ward, Maricopa County, AZ, p.222, James Creighton household, (Online: Heritage Quest, 2008) “Creighton Rites Arranged Here.” The Arizona Republic newspaper. Feb 1, 1932: sec.2, p.6


State Librarians of Iowa 1837 - 2008 Compiled by Karon S. King Library Resource Technician State Library of Iowa 1112 East Grand Avenue Des Moines, Iowa 50319 2008


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