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1896-1898, Lana Hixson Cope


1896-1898, Lana Hixson Cope



Sallania “Lana” H. Hixson was born on April 21, 1849 in Greene County, Ohio, one of eight children born to Dr. Oliver F. Hixson and Elizabeth Dawson. The family moved to Marshall County, Iowa by 1856 where her father was a doctor. Sallania married Samuel J. Cope on Feb. 9, 1868. They had two daughters: Jessie Elizabeth and Grace Elgie. Lana was active in temperance work, belonged to the Suffrage Society, Woman’s Relief Corps, and Daughters of the American Revolution. Lana Cope served as State Librarian from 1896 to 1898. The Traveling Library was established while she was Librarian. With her executive abilities, the library was managed with a “high standard of excellence.” Before 1900, Lana moved to Chicago, Illinois, then to Los Angeles, California by 1930 where she died on Jan. 14, 1943. Ferguson, Anne K. The Iowa Legislature of 1898; containing biographical sketches and portraits and members of the twenty-seventh general assembly of Iowa, and the state officers, including the judges of the Supreme Court, Des Moines: Conaway & Shaw. 1897. 22-23. 1850 US. Federal Census, Sugar Creek Township, Greene County, OH, p.106, line 4, Oliver F. Hickson household, (Online: 1856 Iowa Census, Town of Marietta, Marshall County, Marietta p.36, Oliver F. Hixon household, (Online: Marshall County Iowa Early Marriage Records, July 27, 1850 – July 1, 1880, Marshalltown, IA: Iowa Genealogical Society, p.145 1900 US. Federal Census, Chicago 3rd ward, IL, ED 66, sheet 5, Lena H. Cope household, (Online: Heritage Quest, 2008) Death of Lana Hixson Cope. California Death Index, 1940-1997. (Online:


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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