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CARY, Lillian Clark

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CARY, Lillian Clark. (Lyon, IA, Jan. 3, 1873--Dubuque, IA, Dec. 14, 1945). Cary, a highly respected member of the National Order of the Ladies of the GAR (Grand Army of the Republic), served as the president of the Iowa chapter from 1915 to 1916 and the national president from 1919 to 1920. In 1921 she was named to the Women's National Republican Committee. (1)

The first woman to serve on the board of curators of the State of Iowa, Cary held the position from 1922 to 1930. In 1928 she was chairman of the committee which had a flag pole erected in memory of the GRAND ARMY OF THE REPUBLIC (G. A. R.) by the Iowa Ladies of the GAR. (2) As president of the Dubuque Historical and Memorial Association, she offered help to the Chamber of Commerce in planning an observance of the BLACK HAWK PURCHASE. (3) The same year she wrote the words to "The Hoover Song" to the music of "Iowa, My Iowa" while on a train to the national convention of the Ladies of the G.A.R. (4)

In 1929 during "Iowa History Week," Cary and Edgar Harlan gave five radio talks including the last entitled "Work of the Pioneer Iowa Women." (5) While serving as editor of The Bugle Call, the official publication of the Ladies of the GAR, Cary wrote patriotic literature and histories of the flag. (6) The GAR distributed these across the United States. Participating in the "Forget-Me-Not Campaign in 1930 of the Disabled American Veterans of WORLD WAR I, she spoke to students at FULTON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL. (7) She served as the educational and vocational advisor and counselor of Camp Carson, in 1945 the army's largest hospital, located at Colorado Springs. (8)

Cary also played a significant role in the DAUGHTERS OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION. In 1940 as chairman of the Americanization and Patriotic Education Committee of the D A. R., Cary presented small American flags to sixteen Iowans being naturalized in the United States District Court. (9)



1. "Society," Dubuque Telegraph-Herald, July 18, 1920, p. 16

2. "Memorial," Telegraph-Herald and Times-Journal, June 17, 1928, p. 10

3. "History Society Hold Meet Here," Telegraph-Herald and Times-Journal, May 27, 1928, p. 4

4. "Local Republican Women Hold Meet," Telegraph-Herald and Times-Journal, October 25, 1928, p. 4

5. "Many Iowans Enjoyed Radio Programs Given by Mrs. Lillian Cary," Telegraph-Herald and Times-Journal, April 22, 1929, p, 8

6. "Lillian C. Cary Dies at Finley," Telegraph-Herald, December 14, 1945, p. 1

7. "Talks in Schools on Forget-Me-Not," Telegraph-Herald and Times-Journal, October 1, 1930, p. 25

8. "Mrs. Wunderlich is Hostess at Dessert-Luncheon," Telegraph-Herald, December 20, 1945, p. 4

9. "Flags Are Presented New U. S. Citizens," Telegraph-Herald, December 3, 1940, p. 5