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Fellows Family papers

Identifier: IWA1298

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Scope and Contents

The Fellows Family papers date from 1837 to 2013 and measure 4.3 linear feet in 11 boxes. The papers are arranged in 6 series: Fellows Family History; Hogle, Conrad, and Guy Families; Kenneth and Frances Fellows; Carol Fellows; Christenson Family; and Artifacts.

The Fellows Family History series contains the history of the family without Kenneth Fellows and his children. The family genealogy can be traced back to 1520. These include family trees, birth and death certificates, Civil War memories from ancestor Lanthrop Ezra Smith, family correspondence, personal recollections and stories, official biographies, newspaper clippings, family reunion records, and photographs.

The Hogle, Conrad, and Guy Families series collects the history of their family line up until Frances Hogle and her children. Their genealogical information goes back until 1728 and includes family trees, medical school records for William Hogle, the letters of Clara Conrad Hogle, William and Clara Hogle’s memorium books, and photographs of the various family groupings.

The Kenneth and Frances Fellows series describes the lives of Frances Hogle Fellows and Kenneth Fellows from childhood to marriage to old age. It has two subseries. The Frances Hogle Fellows subseries contains her baby book, a notebook, her diplomas and other materials from her time at the State University of Iowa (now the University of Iowa), her autobiography from 1999, and photographs. The Kenneth Fellows subseries mostly consists of correspondence with various family members along with newspaper clippings, correspondence with various workplaces, photographs, and his obituary and eulogy. The rest of the series is dedicated to the two as a married couple. Including correspondence between the two of them, correspondence sent as a married couple, their 50th wedding anniversary, inheritance papers, and family photographs.

The Carol Fellows series features the materials of Kenneth and Frances Fellows second child, a doctor specializing in cancer treatments. The items contain her baby book, a scrapbook from her time the first Girl Scout Roundup in 1956, her personal medical records including her battle with Marcus Gunn syndrome, correspondence, her educational history from elementary to graduate and seminary schools, information about her work in cancer treatments and robotic prosthetics, her first marriage and its dissolution, her time in Klamath Falls, Oregon where she served as a rotary member, and photographs throughout her life.

The Christenson Family series includes the materials around Ann Fellows Christenson, the first child of the Fellows, and her husband. Much of this series focuses on Ann Fellows Christenson’s life before her marriage. These materials contain her baby photograph album, educational documents, correspondence, and photographs. The rest of the series covers her married years and include records from their time in Minnesota and Iowa as well as family photographs.

The Artifacts series contains the Fellows’ Family “Illustrated Birthday Book of American Poets”, Kenneth Fellows High School memory book, World War II “Mother’s Star”, World War II ration forms, Frances and Kenneth Fellows family memorabilia, and a family quilt.


  • Creation: 1837-2013


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The papers are open for research.

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Biographical / Historical

Hogle Family:

Doctor William Milo Hogle was born on October 4th, 1873 in Winterset, Iowa to Peter Cartwright Hogle and Mary Louise Harper. He went to medical school at the Keokuk Medical College in Keokuk, Iowa and graduated with degrees in medicine and surgery in 1901. Clara May Conrad was born on March 12, 1874 in Warren County, Iowa to Samuel Wesley Conrad and Florence Guy. She entered the nurses training course at the Graham Hospital in Keokuk, Iowa in 1902. She was the only student in her class and was the first to graduate from the new program. The two met while in school together and married in 1903. William moved to Des Moines, Iowa to teach at Drake University in 1908 after it acquired the Keokuk Medical College. That same year, Frances Hogle was born to the couple. A few years later he moved back to Keokuk to start up his own practice. On July 28, 1912 Charles Streeter Hogle was born in Keokuk under the ministrations of his father. During World War II Doctor Hogle became the local examining physician for those entering service. He also took on the patients of doctors who enlisted or were drafted. He died in 1947 of a heart attack. Clara Conrad Hogle continued to work as a part time nurse until her death in 1958.

Frances Hogle was born in Keokuk Iowa on April 7, 1908 to William Hogle and Clara Conrad Hogle. She grew up in Keokuk and moved to Iowa City to attend the State University of Iowa (now the University of Iowa) in 1929. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in 1930 and took a job as a music and history teacher in Monona, Iowa. After a year, she returned to college and received a Master of Arts degree. She got another teaching position in Waukon, Iowa after graduation.

Fellows Family:

Judge Liberty Eaton Fellows was born in Corinth Vermont in 1834 to Hubbard and Mary Ann Fellows. In 1857 he moved to Allamakee County, Iowa. He became a member of the Iowa Senate and retired the judge of the thirteenth judicial district in 1899. He married Mary S. Reed in 1861. They had eight children together. L. E. Fellows died in 1912 and Mary Fellows died in 1922. Their second child, Albert Milton Fellows, was born on March 1, 1864 in Lansing, Iowa. He became the head of a lumber company and owned a controlling share of the People’s State Bank in Lansing. He married Elise Smith in 1899 and together they had six children, Kenneth Fellows being the youngest. A. M. Fellows was elected as and Iowa State Senator in 1912 and 1916. He died in 1932 and she passed in 1959.

William Kenneth “Ken” Fellows was born In Lansing, Iowa on August 19, 1908 to Albert M. Fellows and Elise Smith Fellows. He moved to Iowa city in his teens to study business at the State University of Iowa and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in 1931. He took a job as a newspaper reporter in Waukon, Iowa and eventually met Frances Hogle during an alumni get together. The two were married in Keokuk, Iowa on June 19, 1935.

They decided to purchase the weekly newspaper, The Alice Echo, of Alice, Texas right before their wedding and the couple moved there immediately after the nuptials. Elise Ann Fellows was born in 1936. Then the couple decided to take an offer for the Alice Echo and move back to Keokuk to be closer to Frances Fellows' parents. In Keokuk, they had three more children, Carol Frances Fellows in 1940 and twins Richard Kenneth and William Charles Fellows in 1941. The family moved back to Texas the year the twins were born, following Kenneth Fellows’ new job with the Houston Natural Gas Corporation. Both Kenneth and Frances remained in Houston for the rest of their lives. He died February 17, 1992. She passed on July 29, 2001.

Elise Ann Fellows, known as Ann, was born on October 5, 1936 in Alice, Texas to Frances and Kenneth Fellows. After graduating from San Jacinto High School in Houston, Texas in 1954, she went to the State University of Iowa. She was a member of Alpha Delta Pi and graduated in 1958 with a degree in Political Science. She moved to New York City soon after and worked as a typist and copy desk clerk. In 1960, she participated in Operation Crossroads Africa in Sierra Leone improving roads. After that summer Fellows moved to Indiana to work as a journalist and public relations coordinator at the Lake County Public Library. And in 1968 she chose to spend two years in Australia. In 1969 she married John Christenson with her sister Carol officiating. They lived in Rockledge, Florida where John worked as a librarian for the Brevard County Federated Library System. Nathaniel Odin Christenson was born in 1970 to the couple followed two years later by Kate Christenson. In 1974 the family moved to Good Thunder, Minnesota. Ann Fellows Christenson continued to work as a free-lance writer while her husband worked as a librarian and as the town mayor. In 2005 the retired couple moved to Iowa City, Iowa to be closer to their adult children. There they participated in social movements such as the Rally to Restore Sanity in 2010. Ann Fellows joined 100 Grannies, a non-profit organization that works towards green energy and sustainability.

Carol Frances Fellows was born on February 17, 1940 to Frances and Kenneth Fellows in Keokuk, Iowa. Her early life had several medical complications from an atrial septal defect and Marcus Gunn Syndrome variant. While at San Jacinto High School she was part of the Golden Gauchos Drill Team and went to the first ever Girl Scout Roundup in 1956. After graduation she was admitted to Stanford University in Stanford, California. Her first semester of her sophomore year was spent at Stanford in Germany studying German and liberal arts. Carol graduated Phi Beta Kappa in 1962 with a Bachelor of Arts in German and history. Sher returned to Germany for another year to study at Phillips-Universität in Marburg, Germany. She then studied philosophical theology at Southern Methodist University, graduating first in her class with a Bachelor of Divinity degree, was ordained, then spent a year as a German theological translator. Her final degree came from the University of New Mexico School of Medicine in 1972 with a Doctor of Medicine. In 1977, Carol Fellows moved to Casper, Wyoming and started work as the first radiation oncologist in the state. In 1979, she co-founded the Central Wyoming Cancer Center and Hospice Program. She was the director of the center until 1987 when she became the Chief of Staff to Mike Sullivan, the Governor of Wyoming. In 1989, she moved two Kalamath Falls, Oregon to found the Merle West Medical Center (now Sky Lakes). She was married twice, to Henry C. Louderbough in 1973 and to Tim Bewley in 2007. She retired in 2005 and she focused on her work with the local Rotary club, founding a local Branch of First Harvest, initiating a first-grade literacy program, and working to get prosthetic mechanical hands to those in need.


4.3 Linear Feet

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A multigenerational family of medical professionals, journalists, and politicians that has its roots in Iowa.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The papers (donor no. 1182) were donated by Ann Christenson in 2009 and 2018.

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Repository Details

Part of the Iowa Women's Archives Repository

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University of Iowa Libraries
Iowa City IA 52242 IaU
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