Linnie Hagerman (August 18, 1852-April 6, 1934)
Because of Linnie’s education and her family’s affluence, she frequently borrowed books from a library where people were charged to check out materials.
Linnie Hagerman was born in Missouri in 1852. The Hagermans moved to Keokuk, Iowa, when Linnie was about 10. Linnie stayed in Keokuk for the rest of her life.
The Hagermans were a wealthy family compared to others in Keokuk. Linne’s father was a lawyer, who also invested in real estate. Her mother raised Linnie and her three brothers. Linnie attended a private school in Keokuk, called the Girls’ English and Classical School.
Linnie began drawing by doodling in her diary, and later became an artist. She made many oil paintings during the 1880s. She also helped found the Keokuk Art Club. Linnie continued her education throughout her life, studying French, German, and Swedish. She also studied law.
Linnie made many contributions to the Keokuk community. She died in 1934, when she was 81 years old.
Image is not of Linnie… I could find no images of her. Linnie’s diary courtesy, State Historical Society of Iowa, Iowa City.
Love this journal, Linnie talks of the presents they received “The greatest importance is anything ma gave me a beautiful ring gold with my initials.”