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Josephine T. Hollingsworth
Josephine Tomlinson Hollingsworth was appointed to fill a vacancy on the Library Board of Trustees in 1905 when Mr. Hughes relocated to Burlington. She previously had been a member of the People’s Library Association and actively campaigned for West Liberty to have a public library. She was elected the Board Secretary in May,1905 and held this position for sixteen years. Due to ill health, she resigned as secretary in November,1921 but remained a board member until her death in March,1922. 
Josephine was born July 18,1848 at Beallsville, PA, the daughter of Carver and Mary Ann Tomlinson. The family moved to Putnam Co., IL in 1852.  After reaching maturity she was a teacher in the local schools.  She married Mahlon Hollingsworth in 1886 and joined him at his farm home near West Liberty, Iowa. This was her husband’s second marriage; the couple had no children.  After their farm home burned in 1888, they built a home on Calhoun St. in West Liberty where they spent the rest of their lives.  Mr. Hollingsworth passed away in February,1901. 
Mrs. Hollingsworth led an active role in her community. She became a charter member of the Floriculture Society in 1896 and through her encouragement, the Society was a continuous supporter of the library. As a Quaker, she conducted final services for members of her faith when the local Friends’ church disbanded. She was described as having a “gracious and gentle manner”, beloved by all.  She died March 6, 1922, from cardiovascular disease  and is buried at North Prairie Cemetery near West Liberty. 
– Pam Schnittjer
 West Liberty Library Board of Trustees Minutes, Vol One, p. 75, 105, 143; Vol. Two, p. 3, 77.
 Davenport Democrat and Leader, Davenport, IA, March 7, 1922, p. 13.
 1880 U. S. Federal Census, Magnolia, Putnam, Illinois, p. 13.
 1900 U. S. Federal Census, Wapsinonoc, Muscatine, Iowa p. 12 B
 Wapsie Index, West Liberty, Iowa, Aug. 3, 1888, p. 1
 The Muscatine Journal, Muscatine Iowa, Feb. 19, 1901, p. 8 .
 Iowa City Press Citizen, Iowa City, IA, March 7, 1922, p. 1
 Ancestry.com. Iowa, U.S., Death Records, 1920-1967 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2017.
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