A Narrative History
The People of Iowa
SPECIAL TREATMENT OF THEIR CHIEF ENTERPRISES IN
EDUCATION, RELIGION, VALOR, INDUSTRY,
EDGAR RUBEY HARLAN, LL. B., A. M.
Curator of the
Historical, Memorial and Art Department of Iowa
THE AMERICAN HISTORICAL SOCIETY, Inc.
Chicago and New York
GROVER COOPER HUBBELL is interested prominently in leading manufacturing
industries and other important corporations in his native City of Des Moines,
where the Hubbell family had stood exponent of large influence since the early
pioneer days. Mr. Hubbell has rank as one of the substantial capitalists and
representative men of affairs in Des Moines, where his birth occurred
February 3, 1883, and he is a son of Frederick M. and Frances (Cooper) Hubbell,
concerning whom, and the family history as well, adequate record appears on
other pages of this publication, in the personal sketch of his only, and older,
brother, Frederick C. Hubbell. The venerable father, now ninety-two years of
age, still resides in Des Moines, where he first established residence in
1855, and his large and worthy achievement constitutes an integral part of the
history of development and progress in Iowa and its fair capital city.
The Des Moines public schools afforded Grover C. Hubbell his earlier education, which was advanced by his attending the Culver Military Academy, Culver, Indiana, and Lawrenceville School, at Lawrenceville, New Jersey. He was
graduated at Lawrenceville as a member of the class of 1902, and in 1905 he was graduated in Yale University, with the degree of Civil Engineer. He has since been actively concerned with the affairs of the large and important estate developed by his father in Des Moines, besides having many and varied capitalistic interests of independent order, including his association with
manufacturing enterprise of major importance, his large real-estate holdings and operations, and his association with the Equitable Life Insurance Company of Des Moines, of which he is a trustee, his father having been one of the two founders of this substantial and well ordered corporation.
Mr. Hubbell takes loyal and liberal interest in all that concerns the
welfare of his native city and state, his political alignment is with the
Republican party, he is affiliated with both York and Scottish Rite bodies of the
Masonic fraternity, as well as the Mystic Shrine, has membership in the Des
Moines Club and the Wakonda Club, and he and his wife are communicants of the Protestant Episcopal Church.
On the 27th of September, 1905, was solemnized the marriage of Mr. Hubbell
to Miss Anna Ramsey Godfrey, a daughter of Col. George L. Godfrey, who was
colonel in the United States army in the Civil war and who thereafter held
various Governmental positions of importance, he having been at one time United
States collector of customs in Des Moines. Mr. and Mrs. Hubbell have three children: Frances Cooper Hubbell, eldest of the three daughter, was born October 18, 1906, and was graduated in Smith College as a member of the class of 1928. Helen Virginia, the second daughter, was born February 12, 1908, attended Columbia University, New York City, also student modeling and art in New York, and married Niblack Thorne, of Chicago, May 17, 1930; Mary Belle, who was born December 15, 1911, attended the "Andre Brook" School at Tarrytown, New York, and is now attending a finishing school in Munich, Germany, conducted by Miss Weaver of "Andre Brook."
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