Woman of the Century/Libbie Reach Hoel
HOEL, Mrs. Libbie Beach, philanthropist, born in Livingston county, Ill., 11th March, 1858. She Is of a family of educators. Her parents were estimable people, who were generally known as leaders in reform movements. She received a seminary education and entered the teacher's profession, performing her work acceptably for five years before her marriage, in 1882. In one year she was a wife, a mother and a childless widow, but she bravely took up the teacher's life again, LIBBIE BEACH HOEL. until 1890, when she accepted the position of superintendent of the Home for the Friendless, in Lincoln, Neb., to which office she brought the qualities for success. Her strong, firm character is softened by womanly gentleness; she is not easily daunted in her undertakings, and is systematic and wise in judgment She was sent by the Governor of the State as a delegate to the National Convention of Charities held in Indianapolis in May, 1891, and went as a delegate to the same convention held in Denver in June, 1892. The press of the State has only praise for her as a woman and business manager. She is well known and influential in temperance affairs and other reform movements, and has always affiliated with the progressive elements. Mrs. Hoel is a musician, and for years made music a large part of her life-work. As a singer, she excels.