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The Blue Book of Iowa Women A History of Contemporary Women

Compiled by Winona Evans Reeves, 1914.

  
 

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MRS. JOHN ALEXANDER BERRY

Jennie Iowa Peet, born Feby. 5, 1866, in Fairview, Ia., is the daughter of Wilbur Riley and Sarah Ellen Gillilan Peet, both of Revolutionary descent.  Her mother was a native of West Virginia and her father was born in Iowa territory.  She was educated in the public schools and in the Epworth Seminary.  For seven years after graduating she taught in the public schools.  On July 7, 1887, at Troy Mills she was married to John Alexander Berry.  She is a member of the Presbyterian church and of the Home Missionary and the Chapel Society connected with it.  Mrs. Berry is one of the leading patriotic women of this state.  She has held almost every local office and state office in Woman's Relief Corps which is an auxiliary to the Grand Army of the Republic.  She has served this organization as the National President in 1909-1910.  When we remember that the organization has a membership of 167,000 we appreciate the honor which was given Mrs. Berry.  She is now a member of the committee on revision of national law and is president of  "The Past Department President's Association."  She is regent of Ashley Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution.  She was for three years president of the Cedar Rapids Woman's Club and has been chairman of several of its departments.  She has served the Iowa Federation of Women's Clubs as corresponding secretary and has been chairman of several state committees.  She was a prominent factor in securing the passage of a law for the appointment of a woman factory inspector to better labor conditions.  She has contributed many articles to patriotic publications and has done a great deal to promote patriotic education in this state.
 

 

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