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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. Charles Wilson Pinkerton

Among the prominent women of Afton, and one who has had part in the public welfare work of the city for many years, is Mrs. Elizabeth Frances Nix Pinkerton.  She was born near Danville, Iowa, Sept. 16, 1869.  She is the daughter of Benjamin T. Nix and Virginia E. Rhodes.  Her grand father Nix was a pioneer Methodist preacher, a "circuit rider" in Kentucky and Tennessee, and her mother's people were Virginians.  Her parents were married during the Civil War and lived in Kentucky.  Her father was a captain in the Union army, an unusual thing for a man born in the south and living in the south.  They came to Iowa in 1868.  Mrs. Pinkerton was graduated from the Afton high school in 1884.  She was graduated from the Iowa Wesleyan University in 1889, with the degree Bachelor of Music.  She is a member of the Pi Beta Phi Sorority.  On Feby. 21, 1898, she was married to Charles Wilson Pinkerton.  Since girlhood she has been a member of the M. E. church and has been for years church organist.  She is a charter member (1893) of the East End Club, a social organization, and the oldest club in Afton, and is its president.  She is president of the Alpha Book Club, a member of the Library Association, and the Cemetery Association.  Since 1900 she has been a member of the P. E. O. sisterhood, and of the O. E. S.  She is interested in charity organizations and in every agency for the aid and uplift of those unfortunately placed in life.  She believes with Robert Louis Stevenson that "The best things are nearest;  flowers at your feet, duties at your hand, the path of God just before you, certain that daily duties and daily bread are the sweetest things in life."

 

 

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