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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. Francis D. Reid

Mary Blanche Reid, of Oskaloosa, teacher, writer, the adopted daughter of Benjamin and Martha Richey Beatty, was John Little Wisner, who fought in Co. F, 14 U. S. Inft., in the Mexican war.  Her mother, Amanda Stephens, was a cousin of Alexander Stephens.  She was educated in Drake University, graduating in the class of 1875, with the degree M. S.  She was a successful teacher in the public schools for a number of years.  On June 14, 1876, she was married to Francis D. Reid, an attorney of Oskaloosa.  Four children have been born to them:  Frank Beatty, Alice Evangeline, who died in 1900, Jessie and John B.  She is a member of the Christian church, for twelve years a teacher in the Sunday school.  Charter member of the Oskaloosa Woman's Club, acting president for three years, and a member of the board of directors since organization.  For fifteen years she was chairman of the philanthropic and civic improvement department, during which time the department raised funds for a public hospital and completed its erection.  She has been a member of the hospital board since its organization.  She was chairman of the library committee, which together with the Y. M. C. A. and the Woman's Club, secured the City Carnegie Library.  For five years she was president of the Woman's Suffrage Club, and says she is "a born suffragist."  For ten years she has been a member of the Associated Charities, is a member of the Mothers' Club.  She has been a contributor to many papers and magazines, has published several songs and written many poems which have been published.  She is an omnivorous reader and a woman who puts to good use every hour of the twenty-four.

 

 

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