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History of Adair
County, Iowa, 1915.

Biographical.  Volume 2.


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Mrs. Mina Whittum.

No history of Adair county would be complete without extended reference to its public school system, at the head of which is now found Mrs. Mina Whittum, who is filling the position of county superintendent of schools.  A native of Henry county, Illinois, she is a daughter of Josiah B. Carnes, who was born in Ohio and became a teacher and farmer of Illinois.  Twenty-one years ago he removed to Greenfield, Iowa, and there followed the carpenter's trade until his death, which occurred in 1913.  In early manhood he wedded Louisa J. Hayden, a native of Indiana, who still resides in Greenfield.  They were the parents of four children and having received a college education themselves, they realized the importance of giving their children good educational advantages.  They were faithful members of the Methodist church and brought up their family to be active workers in the church.

Their daughter, Mina graduated from the Greenfield high school, and also from the Iowa State Teachers College at Cedar Falls.  She entered the profession of teaching and taught successfully in the schools of Adair county.  After teaching a few years she was married to Charles D. Whittum, a native of Adair county, and a son of George D. Whittum mentioned elsewhere in this work.  His death occurred shortly after their marriage and since that time Mrs. Whittum has given her attention to school work.  She broadened her experience by teaching in Minnesota and New Mexico, and also in Des Moines.  She was elected county superintendent of schools in the spring of 1915, and entered upon the duties of that position in September of the same year.

Her sister Lulu who was for several years engaged in newspaper work is now at home with her mother, and is an active helper in home and church work.

Goldie, the third child of the family, was educated in the Greenfield public schools and is a graduate from the Iowa State Teachers College.  She taught for some time in the rural schools of the county, and for several years has been employed in the grades of the Greenfield schools.

The youngest daughter, Elsie, was also a teacher.  After graduating from the Greenfield high school and teaching for a short time, she also entered the Teachers College and completed the course in home economics.  She is now the wife of Professor William H. Davis, head of the department of agriculture of that institution.



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