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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. F. S. Burberry

Martha Dashiell Burberry was born in 1865 at Hartford, Ia.  She is the daughter of Dr. Mark Anthony and Louisiana Noble Dashiell.  Her father was descended from the French Hugenots who settled in Maryland.  His father came west to Indiana and here Dr. Dashiell grew to manhood, coming to Warren county, Iowa, in 1853, where until his death in 1907, he practiced his profession and was prominent in the affairs of the state, serving several terms in the legislature.  He was an orator of ability and many laws which promote public health were enacted through his influence.  Mrs. Dashiell was the daughter of Dr. B. S. Noble, who for many years was a practicing physician of Indianola;  he was a brother of Gov. Noble on Indiana.  Mrs. Dashiell was a woman of unusual beauty and culture, her mother, Mary Jane Armstrong, having been a famous beauty of Indiana.  Mrs. Burberry was educated at Simpson College and a member of the Pi Beta Phi sorority.  In 1893 she was married to F. S. Burberry, a prominent resident of Indianola.  She is a Presbyterian, president of the Indianola Woman's Club, president of the P. E. O. chapter, a member of the Shakespeare Club and active in the alumnae Club of Pi Beta Phi.  She has represented the P. E. O. chapter at state and national conventions, has attended two biennials of the General Federation of Women's Clubs and is a member of the State Board I. F. W. C., being chairman of the seventh district.  She has no children, but has given a home to two orphan nieces and a nephew, to whom she has been a devoted mother.  She is a much traveled woman and a woman of culture and education.



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