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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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Miss Jennie Coulter

"These are her fruits, kindness and gentleness,
And gratefully we take them at her hands;
Patience she has and pity for distress
And love that understands."

Born and reared in the City of Burlington is a young woman who in a way has done more for her home city than any other citizen in it.  Her name in that city is synonymous with good works.  Jennie Coulter is the daughter of F. J. and Ida M. Coulter.  Since childhood she has been a member of the First Presbyterian church and has all her life been a practical Christian.  Realizing that there were neglected children in the city whom the church did not reach, she opened a Sunday school in June, 1901, in the Miller Block, in the tenement district, in one room.  The school called this place home for over ten years, adding more rooms as the attendance of children increased.  It was called "The Children's Mission."  Many people saw and appreciated the work done here by Miss Coulter and The City Mission Association was formed.  In October, 1911, the school was moved to an old but large building in Division street and was named the "Jennie Coulter Mission."  Settlement work is being done there now under Miss Coulter's supervision.  The Sunday school is still maintained, a girls' club of a domestic science nature, a boys' club to counteract the attractions of the street, a mother's club and an emergency day nursery are features.  A branch Sunday school is conducted in the cabin boat settlement.  Looking after all these interests and visiting the homes of the people fill the heart as well as the hands of this city mission worker.


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