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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. Dell Phillips Glazier

Mary Dell Phillips Glazier was born May 2, 1870, in Mercer county, Ill., coming to Iowa in 1872.  She is the daughter of Silas Phillips and Sarah Ann Patterson, both natives of Greene county, Penn.  Her mother is a descendant from Lieut. Wm. Sayers of the Pennsylvania troops who fought in the Revolutionary War.  On Aug. 28, 1895, she was married to Albert Edward Glazier, of Ft. Madison, which city has since been her home.  Mrs. Glazier is the guardian of her nephew, Albert Phillips, who lives with them as their own son.  She is a devoted member of the Presbyterian church and for more than twenty years has been a teacher in the Sunday school.  She is a charter member of Jean Espy, chapter Daughters of the American Revolution and has served as Regent for several years.  She is a member of the P. E. O. sisterhood.  Has served the local chapter as president and has been organizer, recording secretary, vice-president and president of the Iowa Grand Chapter and is now corresponding secretary of the Supreme Chapter.  She has been a member of fifteen state conventions and three supreme conventions.  She is a member of the Pythian Sisters and has served that organization in its highest office as Supreme Chief.  She was thirty years old at that time and has the honor of having been the youngest woman elected to that office in the history of the order.  Previous to being Supreme Chief she held a number of state offices, among them Grand Chief of Iowa.  She is now chairman of the Committee on Written Laws in Iowa and in the Supreme Temple also.  She is the only member of the order who attended the organization of the Grand Temple and every session since held in Iowa, twenty-four in all.  She has attended nine sessions of the Supreme Temple.  She was corresponding secretary of the National Council of Women;  she is a member of the International Peace Committee of the International Council of Women.  In the National Council of Women she had the honor to be associated with Mary Wright Sewall, Anna Howard Shaw, Susan B. Anthony, Carrie Chapman Catt and other women who have helped make history.  Locally she is an influential woman.  She has served as president of the Woman's Auxiliary to the Y. W. C. A.  She was chairman of the committee through whose influence the monument in the form of a chimney was erected to mark the site of the old Fort Madison.  This fort was built in 1808, under the supervision of Col. Zachary Taylor, who was sent by the government to build some forts along the upper Mississippi River.  He built this one on the Iowa side about ten miles above the Des Moines Rapids, and named it Ft. Madison.  This was in direct violation of a treaty with the Indians, who made bitter complaint and some time after under the leadership of Black Hawk they made an attempt to capture and destroy it.  In 1813 the fort was burned, but for many years one lone chimney stood a land mark visible for miles.  To replace this land mark Jean Espy Chapter, D. A. R., with Mrs. Glazier as chairman, was instrumental in erecting the new chimney of Bedford stone.  She has traveled extensively in America, having been in forty-one of the forty-eight states, to Cuba and through Canada, and has visited some parts of the United States many times.  She is a woman of strong character and remarkable executive ability.  It is unusual to find a woman who has been so prominent and successful in a public way, to be domestic in her tastes and a good housekeeper;  but in Mrs. Glazier is found that unusual combination.



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