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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. I. A. Sawyer

Mrs. Annette Martin Sawyer, the daughter of Robert Hueston Martin and Mary Ann Meara Martin, is descended from a long line of educated, thinking people and has inherited a vigorous mind.  Since girlhood she has been a student, allowing no day to pass without some study or reading.  She received her early education in St. Vincent's Academy and was a graduate of the High School of Keokuk.  For twenty-seven years she was a teacher in the public schools.  She is a French scholar above the average and has a knowledge of English and its correct use which is truly technical.  She has marked literary ability and is a regular contributor to one of the city papers, being on the staff.  She is a devoted member of the Catholic church, although her paternal grandparents, Thomas Martin and Elizabeth Marshall Martin, were Presbyterians.  Her mother's parents, Patrick Meara and Francis Cecilia Anderson, came from Ireland and settled in Cincinnati, Ohio, when it was a mere village.  Her family has always stood very high in Keokuk.  On June 5, 1905, she was married to Capt. I. A. Sawyer, who died May 12, 1909.  He was a prominent business man, of splendid family.  Mr. and Mrs. Sawyer traveled extensively during their married life, making a long sojourn in localities which particularly attracted them.  Mrs. Sawyer was a charter member and the secretary of the Keokuk Woman's Club.  She was a member of the Board of Directors and the recording secretary of the Visiting Nurse Association at the time of its organization and did efficient work for its success.  She was one of the originators of the Ladies of Charity and is the secretary.  She believes in equal suffrage and logically defends her position.



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