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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. Edgar W. Gardner

Mary A. Machin Gardner was born Oct. 30, 1883, on a farm in Illinois.  She is the daughter of Miller Machin, D. O., M. D., and Kate Lynn-Machin, M. D.  Her father was the first osteopath to practice in Iowa, locating in Keokuk in 1893.  He is a descendant of Capt. Thomas Machin who placed chains across the Hudson during the American Revolution, preventing the British ships from going up the river.  Mrs. Machin is descended from the Carters and Lynns, two well known Virginia families.  Mrs. Gardner was graduated from the Keokuk high school in 1902 and from Knox College A. B., 1895, A. M., 1909.  So far as the Knox College records show she was the only pupil to complete the full work outlined for four years residential study, in two years.  In addition to literary study, she was a pupil of Mrs. Mame Barbareaux Parry and of Mrs. Elsie Barbareaux-Conser in vocal music.  For five years she studied piano, pipe organ and school music.  On May 9, 1906, she was married at Keokuk to Dr. Edgar Winfield Gardner.  Two children have been born to them, Edgar Machin Gardner, Edmar Lynn Gardner.  Mrs. Gardner is a Presbyterian, a member at large of the Daughters of the American Revolution and one of the organizing regents of Iowa.  She is a member of the P. E. O. sisterhood and was one of the group who helped organize the Keokuk Young Woman's Christian Association.  Dr. and Mrs. Gardner live now at Webster, Iowa, where Mrs. Gardner is president of the Board of Education.  She organized there a Boys' Club which has been a successful and very helpful boys' organization.  She is a young woman full of life and ambition and wherever she has lived she had had a vital interest in public welfare work.



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