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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. Max Mayer

A woman who stands very high in her own city in social, civic, and club life, and one who leaves behind her wherever she goes friends and admirers, is Mrs. Max Mayer of Iowa City.  She has spoken in many cities of the state, before clubs and conventions of both men and women, on "The New Civic Spirit," "Public Playgrounds," "The Sanitary Disposal of Garbage," and other subjects of a civic nature.  She has a logical mind, is quick witted, and always very pleasing to an audience.  Julia B. Mayer was born in Iowa City, Sept. 28, 1872, the daughter of Moses Bloom and Sarah Wise.  Her father came to America from France at the age of seventeen, and for fifty years was a resident of Iowa City where he was a successful business man and held many positions of honor and trust.  Her mother was of German ancestry and was always a great inspiration to her daughter and her close companion until her death in 1914.  Mrs. Mayer was educated in Sacred Heart Convent, Omaha, St. Mary's, in South Bend, Ind., and at St. Katherine's Hall, Davenport.  She was married to Mr. Max Mayer in Iowa City, March 20, 1894.  One son has been born to them --- Edward Bloom Mayer, who with two children of Mr. Mayer's, Florence and Lawrence Mayer, form the family.  Mrs. Mayer is President of the Iowa City Improvement League, Treasurer of the Home for Aged Women, Chairman Public Playground committee, Chairman Visiting Nurse Association, member of the Art Circle, Charities Council, King's Daughters, Child Welfare Committee, Fine Arts Association, State Historical Association.  For many years she has been very prominent in the I. F. W. C. as an officer and committee worker.



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