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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. Adaline M. Payne

Mrs. Adaline Maria Brown Payne was born at South Champion, N. Y., Nov. 12, 1834.  She is the daughter of Orville Brown and Louisa Phelps of New England stock.  Her father, through his mother, a Waldo, was seventh in the line from John Alden and Priscilla of the Mayflower.  She was graduated from the State Normal school at Albany, N. Y., in 1854.  She was married at South Rutland, N. Y., Jany. 16, 1859, to William Pierce Payne, a Universalist minister, who for twelve years did pastoral work in Massachusetts and New York.  They have one son, William Orson Payne.  Coming west in 1874 Mr. Payne became principal of the Mitchell Seminary at Mitchellville, Ia., with Mrs. Payne as matron and teacher.  In 1875 they moved to Nevada, Ia., which is still their home.  For six years she taught in the public schools of Nevada and Boone and fifteen terms in teachers' institutes.  For thirty years she has been associate editor of the Nevada Representative, a paper published by her husband and son.  She has continuously done general editorial work and specialized in local history and in a department, "Words From Busy Women," she has compiled and edited many catalogues, published booklets of occasional verse and family history and has contributed to the published "History of Story county."  She is very prominent in the Iowa Federation of Women's Clubs.  She was the first auditor and has served on prominent committees since its organization, and as district chairman.  She is a member of the Iowa Press and Authors' Club, a charter member of the Nevada Woman's Club.  To crown all this public service, she has through all these years practiced the household arts and been a home maker.



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