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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. Mary Berry Price

Mrs. Mary Berry Price is one of the few women who has made a success of practical farming;  for the past fourteen years she has managed her farm, bought and sold fine cattle, relying on her own judgment in the transactions.  She was born in 1856 in Ottumwa, the daughter of the Rev. A. P. Berry and Harriett Dickenson Berry, who came to Iowa in 1849, from Zanesville, Ohio.  She attended the district schools and was the first graduate of the Moulton high school.  She became a charter member of the P. E. O. chapter at Centerville, 1882.  She was a delegate to the preliminary convention, preparatory to the organization of the Supreme Chapter, held in Bloomfield, Nov. 1-2, 1882.  The first supreme convention was held in Fairfield, Oct. 12, 1883, at which time Mary Berry was elected the first supreme president of the P. E. O. sisterhood.  She presided at the conventions at Centerville and Ottumwa.  Since then she has been accorded marked honor in many state grand chapter conventions and in the supreme conventions.  In 1884 she was married in Centerville to A. R. Price of London Mills, who died in 1900.  She has six children;  at the time of their father's death ranging in age from 15 years to ten months.  It was then that Mrs. Price took up the management of the farm which she is still successfully conducting.  She has been prominent in the community, serving on the Board of Education, on the official board of the M. E. Church, and in other public interests.  She is a woman of gentle manner, unassuming and straightforward in her speech, a woman of practical charity, one who commands the love and respect of all who knew her.



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