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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. Jane B. Ringland

To Mrs. Jane Bane Ringland belongs the title "A Mother in Israel," and what more honored title could any woman bear?  She was the daughter of Adam and Mary Weir and the widow of Maj. John Newton Ringland.  She was born in Washington county, Penn., May 22, 1824, and died in Mt. Pleasant, Ia., Oct. 10, 1909.  With her husband and children she came to Pilot Grove, Ia., in 1851, her husband died the following October.  She maintained her little family by teaching school.  She rode to the district school on horseback, with two children behind her and one on the saddle in front of her.  Never for one day did she lose courage in those trying times.  Out of bleak surroundings, as out of more prosperous ones, she firmly held to the faith that God doeth all things well.  She was descended from generations of cultivated people, and under all conditions and at all times there was a certain aristocratic bearing which made one remember just who she was and whence she had come.  In the 70's she lived for several years in Winfield, later moving to Hamilton, Ill., where her son, Dr. E. B. Ringland, conducted a sanitarium, and for a few years lived in Keokuk.  She had four children:  Dr. E. B. Ringland, now a Presbyterian minister in Oklahoma City;  Thomas R. Ringland, of Winfield, a prosperous farmer, and a ruling elder in the Presbyterian church;  Rev. A. W. Ringland, D. D., a Presbyterian minister in St. Louis, and Miss Anna Mary Ringland, of Mt. Pleasant, who was her mother's companion through her many years of invalidism.  She left no great heritage of gold, but to her children she left a better legacy, the memory of a faith that never failed, a courage that never faltered, a life triumphant.



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