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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. Stella M. Porter

Mrs. Stella May Porter of Ottumwa, a prominent club woman of the state, was born in Wapello county, Iowa, Nov. 8, 1869, the daughter of Sanford Kirkpatrick and Hester M. Lentner.  Her great grand father, Hugh Kirk Patrick, with six brothers, Scotchmen from the north of Ireland, came to America with the British to fight against the American in the war of the Revolution.  After they had been here a short time and understood the conditions, every one left the British army, enlisted with the American forces and remained with them to the close of the war.  Her great-great-grand father on her mother's side was Conrad Lentner, living in Germany near the French border.  He heard the call of Lafayette for troops and with his wife came to America and fought with the Americans to the end of the Revolutionary War.  Their son, Jacob, served in the War of 1812.  Mrs. Porter's father served almost five years in the Civil War, a member of Co. K, Ia. Reg.  He is now United States congressman, representing the 6th District of Iowa.  Mrs. Porter was educated in the public schools and in the Iowa Teacher's College at Cedar Falls.  She was married Sept. 3, 1892, to George E. Porter, who died in 1913.  She was the first president of the Ottumwa Y. W. C. A., for four years was a member of the I. F. W. C. executive board, member of the Ottumwa Woman's Club, Clio Club, Choral Society, and of the P. E. O. sisterhood, of which she is the first vice-president of the Iowa Grand Chapter, and has served for three terms as state corresponding secretary.  She is a member of the First M. E. Church, active in all of its departments, and is a long-time member of the choir.  She is a woman of unusual ability.



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