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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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Miss Annie E. Packer

One of the most widely known, most successful and most beloved teachers of Iowa, is Miss Annie E. Packer, of Salem.  For more than fifty years she has been actively connected with the schools of southeastern Iowa, --- forty years of teaching and eleven years as county superintendent.  In 1913 when she had completed fifty years in the schools, a public celebration was held in Salem, in her honor, which was attended by former pupils from many states.  Telegrams and letters of congratulations, and many handsome gifts were sent to her in appreciation of the work she had done and of her splendid personality.  She was born near Mt. Pleasant, Ohio, April 30, 1845.  She is the daughter of Thomas Vickers Packer and Margaret Linton.  The first Quaker sermon in Philadelphia was preached by an ancestor, John Linton, son of Sir Roger Linton, of England.  Wm. F. Packer, Gov. of Pennsylvania was her father's cousin.  Miss Packer was a member of the first graduating class of Whittier College, 1871, receiving the degree M. S.  She taught in Whittier College for many years;  it was a Quaker institution, having very high standards and for nearly forty years continued its splendid work for the young people of southern Iowa.  She served for eleven years as county superintendent in Henry and Van Buren counties and for seven years was principal of the Bonaparte high school.  She has taught in many institutes and summer schools in Iowa and Kansas.  She has delivered many lectures, done newspaper reporting and for seven years edited the Henry County Teacher.  She belongs to the Ladies' Library Association, Chapter Original A, of the P. E. O. sisterhood, and to the Congregational church.



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