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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. E. E. Sherman

Josephine Ballow, born Dec. 22, 1864, in Blandinsville, Ill., daughter of Hiram Ballow and Fannie Chamberlin.  The Ballow family is of Norman-French descent, and the Ballow Genealogy contains many men and women of history, among them, Eliza Ballow Garfield, Hosea Ballow, and Guinebond Ballow, who fought at Hastings, (1066) a marshal in the army of William the Conqueror.  Mrs. Sherman was educated in the Illinois Normal School and was a successful teacher for eight years.  Was married to Dr. Elmer Emmett Sherman, Sept. 2, 1886, who is a successful physician of Keosauqua.  For many years she has been a newspaper correspondent and has written many feature articles, as well as short stories, which have appeared in magazines.  As the county representative of rural club work of the extension department of Iowa State College, she has delivered many lectures and conducted study classes.  She is a charter member of the Woman's Improvement Association, which has done much civic work.  She is county secretary of the Christian Women's Board of Missions.  She is a member of O. E. S.  She conducted the first Babies' Health Contest held at a Chautauqua, in Farmington, in 1912.  She was assistant superintendent of the second contest at the Iowa State Fair in 1912.  She is the mother of five children, one of whom died in infancy:  Evaline Sherman is a registered nurse in Des Moines;  Dorcey E., a secretary for the Secretary of State, Des Moines;  Esther, a milliner;  Ruth, a school girl at home.  Mrs. Sherman is an ideal doctor's wife, a devoted mother, one who discharges her social obligations and withal finds time for study and much work outside her home.



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