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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. T. D. Stockman

Mrs. Nannie Torrence Stockman was born April 25, 1859, at Fremont, Iowa.  Her parents, William Morrow Torrence and Jene Livingstone Cummins, came from Pittsburg, Penn., to Iowa in the territorial days.  They were both of Scotch-Irish ancestry, the grand parents of both fought in the Revolution.  Her father was killed in the battle of Shiloh, April 6, 1862.  For ten years she was a successful teacher, and from 1886 to 1890, was superintendent of the schools of Keokuk county, and editor of "The Keokuk County Teacher."  She was a member of the Educational Council, composed of the foremost school men and women of the state.  Was a member of the State Reading Circle Board and secretary of the County Superintendent's Section of the State Teachers' Association.  March 12, 1890, she was married to David Theodore Stockman, a prominent and successful attorney of Sigourney.  They have four children:  Donald Theodore, who is in the U. S. Navy, stationed at San Francisco;  Helen Louise and Edith Margaret, students at the State University of Iowa, members of Kappa Kappa Gamma and P. E. O., and William Laurence, in the high school.  Mrs. Stockman was elected president of the Supreme Chapter of P. E. O. in 1890.  She established the first state grand chapter, that of Nebraska, in April, 1891.  She served on the committee which established the P. E. O. Record;  she wrote the prayer which is used in the opening of P. E. O. meetings everywhere.  To her is due in a large measure the establishment of the free public library in Sigourney, of whose board of trustees she is a member.  She is a D. A. R., and is a devoted church woman, being a Presbyterian.  She was one of the organizers of the Sigourney Woman's Club.



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