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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. Prince E. Sawyer

Mrs. Cornelia Johnson Sawyer was born in Osceola, Iowa, March 29, 1869.  She is the daughter of Allison Cord Johnson and Emily Brenton.  She was graduated from the Osceola high school, after which for six years she did cashier's work in her brother's bank.  This experience gave her a broad knowledge of business methods, which has made her an unusually efficient officer in various clubs and charitable organizations in later years.  On Sept. 6, 1899, in Armour, S. D., she was married to Dr. Prince E. Sawyer, an able surgeon and practitioner of Sioux City.  Is a member of the First Congregational Church of Sioux City.  She is president of the Emerson Club, and for four years was president of the local P. E. O. chapter.  For many years she has been a prominent worker for the Boys' and Girls' Home, one of the most efficient philanthropic institutions in Iowa.  She has served as recording secretary, corresponding secretary and treasurer of the board governing the institution, and is now president.  The children in the Home love her devotedly and she is like a mother to them all.  She was one of the chief promoters of the Better Baby contest held at the Inter-State Fair in 1913, which was given under the auspices of the City Federation of Women's Clubs.  She is a prominent member of the P. E. O. sisterhood in Iowa, having served the State Grand Chapter most efficiently as vice-president for one year, and as treasurer since 1912.  She has traveled over this country from ocean to ocean, making many journeys to different points of interest.  She is a very clever, quick witted woman, is fond of society, charitable and generous, and always a loyal friend.



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