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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. Jacob B. Stern

Mrs. Millicent B. Stern, with her husband, organized the first Farmers' Club in Iowa in 1866.  They recognized the need of some social organization and out of this need was born the Harris Grove Farmers' Club, which is still a thriving, useful organization.  Mrs. Stern was born in Lincolnshire, England, Jany. 27, 1820, and died Nov. 12, 1904, in Logan, Iowa.  Her parents, John Fletcher and Lydia Beet Fletcher, were natives of Lincolnshire, Eng., came to the United States in 1830, settling at Kennett Square, Chester county, Penn.  She was married at Kennett Square, Sept. 30, 1841, to Jacob T. Stern.  Five children were born to them:  Amy Ann Milliman, who died in 1874;  Etta Rest Milliman, who died in 1883;  Earnest, who died in 1847;  Almar Stern and Willis Lewis Stern, who reside in Logan, Iowa.  In April, 1857, they moved to Harrison county, Iowa, to "Linwood Farm," which for many years was their home.  Mrs. Stern was almost eighty-five years old at the time of her death, and had lived a long, useful life, into which much of shadow as well as sunshine had entered.  It was said of her that "she identified herself more clearly with movements to build up the community as a whole than any other person in the county.  Her efforts were unselfish, she sought no place of preferment, no reward except the approval of her own conscience.  For years she occupied, not the seat of honor, but she honored the place because she was in it."  Her religion was the simple faith of the Quakers.  She was a patriotic woman, an active member of the W. R. C., an earnest advocate of temperance, and a pioneer in the cause of equal suffrage.



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