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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. F. May Tuttle

Mrs. F. May Tuttle, of Osage, is president of the American Society of Curio collectors, editor of its official magazine, "The Curio," is a noted botanist and geologist, and a writer of much merit.  The Society of Curio Collectors promotes scientific collection, and has members from all parts of the United States.  It includes geological, botanical, zoological students as well as collectors of antiques, autographs, coins, gems, historical articles, rare books, etc.  Flora May Woodard Tuttle, daughter of Otis Pinkham Woodard, and Ellen Lucretia Sawyer, was born April 15, 1868, in a log cabin near Manchester, Iowa.  She is of Puritan descent, from the families, Woodward-Bryant and Sawyer-Taft of Massachusetts.  Her great grand father, Capt. Joseph Bryant, was one of the minute men who defended Concord Bridge.  Her love for science came from the English family of Woodwards, some of whom were famous scientists.  She was valedictorian of her class in the high school, after which she attended the Cedar Valley Seminary;  this with forty-five years as a student of "God's out-of-doors" constitutes her schooling.  On May 6, 1890, she was married to H. E. Tuttle, of Osage, who is at the head of a large printing plant.  Mr. Tuttle is descended from Dorothy Howe, a cousin of Lord Howe, who commanded the English army during the Revolution.  Stephen Howe Tuttle is head of that branch of  the family and his descendants annually hold a reunion near Poolville, N. Y.  Mrs. Tuttle is the mother of four children:  Mrs. Ruth Tuttle Simpson, Mrs. Dorothy Tuttle Simpson, Donald Woodard Tuttle, and Marion Alice Tuttle.  She is a woman of prominence in the work of the Baptist church in this state.



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