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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. O. R. Yeager

Mrs. Katherine Ambrose Yaeger, of Greenfield, is one of the most successful business women of this state, owning and managing one of the large department stores of southeastern Iowa.  She was born in Peoria, Ill., Feby. 27, 1868, the daughter of Robert and Anne Creeden, natives of Ireland, who came to this country in 1865.  At the age of fifteen she left school and a year later began to gain a practical knowledge of the dry goods business in one of the leading stores of Creston, in which she was employed for nine years.  April 10, 1894, she was married to Orville R. Yaeger, who that year established the Yaeger store in Greenfield.  For fourteen years she and her husband conducted the store most successfully, until his death, in 1908, since which time she has been sole proprietor.  In religious faith she is a Catholic.  She is very generous in her aid to charity and philanthropic organizations.  She is a member of the Commercial Club, the L. W. A. C., a federated club of Greenfield,  She joined the P. E. O. sisterhood in 1901;  she has served the State Grand Chapter as organizer, treasurer, vice-president, and was elected state president in 1911 all of which state offices she filled with the greatest efficiency.  For the past four years she has annually audited the state treasurer's books as well as those of the supreme chapter.  One of the facts which speaks of the personal side of this business woman, is that all who are in her employ are devoted to her and her interests.  Strikes or dissatisfied employees are quite unknown in that establishment.  Mrs. Yaeger is an enthusiastic motorist and takes her pleasure out of doors in that way.



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