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Mary Alice Bird Babb
Original name: Mary Alice Bird
Birth: May 8, 1850, USA
Death: Nov. 21, 1926, USA

Alice Bird Babb was one of the seven founders of P.E.O. (Philanthropic Educational Organization), one of the pioneer societies for women, that was founded on January 21, 1869, at Iowa Wesleyan College in Mount Pleasant, Iowa. Today, P.E.O. has grown to almost a quarter of a million members in chapters in the United States and Canada. The P.E.O. Sisterhood, headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa, is a philanthropic educational organization that promotes and funds educational opportunities for women. Mary Alice Bird was born in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa the daughter of Dr. Wellington and Sarah Thornton Bird. Along with six friends, (Mary Allen Stafford, Hattie Briggs Bousquet, Franc Roads Elliott, Alice Virginia Coffin, Ella Stewart, and Suela Pearson Penfield), she founded P.E.O. while studying at Iowa Wesleyan. She graduated with an A.B. degree in 1869 and was granted an honorary A.M. degree in 1872. She was invited to fill the chair of Latin and Greek. She was on the faculty teaching Latin, Greek and elocution at Iowa Wesleyan along with her father Dr. Bird, who taught pharmacy and her husband Washington Babb, who taught law. Alice married Washington Irving Babb on October 9, 1873. Her sister-in-law was Arabella Babb Mansfield. Alice and Washington had four children: Max Wellington, Miles Thornton, Clarabelle and Alice. (bio by: Anonymous (inactive)) 
 
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 Parents:
  Wellington Moyer Bird (1817 - 1897)
  Sarah Thornton Bird (1818 - 1895)
 
 Spouse:
  Washington Irving Babb (1844 - 1925)*
 
 Children:
  Max Wellington Babb (1874 - 1943)*
  Miles Thorton Babb (1879 - 1967)*
  Clara Belle Babb (1883 - 1890)*
  Mary Alice Babb Ewing (1887 - 1983)*
 
 Siblings:
  Mira T. Bird Woolson (1844 - 1933)*
  Hiram Thorton Bird (1846 - 1926)**
  Mary Alice Bird Babb (1850 - 1926)
  Horace Bird (1856 - 1859)*
  Bernetta Bird (1858 - 1859)*
  Regina Bird Twinting (1859 - 1934)*
  Leslie L Bird (1861 - 1907)*
 
*Calculated relationship
**Half-sibling
 
Inscription:
Alice Bird Babb, May 8, 1850, Nov. 21, 1926
 
Note: Alice Bird, b. 8 May 1850, Mt. Pleasant, Henry Co., IA, d. 20 Nov 1926, Aurora, Kane Co., IL, bur. 23 Nov 1926, Forest Home Cem., Henry Co., IA, m. Washington Irving Babb, 9 Oct 1873, Mt. Pleasant, Henry Co., IA
 
Burial:
Forest Home Cemetery
Mount Pleasant
Henry County
Iowa, USA
 
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Originally Created by: Anonymous (inactive)
Record added: May 28, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 19586628
Mary Alice <i>Bird</i> Babb
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Mary Alice <i>Bird</i> Babb
Added by: Anonymous
 
Mary Alice <i>Bird</i> Babb
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- Åke Frisk
 Added: May. 8, 2014
Lovingly in P.E.O.
- Beth Sparrow
 Added: Apr. 26, 2014
Many fine women are members of this "by invitation only" organization.
- Bernard Johnson
 Added: Jan. 23, 2014
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