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Mary Minerva McCormick Botkin
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via Post Art Library: Mary Minerva Botkin (1840-1930) was an early settler of the City of Joplin. When her husband died in 1901, she went on to operate their livery stable, which was Joplin's first. No doubt it was also among the firsts of Joplin's businesses to be operated by a woman. Botkin also raised cattle and poultry, was chairman of the Women's Committee on Livestock, as well as of the Mines and Mining Committee, at the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago. Her interest in patriotic and civic orders led her to the Women's Relief Corp, Daughters of the American Revolution, and other organizations. Interestingly, "her death came simultaneously with the removal of one of the city's landmarks"--a house where she had made her home for 42 years. She died at the age of 89 on April 16, 1930, and is buried in Joplin's Mt. Hope Cemetery.
Added by: Robert Fahey

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