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 Frances Elizabeth “Franc” <I>Roads</I> Elliott

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Frances Elizabeth “Franc” Roads Elliott

  • Birth 10 Feb 1852 Henry County, Iowa, USA
  • Death 9 Aug 1924 Cook County, Illinois, USA
  • Burial Mount Pleasant, Henry County, Iowa, USA
  • Memorial ID 19586744

Franc Roads was one of the seven founders of P.E.O. Sisterhood (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.

Frances Elizabeth Roads was born February 10, 1852, at Marshall, Iowa, a little town almost at the edge of Mount Pleasant. Her father, Addison Roads, was a businessman and later a public official in Mount Pleasant. ... Franc, as she preferred to be called, enrolled in the scientific course at Iowa Wesleyan in September, 1866, at the age of 14. She graduated in three years, receiving her B.S. degree on June 16, 1869. She was granted the honorary M.S. degree in 1872. … Franc and Simon Charles Elliott, the son of Dr. Charles Elliott, president of Iowa Wesleyan 1857-61 and 1864-66, were married June 6, 1872. Mr. Elliott operated a Queen's Ware china store in Lincoln, Nebraska. They had a son and daughter. Through most of her life, Franc practiced art as a profession. She studied at the Rockwood Potteries in Cincinnati, at Chicago Art Institute, the University of Chicago at Columbia, Leland Stanford, and in Europe. She was associated with the art department at the University of Nebraska. Franc entered the field of art supervision in the public school in Salt Lake City, Utah and Aurora, Illinois. She had a crusading spirit and counted as her friends Susan B. Anthony, Lucy Stone, Frances Willard, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and many others interested in the Feminist Movement. In 1884 Franc represented Nebraska as assistant commissioner of art at the New Orleans Exposition, the first time that women were named at any exposition. She worked for 18 years to secure for women the right to vote in the General Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Her daughter said of her, "She was an inspiration to us all." The Elliotts moved to Chicago, and she died there August 9, 1924 (FRIENDSHIP SEVEN: Of 7 - Oklahoma P.E.O. - 1974).

In 1952, on the centennial anniversary of her birth, a memorial marker was placed on the Elliott plot in Mt. Pleasant’s Forest Home Cemetery by a committee authorized by Supreme Chapter (A Dream Come True: Program given by Elizabeth (Liz) E. Garrels, Iowa State President at P.E.O. Conference 1996).


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Gravesite Details A marker was placed in her memory.
  • Maintained by: Jane Denny
  • Originally Created by: Anonymous
  • Added: 28 May 2007
  • Find A Grave Memorial 19586744
  • Jane Denny
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Frances Elizabeth “Franc” Roads Elliott (10 Feb 1852–9 Aug 1924), Find A Grave Memorial no. 19586744, citing Forest Home Cemetery, Mount Pleasant, Henry County, Iowa, USA ; Maintained by Jane Denny (contributor 46932556) .