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Safford, Mary Augusta

marysafford2Mary Augusta Safford was a very important woman in the Unitarian Church. Throughout her life she was instrumental in the establishment and growth of Unitarian churches across the American West in the late nineteenth century. She was the central figure in a group of women Unitarian Ministers called the “Iowa Sisterhood” that founded congregations in Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota. In Sioux City she ministered at the First Unitarian Church from 1885 to 1899.

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Sanford, Stella

Sanford_Arthur_and_Stell_with_Bob_Hope_for_webStella Sanford was born Stella Wolf in New York on November 10, 1900. She was educated in the Ethical Cultural Schools, experimental institutions based on Felix Adler's philosophy of "deed not creed". The schools began with a free kindergarten for children of the New York City slums and then grew to include high school and teacher training. The students all received scholarships from the sponsoring organization. When the schools enlarged to include the children of the sponsoring group, of which the Sanford family was a part, Stella attended. "Always, however, 40 percent of the pupils must be on scholarships," Sanford recalled.

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Thompson, William

 

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Short, Wallace Mertin

Wallace Mertin Short was born in 1866 on a small farm three miles east of College Springs, Iowa.  As part of a farm family, he attended school only when he wasn’t needed for work on the farm, which was generally only four months out of the year.  When Wallace Short was twenty-one he enrolled in college in Beloit, Wisconsin.  In 1896, at age 30 Short graduated from Yale, married his fiancée May Morse, and became a Congregational Minister.  Short accepted his first pastoral calling in Evansville, Wisconsin.  He was a minister in Evansville between 1896 and 1903.  Eventually Mr. Short would accept a pastorate at the Beacon Hill Church in Kansas City, Missouri.

 

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Treglia, Mary and the Mary Treglia Community House

 

treglia1.jpgA devoted friend to Sioux City immigrants and their families, Mary Treglia (1897-1959) dedicated her life to helping those in need. For over 33 years, she served the immigrant population of Sioux City as director of the Community House.

Mary Treglia was born in Sioux City on October 7, 1897, the only child of Italian immigrants Rose and Anthony Treglia. Her parents left Italy in the 1880s and came to Sioux City where they opened a fruit stand at 415 Pierce. The family lived upstairs. Sadly, Mary's father died when she was just 22 months old, leaving Rose as the only provider for her little girl. Rose supported herself and her daughter with a confectionary and fruit store located at Sixth and Douglas. She sold candy, fruits, canned goods and her famous boiled ham.
 

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