Business Women in Jewell County's First Decade


Eva Kramer Turner was one of the fourteen early milliners in Jewell County. She and her sister, Flora Belle, ran a millinery in Omio in 1879, Eva than married Robert Turner. He had a political appointment in Spain and this is her portrait from that time. The couple are buried in Mount Hope Cemetery, Mankato.

In honor of March being Women's History Month, we will take a look at a few of the business women who helped develop Jewell County during its first decade – 1870 to 1879.

When Jewell County's government was organized in July of 1870, the US. Census showed 207 people in the county. Thirty-one were women.  Though few in number, women were here to stay. Not just to stay, but to build families, homes and businesses. 

We might visualize the pioneer women of Jewell County as generally being farm wives, living on homesteads in dugouts and sod houses. Many were, but not all. This article w...

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