Mary Smiley photograph collection
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Edwards involved herself in other personal and civic pursuits, which included designing a window screen that was manufactured by her husband's chair factory in Peru, Indiana and managing said factory in his absence during World War I. She was the first woman to sit on the Peru Board of Education and in 1921, she was appointed to the Indiana State Board of Education by Governor Warren T. McCray. Edwards led the local Works Progress Administration board in Miami County during the Great Depression. In 1937, she served as vice-president of the Indiana Board of Public Welfare, as well as chairman of the drafting committee for the Indiana Civil Service bill.
Edwards was born to Thomas Arthur (1853-1892) and Ada (Ellsworth) Stuart (1855-1937) in Lafayette, Tippecanoe County, Indiana on September 11, 1880. She had one younger sister, Allison Ellsworth Stuart (1886-1950). Edwards married Richard Elbert Edwards (1880-1969) in 1904 and they had one son, Richard Arthur (1909-1984). The family lived in the Shirk-Edwards House, located at 50 North Hood Street, Peru, Miami County, Indiana, which is a Classical Revival and Victorian home on the National Register of Historic Places. Edwards died on November 17, 1970 in Peru, Indiana and was buried in Mount Hope Cemetery in Peru, Indiana.
Dice, Nellie Waggoner. "Forum: The Readers Corner." Indianapolis Star, July 16, 1977, 63.
Educator-Journal Company. "The Personal and Educational Department." The Educator-Journal 22, no. 7 (March, 1921): 426.
FindaGrave.com. "Marie Stuart Edwards." Find a Grave Index. Accessed Mary 4, 2017. http://www.findagrave.com.
National Park Service. "Shirk-Edwards House National Register of Historic Places Registration Form." Accessed May 4, 2017. https://npgallery.nps.gov/GetAsset?assetID=9ae51eb3-103b-4e0b-9d50-89ecb2f0d863.
Harper, Ida Husted, ed. "Indiana." In History of Woman Suffrage, 1900-1920, vol. 6. (New York: National American Woman Suffrage Association, 1922), 127.
Mary Alice (Castner) Smiley was born January 28, 1919 in Indianapolis, Indiana to Livy and Hannah Castner. In 1940, she earned a nursing degree from Methodist Hospital School of Nursing. One year later, she married Paul Smiley on September 14, 1941 and they had two children, David and Lloyd. The family later moved to Peru, Indiana where Paul Smiley owned and operated Smiley Sawmill and Smiley Buildings from 1949 to 1973. They bought the Shirk-Edwards House in Peru, where Mary Smiley discovered a scrapbook belonging to Hoosier suffragist, Marie Stuart Edwards. Smiley was chapter regent of the 19th Star Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) and held offices in the Indiana Federation of Clubs (IFC). She died on September 15, 2015 in Westfield, Indiana.
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"Mary Alice Castner Smiley" obituary. Indianapolis Star, September 20, 2015. Accessed May 5, 2017. http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/indystar/obituary.aspx?n=Mary-Alice-Castner-Smiley&pid=175869160.
"Paul E. Smiley" obituary. Indianapolis Star, November 27, 2016. Accessed May 5, 2017. http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/indystar/obituary.aspx?page=lifestory&pid=182667402.
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- Catt, Carrie Chapman, 1859-1947
- Civil rights
- Dairy farming
- Daughters of the American Revolution
- Denver (Colo.)
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- Edwards, Marie Stuart, 1880-1970
- Edwards, Richard Elbert, 1880-1969
- Family life
- General Federation of Women’s Clubs
- Harding, Warren G. (Warren Gamaliel), 1865-1923
- Human rights
- Lafayette (Ind.)
- Marion (Ohio)
- National American Woman Suffrage Association
- National League of Women Voters (U.S.)
- Newspaper articles
- Peru (Ind.)
- Presidents -- United States
- Social rights
- Societies and clubs
- Stuart, Ada Ellsworth, 1855-1937
- Stuart, Allison Ellsworth, 1886-1950
- Women -- Societies and clubs
- Women -- Suffrage
- Women in public life
- Women political activists
- Women's rights
- Mary Smiley photograph collection
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