Flora came to Nebraska by wagon train with a group migrating from Canada. Her family and the others were attracted by the Homestead Act. She settled with her parents in 1872, a area now know as Canada Hill, in Howard County. She married Isaac Ward, who had come to Nebraska working on the Union Pacific railroad. They farmed in Howard County, where four of their children were born. In 1887 they moved to Colorado where they homesteaded. They remained there until 1898 when they returned to Howard County Nebraska and purchased and built a home on the piece of property known until the early 1950′s as the Ward home place. Her family were one of the founding fathers of the Methodist Church in St. Paul and she remained a pillar in the church, belonging to the women’s groups and the congregation. She took an active role in seeing that all her children received an education.
She was way beyond her time, now she probably would be known as a feminist. She was an active Sufferagett. Going to Wyoming to participate in the movement for women’s right to vote. Being an old time Methodist she was also part of the movement to make alcohol illegal. She went to Omaha attended a school to become a chiropractic physician after she was 50 years old. She lists her occupation in the 1930 census as a doctor. She moved to Seattle when she was in her sixties. When I was a child I spent a lot of time at my grandparents Harry and Inez Ward. They lived many years on the Ward home place (from approx. 1935 to 1952). My greatgrandmother Flora Wards Chiropratic table was stored upstairs in one of the farmhouse bedrooms. We were forbidden to touch it as my grandmother Inez was afraid we would get hurt on it. Needless to say we were facinated. My husband, our three daughters and I would have had much in common with Flora’s feminist ways. I think we would have enjoyed her company.Older postNewer post