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Indiana authors and their books 1917-1966.
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SPERRY, PORTIA HOWE (MRS. RALPH W. E.) : 1890-1967.

Portia Howe was born on June 21, 1890, in Chicago, Ill., the daughter of Charles Edward and Clara Willey Howe. She was educated at Milwaukee-Downer College and was a licensed teacher of physical education. On Sept. 26, 1914, she married Ralph W. E. Sperry and they had four children : Charles Herbert, Ralph Anson, Emily Elmore, and Portia Howe. Mrs. Sperry lived in Fort Wayne during 1914-17 and took up permanent Indiana residence in 1929. During the depression she set up a shop in Nashville, Ind., to sell handcrafted products. She designed and marketed the "Abigail" doll to teach children to dress themselves which became nationally known. The book below was written to accompany the doll. She died on April 21, 1967.

Information from Portia Sperry Martz.

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