Katherine Isabel

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty AR LLC PB00068179

Katherine Isabel Hayes was born in Irasburg, Vermont back in 1845 to Henry and Anna. She attended the Adams Academy in Derry, New Hampshire, after graduating she marked William in 1863. The couple moved to India where they worked as missionaries, William died in 1865. Katherine stayed for another 6 months completing her missionary work before returning to the United States.

After returning to the States she was trained in hydropathy where she met her second husband Samuel. The moved to New York City, where they were married in 1867. They hadn’t been there long before they moved to Washington, D.C. While Samuel remained in Washington she moved back to New York City where she enrolled at the Woman’s Medical College studying ophthalmology.

What you may not know about Isabel Barrows is that she accomplished many things in her life. She was the first woman employed by the United States State Department, the first woman to work for Congress as a stenographer, the first woman to attend the University of Vienna to study ophthalmology, the first American female ophthalmologist and the first woman to have a private practice in medicine in Washington, D.C. Now I don’t care, but that is a lot of firsts..

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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
"Franklin MA Homes"

Good morning, James Dray just goes to show you, a woman's work is never done....that's a laundry list of firsts, for sure....

Feb 10, 2019 03:22 AM #1
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

That's exactly what I was thinking, James, as I was reading your post... "that's an awful lot of firsts." And then you go and say it first! 

Feb 10, 2019 03:23 AM #2
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Good morning,  James - another amazing story and a truly amazing woman. 

Feb 10, 2019 04:12 AM #3
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Sounds like another very talented woman that certainly has a place in the history books.

Feb 10, 2019 04:57 AM #4
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

I agree that is a lot of firsts!

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Feb 10, 2019 05:36 AM #5
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning James. That is a lot of firsts for sure. I hope you and your bride are enjoying your holiday.

Feb 10, 2019 05:42 AM #6
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Wow, that is a lot of firsts! She did not follow the leader, she was the leader. Enjoy your day!

Feb 10, 2019 05:50 AM #7
Donald Urschalitz
One World Realty Inc. - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

Some big firsts and she gave so much back to so many.

Feb 10, 2019 05:58 AM #8
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

That is a lot of first and again a woman who did not take no or rejection as acceptable.

Feb 10, 2019 06:15 AM #9
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

Stenographer...now there's a word you don't hear any more !  Good for her !

Feb 10, 2019 06:45 AM #10
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


What a great bouquet of first, from stenographer to ophtamologist.  Wishing you a great week.  A

Feb 10, 2019 11:40 AM #11
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good afternoon James - we can certainly say she was a pioneer and a trail blazer.

Feb 10, 2019 12:09 PM #12
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

It's amazing how many glass ceilings Katherine was able to shatter. She did in one lifetime that would take anyone else several to get anywhere near her many accomplishments.

Feb 10, 2019 01:32 PM #13
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

YOu are right James Dray - Those are a lot of firsts. 

Feb 10, 2019 04:49 PM #14
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi James- you deserve an award for highlighting the amazing accomplishments of these women. 

Feb 10, 2019 07:08 PM #15
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
RE/MAX Northwest. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

Have you made it home yet James Dray? Thank you for introducing this story of success …

Feb 10, 2019 08:55 PM #16
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

Here is another amazing fact James Dray . I didn't know what an ophthalmologist is so I Googled it and then went to the wikki referance. Wikki mentions 20 famous ophthalmologists by name and Katherine is NOT one of them!

Feb 11, 2019 07:08 AM #17
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