Dixie Cornell

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

Dixie Cornell was born in Knoxville, Iowa back in 1866 to Riley and Mary.  Except for a year spent in Ottumwa, Iowa in 1883, she spent her entire life in Knoxville, graduating from the Knoxville Public Schools in 1885. In 1900, she married George.  Originally, she was a member of the Abigail Adams Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, later she joined the Mary Marion Chapter in 1917.

She worked as the DAR Recording Secretary from 1913-1916, State Regent from 1916-1918, and later as a DAR Genealogist the Continental Hall in Washington, D.C.  Dixie died in Knoxville in 1955, she was 88.  In 1956, the Iowa chapters of the DAR presented a portrait of Dixie to be hung in the Governor’s mansion.

What you may not know about Dixie Cornwell Gebhardt is that she designed the Iowa State Flag in 1917, it was officially adopted in 1921. 

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Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

A flag other states should look at the motto.

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Mar 01, 2020 04:55 AM #2
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Good to know!  I see that you have changed your font?  Perhaps next will be including a photo of these people for us to see?  Or if there isn't a photo of them to share, perhaps a picture like Barbara Todaro posted?  As my AR guru would say, Just Sayin'...

Mar 01, 2020 05:00 AM #3
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Another who knew which is nothing new! Keep them coming. Enjoy your day! 

Mar 01, 2020 05:11 AM #4
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning again James. Wow, how impressive was she. Great post today.

Mar 01, 2020 05:23 AM #5
Donald Urschalitz
Lubeck Realty Group - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

that was a big honor and she was a talented lady.

Mar 01, 2020 05:24 AM #6
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Hi James... for sure, I did not know the origins of the Iowa state flag... probably wouldn't recognize it if I saw it... despite the fact that our daughter and her family lived in Iowa for three years and we travelled there any number of times.

Mar 01, 2020 06:10 AM #7
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

Now I find that fascinating and I find it inspiring...

Happy Sunday James Dray 

Mar 01, 2020 06:24 AM #8
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


So happy that Barbara Todaro shared the Iowa flag with us.  It is a very nice looking flag.  Wishing you a wonderful day.  A

Mar 01, 2020 06:30 AM #9
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

James Dray - a loyal Hawkeye and thanks to Barbara Todaro we get to see her creativity and talent.  

Mar 01, 2020 06:39 AM #10
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

And of course Ottumwa is the home of Radar O'Reilly.

Mar 01, 2020 07:28 AM #11
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, James, for sharing this interesting story.

Have an outstanding week.

Mar 01, 2020 09:27 AM #12
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi James- what an involved lady and thank you Barbara Todaro for saving me from Googling the Iowa flag. 

Mar 01, 2020 11:10 AM #13
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi James - well I certainly think this is a very fine flag.

Mar 01, 2020 12:43 PM #14
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

What an amazing lady whose legacy will be celebrated for generations to come.

Mar 01, 2020 02:18 PM #15
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi James Dray - After reading this story, I wonder how many women designed their state flags.  This is not something we hear about.  thanks for sharing the story. 

Mar 01, 2020 02:22 PM #16
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

James love the research you put in these historical figures, I wish teachers would do that in High School and College, Endre

Mar 01, 2020 07:50 PM #17
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

What a wonderful creation! And so glad Barbara Todaro shared it with us, too!


Mar 01, 2020 09:45 PM #18
Jane Chaulklin-Schott
TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766 - Orlando, FL
TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836

Happy Monday to you, James Dray.  I read up a little more about the Dixie Cornell Gebhardt flag and was surprised to learn that it was her design that was chosen by the then Iowa Governor William L. Harding that was chosen in a contest of designs for an Iowa banner or flag. 

Mar 02, 2020 11:49 AM #19
Barbara Tattersall
Keller Williams Realty Metropolitan (Keene,NH) - Keene, NH

I like the flag's message.  The first thing that struck me about this story, though, were the names of the people.  "Dixie" and "Riley" . I didn't expect those in the 1800s. :-)

Mar 04, 2020 03:43 AM #20
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

To have designed the state flag of any state is an achievement that will be remembered for many years.

Mar 14, 2020 04:19 PM #21
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