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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