Battle Creek in Calhoun County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
This farm has remained in the Bryant family since 1844 and retains much of its original Civil War era appearance. The ruins of stone fences erected without mortar still stand as a rare reminder of early settlement. Mary Bryant Mayo (1845-1903), Michigan’s pioneer leader in co-education, was born here. During the latter part of the nineteenth century she was very active in the Grange movement and traveled throughout the Midwest exhorting farm women to improve their lives through education.
The Grange's purpose was to show farmers that their happiness depended upon education as well as prosperity, and Mary Mayo "Had the power of reaching those who dwell in the farm house." Perry Mayo, her husband, who had gained prominence by being elected State Senator in 1887-1888, encouraged her efforts. In 1900, Mary was instrumental in established the first women's dormitory, the women's Building, on the Michigan State University campus. Thirty-one years later that University built a new women's dormitory and named in in honor of Mary Mayo.
Erected 1978 by Michigan History Division, Department of
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Agriculture • Education • Settlements & Settlers • Women. In addition, it is included in the Michigan Historical Commission series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1844.
Location. 42° 20.02′ N, 85° 3.082′ W. Marker is in Battle Creek, Michigan, in Calhoun County. Marker is on L Drive North, 0.4 miles west of 13 Mile Road, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 12557 L Dr N, Battle Creek MI 49014, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Hawkins Farm (approx. 3 miles away); Lockwood Family / Lockwood House (approx. 3.3 miles away); Stow-Hasbrouck House (approx. 3˝ miles away); 133rd Avenue Bridge (approx. 4.4 miles away); Toll Gate (approx. 4.7 miles away); Sam Hill Drive (approx. 5.3 miles away); Butler-Boyce House / W. D. Boyce (approx. 5˝ miles away); William W. Cook (approx. 5.7 miles away).
Also see . . . Mary Anne Bryant Mayo. Excerpt:
Mary Mayo in particular became a highly active and effective organizer for the Grange. She served as lecturer, as chairman of the woman’s work committee, and from 1891 as chaplain(Submitted on July 26, 2021, by J.T. Lambrou of New Boston, Michigan.)
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