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Each of the Founders of Kappa Kappa Gamma was exceptional and unique—just like you! Take this quiz to see which Founder’s personality most resembles your own!
You are helpful and useful, like Mary Louise (Lou) Bennett (Boyd). Lou’s is the first name listed on Kappa Kappa Gamma’s permanent Fraternity roll. Born in Pittsburgh, she lost both parents early and was sent to Monmouth to live with an uncle, Dr. Alexander Young, who was a professor at the college.
The only Founder who lived to see Kappa grow through 77 years, Lou graduated from Monmouth in 1872 and became a teacher. She married Founder Jennie Boyd’s brother, Rev. Joseph Boyd, in 1876. She was a busy pastor’s wife, living from coast-to-coast, and had no children. They lived in Jacksonville, FL. for several years, then retired to Penney Farms, FL. Blind almost the last ten years of her life, Lou died in 1947 at age 94 and is buried next to Jennie in Green Cove Springs, FL.
You are wise and balanced, like Hannah Jeanette (Jennie) Boyd. The eldest Founder at age 20, Jennie had moved from Pennsylvania to LeClaire, Iowa, before her family settled in Monmouth in 1866. Jennie was a strong Christian, very unselfish in life, and was described as the “balance wheel” of the group with “executive ability” as well as “a keen and analytical mind.”
Jennie served as the first Alpha Scribe in 1870 and presided over the first Alpha business meeting. Shew was also the first Grand Secretary of Kappa Kappa Gamma in 1871. Jennie graduated from Monmouth in 1875 and taught school for years in Omaha, Nebraska. Jennie never married and considered her Kappa sister and sister-in-law, Louise Bennett Boyd, her “sister.” Ill during her later years, Jennie died in 1927 while visiting her brother in Florida and was buried in Green Cove Springs.
You are a leader and strong, like Mary Moore (Minnie) Stewart (Nelson, Field). It was Minnie who originated the idea of Kappa Kappa Gamma in 1869 after leading suffragette, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, visited Monmouth. Minnie was always popular and was described as having a “sunny, warm-hearted disposition.” She was an early advocate for women’s rights and an enthusiastic debater in the Amateur des Belles Lettres or A.B.L. society. The first president of Alpha Chapter and theoretically the Fraternity, Minnie studied in the scientific department and graduated in 1872.
After graduation, Minnie became a teacher in the Monmouth public schools and later a principal in Eustis, FL. She was married twice. No one knows what happened to Minnie's first husband, nor is it known when, where, or how he died. Copies of court papers show that Minnie divorced him on grounds of desertion a few years after their marriage. She then married Mr. Field, an artist. Minnie had two children who died five months apart. She died in 1898 and is buried in Monmouth.
You are beautiful and poised, like Susan Burley Walker (Vincent). Sue joined Alpha Chapter after the original four, although she had discussed it with Minnie Stewart as early as the summer of 1869. She was the youngest Founder, just 15-years-old when she was asked to join. She was initiated at her own home. Sue was the only Founder to follow the scientific course of study at Monmouth instead of the classical course.
Despite her interest in science and love of music, Sue is often remembered for her beauty. She is also believed to have been a bit mischievous. In a letter in 1931, Founder Lou Stevenson Miller wrote that Walker was “sworn in on April Fools’ Day” and that there had been a “near riot over a prank that Minnie Stewart and Sue Walker had participated in—now nothing very much but enough to have all six of them shaking in their shoes.” She was one of the first initiates (before October 12) and it was at her home that the initiation was held. She left school without a degree in 1872 and became the first alumna of the Fraternity. She married Rev. A.S. Vincent in 1876 with whom she had two daughters and one son. Sue died in 1897, just one year after returning to Monmouth with her family.
You are adventuresome and active, like Martha Louisa “Lou” Stevenson (Miller). It is said Lou was asked to join Kappa because she “put up” for them during an A.B.L. debate. Lou has been described as the “spirit of eternal youth,” full of life and not too serious, mischievous and not above gossip. The first Alpha social (“real party”) took place in her home on Halloween 1872. Lou graduated from Monmouth in 1874.
Six months after graduation, Lou married William Oliver Miller and had three sons and a daughter. They lived on a farm near Monmouth for five years, then in Tarkio, Mo. and finally in Kansas City for more than 40 years. Lou was one of the two living Founders who participated in the ceremonies that re-established Alpha Chapter at Monmouth College in 1934. Having a remarkable memory for details of the early years of Alpha Chapter, Lou was instrumental in providing information about the history of the Fraternity. After a long illness, she died in 1937 and is buried in Tarkio.
You are romantic and helpful, like Anna Elizabeth Willits (Pattee). Lou Boyd remembered that Anna Willits “won many friends by her personality and hospitality.” Many early Kappa meetings were held in Anna’s home and legend has it that Anna’s mother helped the Founders select a proper sort of pin and suggested a key “for a key usually stands for something secret.”
Anna graduated from Monmouth College in 1874 and married Henry H. Pattee, a wealthy businessman in Monmouth, in 1881. They had one son. Anna was a lifelong resident of Monmouth, participated in community service and served on the Monmouth Board of Education. She died in Chicago in 1908 and is buried in Monmouth. Her granddaughter was initiated with her badge, which is now the only remaining Founder’s badge and is on exhibit at Fraternity Headquarters.