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Myattway, Frances, 1899-1964



  • Existence: 1899 - 1964


Frances Emmalee Myattway was born in 1899 in Patonsburg, Missouri, to Emmalee Bosisto Myattway (1861-1931) and Rev. Arthur Kyahno Myattway (1857-1909). Her father was born in Rangoon, Burma to parents who had been converted by a missionary Rev. J. B. Vinton. Arthur Myattway emigrated to Canada at the age of 19 to attend the seminary at Hamilton College. He settled in Tabor, Iowa, where he served as pastor for the local Baptist church and gave public lectures on his homeland and its customs prior to his death from tuberculosis in 1909. Following her husband's death, Emmalee Mattway managed a boarding house where her two children and brother also lived. Frances Myattway attended Tabor High School and later the Iowa State Normal School in Cedar Falls, where she trained to become a teacher. In 1923 she married Lloyd Stanley Van Dorn (1898-1986) a credit manager with Cal Spray Chemical Corporation and World War I veteran. In 1926 they moved to Los Angeles and had two children, Talwa Jane Van Dorn, born in 1926, and Douglas Van Dorn, born in 1933. The Van Dorn family moved to Contra Costa County in Northern California, where Frances Myattway Van Dorn died in 1964.

1910 Federal Census.

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

Frances Myattway papers

Identifier: IWA0875

Early twentieth-century scrapbook of a young woman in western Iowa.

Dates: 1914-1918