If ever a person of the fairer sex could be called a “renaissance woman” it may have been Sarah Jane Ames. When Sarah died in 1926 she was hailed as one of Boone County, Illinois’s “most virile, energetic, and withal most interesting citizens”.

She was born Sarah Jane Hannah in Montreal, Canada on December 4, 1843, and in 1854 migrated to Belvedere, Illinois with her parents (Thomas and Jane) and two brothers. Save for a few years she later spent pioneering in South Dakota, Sarah remained in Boone County the remainder of her life.

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