The inscription on the original tombstone:
D. C. BLOOMER
DEC. 30, 1894
76Ys. 7Ms. 3Ds.
A pioneer of woman’s
FEB. 24, 1900
83 Ys. 7Ms. 20Ds.
Inscription on the granite block placed later in front of the original tombstone:
IN 1855 THE BLOOMERS CAME TO COUNCIL BLUFFS. AMELIA WAS ALREADY INTERNATIONALLY PROMINENT FOR HER ADVOCATION OF TEMPERANCE AND WOMEN’S RIGHTS. IN THE LILY, THE MAGAZINE SHE EDITED AND PUBLISHED, SHE PROMOTED DRESS, REFORM, PUBLICIZING THE BLOOMER GARMENT. LOCALLY DEXTER HELPED ESTABLISH A BANK AND THE COMMUNITY SCHOOL SYSTEM AND SERVED ON CITY AND STATE SCHOOL BOARDS. HE WROTE AMELIA’S BIOGRAPHY IN 1895.
Amelia Bloomer’s name has become synonymous with the loose fitting clothing that she advocated women to wear even though it was not her creation. Elizabeth Smith Miller designed the long baggy pantalettes that narrowed at the ankles to give women more freedom of movement than the floor-length skirts which were popular during the Victorian Era. Because Amelia Bloomer was a strong advocate of “Bloomers” in her magazine, The Lily, her name became attached to the style.
But her influence was more far reaching than the reform clothing she advocated. Her magazine became the voice of the suffragette movement and gave a place for leaders such as Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton to share their reform ideas for temperance and women’s suffrage.
The gray-veined white marble tombstone at the Fairview Cemetery at Council Bluffs, Iowa, is badly weathered, the finial that topped the monument is missing and the inscription is faint but legible. An additional granite block with an inscription has been placed in front of the original tombstone but is not set.