Woman of the Century/Ella Clara Sabin
SABIN, Miss Ella Clara, educator, born in Sun Prairie, Wis., 29th November, 1850. Her father was Samuel Henry Sabin, originally from Ohio, and her mother's maiden name was Adelia Bordine. In childhood Ella Sabine was the intimate companion of Ella Wheeler Wilcox and Clara Bewick Colby, their country homes being in the same locality, near Windsor, Wis. The three were unusually bright girls and, in their several lines, have attained distinction. Ella Sabin attended the Wisconsin State University and was afterwards principal of one of the ward schools in Madison, Wis. In 1874 she went to Portland, Ore. In 1878 she became principal of the North school, the first woman principal in the Northwest An enlightened board gave her equal pay with men in the same position. In 1888 she was elected superintendent of the city schools of Portland and served three years. Called to the presidency of Downer College, Fox Lake, Wis., in 1891, she declined to reapply, though she left Portland when at the height of popularity. She has traveled extensively in Europe and is a woman of broad culture as well as liberal learning.