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Title: Obituary Notice
Miss Countryman, City's Librarian Until 1936, Dies
Gratia Alta Countryman, 87, who devoted her life to bringing books to the people of Minnesota, died Sunday at Duluth, Minn.
Miss Countryman was chief librarian in Minneapolis from 1904 until she was required to retire in 1936 at 70. She then was made librarian emeritus. An honorary title for a retired librarian. During her 32 years as librarian she played a major role in the library's organization and early recognized the need for "bringing the library to the people."
She often said: "This isn't the century when Abraham Lincolns walk 12 miles for a book." And she did something about it.