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    • Hamilton, Margaret, 1902-1985

    • Hamilton, Margaret; Wizard of Oz (Motion picture : 1939); Actors; Actresses; Cleveland Play House; Hathaway Brown
    • Actress best remembered for her role as the Wicked Witch of the West in the movie The Wizard of Oz. Ms. Hamilton perfected her craft in her hometown by working at the Cleveland Play House until being "discovered" in 1932 and becoming a hit on...
    • Cermak, Albina

    • Cermak, Albina; Republican Party; Bailiffs; Political elections
    • Albina Cermak was the first woman to run for mayor not only in Cleveland but in any city. She ran against Anthony Celebrezze in 1961. Ms. Cermak was a member of the Board of Elections and delegate for the Republican National Convention for 3 years....
    • Adams, Almeda C., 1865-

    • Adams, Almeda C.; Cleveland Music School Settlement; Blind persons; Fortnightly Musical Club; Music; Teachers
    • Almeda Adams helped to found the Cleveland Music School Settlement despite being blind. She also wrote a book which is made up of letters to her friends titled "Seeing Europe Through Sightless Eyes." Adams directed the Schumann Society which is a...
    • Jelliffe, Rowena Woodham

    • Jelliffe, Rowena Woodham; Karamu House; Philanthropists; Ohioana Pegasus Winners
    • Along with husband, Rowena Jelliffe was a co-founder of Karamu House, a neighborhood settlement renowned for its dedication to interracial theater and arts. A former social worker, Jellifffe directed over 100 plays for Karamu House and also wrote...
    • Ames, Lydia May

    • Ames, Lydia May; Artists; Landscape paintings; Cleveland School of Art; Women's Art Club Of Cleveland
    • Ames was a landscape painter that was one of Cleveland's first woman's artists and was called "Cleveland's first impressionist painter." Her work was exhibited in national exhibits such as those in New York. Besides painting, Ames also taught art...
    • Rowland, Amy F. (Amy Farley), b. 1872

    • Rowland, Amy Farley; Lakeside Unit, World War I; Cleveland Clinic Foundation; Women's City Club; Women's City Club; Alta House; Office workers
    • Amy Rowland served with the Lakeside Unit in World War I and edited publications by Dr. George W. Crile, Sr. She worked with the American Ambulance in France and she became executive secretary at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation after WWI. Amy was...
    • Perkins, Anna

    • Cleveland Press; Franklin Club; Cleveland Sorosis; Poets; Irwin, Josephine Saxer
    • Anna Perkins sold issues of the "Cleveland Press" for her livelihood, eventually earning her the moniker of "Newspaper Annie." She also advocated reform for women's dress and wrote the poem "What Is It?" Perkins also spoke at the Franklin and...
    • McCormick, Anne O’Hare, 1880-1954

    • Mccormick, Anne (O'hare); Journalists; Writers; New York times; Pulitzer Prizes; United Nations
    • Anne O'Hare McCormick was a foreign correspondent for the New York Times who traveled the world reporting on injustice and issues threatening freedom worldwide. She was the first woman to win a Pulitzer Prize for journalism. Largely self-trained,...
    • Greve, Bell

    • Greve, Bell; Social workers; Public service organizations; Cuyahoga County (Ohio). Relief Bureau; Cleveland. Dept. of Health and Welfare; Cleveland Rehabilitation Center; Rehabilitation International; Hiram House
    • Bell Greve was internationally renowned as a leader and pioneer in rehabilitative care and relief services. Originally planning to be a missionary, Greve turned towards social work after volunteering at the Hiram House. At age 27, she spent three...
    • Sherwin, Belle, 1868-1955

    • Women's City Club; Suffrage; Suffragists; Women's suffrage; League Of Women Voters (Lwv) Of Cleveland
    • Belle Sherwin was the former president for the national League of Women Voters (1924-1934). She was also a founder of the Women's City Club in Cleveland, Ohio.
    • Sherwin, Belle, 1868-1955

    • Women's City Club; Suffrage; Suffragists; Women's suffrage; League Of Women Voters (Lwv) Of Cleveland
    • Belle Sherwin was the former president for the national League of Women Voters (1924-1934). She was also a founder of the Women's City Club in Cleveland, Ohio.
    • Pyke, Bernice Secrest

    • Pyke, Bernice Secrest; Democratic Party; Teachers; Delegations
    • Bernice Pyke was the first woman to be elected delegate for a national political convention and the first woman to serve in a cabinet for a mayor of Cleveland. She was a delegate for 5 Democratic National Conventions and in 1934 President Franklin...
    • Bole, Roberta Holden

    • Bole, Roberta Holden; Cleveland Museum Of Art; Cleveland Museum Of Natural History; Hawken School; Dunham Tavern Museum (Cleveland, Ohio); Philanthropists; Holden Arboretum
    • Bole was a major benefactor to many museums in Cleveland such as the Cleveland Museum of Art and the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. She also established the Holden Arboretum, founded Hawken School and wrote the children books "The Aunt's...
    • Brown, Anna V., d. 1985

    • Brown, Anna V.; Gerontology; National Council on the Aging; Cleveland. Dept. of Aging; Aged persons
    • Brown was an advocate for the elderly in Cleveland as well as nationally. She developed Cleveland's Department of Aging which developed services to assist elders. She later became the president of the National Council on Aging in 1984. She was...
    • Fairfax, Florence Bundy

    • Fairfax, Florence Bundy; Cleveland. Dept. of Recreation; Florence Bundy Fairfax Recreation Center; Sports & recreation facilities
    • Bundy was a long-time employee of the Dept. of Recreation for the city of Cleveland. In May 1954, she became the Superintendent of Special Activities which focused on finding services and activities for inner city youth. Bundy was named Asst....
    • Cafarelli, Carmela

    • Cafarelli, Carmela; Cleveland Orchestra; Opera singers; Harps; Musicians
    • Carmela Cafarelli was the first harpist of the Cleveland Orchestra. She toured as an opera singer in Italy and formed the Cafarelli Opera Club presenting Madame Butterfly in 1934. Every year she presented an opera at the Masonic Auditorium.
    • Chadwick, Elizabeth Bigley, 1857-1907

    • Chadwick, Elizabeth Bigley, 1857-1907; Swindlers & swindling; Fraud; Criminals; Carnegie, Andrew, 1835-1919
    • Cassie L. Chadwick was known worldwide as a Cleveland con-artist in the early 20th century after her arrest in 1904. In her largest scam, she claimed to be the illegitimate daughter of Andrew Carnegie and convinced an Ohio banker that she would be...
    • Price, Constance Mather

    • Price, Constance Mather; Theaters; Cleveland Play House; Musicarnival; American Red Cross
    • Constance Price served for the American Red Cross in WWII and took part in the planning of Musicarnival. She designed sets for Cleveland's East Side Players, Heights Light Opera, and Euclid Little Theater. She also helped integrate the Bratenahl...
    • McKelvey, Dorothy Marks

    • McKelvey, Dorothy Marks; Berea Historical Society; Baldwin-Wallace College; Historians; Berea (Ohio); History
    • Dorothy Marks McKelvey was the founder and president of the Berea Area Historical Society and the historian of Baldwin-Wallace College. Because she was so well-versed in Berea history, newspapers would look to her first to verify their facts.
    • Fuldheim, Dorothy

    • Fuldheim, Dorothy; Journalists; Television journalists
    • Dorothy Violet Fuldheim was the nation's first anchorwoman as a member of a news team. She was an anchorwoman on NewsChannel5, starting her television career at the age of 54 after retiring from elementary school teaching. She traveled the world...

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