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Cotner, Mercedes R.
Cotner, Mercedes R.; Cleveland City Council; Politics & government; Politicians; Clerk of Cleveland City Council (Ohio)
She was the first woman and longest serving Clerk of Cleveland City Council, a position she held from 1964 until her retirement in 1990. In 1973, she became the first Democratic woman to run for the Mayor...
Jennings, Martha Holden
Jennings, Martha F. Holden; Philanthropists; Cleveland Museum Of Art; Cleveland Clinic Foundation; University Circle; Case Institute of Technology
Martha Holden Jennings was a major benefactor for the Case Institute of Technology, The University Circle Development Foundation, and the Cleveland Clinic Foundation. She also donated to the Cleveland...
Izant, Grace Goulder, d. 1984
Goulder-Izant, Grace; Plain Dealer; Writers
Grace Goulder-Izant was the first female writer for "Plain Dealer Magazine" and a writer of books such as "This is Ohio," "Ohio Scenes and Citizens," "John D. Rockefeller," and "The Cleveland Years." Grace...
Irwin, Josephine Saxer
League Of Women Voters (Lwv) Of Cleveland; Fairview Park; Womenspace; Cleveland Council On World Affairs; Irwin, Josephine Saxer
Josephine Irwin was active in the peace movement before World War I and was one of the first members of the League of Women Voters (LWV) of Cleveland, participating in a suffrage parade on Euclid Avenue...
Iosue, Madeline A. DeSantis
Iosue, Madeline A. DeSantis; Paint industry; C. DeSantis Paint Manufacturing Co.
Madeline DeSantis Iosue was president of C. DeSantis Paint Manufacturing Co. from 1989 to 1999. A family business, she and her sister Virginia helped to run all aspects of the business, including mixing...
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...
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...
George, Zelma, 1903-1994
George, Zelma Watson; Opera singers; Activists; Cleveland Job Corps; Diplomats;African Americans; Karamu House; Cuyahoga Community College; United Nations
Zelma George was the daughter of a Texas Baptist minister and remembered meeting a number of prominent black leaders in her home. Issues about race were discussed and her father believed in helping other...
Bolton, Frances Payne Bingham, 1885-1977
Bolton, Frances Payne; Nursing;Hawken School; Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing (Cleveland, Ohio); United States. House of Representatives; United States Congress
Frances Payne Bolton had a long tenure as a United States Representative from 1939 to 1968; Bolton was the first woman to head an official mission abroad, to the Middle East in 1947; In 1953 she was appointed...
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...
Strassmeyer, Mary A.
Strassmeyer, Mary A.; Plain Dealer; Journalism
Mary Strassmeyer was a society editor for the Plain Dealer and was famous for her column, "Mary, Mary." She was inducted into the Cleveland Journalism Hall of Fame in 1994. [Image credit: this image is...
Hunter, Jane Edna, 1882-1971
Social workers; Social values; Social justice; Phillis Wheatley Assn.; Working Girls' Home; African Americans; Women's rights; Equal opportunity programs; Charitable organizations; Community service; Hunter, Jane Edna (Harris); Cleveland Women's Civic League (Cleveland, Ohio)
Jane Edna Hunter started the Working Girl's Home Association after moving to Cleveland, Ohio and seeing the lack of adequate housing and social protection for homeless black girls. This organization became...
Westlake Porter Public Library in 1960
Westlake Porter Public Library; Libraries; Westlake (Ohio)
Westlake Porter Public Library before renovation.
Pool for Westlake
Hurd, Thomas C.; Reid, William; Brown, Don; Miller, Bernard; Swimming pools; Westlake (Ohio)
The city's first municipal facility was scheduled to open in 1967 in Clague Park through the efforts of Westlake Swimming Pool, Inc., a group of citizens promoting the pool. The three largest single contributors...
Westlake Porter Public Library Summer Reading Program
Holter, Jeffrey; Baluk, Annette; Stanca, Paul; Swann, Laura; Westlake Porter Public Library; Libraries; Children; Westlake (Ohio)
Westlake Porter Public Library Summer Reading Program. Left to Right: Jeffrey Holter (7), Annette Baluk (11), Paul Stanca (10), Laura Swann (12).
Westwood Meadows Apartments
Westwood Meadows; Apartment houses; Westlake (Ohio)
Westwood Meadows Apartments at Detroit and Cahood Roads.
First day of school
Bassett Elementary School; Schools; Westlake (Ohio)
First graders' first day of school at the new Bassett Elementary School in Westlake. This is the first grade room of Mrs. Virginia Royer. The building has seven teaching stations but has been designed...
Clague Park Swimming Pool
Swimming pools; Westlake (Ohio)
"Pool Makes Big Splash in Westlake: The opening of Westlake's new swimming pool was well received by hundreds of youngsters and adults in the suburb. Although no count was made, there was a gratifying...
Aerial view of Westlake Hotel fire
Westlake Hotel (Rocky River, Ohio) -- Fire, 1962;Fires -- Ohio -- Rocky River;Hotels (Rocky River, Ohio);Rocky River (Ohio);Aerial views
Aerial view of Westlake Hotel (picture left) fire and smoke on January 25, 1962. Ice covered Lake Erie (picture top). Traffic on bridge connecting Rocky River to Lakewood (picture bottom).
Councilmen visit Columbus
Brooker, Melba; Hodkins, Virginia; Municipal government; Westlake (Ohio)
"Gentlemans agreement was realized today when Councilmen Melba Brooker of Westlake (left) and Virginia W. Hodkins of North Olmsted drove to Columbus. During the past two years the two, both re-elected...
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