Wednesday, March 28, 2012 is a day to mark on your calendars. Barb Whidden, Adult Education Director of the LCHS will be presenting an informative program titled 'Legendary Women of Lake County'. The program begins at 7pm and is hosted by the Willoughby Hills Historical Society ( 35400 Chardon Road, Willoughby Hills - Community Room).
Some Legendary Women at a Glance:
Dr. Amy Kaukonen - Ohio's First Women Mayor and one of the first in the United States, she served in Fairport from 1921-1923. Elected at age 21, she was also the youngest woman to graduate from the Women's Medical College in Pennsylvania.
Mrs. Frances Casement - An influential woman in her own right, she formed a local branch of the Equal Rights Association.
Martha H. Elwell - A Willoughby crusader who followed in the footsteps of Frances Casement, Martha was able to secure equality in areas of business matters and was instrumental in getting the first two women in local history elected to the Painesville Board of Education.
Mary A. Evans & Luella Bentley - In 1868 these two women became Principal and Asst. Principal of the Lake Erie Female Seminary. Their 40 years of guidance allowed the Seminary to grow into Lake Erie College.
Mrs. Samuel Mathews - Daughter-in-law of Painesville's pioneer doctor, she started the Mathews School, a preparatory school for Lake Erie Seminary. The school closed in 1900 after nearly 30 years of educating both day and boarding students.
Cora Gaines Carrel - A schoolteacher in her younger years, Cora was the first elected councilwomen in Ohio History. She served from 1921-1924 in Willoughby and pioneered zoning and local ordinances still used today.
This list is short and incomplete when one considers that we are the smallest county in Ohio with the most history. Legendary Women is a program this Wednesday that will certainly illustrate this point. Questions regarding this program or any WHHS offerings may be directed to Frank or Mary Cihula @ 440-946-5557.