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Distinguished Literary Women Gestefeld to Hurll
Ursula Newell Gestefeld
Born in Augusta, Maine. Founder of the system of new thought
known as the Science of Being, and instructor for the Exodus
Club organized in Chicago in 1897, which became later the Church
of New Thought and College of the Science of Being. She was the
first pastor of this church and head of the college. She has
written several works on this subject and has a large following
Jeannette Leonard Gilder
Was the daughter of the late Reverend William H. and Jane Nutt
Gilder; the sister of the late Richard Watson Gilder, and was
born at St. Thomas Hall, at Flushing, New York. Was associated
for some time with her brother, Richard Watson Gilder, in the
editorial department of Scribner's Monthly, now the Century,
Literary editor and afterwards dramatic and musical critic of
the New York Herald from 1875 to 1880. In 1881, in connection
with her brother, Joseph B. Gilder, started The Critic, now
Putnam's Magazine, of which she is associate editor. Was for
many years correspondent of the Boston Saturday Cassette and the
Boston Evening Transcript, also the London Academy, and New York
correspondent for the Philadelphia Press and Record. Regular
correspondent of the Chicago Tribune, Has written plays and
stories for magazines. Is the author of "Taken by Siege," "The
Autobiography of a Tomboy," "The Tomboy at Work-Edited "Essays
from the Critic," and "Representative Poems of Living Poets" and
"Pen Portraits of Literary Women" and "Authors at Home."
Mary Rebecca Foster Gilman
Born in Worcester, Massachusetts, in 1859. Daughter of Dwight
and Henriette P. B. Foster. Married in 1887, Rev. Bradley
Gilman. Critic on the Springfield Republican and Suburban Life,
Author of "The Life of St. Theresa," in series of famous women,
"The Pilgrim's Scrip" a collection of wisdom and wit of George
Meredith. Edited Mrs. Fawcett's "Life of Queen Victoria." A
contributor to magazines and periodicals.
Ellen Anderson G. Glasgow
1874 _ 1945
Miss Glasgow is a Virginia writer who has become a member of the
literary life of the New South. "The Descendant," "The
Phases of an Inferior Planet" and "The Voice of the
People" are among her best works. She was born in Richmond,
Virginia, April 22, 1874, and lived the greater part of her life
at the family home. Her father was a lawyer, and the majority of
her male ancestors were either lawyers, judges or men of
literary tastes and talents.
Marie Louise Greene
Miss Greene was born in Providence, Rhode Island. She received
the degree of A. B. from Vassar in 1891; has done special work
in American history in Yale College. She is a student and writer
on gardening and New England history. She is the author of "The
Development of Religious Liberty in Connecticut," "Among
School Gardens," etc.
Sarah Pratt Greene 1856
Born at Simsbury, Connecticut, July 3, 1856. Daughter of Dudley
Boston and Mary Paine McLean. July, 1887, married Franklin Lynde
Greene, now deceased. Her book, "Cape Cod Folks," which appeared
some twenty years ago, made quite a stir and entitled her to
literary prominence. She has since written "Some Other Folks,"
"Towhead," "Last Chance Junction," "Moral Imbeciles," "Flood
Tide," and many other stories published in book form and has
contributed short stories largely to Harper's Magazine and other
Elizabeth Lincoln Gould
Born in Boston. Daughter of Charles Duren and Sarah Bell
(Wheeler) Gould. Contributor to Youth's Companion, Author of a
play from Louisa M. Alcott's "Little Men"; also one from "Little
Women"; the stories, "Little Polly Prentiss," "Felicia," and
"Felicia's Friend," and others.
Edith Guerrier 1870 ~
Born in New Bedford, Massachusetts, September 30, 1870. Daughter
of (George Pearce and Emma Louisa Ricketson Guerrier. Head
resident of Library Club House, Boston. Author of "Wonderfolk in
Wonderland," and other folk-lore stories.
Daughter of John Ladd Colby, a physician of New York, where she
was born. She married Charles Owens Haines, of Savannah,
Georgia, who was a rail-road builder and manager; has
contributed short stories, some of which are entitled "Caper
Sauce" "The Crimson Rambler," to the American
Magazine and Scribner's Magazine.
Adelaide S. Hall 1857 ~
Born in Westmoreland, New York, November 2, 1857. The daughter
of Schuyler and Susan Waldo Wade Hall. Contributor to magazines
on topics of art and travel. Curator of the Chicago Gallery of
Fine Arts and lecturer on art topics.
Margaret Mary Brophy Halvey
Was born in Queens County, Ireland, in the early sixties. Her
father's family came to Ireland at the time of Henry II, in
1192, and her mother was one of the first Catholics in her
family since the Reformation. In 1884 she married Timothy
Frederick Halvey, founder of the first Gaelic School in New
York, Chicago, Philadelphia, and Buffalo, and originator of
Robert Emmet Day (March 4). She was active during the World's
Fair and Social Science Exhibit, introducing the Irish
industries, particularly the lace exhibit. Was the first woman
secretary of the Catholic Historical Society, and secretary and
co-founder of the Woman's Auxiliary Board. Author of poems and
short stories. Is one of the officers for the Anti- Vivisection
Society; also the Woman's Pen Society. Society for the
Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, and president of the Ladies'
Land League, branch secretary of the Ladies' Aid Society for
Widows and Orphans. Makes her home in Philadelphia,
Edith Ogden Harrison
Daughter of Robert N. Ogden, and the wife of Carter Henry
Harrison, mayor of Chicago, Illinois, who occupies the unique
position of having been elected five times mayor of Chicago and
his father before him was also five times mayor of that city.
Mrs. Harrison is the author of "Prince Silverwings," "The
Star Fairies," "The Moon Princess," "The
Flaming Sword," "The Mocking Bird." "Biblical
Stories Retold for Children," "Cotton Myth," "Polar
Star" and other short stories.
Mary Bronson Hartt 1873
Born in Ithaca, New York, March 23, 1873. Daughter of Prof.
Charles Frederick and Lucy Cornelia Lynde Hartt. Her father was
a professor of Cornell University. She is a contributor to the
World's Work, Scribner's, Century, Youth's Companion, and Boston
Mrs. C H. Hawes 1871 ~
Mrs. C H. Hawes, of Hanover, New Hampshire, the well-known
archaeologist, was born in Boston, October 11, 1871. She is the
daughter of Alexander and Harriet Fay Wheeler Boyd. She received
the degrees of A.B. and A.M. from Smith College, and was a
student of the School of Classical Studies of Athens, Greece,
from 1896 to 1900. On March 3, 1906, she was married to Charles
H. Hawes, MA., of Cambridge, England. Mrs. Hawes served as a
nurse in the Greco-Turkish war in 1897, and also in our war with
Spain in 1898 at Tampa, Florida. From 1900 to 1905 she was
instructor in archaeology at Smith College. Mrs. Hawes has
carried on her own excavations in Crete, and in 1900 excavated
houses and tombs of the Geometric Period (900 B.C.). In 1904 she
excavated a Minoan town, at Gournia, Crete, for the American
Exploration Society of Philadelphia. Mrs. Hawes has been
decorated with the Red Cross by Queen Olga of Greece, for her
services during the Greco-Turkish war. She is a distinguished
writer on archaeology and kindred subjects. Among her best known
works are "Gournia, Vasiliki and Other Prehistoric Sites on the
Isthmus of Hierapetra, Crete," and "The Forerunner of Greece."
She is a contributor to the American Journal of Archeology.
Agnes Leonard Hill 1842
Born in Louisville, Kentucky, January 20, 1842. Daughter of Dr.
Oliver Langdon and Agnes (Howard) Leonard. Writer for newspapers
of Chicago and other cities. Has done evangelical work. In 1896
was assistant pastor of SL Paul's Universalist Church, Chicago.
In 1905 was pastor of the Congregational Church, Wollaston,
England. Has written on religious subjects.
John Oliver Hobbes
(Mrs. Craigie.) 1867 ~
Mrs. Pearl Mary Theresa Craigie was born in Boston,
Massachusetts, November 3, 1867. Her mother's maiden name was
Laura Hortense Arnold. Her father was John Morgan Richards, the
son of Reverend Doctor James Richards, the founder of Auburn
Theological Seminary, of New York. She received her early
education from tutors, later studying in Paris, and then in
London. She was an enthusiastic student of classical literature,
and through the advice of Professor Goodwin she took up
literature as a profession. In 1887, she was married to Mr.
Reginald Walpole Craigie of a well-to-do English family. "Robert
of Orange" was one of her early and most notable books.
Mrs. Craigie did some writing for the stage and one of her
plays, "The Ambassador,' was considered very good Her
story ''Love and Soul Hunters,' has not been excelled
by any of her contemporaries.
Miss Marietta Holley is most affectionately remembered by her
pen name of "Josiah Allen's Wife." She was born at Ellisburgh,
Jefferson County, New York, and is the daughter of John M. and
Mary Tabro Holley. Her best known works are: "My Opinions and
Betsy Bobbett's," "Samantha at the Centennial," "My Wayward
Partner," "The Mormon Wife" (a poem), "Miss Richard's Boy,"
"Sweet Cicely," "Samantha at Saratoga," "Samantha Amongst the
Brethren," "Samantha in Europe," "Around the World with Josiah
Allen's Wife," "Samantha at the St. Louis Exposition," "Samantha
on Children's Rights," "The Borrowed Automobile."
Frances Willard said of Miss Holley: "Brave, sweet spirit, you
don't know how much we all love you. No woman has more grandly
helped the woman's cause."
Pauline Bradford Mackie Hopkins
Mrs. Hopkins is a writer of historical fiction. For two yean
after her graduation from the Toledo High School she was engaged
as a writer on the Toledo Blade. She soon abandoned this for a
literary career, and most of her stories have appeared in
magazines and newspapers. "Mademoiselle de Berny" and "Ye Lyttle
Salem Maide" were, after most trying experiences with
publishers, printed in book form. "A Georgian Actress"
was written in Berkeley, California, where Mrs. Hopkins had gone
with her husband, Dr. Herbert Müller Hopkins, now occupying the
chair of Latin in Trinity College, Hartford, Connecticut Here
she also wrote two novels of Washington life during the Civil
War. Mrs. Hopkins was born in Connecticut in 1873. Her father,
Rev. Andrew Mackie, was an Episcopal clergyman and a very
scholarly man, from whom she inherited her literary talent.
Julia Ward Howe 1819
Few women of America enjoy greater fame than Julia Ward Howe,
the author of the "Battle Hymn of the Republic." She can be
classed as an essayist, poetess, philanthropist, and public
speaker. She was born in New York City. May 27, 1819. Her
parents were Samuel and Julia Cuttler Ward. She included among
her ancestors some of the descendants of the Huguenots, the
Marions of South Carolina, Governor Sam Ward of Rhode Island,
and Roger Williams, the apostle of religious tolerance. Her
father being a banker and a man of means gave her every
advantage of education and accomplishment. In 1843 she married
Dr. Samuel Gridley Howe, and they spent some time abroad. In
1852 she published her first volume of poems; in 1853 a drama in
blank verse, and during the war other works and patriotic songs.
In 1867 while she and her husband were visitors in Greece they
won the affection and gratitude of the people by aiding them in
their struggle for national independence. In 1868 she took as
active part in the suffrage movement. She preached, wrote and
lectured for many years. She died in the summer of 1910, but her
fame will ever be linked with the "Battle Hymn of the Republic"
Mrs. Huntley was born at Alliance, Ohio. Daughter of Rev. Henry
and Charlotte Trego Chance. Editor of the Iowa City Republican
in 1901. Now engaged on a series of writings on the system of
science and philosophy intended to connect the demonstrated and
recorded knowledge of ancient spiritual schools with the
discovered and published facts of the modem physical school of
science. Has written several books, among them "Harmonics of
Evolution," "The Great Psychological Crime," "The Destructive
Principle of Nature in Individual Life," and "The Constructive
Principle of Individual Life," etc.
Estelle May Hurll 1863
Born in New Bedford, Massachusetts, July 25, 1863. Daughter of
Charles W. and Sarah S. Hurll. In 1908 married John C. Hurll.
Teacher of ethics at Wellesley College from 1884-91. Author of
books on art, including "Child Life in Art," "The Madonna in
Art," and books on Rembrandt, Michael Angelo, "Greek
Sculpture," "Titian," "Landseer," "Correggio."
"Tuscan Sculpture," "Van Dyck," "Portrait
and Portrait Painting."
Source: The Part Taken by Women in
American History, By Mrs. John A. Logan, Published by The Perry-Nalle
Publishing Company, Wilmington, Delaware, 1912.