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2000 City and Name History

Buckeye Girls State 2000
County and City Name History
OSBORNE, Nancy of Parma
Department President 1973 - 1974
Theme: Sharing is Caring

ALLEN, Judge Florence E. had the distinction of holding many firsts for women: 1908 - first woman in law school at the Chicago University Law School; 1915 - first woman to receive a law degree from New York University; 1919 - first woman admitted to the Ohio bar; 1922 - first woman in the world to serve as judge of a State Supreme Court, or its equivalent, and re-elected in 1928; 1934 - first woman to sit on a Federal Court. She is a member of the Ohio Women's Hall of Fame.

BENSON, Mildred (Millie) Reporter and columnist for the Toledo Blade starting in 1944 and author of more than 130 published books including Nancy Drew Books under the pen name of Carolyn Keene. Also, she has written over 100 short stories for young people. She owned her own airplane, held private, commercial, seaplane and instrument ratings. Honors bestowed on "Millie" are by the Ohio Library Association Amos Root Award in Ariatim, and the Iowa and Ohio Women's Hall of Fame.

CARY, Alice and Phoebe Alice, born April 26, 1820 and Phoebe, born September 4, 1824 near Cincinnati were descendents of John Cary who, in 1630, taught the first Latin class in America at Plymouth, Massachusetts. Alice Cary was the first president of the first Women's Club, now known as Soroptimists, in America. Both Alice and Phoebe were well-known poets from the Cincinnati area.

COOK, Mary Elizabeth (1864-1951) Born in Chillicothe, she was the first woman enrolled in Ceramic Engineering at the Ohio State University and also studied sculpture in New York and Paris. Her work has been exhibited in New York, Paris, San Francisco, and Chicago. Cook received medals from the Paris Salon and the United States government for making over 500 masks used to aid plastic surgeons in facial reconstruction for men injured in World War I.

DAY, Doris An actress and singer, she was born in Cincinnati and made her theatrical debut at the age of four. From 1948 to 1950 she was leading lady on the Bob Hope Show. In 1950, she received the Laurel Award as the leading new female personality in the motion picture business. She was a veteran of nearly 20 films. In 1981, she was inducted into the Ohio Women's Hall of Fame.


PEEPLES, Mrs. Billy E. (Helen) of Bradford, OH
Department President 1977 - 1978
Theme: "Key of Service"

DILLER, Phyllis A renowned comedienne and entertainer, she has appeared in countless movies, stage productions, and specials. The Lima native is also an accomplished pianist and the author of four books. She was inducted into the Ohio Women's Hall of Fame in 1981.

GAGE, Dana Barker Born on a farm in Washington County, she grew up without much formal education. After her marriage, she began speaking out in favor of equality for women and freedom for slaves. Her favorite subjects were reform, abolition, and temperance. Gage was chosen to preside at the second statewide women's rights conference in Akron and presided over the 1853 national convention in Cleveland in 1860. She is a member of the Ohio Women's Hall of Fame.

GARFIELD, Lucretia Born in 1832 near Garrettsville in northwestern Ohio. Married James A. Garfield whom she met while a student at Hiram College in 1858. Garfield became the 20th President of the United States. Lucretia opened the White House for official entertainment a few days after the Inauguration. Less than four months later, President Garfield was assassinated.

GISH, Lillian and Dorothy Lillian was a stage and motion picture actress, born October 14, 1896 in Springfield, Ohio. Dorothy was also an actress, born March 11, 1898. The sisters appeared in many films and plays over a 60-year time span. They also authored several movies. Lillian is a member of the Ohio Women's Hall of Fame.


RAY, Mrs. William (Virginia) of Ridgeway, OH
Department President 1989 - 1990
Theme: Serve America with Pride and Patriotism
Served on Girls Nation staff 1991

GREENE, Captain Mary Baker (1868-1948) The first female Ohio River boat captain and a pioneer in river boat shipping. She and her husband founded the Greene Line Steamers out of Cincinnati in 1890. They owned and operated over 26 boats over the years, including the elegant and famous Delta Queen.

HAYES, Lucy Webb A native of Chillicothe, she received her college degree from the Wesleyan Female Seminary in Cincinnati in 1852. In 1853, she married Rutherford B. Hayes, the 19th President of the United States. The first president's wife to have a college degree, the First Lady acquired the nickname "Lemonade Lucy" because she forbade smoking, drinking, dances, and card parties in the White House. She is a member of the Ohio Women's Hall of Fame.

HOBART, Edith Irwin Born in Cincinnati in 1869, she became the only woman to have held a National presidency of the two largest American women's patriotic organizations-The Daughters of the American Revolution and the American Legion Auxiliary. She was the first National President of the American Legion Auxiliary.


RILEY, Mrs. Robert (Pat) of Mt. Sterling, OH
Department President 1974 - 1975
Theme: POW - Power of Women

JANIS, Elsie Born 1890 in Columbus, Ohio, she was the highest paid American actress on Broadway for five years. She went overseas in World War I and was the only female entertainer allowed on the war front. She was known as the "Sweetheart of A.E.F (Doughboys)." She retired at age 30 and devoted the rest of her life to benevolent work.

JUNGE, Miriam From Holgate, Ohio, Miriam served the Department of Ohio American Legion Auxiliary as President in 1969-1970. As National Communication Chairman, she wrote the first communications book. She was appointed National Secretary to the American Legion Auxiliary in 1979 and held this position until 1994. As National Secretary, Miriam was very much involved in Girls Nation and was considered the liaison between the Auxiliary and the Federal Government.

MAYER, Jackie Jacquelyn Mayer of Sandusky was MISS OHIO in 1963 at age 20, singing her song…"WISHING UPON A STAR." Jackie is widely respected for her inspiring recovery from a massive stroke at age 28. She is spokesperson for the American Hear Association, Nation Stroke Association, which awarded her the HOPE AND COURAGE AWARD.

MERRITT, Agnes S. Born in New York, she graduated from Hunter College (BA) and Ohio State (MSC). An educator and a certified Parliamentarian. She increased promotional opportunities for women by opening educational facilities and programs to them. From 1933 to 1979 she was either Director of Government or Director of the American Legion Auxiliary's Buckeye Girls State. She wrote the "Ohio Government Digest", a reference book used for Buckeye Girls and Boys State. Agnes was Past Department President of the American Legion Auxiliary; past State President of Federation of Business and Professional Women's Clubs; listed in "Who's Who"; and a member of the Ohio Women's Hall of Fame; Freedom's Foundation Award Winner; a member of the Governor's Committee on the Status of Women (1966-1967); and the Women's Advisory Council for the Ohio Bureau of Employment Services. Agnes died February 19, 1992.

MOCK, Jerrie F. Jerrie was the first woman to solo around the world in a single engine Cessna 180. The Newark, Ohio native has received more than 100 awards and citations and served on the Women's Advisory Committee on Aviation to the Federal Aviation Agency. She is a member of the Ohio Women's Hall of Fame.


SHIMEK, Pamela of Enon
Department President 1997- 1998
Theme: Send Our Veterans and Children a Rainbow
Will serve on Girls Nation staff 2000

OAKLEY, Phoebe Annie Moses (1860-1926) Born in Darke County, Annie had a natural talent with a rifle and was able to supplement the family income by selling much of the game she shot. On a visit to a local shooting club at the age of 15, she beat professional marksman Frank Butler in a shooting match. In 1876, they were married and traveled as a dual-shooting act. Annie joined Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show in 1885 and was known as "Little Sure Shot". She remained with the show for 16 years until she was seriously injured in a train accident. She recovered and played Western heroines on stage for three years as well as traveling to various camps during World War I demonstrating her marksmanship. She was an adopted daughter of Sitting Bull. "Anne Get Your Gun" is based on her life story. Baseball passes are called Annie Oakley's (punched as though by a bullet). A car accident in 1892 left her partially paralyzed and bedridden. To occupy her time, she started writing an autobiography, which she was able to complete. Annie died in 1926. She is a member of the Ohio Women's Hall of Fame.

PERRY, Rose American Legion Auxiliary Department of Ohio President 1939-1940. In 1946 she was one of the incorporators and trustees for Buckeye Girls State. She served 16 years as BGS Director.

RICE, Helen Steiner (approx. 1900-1981) Born in Lorain, Ohio around 1900, she died after an illness on April 23, 1981 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Friends knew her for her love of hats. Helen penned an estimated two million poems throughout her lifetime. More than five million copies of her books and booklets and 80 million greeting cards have been sold. Her best sellers include: "Someone Cares", "Heart Gifts", "Loving Promises", "Remembering", "With Love", and "A Time to Love". She worked for the Dayton Power & Light Company in Lorain in 1925 and for Gibson Greeting Cards for 40 years. She is a member of the Ohio Women's Hall of Fame.

STORER, Marie Longworth (March 20, 1849 - April 30, 1932) Patron of music, ceramist, and Catholic convert, whose intervention in Vatican politics involved her in public controversy with Theodore Roosevelt. Marie is credited with founding the famous Rockwood Pottery of Cincinnati in 1876.


SKERNESS, Mrs. Robert (Shirley) of Bedford
Department President 1993 - 1994
Theme: Ohio Together

TAFT, Helen H. (1861 - 1943) Born in Cincinnati, Helen helped organize the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. While her husband was President of the United States, she secured 3,000 Japanese cherry trees to line the streets of Washington, D.C. These same trees still bloom beautifully every spring.

ZELLER, Leta Irene (May 27, 1902 - 1970) Born on a farm north of Gibsonburg, Leta worked her way through the offices of the American Legion Auxiliary and became the second National President from the Department of Ohio. She was the first Director of Buckeye Girls State and held that position for thirteen years. Leta owned and operated a beauty shop and later worked for the Sandusky County Aid in 1964.

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