The prompt for 14 March 2016 is to write about a female ancestor who was written about in a local or other newspaper.
March 14 — Newsmakers? Did you have a female ancestor who made the news? Why? Was she famous or notorious? Did she appear in the social column?
[Note: This post originally ran during the Fearless Females series in March 2010]
Most of my ancestors were working class immigrants so there wasn’t much of a chance for them to appear in the social columns of the local newspapers. My mother had a wedding announcement in the paper and some of my aunts appeared in the social columns. I do have a mounted copy of my paternal grandmother’s obituary from 1966 that appeared in the Daily News in McKeesport, PA.
The funeral home provided it to the family. I was 2-years-old when my grandmother passed away so I don’t remember her. I have a photograph where I was sitting on her bed with her not long before she died.
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