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BIOGRAPHIES – ALPHABETICAL

The Women’s Biographies page is an extension of the Jean Ford Research Center. It is under development indefinitely. Please Email us for more research information or to a make a Nevada Women’s biographical contribution. For additional research on Nevada Women, you may wish to contact the Jean Ford Research Center directly at 775-786-2335 or 770 Smithridge Drive, Suite 300, Reno, Nevada 89502.

Currently, biographical information is available by Alphabetical List and Geographical Area.

A

Eva Bertrand Adams (1908-1991)

  • Washoe Co.
  • Government Official

 

Mary Lydia Adams-Williams (1867-1928)

  • Douglas Co.
  • Education, lecturing, writing, politics

 

Lois Thompson Allen (1904-1999)

  • Humboldt Co. (Winnemucca), Eureka Co. (Beowawe), Washoe County (Sparks, Sun Valley)
  • Teacher, School Principal, Business Owner

 

Myrtle Beatrice Talcott Anker (1894-1973)

  • Pershing Co.
  • Ranch Owner/Manager, Farm Bureau Leader

 

Charlotte Hunter Arley (1912-2006)

  • Washoe Co.
  • Attorney

 

Caroline Elizabeth Aufdermaur (1910-1991)

  • Pershing Co.
  • Caregiver, Mother, Farm Partner

 

B

Elizabeth Cilicia Babcock (1835-1899)

  • Carson City, Ormsby County; Reno, Washoe County
  • Educator

 

Dessie Lola Bailey (1918-1999)

  • Clark Co.
  • Volunteer for Children with Special Needs

 

Edna Nevada Catlin Baker (1875-1957)

  • Washoe Co.
  • Educator, Government Official

 

Martha Gruss Barlow (1920-1993)

  • Mineral Co.
  • Government Official

 

Barbara Jean Peters Bennett (1923-1993)

  • Wahoe Co.
  • Mayor of the City of Reno, political and community activist

 

Esther Louise Laiola Bennett (1917-2007)

  • Wahoe Co.
  • Educator

 

Helen Delich Bentley (1923-2016)

  • Tonopah Canyon, Nevada, Baltimore, MD and Washington, D.C.
  • Journalist, Congresswoman, Chair of the Federal Maritime Commission

 

Edith Naomi Bernard (1914-2005)

  • Carson City
  • Wife, Mother, Civic Activist

 

Minnie Nichols Blair (1886-1972)

  • Churchill Co.
  • Business Owner, Rancher

 

Kittie Wells Bonner (1901-1985)

  • Lander Co.
  • Community Activist, Deputy Sheriff

 

Libbie Conover Booth (1856-1948)

  • Washoe Co.
  • Educator, Principal

 

Grace A. Bordewich (1910-1999)

  • Carson City
  • Educator

 

Katherine Louise Eager Bowdle (1883-1940)

  • White Pine Co.
  • Physician, Hospital Administrator, Registered Nurse

 

Eilley Oram Bowers (1826-1903)

  • Washoe/Storey Co.
  • Boarding House Owner, Seeress, Wife

 

Emma Lou Montgomery Brandt (1917-2006)

  • Clark Co.
  • Educator, Business Owner

 

Mildred Bray (1892-1975)

  • Washoe Co.
  • Government Official

 

Mildred Matthews Breedlove

  • Clark Co.
  • Author, Poet

 

Verna Bradbury Broili

  • Washoe Co.
  • Author, Historian

 

Carrie Choate Bullis (1878-1964)

  • Humboldt Co.
  • Educator, Wife, Mother

 

Carol Lu Ella Bullis-Echeverria (1909-1988)

  • Humboldt/Washoe Co.
  • Educator, Realtor, Wife

 

Florence Sanford Burge (1912-1986)

  • Washoe Co.
  • Journalist

 

Isabella McCormick Butler (186?-1922)

  • Esmeralda Co.
  • Prospector, Rancher, Wife

 

C

Thelma Davis Calhoun (1913-1998)

  • Carson City
  • Civic Leader, Painter, Distinguished Nevadan

 

Rita Agnes Cannan (1893-1981)

  • Reno
  • Teacher, School Principal

 

Carolyn Jean Adams Talcott Carlon (1925-2014)

  • Washoe Co.
  • Law Enforcement Officer, Wife, Mother

 

Virginia Carothers (1875-1966)

  • White Pine Co.
  • Educator, Bookkeeper

 

Hannah Keziah Clapp (1824-1908)

  • Carson City, Washoe Co.
  • Business Owner, Educator

 

Felice Cohn (1878-1961)

  • Carson City
  • Attorney, Political Activist

 

Dr. Eliza Cook (1856-1947)

  • Douglas Co.
  • Physician, Political Activist

 

Martha Patricia Cooke (1923-2012)

  • Washoe Co.
  • Mother, Wife, Artist

 

Beda Brennecke Cornwall (1907-1994)

  • Clark Co.
  • Library Founder, Educator, Wife

 

Clara Dunham Crowell (1876-1944)

  • Lander/Nye Co.
  • Sheriff, Nurse, Wife

 

Jennie Adele Curieux (1881-1961)

  • Nye Co.
  • Teacher, Nye County Auditor and Recorder

 

D

Dat-So-La-Lee (184?-1925)

  • Carson City
  • Folk Artist (Washo Basketmaker)

 

Nellie Mighels Davis (1844-1945)

  • Washoe Co.
  • Journalist, Newspaper Publisher

 

Marcia De Braga (1937-2010)

  • Carson City, Churchhill Co.
  • Rancher, Government Official, Author

 

Sonia Cecilia Barndt Cochran DeHart (1906-2003)

  • Carson City and Genoa, Douglas Co.
  • Theodore Kosloff Russian Ballet performer, dance instructor, antique store owner, community activist, Episcopal Church thrift store manager, League of Women Voters, National Cattlemen’s Association, Women’s Press Club, Associate Director at the Nevada state park in Genoa

 

Joanne De Longchamps (1923-1983)

  • Washoe Co.
  • Author

 

Hazel Baker Denton (1887-1962)

  • Lincoln Co.
  • Author, Educator, Government Official

 

Dorothy Dinsmore (1876-1963)

  • Washoe Co.
  • Citizen Activist, Artist, UNR Faculty Wife

 

Mary Stoddard Doten (1845-1914)

  • Carson City, Lander/Storey/Washoe Co.
  • Journalist, Suffragist

 

Geneva Smith Douglas (1932-1993)

  • Clark Co.
  • Physicist, Wife

 

Alice Gottschalk Downer (1913-2008)

  • Carson City, Douglas/Washoe Co.
  • Educator, Community Volunteer, Mother

 

Anna Neddenriep Dressler (1898-1987)

  • Douglas Co.
  • Rancher, Wife, Mother

 

Luella Kirkbride Drumm (1872-1962)

  • Churchill Co.
  • Civic Activist, Government Official

 

E

Edna Crauch Trunnell Eddy (1876-1962)

  • Humboldt, Pershing Co.
  • Mortuary Owner, Elected Public Administrator

 

Mary Eldridge

  • White Pine Co.
  • Educator, Rancher

 

Charlotte Rowberry Ellsworth (1912-1998)

  • Clark/Washoe Co.
  • Reservation and Assistant Hotel Manager

 

Mary Aileen Norton Evans (1899-1993)

  • Eureka/Humboldt Co.
  • Telegrapher for the Western Pacific Railroad Company

 

F

Lilly Hing Fong (1925-2002)

  • Washoe Co.
  • Educator, Public Servant

 

Imogene (Jean) Evelyn Young Ford (1929-1998)

  • Carson City, Clark/Washoe Co.
  • Citizen Activist, Founder of the Nevada Women’s History Project

 

Katie Christy Frazier (1890-1991)

  • Washoe Co.
  • Folk Artist (Paiute Storyteller)

 

Maude Frazier (1881-1963)

  • Clark Co.
  • Educator, Government Official

 

Frances Gertrude Friedhoff (1895-1958)

  • Lyon Co.
  • Government Official

 

Dr. Mary Hill Fulstone (1892-1987)

  • Washoe Co.
  • Physician

 

G

Wuzzie Dick George (1879?-1984)

  • Churchill Co.
  • Folk Artist (Paiute Crafts)

 

Viola Annie West Goldsworthy (1896-1975)

  • Lyon/Washoe Co.
  • Wife, Mother, Education Organizer

 

Martha Letcher Gottschalk (1881-1973)

  • Pershing/Washoe Co.
  • Nurses Aid, Caregiver

 

Mary Louise Grantz (1879-1970)

  • Washoe Co.
  • Prospector

 

Marvel Ranson Guisti (1912-1979)

  • Washoe Co.
  • Educator, Counselor

 

H

Mary Hall (187?-194?)

  • Eureka/Lander Co.
  • Folk Artist (Shoshone Basketmaker)

 

Fannie Gore Hazlett (1838-1933)

  • Lyon Co.
  • Political Activist

 

Sadie Dotson Hurst (1857-1952)

  • Washoe Co.
  • Government Official, Political Activist

 

I

No Entries

J

Theresa Smokey Jackson (1916-1999)

  • Douglas Co.
  • Educator, Folk Artist (Basket weaver)

 

Lubertha Miller Johnson (1906-1989)

  • Clark Co.
  • Educator, Civil Rights and Social Welfare Activist

 

Maggie Johnson (unknown-1924)

  • Eureka Co.
  • Mining, Boardinghouse Owner

 

Velma Bronn Johnston (1912-1977)

  • Washoe Co.
  • Secretary, Rancher, Wild Horse Advocate

 

K

Caroline Frances Best Kelley (1919-2014)

  • Carson City, Churchill/Washoe Co.
  • Wife, Mother, Community Leader

 

Dr. Olga Constatina Lord Kipanidze (1897-1976)

  • Washoe Co.
  • Physician

 

Bertha Knemeyer (1885-1963)

  • Elko Co.
  • Educator, Government Official

 

Teresa D’Alosio Knight (1891-1987)

  • Eureka/Lincoln/White Pine Co.
  • Cowgirl, Housewife

 

Molly Flagg Knudtsen (1915-2001)

  • Lander/Washoe Co.
  • Board of Regents Member, Environmentalist

 

L

Therése Alpetche Laxalt (1891-1978)

  • Carson City
  • Boarding House/Restaurant Owner, Wife

 

Katherine Lewers (1868-1945)

  • Washoe Co.
  • Educator, Artist

 

Alice Allegra Dove List (1910-1997)

  • Carson City, Washoe Co.
  • Bookkeeper, Artist, Community Leader

 

Jennie Kelly Logan (1862 or 1865-1940)

  • Reno/Washoe County, Gold Hill/Storey County
  • Teaching, working for women’s suffrage

 

M

Jessie Callahan Mahoney (1877-1956)

  • Eureka Co.
  • Rancher, Educator, Government Official

 

Lillian Malcolm (1868-19??)

  • Nye/Esmeralda Co.
  • Prospector

 

Anne H. Martin (1875-1951)

  • Washoe Co.
  • Author, Educator

 

Mila Tupper Maynard (1864-1926)

  • Washoe Co.
  • Minister, Political Activist

 

Jean Sybil McElrath (1917-1967)

  • Elko Co.
  • Author, Journalist

 

Margaret Evangeline (Marge) Means

  • Washoe Co.
  • Artist, Cultural Arts Founder, Volunteer

 

Katharine Norrid Mergen (1910-1997)

  • Lyon/Washoe Co.
  • Journalist, Educator

 

Maya Paine Miller (1915-2006)

  • Carson City, Washoe Co., Clark Co.
  • Activist

 

Laura Mills (1893-1973)

  • Churchill Co.
  • Educator

 

Ida Browder Mountford (1889-1961)

  • Clark Co.
  • Business Owner, Government Official

 

Virginia Moreira Moura (1910-1994)

  • Pershing Co.
  • Deputy County Recorder, Secretary/Bookkeeper

 

Leona Addie Daoust Munk (1911-2003)

  • Pershing Co.
  • Owner/Partner Kay-Lee’s Drive-In, Bookkeeper

 

Kathleen Murray (Sister M. Seraphine (1891-1987)

  • Washoe Co.
  • Hospital Administration

 

N

Ellen Clifford Nay (1879-1947)

  • Esmeralda/Nye Co.
  • Propector, Road House Owner, Blacksmith

 

Emma Wixom Nevada (1859-1940)

  • Lander Co.
  • Opera Singer, Wife

 

Florentina Nostrossa (1835-1922)

  • Eureka Co.
  • Nurse/ Midwife, Wife

 

O

Mary O’Neill O’Connell (1908-1984)

  • Tonopah, NV; Carson City, NV; Eureka, NV; Ely, NV
  • Education (Teaching)

 

Ting Soo Hoo Ong (1907-1925)

  • White Pine Co.
  • Cook, Restaurant Owner, Wife

 

Mary Leicht Oxborrow (1852-1935)

  • White Pine Co.
  • Midwife, Wife

 

P

Maria Garifalou Pavlakis (1912-1982)

  • White Pine Co.
  • Baker, Pastry Shop Owner, Hotel Manager

 

Josephine Reed Pearl (1873-1962)

  • Humboldt/White Pine Co.
  • Prospector, Wife

 

Lucille Elizabeth Emmert Petty (1913-2006)

  • Carson City
  • Civic Leader, Wife, Mother

 

Lillie Simson Van Voorhis Pinger

  • Churchill Co.
  • Civil service, State Assemblywoman

 

Carrie Elizabeth Miller Townley Porter (1935-2014)

  • Nye/Washoe Co.
  • Records management consultant, archivist, researcher, writer

 

Q

No Entries

R

Bertha Eaton Raffetto (1885-1952)

  • Washoe Co.
  • Composer, Author, Wife

 

Anna Frances Elleser Rechel (1884-1967)

  • Mineral Co.
  • Prospector

 

Olga A. Wuertz Reifschneider (1900-1978)

  • Washoe Co.
  • Scientist

 

Jennie O’Hare Riordan (1874-1965)

  • Carson City, White Pine Co.
  • Educator, Rancher, Wife

 

Bertha Bishop Ronzone (1885-1969)

  • Nye/Clark Co.
  • Business Owner, Wife

 

Mary Grace O’Donnell Rose (1875-1935)

  • Humboldt Co.
  • Government Official

 

Ruth C. Ruddell (1893-1970)

  • Pershing Co.
  • Rancher

 

S

Ferminia Sarras (1840-1915)

  • Esmeralda/Mineral Co.
  • Prospector, Wife

 

Jesusa Saval (1890-1982)

  • Lander Co.
  • Ranch Owner/Operator

 

Byrd Fanita Wall Sawyer (1895-1981)

  • Churchill Co.
  • Education, Historical Writing, Medical Assistance

 

Yolande Jacobsen Sheppard (19??-19??)

  • Washoe Co.
  • Sculptor, Wife

 

Helen Rulison Shipley (1870-1955)

  • Nye/Washoe Co.
  • Dentist, Wife

 

Alice Lucretia Smith (1902-1990)

  • Washoe Co.
  • Political Activist

 

Debbie Smith (1956-2016)

  • Washoe Co.
  • Nevada State Senator and Assemblywoman; Benefits information representative, Operating Engineers; board member on numerous school and community organizations.

 

Louise Aloys Smith (1917-1999)

  • Pershing Co.
  • Military Service, Operatic Soprano, Government Official

 

Mildred Sebbas Smith (1910-1999)

  • Pershing Co.
  • Hospital Administrator, Wife

 

Wilhelmine Heidtman Springmeyer (1847-1928)

  • Douglas Co.
  • Ranch Owner, Wife

 

Sallie Maria Ruperti Springmeyer (1903-2007)

  • Douglas/Washoe Co.
  • Attorney, Public Service Activist

 

Delphine Squires (1868-1961)

  • Clark Co.
  • Journalist, Political Activist, Wife

 

Helen J. Stewart (1854-1926)

  • Clark Co.
  • Rancher, Government Official, Wife

 

Mayme Stocker (1875-1972)

  • Clark Co.
  • Business Person, Wife

 

Idah Meacham Strobridge (1855-1932)

  • Pershing Co.
  • Author

 

Ruth Davis Sullivan (1896-1991)

  • Pershing Co.
  • Nurse, Piano Teacher

 

Elizabeth Marie Rasmussen Sundberg (1874-1962)

  • White Pine Co.
  • Homemaker, Community Supporter

 

T

Margaret Bartlett Thornton (1901-1981)

  • Washoe/Clark Co.
  • Poet, Editor, Aviation Enthusiast

 

Kathryn L. Marbaker Tubb (1886-1957)

  • Nye Co.
  • Rancher, Proprietor of Boarding House/Brothel

 

U

No Entries

V

Lucy Van DeVenter (1848-1928)

  • Washoe Co.
  • Political Activist, Wife

 

Julia Viani

  • Mineral Co.
  • Community Volunteer

 

W

Gue Gim Wah (1900-1988)

  • Lincoln Co.
  • Boarding House/Restaurant Owner, Wife

 

Anna B. Mudd Warren (1863-1944)

  • Storey/Washoe Co.
  • Attorney

 

Lois Elizabeth Hatch Deimel Washburn (1902-1959)

  • Carson City, Churchill/Mineral/Nye Co.
  • Educator, Government Official, Wife

 

Edith West

  • Lyon Co.
  • Women’s Club Leader, Wife

 

Dr. Jeanne Weir (1870-1950)

  • Washoe Co.
  • Professor, Administrator, Historian

 

Dixie Olean Karr Westergard (1935-2007)

  • Carson City
  • Educator, Historian, Author

 

Margaret (Peg) Marean Wheat (1908-1988)

  • Churchill Co.
  • Author, Anthropologist, Wife

 

Mary Daisy Allen Williams White (1873-1958)

  • Churchill Co.
  • Government Official, Business Owner, Wife

 

Frances Slaven Williamson (1842-1919)

  • Lander/Washoe Co.
  • Author, Educator, Journalist

 

Bird Wilson (1865-1946)

  • Esmeralda/Nye Co.
  • Court Reporter, Mine Owner, Suffragist

 

Carrie Ellen Willis Wilson (1868-1925)

  • Lyon Co.
  • Educator, Civic Volunteer, Wife

 

Laura May Tilden Wilson (1872-1928)

  • Storey Co.
  • Attorney, Notary Public, Suffragist

 

Hazel Bell Wines (1885-1949)

  • Elko/Humboldt/Washoe Co.
  • Educator, Politician, Wife

 

Sarah Winnemucca (1844-1891)

  • Humboldt/Pershing/Washoe Co.
  • Educator, Political Activist, Wife

 

Josie Alma Woods (1889-1983)

  • Eureka Co.
  • Government Official, Rancher

 

X

No Entries

Y

Florence Anker Young (1890-1976)

  • Pershing Co.
  • Rancher, Journalist, Suffragist

 

Z

No Entries

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