Notes from the past…


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Women’s History Month, Day 14: Mrs Kennedy’s in the news again!

Following the death in 1897 of her husband, Dr Nathan B Kennedy, Susan William Lee Martin Kennedy appeared fairly regularly in the Dallas Morning News. A lawsuit on her behalf was filed against the Pacific Express Company after her buggy’s horse was not kept under control and flipped the buggy over, “permanently injuring” Mrs Kennedy:

SusWLMartin 18 Nov 1902

Dallas Morning News, 18 Nov 1902

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SusWLMartin 21 Jul 1904

Dallas Morning News, 21 Jul 1904

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That suit was apparently dismissed, but my third great-grandmother’s name still appeared with regularity in the Dallas, Fort Worth and San Antonio papers, this time as President of the Old Ladies Home Society of Texas, an organization based in Houston, intended to assist destitute elderly women (and later, men). She traveled all over Texas, attempting to raise funds for this project:

SusWLMartin 4 Apr 1901

Dallas Morning News, 4 Apr 1901

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SusWLMartin 26 Nov 1901

San Antonio Daily Express, 26 Nov 1901

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SusWLMartin 10 Nov 1904

Dallas Morning News, 10 Nov 1904

All of these delicious little tidbits of posterity were found at GenealogyBank.com!