1930-1970

Bernice Gibbs Anderson
Bernice Gibbs Anderson is known as the mother of the Golden Spike. She worked tirelessly to get the site recognized as a National Park. She wrote numerous letters to U.S. Presidents and members of Congress to achieve the designation.
Veda Berrett
Veda began teaching school in 1918. She studied for her bachelor's degree by taking extension classes and summer school. She taught school for 43 years.
Alice Biddulph
Alice was born in 1884. She was owned Peggy's Popcorn Shop at 410 25th Street for ten years. During the war, she was employed at the Utah Army Service Depot. She passed away in 1944.
Myrene Brewer
Myrene has accomplished much through her service to her community, her church, and her family’s business. An enthusiastic supporter of civic programs, she has been Vice Chairwoman of the Ogden Development Committee and the Ogden League for Better Government. Following the death of her husband in 1971, she took on the responsibility of managing the J.W. Brewer Tire Company. Her greatest contribution have been her involvement in Republican Party politics at the local, state and national levels.
Carol Brockman
Carol Brockman was born August 29, 1932, in Ogden, Utah. She attended Weber State College, but after her father's death in 1951, she left school to take over his janitorial business so that the employees wouldn't lose their jobs. She continued to operate Ogden Window Cleaning Company into the 1970s, when she took over the financial functions of the office supply company her husband founded.
Fawn McKay Brodie
Fawn McKay Brodie was born and raised in Huntsville. After graduating with her Master’s degree at the age of 21, she went on to teach at UCLA. During her tenure she wrote several biographies with her most famous one being No Man Knows My History about Joseph Smith.
June Brown
June Agren Brown was born June 25, 1919 In Harrisville, Utah. Her father was a farmer and she and her sisters helped run their farm. She lived through the Great Depression and World War II. She went to school at Utah State and became a school teacher. She and her husband were part of a dancing club that met monthly at the old Berthana building in Ogden.
Eugenia Hanson Browning
Eugenia was active in the local Girl Scouts organization. She was one of the organizers of the local YMCA chapter and was a member of the Ladies Literary Club and American Association of University Women.
Afton Burdett
Afton graduated from the Utah School for the Deaf. She worked there with her husband following her education. She wanted to teach but didn't have the credentials so she became the first deaf student to receive an Associates from Weber State. She wanted to start teaching but became ill and passed away in 1960.
Eleanor Burnett
Eleanor served as director for religious education for the Japanese Union Christian Churches in Ogden and Salt Lake. She worked with second generation residents to adapt to the new cultural differences. She taught for eight years in Kobe college in Japan. There she became an expert of U.S. and Japanese relations.
Jean Carnes
Jean Carnes received her medical degree from the University of Oregon in 1969. She completed her residency at BYU Health Center in 1971. In 1977, she began her duties at Hill Air Force Base hospital as the first female civilian physician.
Dorothy Carson
Dorothy was born in Ogden in 1924. Her family moved to Logan and she graduated from USU and was one of six women to graduate from Stanford Law School in 1948. She was admitted to the Bar in Arizona, California and Utah. She practiced law for 20 years before becoming the first woman Municipal Court Judge in Phoenix.
Evelina Cavett
Evelina was a kindergarten teacher in Ogden City Schools. She was one of six teachers in the district that worked with migrant children. The program was established to give the children extra help and to reinforce what they learned in the classroom.
Belle Chamberlain
Belle was the owner and operator of the Modern Shoe Clinic. She built and fit orthopedic footwear and braces for those who needed them. She also repaired and rebuilt shoes and boots.
Mary Clifton
Mary owned and operated Clifton's, a clothing shop on Washington Blvd with her husband. After they retired, her children took over the business until it closed in 2017.
Paula Crittenden
Paula Crittenden was born December 18, 1925 in Ogden, Utah. She grew up in Ogden, living through the depression learning to get by on what the family grew and sewing, which she learned from her mother. In 1944 she married and moved with her husband to the different places he was stationed until finally settling in Washington State. Paula was always working in and out of the home wherever she lived, and they finally bought some property in Morgan, Utah where she lived until her death.
Jessie Crowder
Jessie was born in Oklahoma and taught there for fifteen years before moving to Ogden. She was the first African-American to graduate from Stevens Henegar School as a stenographer. She served as the Director of the Happy Hours senior center.
Beverly Dalley
Bev became active in the Ogden community and politics during the 1960s. She was the head of the Weber County group in support for the Equal Rights Amendment. She worked hard to try and get it ratified in Utah only to see it defeated nine times.
Rose Davie
Rose was a madam that ran the Rose Rooms during the 1950s on 25th Street. She was known throughout Ogden for her love of the color pink and her pet ocelot. She was arrested and sent to jail for tax evasion.
Susan Eccles Denkers
Susan Eccles Denkers actively served the Ogden community. The first president of Your Community Connection (YCC), and also championed women’s and children’s issues, supporting Planned Parenthood, the Midtown Clinic, and the Ogden School Foundation.
Beatrice Dobbs
Beatrice also worked with several organizations to improve and expand Ogden's cultural life. She was a charter member of the Soroptimist Club and the Palette Club. She helped organize community concerts and theater performances. She arranged the first concert the Utah Symphony gave in Ogden and was a member of the Symphony Guild. Beatrice helped organize the Bertha Eccles Art Center and was appointed to the Utah State Art Council by Governor Lee.
Portia Douglas
Portia spent 45 years teaching in Ogden City Schools and Weber State College. Most of her career was spent as the debate and drama teacher at Ogden High School. Under her direction, students received numerous state and national awards. In 1970 she received the Three-Diamond Key award from the National Forensic League, an award given to outstanding speech coaches.
Ida Draayer
She taught elementary school in the Roy, Riverdale, and Burch Creek Schools, then served as Dean of Girls at Weber High for 14 years. She finished her career as librarian at South Junior High, retiring in 1973. Ida also served for 2 years as president of Utah's Dean of Women Association, an organization designed to promote the welfare of high school girls. Ida also wrote and co-wrote several books, including histories of South Ogden and Roy.
Mercie Dugan
She owned and operated a grocery store on Patterson Avenue for 15 years before moving to California with her daughter. She died there in 1949.
Edna Wattis Dumke
Edna Wattis Dumke worked with her husband to start a charitable foundation to support the arts, education, and to improve healthcare in northern Utah. Their foundation has provided millions of dollars to universities, hospitals, and other organizations.
Rita Eason
Rita studied the need for extended mental health services in Weber County. The student helped develop the Weber Mental Health Center. She was also the State Mental Health chairperson. In 1974, she was appointed to the Utah Advisory Council on the Handicapped and Developmentally Disabled.
Katherine Eckenbrecht
Katherine graduated from the Dee School of Nursing in 1921. She was the first appointed public health nurse in Ogden City Schools, where she served for 27 years. She was in charge of Ogden City's venereal disease clinic and taught the first Red Cross home nursing classes during World War II.
Eva Erb
Eva C. Erb worked for Judge James Albert Howell as a secretary and stenographer. She was also the deputy clerk of Weber County and court reporter for the 2nd District Court. She served in leadership positions of several social and professional organizations.
Beryle Ewing
Beryle was the first woman to serve on the Civil Defense Council in Utah and first Utah woman to receive the George Washington Honor Medal Citation. She was on the Governor's Community Improvement Program committee. She spent decades working in the community.
Lillebell Falck
Lilliebell Falck was deeply devoted to the United States and the men who sacrificed their lives in its defense. She was responsible for securing the memorial for World War II soldiers in the Ogden Cemetery. She also worked with Bertha Eccles in establishing the Girl Scouts in Ogden.
Cathy Faunce
In 1965, Cathy Faunce took ownership of Belle Monde with Harriet Groom. The shop was located just east of the Ben Lomond Hotel on 25th Street. It specialized in women's clothing. The shop often put on fashion shows for the Hill Air Force Base officer's wives' club.
Ruby Francis
Ruby Francis was a public health nurse for the Weber County Health Department. She participated in workshops and seminars to educate the public about venereal diseases.
Molly Galvan
Molly lived in Ogden and became interested in advocating for Latino rights. She later became the national organizer for the American GI Forum and worked on the plight of migratory farm workers.
Bettye Gillespie
Bettye Gillespie was raised in Ogden and experienced the segregation that was happening during the time. She served for twenty years as the Director of Equal Employment Opportunity at Hill Air Force Base. She and her husband were very active in the NAACP in Weber County.
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Dorothy was the Weber County Recorder from 1941 to 1957. She severed as president of the Ogden Business and Professional Women's Club and Utah State Association of County Officials.
Dovie Goodwin
Dovie Goodwin was a teacher in Ogden City schools serving at Pingree and Mound Fort Junior High School. In 1969, she ran for city council to help foster better race relations among the community. She was active in Girl Scouts, NAACP, and the American Association of University Women and Community Action Program.
Jeannette Shaw Greenwell
She and her friend, Laura Chadwick Kump wrote two
extraordinary books on the history of North Ogden and the early
settlers, A History of North Ogden: Beginnings to 1985 and Our North
Ogden Pioneers 1851-1900. Jeanette remained involved with history
and genealogy projects throughout her life, chronicling histories and
stories that would have otherwise been lost for future generations.
Teddy Griffith
Teddy Griffith served as the driving force behind the renovation of the Union Station. She was the executive director of the Union Station Project and worked on the redevelopment of the building and establishing the Railroad and Browning Museums. She was one of two advisors from Utah to serve on the National Trust for Historic Preservation in 1976.
Myrta Hales
Myrta Hales was appointed the secretary of the Ogden Livestock Show in 1938. At the time, she was the only woman in the United States to hold such a title. She was in complete charge of the show. She was also very active in the Ogden Business and Professional Women’s Club.
Lillie Haley
Lillie was a supervisor of a community center and recreational playground on West 27th Street in the 1930s. She was a member of the American Legion auxiliary and helped to run the Wall Ave USO during WWII.
Mattie Wattis Harris
Mattie was involved in women’s clubs including education, social affairs and character building. She served 20 years with the Girl Scouts and president of the Ogden Council. She also worked with the American Red Cross for many years.
Zada Haws
Zada grew up in Ogden. She was a teacher who worked in basic adult education. She was involved with the Ogden City School District’s Community program in the 1970s.
Abrelia Hinckley
Abrelia directed her husband's business interests while he served in politics. In 1927, she became president of the Robert H. Hinckley Automobile Agency. She was one of the founders of the YWCA in Weber County.
Alice Hirai
Alice Hirai arrived in Ogden in the late 1940s after spending time in Topaz internment camp during the war. She received her nursing degree and advocated for more nurses in the Weber County Health Department. She was also an advocate for disabled children to get better access to education.
Leona Huggins
Leona was an artist working with ceramics. She taught many classes as a volunteer at the State Industrial School. She was the first woman to serve on the school's Board of Directors.
Lucille Isaakson
Lucille was born in Ogden. She was a member of the Aglaia Club. In the 1950s, she ran for Ogden City Council in the 2nd Ward and won. She served on the Council through the 1960s.
Augusta Jackley
Augusta first arrived in Ogden in 1948 after receiving her masters degree in religion from the Berkeley Baptist Divinity school. Augusta was the former minister of the United Methodist church of Washington Terrace and of the Clearfield Community church. She served as director of the Protestant Student center at the Intermountain School from 1954-1972. She helped to raise the $100,000 needed for the construction of the center.
Jean King Johnson
Jean's musical talent was recognized when she was a student at Weber High School. Upon graduation, she enrolled at USC. She had roles in several movies, including Porgy and Bess, and made television appearances with Steve Allen and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. She was a featured singer in Las Vegas and provided background vocals for Ricky Nelson, Bobby Darin, Duane Eddy and Connie Francis. In 1963, she was chosen as a featured vocalist by Ray Charles and toured Europe with him.
Suzuko Kaneko
Suzuko was born in Ogden in 1916. In 1936, she left for Japan to teach dancing. She was in charge of the ballet department for the Takarazuka theatre in Tokyo, the largest theater in Japan. Following her time there, she decided to open a dance school in China. In 1942, she married Mitsuo Yoshida and continued with her school. During World War II, her husband was conscripted into the Japanese Army. Suzuko and her son Daijiro stayed loyal to the United States.
Chisato Kariya
Chisato was born in 1878 in Japan. She emigrated to San Francisco and married her husband in 1915. That same year, they moved to Ogden and opened Ban Kariya Co. The business sold Japanese merchandise in Ogden and Pocatello. She was the assistant secretary and her husband was the vice president. She was an active member of the Ogden Japanese Christian Church and helped establish the church.
Rosanne Peery King
Rosanne was born to Ogden's Cowboy Mayor Harman Peery. In 1948, Rosanne and her husband Robert King purchased the Rainbow Gardens property at the mouth of Ogden Canyon from Harman. The venue was used for dancing in the ballroom and swimming in the natural springs pools. IN 1960, the built a bowling lanes and a small boutique shop. By 1970, the shops took over the old ballroom and became one of the largest gift shops in the West.
Zoya Kudinoff
Zoya was born in Communist Russia. When she was just 18 days old her parents fled because the Soviets took over. Her father was an officer in the White Russian Army. The family settled in Austria, where Zoya graduated from the University of Vienna with a medical degree in 1944. In 1950, Zoya, her parents and her 8 year old son emigrated to the United States and settled in Ogden Utah. She became a doctor at St. Benedict's Hospital. In the 1960s, she moved to Los Angeles.
Shirley Kinsey LaRue
Shirley Kinsey LaRue was the first black candidate to run of Ogden High School student body office. She went on to get her teaching degree from the University of Utah. In 1952, she became the first African-American teacher in Ogden City schools when she started to teach at Grant School.
Mercy Ledingham
Mercy taught at Wahlquist Junior High for over 19 years. In 1971, she was awarded first runner up as Utah's Teacher of the Year. She was the chair of the language arts department. She worked with students as individuals and let them choose their own areas of work according to their interests.
In the 1960s, she was part of an experiment where she team taught with 2 other teachers that focused on history and English.
In 1977, she was chosen to sit on the Commission of the Status of Women.
Vera Carter Lewis
Vera was active in the LDS Church in Ogden. She served as Relief Society President, work directory and counselor. In the 1930s, she was active in the Girls Scouts, serving as President over the Ogden troops.
Ada Lindquist
She started a Keister's Tailoring College in Ogden which she ran with her sisters. She was employed by Lindquist and Sons Mortuary for 40 years and was vice president. She was also president of the Lindquist Investment Company. She served in many organizations including the Soroptomist Club, Children's Aid Society and the Business and Professional Women's Club.
Gaye Littleton
She became very active in passing Title IX and created programs to implement it at the highest levels of education in the state of Utah. She helped create Your Community Connection after becoming disillusioned with YWCA. She was the second woman and first non LDS woman on the Ogden City Council.
Dorothy Littrell
She was the first woman to pass the CPA exam in New Mexico. She practiced in Ogden for 24 years as a partner in Costley and Littrell. She was a supporter of citizen involvement in government. She served as an alternate to the GOP Convention in 1976. She was the Woman of the Year in 1960. Involved in the ERA movement in the 1970s.
Frances McCarty Lyon
Frances was the switchboard operator on when the Union Station caught fire in 1927. She calmly remained at her board and notified the emergency officials as well as the railroad to make sure that valuable records were removed from the building. She stayed at her board until she was told to evacuate just before the clock tower crashed down. She returned to work the next day and found a desk and telephone and resumed work.
Lettie Manning
Lettie was a daughter of Winslow and Matilda Farr. She worked as an auditor of Ogden City, starting in 1927. She served as secretary for the Republican Party and was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, a founding member of the Railway Mail Association Auxiliary and Daughter of Utah Pioneers.
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