Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Wordless Wednesday - Helen Ross at ISU

Helen Ross
This one is captioned Helen Elizabeth Ross, ISU, Iowa City, Iowa. Helen was my great grand aunt, the sister of my great grandmother Clara (Ross) Fowlie.

Update: After a web search I found out that this is the same photo that was used in her 1928 college yearbook. Helen apparently was one of only three women to graduate from the UI College of Law in 1928. See this link for the yearbook page. It is captioned...
Helen Elisabeth Ross
Rockwell City
Law
Kappa Beta Pi, Bethany Circle, Interprofessional Sorority Council.

Apparently, Kappa Beta Pi was "the first legal sorority in the U.S., was founded in 1908 at the Chicago-Kent College of Law to promote high professional standards among women law students and lawyers."

I stumbled across this info when I found this page that had a photo mentioning the class of 1928 and Helen E. Ross.

2 comments:

  1. What a great photo. Do you have any idea on the date it was taken? I'm always looking for dates on known photos. It helps me date my own photos.

    Regards, Jim
    Genealogy Blog at Hidden Genealogy Nuggets

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  2. Before a web search, I would have said this: Helen was born October 15, 1903, I'm guessing she was around 20 +/-, so 1923 or so would be a best guess. The photo was only captioned Helen Elizabeth Ross, ISU, Iowa City, Iowa.

    However, I was very lucky with a google search tonight and uncovered a link to a 1928 Hawkeye yearbook. I found out Helen was one of only three women to graduate UI College of Law in 1928. This photo matches her 1928 college yearbook photo.

    http://digital.lib.uiowa.edu/cdm4/document.php?CISOROOT=%2Fyearbooks&CISOPTR=21562&REC=5&CISOBOX=ross

    Thanks for the question, I doubt I would have searched for her graduation year if you had not asked.

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