|Ethel's Rice Graduation Photo 1940|
This blog is based on the scrapbook she left behind from her last year at Rice. The scrapbook contains articles dated 1939-1940 and provide an insight to life at Rice from a young woman's perspective. The blog follows the scrapbook in a chronological order and I suggest that if you are a new follower, take the time to read the blog from its inception.
Following graduation, being Jewish and a woman, she suffered from discrimination and found it difficult to get a job in her Chemistry. She worked as a legal secretary and much later on, attended Law School. At the age of twenty-one, she married my grandfather Morris Bogdanow on Oct 4, 1942. Three months later, her father passed away, which was a great loss for her. Morris and Ethel went on to have four wonderful children, three sons and a daughter. The divorced in 1955.
Ethel was a devoted mother. She raised her children as a single parent for many years. She help each of them through collage and several post graduate degrees. She had a large extended family, and kept in touch with scores of cousins. She loved to take photographs and send copies to the family. She was extremely organized labeling her documents, records and letters. After retirement, Ethel relocated to the Boston area where she spent the last five years of her life surrounded with her children and grandchildren. She died peacefully in her home in 1996, at the age of seventy-five.
Since I became interested in genealogy, I've been researching Ethel's life, along with many of her ancestors. As the family historian, I've inherited a treasure trove of records, photo albums and miscellaneous photos from my grandmother. In her files, I discovered nine chapters from a memoir she began but never completed. In the memoir, she mentioned the creative writing classes as well as her brief career as a reporter. Until recently, I only found a few articles attached to a photo album from 1939. The rest of her writing was presumed lost.
In December of 2012, my mother discovered a scrapbook which belonged to Ethel. It contains close to three hundred articles most likely written by her. The articles are dated but none of them list the name of the author. Apparently, it was not customary in 1940 to credit the reporter. I can only assume the reason she collected them and pasted neatly into the scrapbook, is that she wrote them herself. It is possible that she also pasted other articles that she enjoyed.
|Ethel's Scrapbook 1939-1940|
For more stories about Ethel, visit my other blog, Past-Present-Future:
- Women's History Month Day 14: Fearless Females: Ethel's Scrapbook
- Women's History Month: Day 8: Ethel First Report Card
- Women's History Month: Day 4: Hat's Off to a the Top Fearless Female