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What was she qualified to do?
Well, she wasn't qualified to do anything. She became the head of a department in
two of the outstanding stores in Chicago, dress departments in two stores; one
was Carson Pirie Scott and Co., and she was the highest-paid woman in
How long a period did it take to achieve this status?
Oh, I suppose, about 15 years. She worked, in other words, at least about 15
Then during the World's Fair in Chicago in the '90s she met my father and they
were married in about 1896.
It seems to me that she achieved a most remarkable thing, coming here at such a
young age and working her way up.
Well, she was very remarkable. She was a Protestand Irish woman from the north of
Ireland. Her family were Methodists largely. She was vivacious, good-looking,
very civic-minded, and very responsive to beauty of any kind. She hated the
ugliness of Chicago.
What was her educational background?
None. She went to a boarding school in England. She
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