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Blanche Eugenie Bruot Hower
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Birth: Mar. 16, 1860, France
Death: Oct. 19, 1953
Ohio, USA

Wife of M. Otis Hower.
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FROM THE AKRON CITY DIRECTORIES:

1912
Hower Building Co., M.O. Hower - pres., B.E. Hower - vice pres., E.R. Held - sec. & treas., 455 S. High St.

1925
Blanche E. Hower, (Widow of M. Otis), home - 60 Fir Hill.

ALSO FROM THE 1925 AKRON DIRECTORY:
Hower Building Co., Mrs. Blanche E. Hower, Pres. Commercial Storage Co. 31 W. Market St.

1946 DIRECTORY same as 1925.
1950 DIRECOTRY same as 1925.
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BY: Penny Fox:
Hower came to the United States with her family when she was very young. She attended a one-room school in Akron and married Milton Otis Hower in 1880. She understood the importance of education and it was her duty-first, pleasure-second attitude that enabled her to assume the presidency of the Akron-Selle Company after her husband's death in 1916. Hower brought treasures from all over the world home to Hower House, a beautiful Victorian mansion. Hower's community memberships included the Portage Country Club, Akron Art Institute, where she served as a trustee, and the Summit County Federation of Women's Clubs. She served as vice president of the Fifty Year Club of Akron and was honorary president of the Italian Cultural Club. Although she preferred not to march in demonstrations, Hower did have a lifetime membership in the Ohio Woman Suffrage Association. The first time women were allowed to vote, Hower made sure that she and all the women who worked in her household went to the polls. One of the most remarkable traits about Hower was her determination to effect positive social change. She began her political career at age 67, when she ran for Akron Board of Education. Hower won by a landslide because she was the only candidate to campaign over the radio. Just when she was about to end her political career, Hower was nominated for Ohio State Representative and won the seat in 1935. She was the only Republican woman elected that term.
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Daughter of James F. and Rosalie (Gressard) Bruot, of Akron. 
 
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 Parents:
  James F. Bruot (1827 - 1913)
  Rosalie Gressard Bruot (1832 - 1910)
 
 Spouse:
  Milton Otis Hower (1858 - 1916)
 
 Children:
  Grace Hower Crawford (1881 - 1973)*
 
 Sibling:
  Blanche Eugenie Bruot Hower (1860 - 1953)
  Grace Bruot Humphrey (1863 - 1958)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Glendale Cemetery
Akron
Summit County
Ohio, USA
Plot: Sec. 12
 
Created by: Mr. Ed
Record added: Feb 12, 2001
Find A Grave Memorial# 5205248
Blanche Eugenie <i>Bruot</i> Hower
Added by: Mr. Ed
 
Blanche Eugenie <i>Bruot</i> Hower
Added by: Mr. Ed
 
Blanche Eugenie <i>Bruot</i> Hower
Added by: Mr. Ed
 
 
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