Lillian Bell “Lily” Kerr Spannagel

Rountree Township, Montgomery County, Illinois, USA
Death 5 Jan 1940 (aged 63)
Long Beach, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Burial Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Memorial ID 216487151 View Source
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Lillian B. Spannagel came to Long Beach in 1907 with her husband and their daughter. She immediately became immersed in women's clubs and rose to leadership positions. The National Federation of College Women embarked on projects to encourage men and women to work in "industrial service." One her own, she established an "industrial service bureau" in Long Beach three weeks after the United States entered the war. She worked to find and place unemployed men and women in local jobs. She is credited for placing 49,000 in industrial jobs.
Lillian delivered many speeches about the importance of women's work. She was very active in the American Women's Press Association, and with her friend, Myra Kingman Miller, worked to promote the first children's theater and the importance of "visualizing education" by using films.
She threw her hat in the political ring and was a Republican candidate for Congress.
She died in Long Beach and is buried according to her death certificate in Angelus Rosedale.

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