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 Bertha <I>Eaton</I> Raffetto

Bertha Eaton Raffetto

Bloomfield, Davis County, Iowa, USA
Death 6 Sep 1952 (aged 67)
Reno, Washoe County, Nevada, USA
Burial Reno, Washoe County, Nevada, USA
Memorial ID 79946866 · View Source
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Mrs. Bertha Eaton Raffetto, a leader in Nevada literary and civic circles for more than a quater of a century, died Saturday afternoon in a Reno hospital. She was 67.

A poet, authoress, and accomplished musician, she perhaps was best known as the composer of the words and music of "Home Means Nevada," the official state song by act of the 1933 legislature.

Since moving to Reno about 30 years ago, Mrs. Raffetto had been active in Women's club affairs and had worked hard for the Republican party in the state.

Funeral services are to be held Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the Ross-Burke chapel under direction of Nevada chapter No. 13, Order of the Eastern Star, with the Rev. Rafe Martin of the Presbyterian church as clergyman. Burial will be in the Masonic section of Mountain View cemetery.

Mrs. Raffetto was the wife of Fiore' G Raffetto, Reno attorney, and the mother of three children by previous marriges. She was married to the late Henry Clyde Hough of Mississippi, brother of Author Emerson Hough, and the couple had two sons, one of whom died in infancy. A daughter Mrs. Frances Cornclia McDonald of Reno, was born of her marrige to the late John William Frederick Myers of Utah.

A naitive of Bloomfield, Iowa, where she was born March 15, 1885, Mrs. Raffetto took up her residence in Nevada by accident. She was enroute to California when she became ill and was taken from the train in Reno. She had made her home here since that time.

Possessed of a beautiful soprano voice, Mrs. Raffetto once was asked to join the San Francisco Opera co., but illness forced her to decline the offer. However, she sang at many public gatherings in Nevada.

She had a number of published works to her credit, both poetry and ficton, and her musical comedies and light operas were produced both here and in San Francisco. One of her latest literary efforts, "The Ballad of Katie Hoskins," is used in many eastern colleges as an example of perfect structure in a narrative poem.

In addition to her "Home Means Nevada," another of her outstanding musical compositions is "The Spirit of Democracy", a concert march for band which was broadcast from Washington, D.C. by the U.S. marine band.

During the last war when a case of native Nevada stones and gems was presented to the battleship U.S.S. Nevada, Mrs. Raffetto represented the governer of the state in making the presentation.

For her work with the National League of American Pen Women, Mrs. Raffetto gained recognition both for herself and Nevada. She served as a national historian of the oraganization, and under her chairmanship, the prizes and awards committee of the national league set an all-time record in the number awards presented to members.

She was a 25-year-member of the Reno branch Pen Women, and was poet laurcale of the Nevada Federation of Women's Clubs. For her outstanding work in behalf of poets and poetry, she was awarded the Poet's Parchment by the General Federation of Women's Clubs.

Among the other organizations in which she held membership were the Women's Releif Corps, Reno Civic club, Order of the Eastern Star, Daughters of the Nile, National Poetry Society, Poets of the Pacific and the Virginia Poetry Society.

Surviving her are her husband and daughter in Reno, a son, Emerson Hough of Richmond, Calif.; four grandchildren, Clyde A. Hough of Richmond, Robert Elmer Hough of the U.S. Navy, Mrs. Jean Labee of San Diego, Calif., and Raff McDonald of Reno. She also was the sister of Mrs. Edith Shelton of Denver Colo., and Owen H, Eaton of Coleville, Utah.

Reno Evening Gazette, September, 08, 1952

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