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Woman of the Century/Caroline McCullough Everhard

EVERHARD, Mrs. Caroline McCullough, woman suffragist, born in Massillon, Ohio, 14th CAROLINE MCCULLOUGH EVERHARD.jpgCAROLINE MCCULLOUGH EVERHARD. September, 1843, where she now resides. She received her early education in the public schools. Subsequently she spent a year in a private school for young women in Media, Pa. Shortly after the close of her school days she became the wife of Captain Henry H. Everhard. who had returned from the war after three years of honorable service. The cares of home and family demanded her attention for several years, but, when her children were old enough for her to entrust their education to other hands, she resumed her literary pursuits. At an early age she began to investigate and reason for herself, and Goethe's words, "Open the Windows and Let in More Light," were the subject of her essay when she finished her course of study in the public schools. A natural consequence of her original and independent way of thinking was an unusual interest in woman's position in state and church, and she has done much to influence public sentiment in that respect in the community in which she has resided. Mrs. Everhard has been appointed to several positions of trust not usually filled by women, in all of which she has discharged her duties acceptably. In 1KS6 she was appointed by the judge of the Court of Common Pleas to fill a vacancy caused by the death of her father, one of the trustees of the Charity Hutch School, an institution founded fifty years ago by the benevolent Quaker woman whose name it bears. That was the first instance in Ohio of the appointment of a woman to a place of trust that required a bond. She has been for several years a member of a board appointed by the court to visit the public institutions of the county, including the various jails, the county infirmary and the Children's Home. She has been a director of the Union National Bank of Massillon for a number of years. She entered actively into the suffrage ranks in 1888 and became more and more deeply engaged until May, 1891, when she was elected to fill the office of president of the Ohio Woman's Suffrage Association. She organized the Equal Rights Association of Canton, Ohio, and the one in Tier own city, and to her influence are due their prosperity and power for good in that portion of the State. From childhood she has been an ardent friend of dumb animals and has promoted the work of the Massillon Humane Society, of which she has been an efficient officer from its organization. Mrs. Everhard is an indefatigable worker. Her office necessarily imposes a large correspondence, to which she must give personal attention, and for many years she has made her influence felt through the medium of the press. Three children have blessed her married life.