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grandmother Maple Hts, Ohio--then known as Bedford, Ohio 1915 Maple Hts, Ohio maternal family legend

The legend: Nina Louise Hatter Nelson was the first woman lithographer in Maple Heights.

I knew her in the sixties as great grandmother of 11665 Broadway Road, Maple Heights, Ohio. It was never clear when great grandmother was a lithographer, (if she was), but it must have been sometime around 1915 when she bought the Broadway house, in which she later died. Before Maple Heights was incorporated as a town in the 1930’s, it was part of the town of Bedford, Ohio.

It was family creed to speak as little as possible of past people and events. Occasionally here and there a slip was made referencing some long ago truism. But pressing for more information was hard met with pursed lip resistance—you couldn’t drag a good story out of any family elder.

All I know is that great grandmother was the first woman lithographer in the town. I would like to know if that was true, and if so, how it came to be, what happened to the business, and did she have any partners (such as her husband—and what was his name)?

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