March will mark women in history — and there are plenty of them in Greene County.
In their book, “Legendary Locals of Greene County,” historian David Dorpfeld and Wanda Dorpfeld include many notable women in the county, from legendary to modern times.
We start with the legends, like Eleanor Christina Heermance (1820-1097), who when she died, left her family home, personal collection of books and a trust fund to establish a free circulating library in Coxsackie, the Heermance Memorial Library.
Nellie Bly (1864-1922), a pen name for Elizabeth Jane Cochrane, was a pioneering investigative reporter. She later become president of a manufacturing company, making her one of the leading female industrialists in the United States.
Candace Thurber Wheeler (1827-1923) became the leading American textile designer of the late 19th century.
Jessie Van Vechten Vedder (1859-1952) was named the first Greene County historian in 1922 and helped organize the Greene County Historical Society.
Mary Mapes Dodge (1831-1905) was the first editor of St. Nicholas: Scribner’s Illustrated Magazine for Girls and Boys and was most well-known for her book, “Hans Brinker” (or “Silver Skates”).
Alice “Ma” Robbins (1891-1970) was a well-known teacher in Coxsackie. In 2012, she was one of six inducted into the inaugural Wall of Honor at Coxsackie-Athens Central School District.
Elizabeth Morrison Boice (1903-2001) had a 71-year career at The Daily Mail. She also founded the Fortnightly Club of Catskill in 1932.
Justine Hommell, a founding member of the Mountain Top Historical Society, died Oct. 17. She also served as Hunter town historian from 1982 to 2012.
Then there are women you may still run into today, like Deborah Allen, who co-founded Black Dome Press in 1990 in Hensonville. The leading independent publisher has published many historical books you may be familiar with and even own.
Barbara Matera (1929-2001) was a costumer for five decades, having made costumes for over 100 Broadway shows. She designed Hillary Clinton’s gown for her husband’s first presidential inauguration.
Among her many hats, Kay Stamer has been the executive director of the Greene County Council on the Arts for over 30 years.
And there are more notable women the Dorpfelds have included in their book. You will just have to pick it up to read more.