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GRACE GOULDER IZANT



Published: Sun, August 19, 2001 @ 12:00 a.m.



Was born into a socially prominent Cleveland family. Her grandfather was Capt. Christopher Goulder, a Great Lakes ship captain.

She graduates in 1914 from Vassar College and is hired as a society writer/editor and women's feature writer by The Cleveland Plain Dealer. At the paper she meets Robert J. Izant, the Plain Dealer movie editor.

She leaves the Plain Dealer when Izant is sent overseas during WWI and begins working for the National Board of the YWCA in New York and Europe setting up rest centers for soldiers and war workers.

They marry in 1919 and move to Hudson in 1924. While he sees to duties as vice president of Central National Bank in Cleveland, she sees to raising their young family: sons, Robert and Jon Izant, and daughter, Mary Izant White.

With her children well into school, she begins her second writing career in the 1930s writing freelance articles for the Plain Dealer. One of the earliest was about Hudson's incorporation as a village in 1937.

In 1940 she begins the series, "Ohio Songs and Citizens."

By 1944, the Plain Dealer asks her to write human-interest stories with an Ohio background. This launches her "Ohio Scenes and Citizens." The series begins with an article about a trip to Columbus. It is a staple of the paper's Pictoral section on Sundays for 25 years in the paper's Pictoral section before concluding in 1969.

Her articles are published as two collections: "This is Ohio" in 1953 (revised in 1965) and "Ohio Scenes and Citizens," 1964.

She publishes her first book, "John D. Rockerfeller: The Cleveland Years," in 1972.

She begins work on her second (and last book), "Hudson's Heritage," in 1975. Research begins in July 1974 with a trip to New England. She is 82 years old.

'Hudson' is completed by July 1984. She dies the fall of that year.

Kent State University Press publishes 'Hudson' as a hardcover in 1985 and as a paperback in May 2001.




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