Evelyn Ginnold of Spokane died less than a month shy of her 100th birthday. Her obit, in our classified section today, was beautifully written. She worked as a secretary for a Washington state governor, married her husband during the Great Depression, and despite his hard time finding a job then, they had two children in that terrible economy. Both found good jobs after.
The graph below caught my imagination:
She graduated from North Central High School in 1928, with a B average, at a time when less than one in five young women even went to high school. After high school, she learned shorthand and trained on the Comptometer, a forerunner of the computer for office functions.
Comptometer? According to Wikipedia it was “patented in 1887, and was the first commercially successful key-driven mechanical calculator.”
So thank you Evelyn, for living such an interesting life, and for sharing, in your obit, a bit of technology that passed on, too.