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Name Syford, Ethel Corinne, 1880-1955
Born 1880
Birthplace USA: Nebraska (Lancaster)
Places of residence USA: Nebraska (Lancaster), Lincoln
Ethel traveled extensively in the United States. See notes for details.
Father DeWitt N. Syford
Mother Amanda O. Syford
Education Lincoln High School, Lincoln, NE; University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE; University Conservatory of Music;
Notes All history taken from a research paper titled "The Lewis-Syford House" written by Annette Parde December 11, 2002. The paper is located in the Syford donor files.

Excerpt from the research paper:
"At age fourteen, she was a member of the old Lincoln Matinee Musicals as a concert pianist. She accompanied violinist Silence Dales Knapp, the Chicago Orghestra, and Carrie Belle Raymond and toured cities like Omaha and even some in Utah. She taught piano in Lincoln and Seward and wrote musical criticisms for the Lincoln newspapers.

"Ethel graduated from Lincoln High School and then from the University of Nebraska with a Bachelors of Music degree. She then graduated from the University Conservatory of Music in 1906. E. Benjamin Andrews personally recommended her for a scholarship in Boston in 1908. The Boston Herald employed her skills to critique the Boston Symphony Concerts. While in that area, she had several poems published in the 'Old New England Magazine.'

"...In 1912, 'Braithwaite's Anthology' included three of her poems in their top one hundred poems of the year. From 1915 to 1921, she was the assistant editor for 'The Industrial News Survey' with the National Industrial Conference Board. Also during this time she served as the Associate Editor for the 'Old New England Magazine,' which she left to join the National Industrial Conference Board as Expert Economic Editor until 1922.

"In that year, the Women's Republican Club of New York City began with Mrs. Nicholas Longworth, Mrs. Charles Sabin, and Ethel. She was a speaker-teacher in political theories of the Republican Party. 'The Trend,' a Republican magazine, also retained her as Associate Editor, a position she maintained during her various travels. Washington D.C. called her name, and she became the speaker for the Republican National Committee. In 1924, this position brought her to Massachusetts, Vermont, Minnesota, and Illinois to campaign for United States Senator and President Calvin Coolidge. In Maine, Wallace H. White Jr. received her help with statements such as, 'Wallace White deserved the loyal support of the women especially for his character and service.' She also praised the women, saying, 'I know of no state where the organization of the women is more efficient or more helpful to the party. The Republican women of Maine cooperate and pull with the load...'

"After her effective campaigning in the east, the National Committee sent her as a delegate to the Kansas City Republican Convention in 1928. Constance Syford reported that Mr. Frank Hamer of Lincoln praised Ethel for her work, broad acquaintance and effectiveness with important national men, and providing him with help that no other person could give.

"In 1928, Calvin Coolidge personally recommended her for an appointment as an Economic Expert with the United States Tariff Commission. For seventeen years, she prepared data used by Senators and Investigating Committees, and in 1945, she returned to the family's residence in Lincoln."

Excerpt from the Nebraska State Historical Society Archives collection record:
"The couple's [DeWitt and Amanda Syford's] first child, Ethel Corine Syford, was born on the farm in 1881. Shortly thereafter the family moved into Lincoln, where she was raised. She graduated from the University of Nebraska in 1903 with the BA degree, and in 1906 she graduated from the University of Nebraska School of Music. Ethel Syford was a talented pianist, and became known as an accompanist and concert soloist as a child. She ws awarded a music fellowship at Wellesley, and for a time taught piano in New York City. She also exhibited literary talents, and worked as music critic for the 'Boston Herald' in 1908, and as associate editor of the 'New England Magazine' from 1910-1918. Many of her poems and articles were published and received critical acclaim. In 1918 she became a member of the 'Indrustrual News Survey.' She left this position in 1922, and traveled about until 1928 as a valued speaker for the Republican Party and its candidates in several states. Her support of the candidacy and presidency of Calvin Coolidge won her an appointment as an economic research expert with the U.S. Tariff Commission, and she served with that body from 1928 until 1945. In 1946 Ethel Syfor retired from her career and returned permanently to Lincon where she kept house for her brother, Lester. Miss Syford died at Lincoln, 1955, and was buried in the Catholic faith."
Occupation Pianist; Poet; Editor; Public Speaker; Economist

See notes
Publications Old New England Magazine; Braithwaite's Anthology; The Industrial News Survey; The Trend
Relationships Siblings; Lester Corwin Syford and Constance Miriam Syford
Deceased 11/03/1955
Deceased where USA: Nebraska (Lancaster), Lincoln

Associated Records

Image of RG0797.AM - RG0797 Syford Family

RG0797.AM - RG0797 Syford Family

The Syford family collection consists of forty-seven manuscript boxes of material arranged in eight series: 1) Correspondence, 1856-1965; 2) Business and financial records, 1880-1962; 3) Diaries and journals, 1870-1963; 4) Genealogy and biography; 5) Printed matter; 6) Manuscripts; 7) Organizations; 8) Miscellany. The bulk of this material relates to the business and personal affairs of the Syford family. The business papers relate to farming and to the raising of purebred Aberdeen-Angus steers. There are farm accounts, notations of agricultural expenses, land credits, tax receipts and other associated documents. Correspondence relates to DeWitt N. and Amanda Syford and their ch

Image of 9188-2960 - Envelope, The Lincoln (Hotel)

9188-2960 - Envelope, The Lincoln (Hotel)

White envelope addressed to "Miss Ethel Syford" from "THE LINCOLN" hotel. The envelope is postmarked "SEP 21 1923" and a red, two-cent George Washington stamp is attached. The left half of the envelope features an image of a seven-story hotel with some cars and a bus or trolley parked in the foreground. The hotel is viewed from an angle such that the viewer is looking up at one corner, which has an American flag at the top.