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“Lima News,” Lima, Ohio, USA

4 April 1931

Little Irish Girl was Planning for Future

Little Mary O'Toole lived in County Carlow, Ireland, and even if you didn't know where she lived, you would have known she was Irish by looking into her merry blue eyes.

But those eyes could be very serious, too. They were grave when Mary talked about the future. She didn't want to be just a poor little, uneducated Irish girl. She wanted to make something of herself.

Sometimes her brothers and their friends talked about going to America, and about the chances there were in the country for poor boys to amount to something fine.

"And why not poor girls, too?" thought Mary to herself. Secretly, she began to plan to go to America when she was old enough. She made a little extra money, by doing errands, by mending, by all sorts of things that a bright, willing little girl could do. And all that she saved she put in her bank: "For America."

Mary O'Toole, born April 4, 1874, became one of the first woman judges of the United States.

Photo from “The Washington Post,” Washington DC, USA

31 Jan 1930

Caption below photo: “Judge George C. Aukam, presiding judge of the Municipal Court, administers the oath of office to Judge Mary O’Toole, recently reappointed by President Hoover.”

Source: Sue Clement


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