Biography of Mrs. W. G. Rose
Cuyahoga County, OH Biographies

MRS. W. G. ROSE is a gentlewoman of distinctive culture, has played a large part in the social and cultural life of Cleveland, is a writer and author of recognized talent, and has been active and influential in advancing charitable, philanthropic and benevolent agencies in her home city.

Mrs. Rose was born at Norton, Ohio, March 5, 1834, a daughter of Theodore Hudson Parmelee and Harriet (Holcomb) Parmelee, and a granddaughter of Capt. Theodore Parmelee, a patriot soldier in the War of the Revolution. David Hudson, a great uncle of Mrs. Rose, was the founder of Western Reserve College, at Hudson, Ohio, which is now Adelbert College of the Western Reserve University, Cleveland. In 1855 Mrs. Rose was graduated in Oberlin College, and thereafter she became a teacher of music in a seminary at Mercer, Pennsylvania, her marriage to W. G. Rose having occurred in 1855 and their four children having been reared in Cleveland.

Mrs. Rose has shown deep concern in advancing the interests of working women in Cleveland, and was the founder of the Woman's Employment Society, the work of which has been of inestimable value. In 1881 she was elected president of the Cleveland Sorosis, an office which she retained three years. In 1898 she founded the Health Protective Association, and she has been prominent in the general Federation of Women's Clubs. She was a leader in organizing a civic club in Cleveland, and in establishing the first playgrounds of the Ohio metropolis. Under the nom de plume of Charles C. Lee, Mrs. Rose wrote a series of articles on the trade schools of France, and the publication of these in the daily newspapers aided in the establishing of the manual training schools of Cleveland. She is a charter member of the local chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, and has given effective service as treasurer of the National Health Protective League and president of the Cleveland Health Protective Association. Her earnest and loyal stewardship is evidenced in human sympathy and helpfulness, and she is loved by all who have come within the sphere of her gracious influence. She is the author of three books: "Travels in Europe and Northern Africa;" "An Album," and "Reminiscences of Character Building." Her three sons and one daughter are married and well established in life, and all are honoring the family name. Of the husband, W. G. Rose, mention is made on other pages of this work.

A History of Cuyahoga County
and the City of Cleveland
By: William R. Coates
The American Historical Society
Chicago and New York, 1924

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