"THE WOMAN WHO
(Source of images: American Memory Collection, Library of Congress)
During the Evergreen tours, a heavenly angel graced the burial site of Grace Wilbur Trout. This re-enactor read from a roster of the remarkable lady’s accomplishments – And the list went on and on and on…
Born and educated in Iowa, the dynamic Grace Trout proved a successful activist, orator, and politician.
She even found time to publish a novel in 1896. Mrs. Trout led the fight
to force Illinois to grant its female citizens the right to vote in national
elections. And in 1913, it became the first state east of the Mississippi
River to do so. This victory took place seven years before the Nineteenth
Amendment gave suffrage (voting rights) to all American women.
The inexhaustible Grace Trout
proved instrumental in yet another Illinois campaign: The triumphant endeavor to
make the state guarantee equal rights for its women.
In 1921, however, she and her husband, George,
moved to Florida, where she continued her activism. Among many other
achievements, she served as the first
The Trouts lived in the wonderful old River City mansion, Marabanong. This Queen Anne-style masterpiece is located on the waterfront near the south end of the Hart Bridge. It delights the eye with its cupola, octagonal turret, fancy wooden shingles, arched windows, third-story balcony, and two-story veranda with gingerbread trimmings. A large swimming pool was built in 1922 and decorated with Venetian lanterns. The couple also maintained a zoo there, entertaining their numerous Northern visitors with such animals as deer, pheasant, peacocks, and South American crocodiles.
In 1955, Mrs. Trout passed away at the age of 91.
As summed up by the website “Oak Park Tourist,” she had earned the praise as
being "The Woman Who Never Fails." Her Jax home, by the way, remained in
the Trout family until 1983, after over a century of ownership
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