Women from Olean’s Past

When you visit the Olean Public Library currently, in the lobby you will find a wall filled with pictures of women.  These women are some of the women who helped shaped Olean over the years. Below are brief summaries of the women.  Please take a moment the next time you come in and read more about these notable women of Olean, NY.


 Annie Conyne Wood Franchot

(1859-1928)

Mrs. Franchot directed several benefits for Olean men serving in World War I.  She also wrote several children’s books which were widely sold.

Mary Fitzgerald

(1870-1937)

Miss Fitzgerald was a beloved Olean High School Math teacher who co-authored a book on algebra.

Ailene Eaton Norton   

(1901-1988)

Mrs. Norton was founder of the former Olean Civic Music Association.  She was also concert mistress of the Olean Community Symphony Orchestra.

Henrietta D. Stowe    

(1902-1975)

Mrs. Stowe founded Olean’s Welcome Wagon in 1939 and the Newcomer’s Club in 1941.

Dr. Ruth Mountain

(1905-1993)

Dr. Martin was one the United States first female dentists.  She practiced for over 60 years at Olean’s Mountain Clinic Hospital.

Dolly Brown

(1907-2002)

Mrs. Brown was supreme royal matron of the Amaranth from 1971-1972.  She represented the organization during tours to various foreign countries.

Nancy Donovan  

(1924-2003)

Mrs. Donovan was a renowned band singer who performed with Danny Kaye and Bob Hope in the 1950s.

Gloria Bilotta  

(1933-1991)

Mrs. Bilotta was a business owner and Cattaraugus  County Clerk from 1974-1990.  She also founded Trees for Everyone, Inc.

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