Missouri Hanna, newspaper publisher, champion of women’s suffrage and Edmonds resident of the early 1900s, is finally getting her due. A new historical interpretive panel on the corner of Sunset Avenue honors the valiant woman leader. Hanna Park Road, just steps away from the panel, marks the entry to Hanna Park, the residential area she developed and where she lived during her years in Edmonds. The interpretive panel — to be dedicated Friday, Nov. 8 at 2 p.m. — was created by the League of Women Voters, paid for by grants, and will be temporarily sited on City of Edmonds right of way for the next year.
The ribbon-cutting is part of the upcoming nationwide celebration marking 100 years since the passage of the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote. It will be held at the corner of Sunset Avenue and Caspers Street.
Speakers will include Snohomish League of Women Voters President Vicki Roberts-Gassler, project lead Rita Ireland, and Teresa Wippel, publisher of My Edmonds News, Lynnwood Today and MLTnews, and current Edmonds Citizen of the Year.
Known as the “Mother of Journalism,” Missouri Hanna became the first woman newspaper publisher in Washington state when she purchased the Edmonds Review in 1905. Edmonds was still a young waterfront mill town, and Hanna faced an uphill battle to win the support of the community. In short order The Edmonds Review became known for being politically independent, objective, fair and a source for reliable local, national and international news.
She brought a civility to the paper that suggested readers to “…always find some good in each and if we cannot, we shall hesitate, look over the beautiful Sound to the snow-covered Olympics and glorious sunset and use our best judgement.”