• Creator
  • Unknown
  • Created Date
  • ca. 1865
  • Description
  • A shortage of women in Seattle in the 1860s inspired Asa Mercer to travel to the east coast to find women who might want to resettle in the new city. Elizabeth M. Ordway, nicknamed Lizzie, was a native of Lowell, Massachusetts. She arrived in Seattle in 1864, along with ten other so-called "Mercer Girls." Miss Ordway had a long career as a teacher and also served as superintendent of the Kitsap County schools.This photo, probably taken in the ... more
    A shortage of women in Seattle in the 1860s inspired Asa Mercer to travel to the east coast to find women who might want to resettle in the new city. Elizabeth M. Ordway, nicknamed Lizzie, was a native of Lowell, Massachusetts. She arrived in Seattle in 1864, along with ten other so-called "Mercer Girls." Miss Ordway had a long career as a teacher and also served as superintendent of the Kitsap County schools.This photo, probably taken in the 1860s, shows Lizzie Ordway, one of Seattle's original Mercer Girls. In addition to her career in education, Ordway was active in the woman suffrage movement which pushed for legislation to allow women to vote in local, state and national elections. less
  • Format
  • image
    photograph
    Scanned from original photograph using Epson Expression 10000XL as 4350 pixel TIFF image in 16-bit grayscale, resized to 700 pixels in the longest dimension and compressed into JPEG format using Photoshop CS4, JPEG quality measurement 4
  • Rights
  • Museum of History & Industry, Seattle