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Mrs. Marie Easter (nee Hansen) -- born in Indiana of Danish parents -- was the first librarian at Hammond's newly created public library in 1904. In 1907, as Marie Hansen, she left to attend graduate library school at the University of Wisconsin. She didn't return to Hammond's library system until 1919, as the wife of Howard B. Easter, a contractor. They resided at 6822 Alabama Avenue in the 1930s. One of Hammond's branch libraries was named after Mrs. Easter ("Hansen Branch"), where she presided while Shep was attending school. Mrs. Easter was honored on the floor of Congress in 2003 in a speech given by Congressman Peter J. Visclosky (D-IN 1st CD) on the occasion of the centennial of the Hammond Public Library, when mention was made of Ms. Marie Hansen as Hammond's first librarian.
September 04,1973 Mrs Easter (Ms Hansen) acknowledged in Congress as 1st librarian in Hammond - 9-4-1973
Courtesy: Steve Glazer
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