Myrtle Stickrath Jessup (February 6, 1896, Ludlow, KY – April 29, 1990, Xenia, Ohio)
Jessup was born in Ludlow, Kentucky and lived there for a time before her family moved to Dayton, Ohio. Myrtle worked in a bookbindery even after she was married. Despite her fulltime job and her other responsibilities, Jessup managed to consistently write poetry and even perform recitations of her work at various establishments. Jessup even managed to publish a small book of poetry titled Gems of Truth. The collection of poems told the narrative of a woman’s life and the difficulties and joys that that it brings. Jessup died at age 94 and was buried in Memorial Park Cemetery in Dayton, Ohio.
Dayton, Ohio, City Directories, 1900-1990.
“Jessup, Myrtle,” Dayton (Ohio) Daily News, May 2, 1990, D2.
Jessup, Myrtle Strickrath. Gems of Truth. Smithtown, N.Y.: Exposition Press, 1981.
Ohio Death Certificate No. 036094, 1990.