|Helen Steiner Rice - Ohio Historical Marker|
|Author: Lorain Public Library|
|Date: April 14, 2006|
|In 2002 anOhio Historical Marker honoring Helen Steiner Rice was installed in Lakeview Park in Lorain to acknowledge her literary achievements.
The text on the marker reads as follows:
Helen Steiner Rice was born on May 19, 1900, in Lorain, the daughter of Anna and John Steiner. Demonstrating an early propensity for writing, Helen planned for college, but her father's death during the 1918 Spanish influenza epidemic kept her working the at the Lorain Electric Light and Power Company. In 1929 she married Franklin Rice, a Dayton bank vice president. Following the 1929 stock market crash, she worked for the Gibson Greeting Cards Company in Cincinnati and became editor of verse lines. Known for her words of inspiration, Helen's gift for writing continues to reach millions in her poetry found in modern-day greeting cards and dozens of books. One of America's most prolific poets, she was also an early advocate of women in the workplace. She was elected to the Ohio Women's Hall of Fame in 1992. Helen died April 23, 1981, and was buried next to her parents in Elmwood Cemeter in Lorain. OHIO BICENTENNIAL COMMISSION AND LONGABERGER COMPANY, FRIENDS OF HELEN STEINER RICE AND DUTCH INK, THE OHIO HISTORICAL SOCIETY, 2002"|