Queer Places:
615 E 900 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84105
Harrison Cemetery Harrison, Madison County, Montana, USA

In the 1920s, Edith Chapman ran an informal Lesbian boarding house; when her lover Mildred Berryman moved out, Ethel Cahoon Stewart (February 2, 1888 – September 20, 1967), a divorced woman the same age as Edith Chapman, who worked as a bookkeeper at a local brickyard, replaced Berryman in Chapman’s boarding house.

Ethel Cahoon was born in Murray, UT, the daughter of John Pulaski Cahoon (1856-1939) and Mary Elizabeth Gordon (1856-1931). She was the great granddaughter of famous early Mormon Reynolds Cahoon. In 1909 married Blaine Spafford Stewart (1883-1939), cashier of the Murray State Bank, and had 5 children: Elizabeth Stewart (1912-1912), Jeanette Nicholas Stewart (1914-1920), Blaine Spafford Stewart (1916-1916), James Daniel Stewart (1917-1917), Ann Stewart (1923-1923), none of whom survived childhood.

She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star in Salt Lake City. She was the second publicity agent of the Federal Girls' Club, founded in 1932 by Catherine Virginia Schad, Dorothy Wilks and Grace Nelson with the purpose of strenghtening the bonds of friendship between women employes of various governmental agencies located in the federal building.

In 1951 she married Charles Lester Martin (1895–1978), who survived her. She died in Pony, Montana, where she had moved after her marriage.


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