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Ivy Fuller Olds (1894-1990)

Ivy Ann Fuller was born in Boston, MO, Sept. 16, 1894. Her family moved to the Manhattan, KS, area in 1902. During her days at Kansas State Agricultural College, she worked on the Kansas Aggie, forerunner of the current student newspaper, The Collegian. She was charter member no. 6 of the Delta Delta Delta sorority. Fuller earned a degree in Home Economics from KSAC in 1913, and taught at Manhattan High School for two years. She won several local movie queen contests in Manhattan in 1917 and was crowned queen of the Movie Ball in Kansas City, in competition with young women from five states, which led to a screen test in California. Fuller played parts in more than 20 silent movies. During World War I, she took nursing courses at Vassar and had assignments in New York City and with the Surgeon General's office at Walter Reed Hospital as a physical therapist. She toured out of Washington, D.C., with a Chautauqua company and became one of the founders of the Washington Theatre Productions Company. She taught high school in Indianapolis, IN, during the 1920's and 1930's. She married Lt. Col. Garrett W. Olds on Aug. 19, 1937. She joined the American Legion in Manhattan, KS, and was the first woman delegate to the state convention in Hutchinson and the national convention in Kansas City. She died in May 1990.

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