Mary C. Roark, 1896

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Mrs. Mary Creegan Roark (Of Lexington, President of Lexington Sorosis). "Women at the Polls In Lexington Last Fall." Courier-Journal (May 17, 1896) [clipping in Laura Clay Papers, Box 18, folder 18, University of Kentucky Special Collections and Research Center].

The clipping, describing the successful school board elections in Lexington of the fall of 1895 and the installation of the new board, included a short biography of Mrs. Roark, under the subtitle: "A Successful Candidate" as follows:

"Mrs. Mary Creegan Roark, of Lexington, is one of the enthusiastic promoters of the woman's club movement in this State. She was one of the originators and most hopeful supports of the Lexington Sorosis, and is now serving her fourth term as the President of that club, one of the strongest and most active of the city's many woman's organizations. She is also a charter member of the Woman's Club of Central Kentucky. She is a gifted woman and a fine parliamentarian, having taken an active interest in everything affecting the progress of the community, especially in educaitonal matters. She was last fall placed upon the independent Board of Education ticket, and was elected to a two years' term. Her husband, Prof. R.N. Roark, is dean of the department of pedagogy in the Kentucky State College. (2)"

Roark went on to serve as the second president of the institution now called Eastern Kentucky University.