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Marguerite Martyn

Marguerite Martyn, a visual artist and reporter, was hired by the Post-Dispatch in 1905. She became revered for her articles, which contained her sketches, similar in style to editorial cartoons, of the people she interviewed. City Editor O.K. Bovard was usually agreeable to her suggestions about stories or people she wanted to cover, though it was uncommon to grant a woman that much influence at the time. One of the many subjects that gained her favor among female readers was coverage of the Suffrage Movement. It was said that she initially took no notes during the interviews, spending the time sketching her subjects. For many years she submitted her stories written in longhand. She retired from the paper in 1939.