Linda Hull Larned, the expert on household etiquette who published 8 books in the early 1900s

The Post-Standard, 1904

Pictured is the grave marker of Linda Hull Larned as it sits in Oakwood Cemetery. Born in 1853, Linda was prominent in Syracuse social affairs for decades, including working as the president of both the Board of Education and the National Household Economic Association.

Linda was devoted to the progress of the public school system and was a known expert on household etiquette. She wrote several books on the latter topic, including the one pictured above, “The New Hostess of Today”, which was published in 1913. Other titles she authored included “One Hundred Luncheon Dishes” and “One Hundred Picnic Suggestions.”

A feature story in the September 13th, 1901 issue of The Desert News can be quoted as saying, “Mrs. Larned is a very pretty woman with the grace and ease of gentle breeding. She is a good speaker, but rarer than the gift of eloquence itself, she possesses the tact which teaches her when not to speak and what not to say. With this she knows how to induce others to say and do their best, and thus she moves along untouched by the storms of jealousy and envy which assail so many prominent women.”

The Post-Standard, 1903

Linda would go on to write a total of 8 books before passing away in 1939.