John Batterson Stetson, inventor, hatmaker
May 5, 1830-Feb. 18, 1906
Boss of the Plains: The Hat That Won the West by Laurie Carlos, illustrated by Holly Meade (DK Publishing, 1998)
The true story of how the wide-brimmed cowboy hat was invented by John Batterson Stetson. Stetson fulfilled his dream by leaving his mark, a hat to symbolize the West.
Nellie Bly, journalist
May 5, 1864-Jan. 27, 1922
The Daring Nellie Bly: America’s Star Reporter by Bonnie Christensen (Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2003)
Serious female reporters were a rare breed in the late 1880s. Bly not only took up the call, but succeeded brilliantly.
An article called, Nellie Bly: The Best Reporter in America is posted on the CUNY web site.