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Today's Trivia (May 10)

Kansan Peggy Hull traveled the world writing about the people and places she'd seen.

Her byline was regularly featured in some of the nation's top newspapers.

But after her death in 1967, her name dropped into obscurity until 1991, when authors Wilda Smith and Eleanor Bogart published their book, "The Wars of Peggy Hull."

She was born Henrietta Goodnough on Dec. 31, 1889, on a farm near Bennington. She grew up in Marysville after her parents were divorced and she went to live with her mother.

By the time she was a teenager, she was enthralled with journalism. Her first job at a newspaper, the Junction City Sentinel, was as a typesetter.

When she was 18, she left Kansas and began working first at the Trinidad Chronicle-News in Colorado and then for the Denver Republican.

She met George Hull, nephew of a Denver mayor, and married him in 1910. They sailed to Hawaii, where they worked for newspapers in Honolulu.

But it wasn't to last. In 1914, they separated and divorced.

In 1916, she began reporting for the Plain Dealer in Cleveland and the El Paso Times. She traveled to the Mexican border just as U.S. troops were gathering to stop guerrilla leader Pancho Villa's raids into Texas and New Mexico.

In 1917, she worked for the Chicago Tribune and traveled to France to report on American soldiers training for World War I. Her stories endeared her to the American public because she wrote about common soldiers.

After World War I, Hull reported on the Russian Revolution from Siberia in 1918 and 1919; the 1932 Japanese attack on Shanghai for the New

York Daily News; and on the Central Pacific in World War II.

Question: What distinction does Peggy Hull have in American history?

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Answer to Monday's question: Jane Grant's hometown was Girard, Kan. On Feb. 17, 1925, she and her then-husband, Harold Ross, started the New Yorker magazine.

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