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Ruth Bryan Owen

Ambassador Ruth Bryan Owen was the daughter of famous American orator and Democrat politician William Jennings Bryan. She was the first female U.S. Ambassador and was appointed to serve in Denmark by FDR. Earlier, in 1929, she was elected as the first female U.S. Representative from Florida's fourth Congressional District, and the first woman to earn a seat on the powerful House Foreign Affairs Committee. Ruth Bryan Owen was the guest of Charles and Carrie Segerstrom at Knowles Hill in 1937!

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Charles and Carrie Segerstrom moved from the house that still stands at 84 N. Washington Street to Knowles Hill in late 1927 with their five children. Charles, Jr. was seventeen years old, Martha was thirteen, Richard was ten, Donald was eight years old and William was five. Among the many rooms listed on the Knowles Hill electrical panel, apparently in the owner's hand, is one called the Small Boys Room . It is the room right next to the Segerstrom bedroom and presumably it was for young Donald and William.

Inside the Boys Room

The Ruth Bryan Owen Room has no bathroom of its own and is designed to be added to either the Charles H. Segerstrom Room, or the Earl Warren Room to create suites for a total of five people. It features a beautiful Victorian Queen size bed, and an Eastlake Twin bed, and has East facing windows overlooking downtown old Sonora and Washington Street at the base of the hill far below.