Hattie Mae Lachenmeyer

Inducted: 1976

HATTIE MAE LACHENMEYER (1901-1978) and her husband, O.H., worked as a team editing and publishing seven daily newspapers in Oklahoma, Texas and Louisiana, with the Cushing Daily Citizen (1927-53) as their home newspaper. They took several employees into partnership and eventual full ownership of newspapers. One of these former partners cites their greatest contribution to journalism as the ability to operate profitable newspapers that were clean, without sensationalism, and highly respected in their communities. After her husband’s death in 1953, Mrs. Lachenmeyer continued to publish the Citizen for another twelve years, and still writes a column and features for the newspaper. Among her numerous outstanding awards was the 1949 Theta Sigma Phi Matrix Table award as the woman journalist who rendered the greatest service to Oklahoma.