Lida Rose McCabe (March 3, 1865 – December 9, 1938) was an American author, journalist, and lecturer. She is remembered as the first woman to reporter who traveled to the Klondyke. Her first book, Don’t You Remember? was reminiscent of Columbus, Ohio‘s early days. In the midst of an active newspaper life in New York City, she found time for the writing of other books and magazine articles. McCabe contributed to the Popular Science Monthly, Lippincott’s Monthly Magazine, McClure’s, The Cosmopolitan, St. Nicholas Magazine, Book Buyer, The Outlook, The Bookman, Town & Country, and syndicated all leading newspaper in the U.S. and abroad. She was also Pariscorrespondent for the New-York Tribune and the American Press Association (1889-90).
Lida Rose McCabe was born in Columbus, Ohio, March 3, 1865. Her parents were Irish.
She studied at Columbus High School in her native city, participating in the school choir where, on occasion, she sang obbligato, and this was followed by studies at Convent Notre Dame de Sion, Paris. In addition, she sttended lectures aat the Sorbonne, Paris;Columbia University, New York; and Oxford University Extension Course.
She showed an early inclination for literary work, and at eighteen years of age, she was a contributor to the CincinnatiCommercial-Gazette. Since then, she was active in newspaper and magazine work and more ambitious ventures in book publishing. A volume of historic sketches, with the title Don’t You Remember?, which dealt with early events in her home town, Columbus, and the Scioto valley, Ohio, was successful. When her “Social and Literary Recollections of W. D Howells” appeared in Lippincott’s Monthly Magazine, the reviewer referred to the writer as “Mr. L. R. McCabe,” her initials only being given. For some time, those initials covered her identity from those who failed to detect “only a woman” in her writing style.
In 1889, in the Paris Exposition Universelle, she did her first work for the American Press Association, and her letters were favorably received from the start. Her first intention was to spend a few months abroad and then return to her home, to engage in literary work. A love of Paris and its wonderful possibilities, and a desire to become familiar with the French language, kept her there for more than a year.
She wrote for several Ohio papers since she was thirteen years old, her later communication, with widening circles of readers, being through the American Press Association, McClure’s Syndicate, Harper’s publications, St. Nicholas Magazine, Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper, Popular Science Monthly, Lippincott’s Monthly Magazine, The Cosmopolitan, and The Christian Union. She was a contributor to Chicago, Washington, D.C., and New York papers, and after making her home in New York, she werote for the New-York Tribune, New York Herald, New York World, and Commercial Advertiser.
McCabe traveled 7,000 miles (11,000 km) into Alaska, spending four months in Nome and skirting the Siberian coast. During her visit to France, she went over the scenes of General Lafayette‘s life, sleeping two nights in the room where he was born at Château de Chavaniac in Auvergne.
She wrote various books, among which may be mentioned, Don’t You Remember? Historical Sketches of Ohio and Occupations and compensations of Women (Tribune Pub. Co., N.Y.).The American girl at college, a series of papers, which originally appeared in a newspaper, gave a wide range of practical, though somewhat discursive information as to the character, work, habits, sociallife, studies of college life for American women. Book News Monthly (1894) commented,— “The tone is a little crude and the standard immature.”Ardent Adrienne (1930) was a biography of Madame de La Fayette.
Thoroughly up in the theory and the execution of art, music and literature, McCabe lectured on travel and art. She opened Ethical Lectures at St. Xavier’s College, New York City, to women. She served as regular staff in Public School Lecture Course of New York City. She was the second woman to lecture before the New-York Historical Society, her subject being “Madame de Lafayette, America’s Half-Forgotten Friend”. In January 1920, she addressed the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society with a lecture on “Madame de Lafayette, America’s Half-Forgotten Friend”, which address was illustrated by many steropticon slides. On the occasion of commemorating the first decade of the Watterson Reading Circle, a Catholic reading circle in Columbus, Ohio, McCabe gave a lecture on “The Preaching Friars in Florentine Art”.