Ina Mae Duley Ogdon was born on April 3, 1872 (some sources say 1877), at Rossville, IL, to William and Laetitia Wilson Duley. According to the Lincoln Christian College website, the family was associated with Christian Churches. After attending Greer College in Hoopeston, IL, Ina taught in Illinois schools, including Cherryville, from 1892 to 1900. Her first hymn,"Open Wide the Windows," was published in 1892. Four years later, in 1896, she married fellow teacher James Weston Ogden, and in 1900, the couple moved to Toledo, OH, where their only child, William Duley Ogdon, was born in 1901.
Early in life, Mrs. Ogdon, who was a gifted speaker, had hoped to join the Chautauqua Circuit and was finally selected to go. However, her father… Go to person page >