Hello! I just saw your post. How exciting! Dora Smart Ramsdell was the manager of the Los Angeles office of the Viavi Company at the turn of the 20th century. I'm writing a dissertation about the company and am trying to get a better sense of who these early business women were. Below is some info from Who's Who in the Pacific Southwest on Dora and Cassius. Do these sound like your relatives?
RAMSDELL, Cassius Galispie.
Asst. mgr. Los Angeles office, Viavi Co.
Res. 1339 La Brea blvd.; office, 511
Bryson Bldg., Los Angeles, Cal. Born
in Rindge, N. H., Oct 30, 1945; son of
Col. James and Lucy Waters (Rice)
Ramsdell. Married to Dora B. Smart
in 1905. Attended grammar school,
Rindge, N. H.; Old Appleton Acad.,
New Ipswich, Conn. Acquired mechani-
cal education in his father's piano
sounding board factory. Employed with
Cummings & Carlyle, piano mfrs.,
Boston, Mass., 1865-66; moved to California
in 1867; with Florence Machine Co.,
1867-72; moved to Virginia City, Nev.,
1875; in sewing-machine business, 1875-
81; moved to Los Angeles, 1881, con-
tinuing sewing-machine business in
Pomona, Cal., 1881-1905. Member Los
Angeles Chamber of Commerce.
RAMSDELL, Dora B. Smart.
Mgr. Viavi Co. for So. Cal. Res. 1339
La Brea blvd.; office, 510-13 Bryson Bldg.,
Los Angeles, Cal. Born in Plattsburg,
Mo., Oct. 12, 1860; daughter of Josiah
Allen and Eliza (Jones) Scott. Married
to Cassius G. Ramsdell in 1905.
Attended public schools, Clinton Co., Mo.;
graduated from Polytechnic High School,
St. Louis, Mo., 1879; attended
McMinnville College, Ore. Traveled and
studied from 1886-90. Moved to Chicaryo,
Ill., where she remained until 1893.
Moved to California, 1893; county
mgr. Viavi Co., 1899; mgr. same com-
pany for So. Cal., 1904 to date.
Member Fraternal Brotherhood.