Bertha Shore was born in Hiawatha on October 15, 1897, and graduated from high school in Pleasanton. For eight years she taught school at Powhattan, Herington, and Great Bend. She once joked that she taught the second grade because she “couldn”t work the arithmetic in the third grade.”
In 1928, she joined her brother in the purchase of the Augusta Daily Gazette, where she worked from then on, putting out the paper almost by herself in the shortage days of World War II. She attained considerable prominence for her pungent editorial writing.
Mrs. Shore was the first woman inducted into the Hall of Fame. She died in March, 1963, at age 66, and set aside funds for her friends to have a party after her funeral.