Mermaids all ready

Here’s one last photograph from the August 20 1932 edition of the Toronto Daily Star, featuring six women about to compete in the 10-mile marathon swim at the CNE in Toronto.


The swimmers in this photo had varying degrees of fame:

  • I couldn’t find much on Gladys Lathbury. There’s a photo of her in the Ogden Standard-Examiner from September 1932, shortly after the race. And this might be her obituary or it might not be.
  • It turned out that Margaret Ravior actually won the race, winning for the third straight time. She married George Young, who won the 1931 men’s race, in December of that year. I don’t know how long they stayed together, but Young’s Wikipedia page mentioned that Young’s second wife died in 1953.
  • I couldn’t find anything on Ruth Downing, except that she appeared in an ad for Olympene liniment in the 1935 CNE program.
  • I couldn’t find much on Ruth Towers Corsan, other than to correct her name. She appears in this photograph, and in this article on the Corsan family.
  • Gertrude Ederle was famous for being the first woman to swim the English Channel, which she accomplished in 1926. She fell in 1933 and became bedridden for several years, and eventually went deaf due to a childhood measles infection. She died in 2003 at the age of 98.
  • I could find nothing at all on Leah Riley.

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