Woman of the Century/Annie Virginia McCracken
McCRACKEN, Mrs. Annie Virginia, author, born in Charleston, S. C, 13th October, 1868. She is known in the literary world as "Alma Vivian Mylo. " Her maiden name was McLaughlin. Her father, a native of Ireland, came to this country when a small boy, living his early life in New York City. Her mother is a native of Boston. Miss McLaughlin's education was begun in Charleston. ANNIE VIRGINIA McCRACKEN. Leaving the Normal School of that city, she was graduated from the Academy of the Visitation. Frederick, Md. There she studied four years, ranking first in her class each year. Her essays exhibited talent, a deep fund of correct information, elegant rhetoric and clear logic. Going to New York with her brother, a practicing attorney there. she was married. She became a widow in less than a year. Returning to her old home in South Carolina, she first wrote for diversion. On every side she received encouragement for her work. Already her name is well known in the South. In January, 1892, Mrs. McCracken became contributing editor to the "Lyceum Magazine," Asheville. N. C. In May, 1892, she issued, as editor and proprietor, a handsomely illustrated monthly, the "Pine Forest Echo." In addition to its literary features, it is designed to describe the beautiful historical environs of the famous health resort, Summerville, S. C., her home She has written short stories, notably fur the "Old Homestead," of Savannah, Ga., for the "Sunny South," "Peterson's Magazine," the "St. Louis Magazine " and the "American Household."