Jessie Glidden’s Impact on Social Services

Seeing the need for social services in DeKalb County, Jessie Glidden became a key player in the creation of the Family Service Agency of DeKalb County in 1956. It was the first privately funded social agency in the county, and Jessie served as the first board chair. Launching the Family Service Agency was Jessie’s proudest accomplishment.

Jessie participated in many local club activities. She was the cofounder of the DeKalb-Sycamore Altrusa, formed in 1960, and was a recipient of their Woman of the Year award. She was an active member of the DeKalb County Democratic Party, and a charter member of the Thursday Arts Club, Stage Coach Players, and the Children’s Community Theatre. She was honored by the DeKalb Chamber of Commerce’s Athena award program and was given their Woman of Accomplishment award. In 1991 the community recognized the contributions of this grand dame of DeKalb with an “Honoring Miss Jessie” tea.

Jessie lived at the Glidden Homestead longer than any other Glidden family member, remaining here until 1998 when she moved to Oak Crest. Jessie died in 2004, at the age of 92.

(This story and photo were shared on Facebook by the Glidden Homestead in August 2023)

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