One of the truths that were "stretched" in the newspapers during Daisy's editorship of LOVE STORY was that she never attended school and that she was home-schooled. According to one article, she either "never saw the inside of a classroom." But, unless the school system in Westfield, New York, allowed children to be homeschooled and earn awards, get report cards from the school, and be valedictorian of her class, Daisy did attend school, at least secondary school.
Daisy graduated from secondary school in 1917 with plenty of promise. At her graduation ceremony, she as valedictorian delivered a moving patriotic speech during those years of the Great War. Her future seemed to be sealed by a small scholarship to Barnard University, a woman's college in New York City. But she never made it to Barnard. While information on Daisy's life after graduation is scant, I suspect it was because there wasn't the money.
At some point after graduation and before her job at Street & Smith started, she modeled part time. At least according to the articles. This statement appears to be true. While I don't know if the following photographs were part of her professional jobs, they display her ethereal beauty.
Daisy also worked as a bookeeper for an auction house. She parlayed that experience into a few articles, at least one of which was published in SATURDAY EVENING POST.
Encouraged by the acceptance by one of the most popular slick magazines, Daisy continued writing. Whether or not they were published is unknown.
Then one day, she saw an ad for an editorial assistant at LOVE STORY MAGAZINE. She answered the ad and was promptly hired, one of her duties being to answer letters for the lovelorn column "A Friend in Need." She had already began to write some fiction for the magazine, her first story, "The Remembered Fragrance" appearing in 1926. It was the first of four stories she wrote for the magazine between 1926 and 1928. As far as her career was concerned, Daisy was doing well.
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