HELOISE BOWLES CRUSETHE ORIGINAL HELOISE
The original Heloise was born Eloise (with a twin sister Louise) Bowles in Ft. Worth Texas on May 14, 1919. When her newspaper column was syndicated, she added the H because she thought it made more alliterative sense -- Hints from Heloise!
She graduated from Felt and Tarrent Business College and
Draughns Business College in 1939.
In 1946 she met and married Marshal (Mike) Holman Cruse,
a captain in the Army Air Forces. Cruse was then stationed in China
and Heloise moved to Nanking in 1948. They left China and moved
to Waco, Texas.
In 1951, daughter Kiah Michelle, the current Heloise, was born. The family moved to Arlington, Virginia in 1953 and to Hawaii in 1958. Her mother added Ponce' (after her fraternal grandmother Florence) and corrected Michelle to Marchelle (for her father Marshal) and then added Heloise to finally complete her name!
Heloise has decided that she wanted to write a column in
a newspaper for to help housewives, She marched to the office of
the Honolulu Advertiser to see the editor to discuss her idea. She
even offered to work for free for 30 days and the editor took a
chanceThe Readers Exchange column began in 1959. It
was such a success by 1961 that Time magazine did an article on
Later in 1961, King Features Syndicate convinced Heloise
to syndicate her column with a new title, Hints from Heloise. By
1962 it was running in 158 newspapers and in 1964 it was appearing
593 newspapers in America and abroad.
|The original Heloise
with President Richard Nixon
Col. Cruse and Heloise moved to San Antonio in 1966. Heloises
daughter Poncé, who was majoring in math at Southwest Texas
State University (now Texas State University), was helping her mother
out with the column.
Heloise died December 28, 1977. Her tombstone read, "Heloise,
Every Housewifes Friend."
Her daughter took over the column and continues to write
the Hints from Heloise column.
Heloises Housekeeping Hints, 1962
Heloises Kitchen Hints, 1963
Heloise All Around the House, 1965
Hints For Working Women, 1966
Heloises Work and Money Savers, 1967