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Fictional character

Name: Catie Gleason

Age: 56

Gender: Female

Race/Ethnicity: White/Irish

Profession: Mechanical Engineer/ Businesswoman

Location: Concrest, East Rochester

Personal Traits. Skills, Abilities and Characteristics: hard working, determined, machining, engineering, building, business

Biography (ca. 1921):
Catie was the daughter of a machine shop owner and worked for her father throughout her youth. At the age of 14 she became the bookkeeper of the shop. She was the first woman to enroll in the Mechanical Arts Program at Cornell University at age 19, but returned home to save her father's failing business. She received the rest of her degree from Sibley College of Engraving and Rochester Athenaeum and Mechanics Institute.
In 1917, Gleason became the first female president of the First National Bank of Rochester. The following year, she became the first woman member of the Society of Mechanical Engineers. To promote the Gleason Works company she traveled to Europe to procure business deals, one of the first American manufacturers to do so.
As of now, she is building cost-effective houses in East Rochester. She developed a new method of pouring concrete that allowed her to keep costs low without sacrificing quality. She began building homes in an development called Concrest, targeting the working class. Concrest consists of 55 homes, each with a garage and laundry room. No unit costs more than $4,000, with some being single family homes and others duplexes. She also becomes part of American Concrete Institute, mainly because of her involvement with Concrest.

Disclaimer: This character is based off of Kate Gleason. She has been recreated as Catie Gleason in order to increase her involvement in Rochester c. 1921.