Leone Cass Baer (b.1886) was a drama critic, editor and feature writer for the Oregonian newspaper at Portland, Oregon, from about 1911 to 1920. She was born in Bloomfield, Iowa, to George Franklin and Catherine Beckley. After graduating from the University of Missouri, Baer attended the Chicago Art Institute. She moved to Portland and became the drama editor and critic for the theater section of the Oregonian . Quickly gaining a reputation for her impartial critiques of Portland stage events, Baer also became popular for her wit and clever comments. In 1919, she married Harve Wagner Hicks, who had moved from Chicago to Portland. Hicks worked for the Oregon-Washington Railway & Navigation Company and was a member of the Multnomah Athletic Club. Leone Cass Baer lived in Portland for 18 years.
From the guide to the Leone Cass Baer photographs collection, 1910-1923, (Oregon Historical Society Research Library)