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About The courier. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1894-1903 | View Entire Issue (Oct. 5, 1901)
Mr 8. Stoutenborough will be the guest
of the Runic club during the meeting of
the Missouri Federation, which will be
held at St. Joe on October 23, 21 and 25.
The following is the program of the
opening meeting of the Pairbury Wo
men's club, held on Tuesday, October
1, at the home of Mrs. Sarbach: Busi
ness; music; response summer saunter
lags or a current event; song; president's
remarks; recitation, Mrs. Showalter;
from year to year. Under her able ad
ministration the work of the club has
been both pleasant and profitable, and
the Bpirit of true cordiality, which
Bhould exist in all women's clubs, is
found here in a remarkable decree.
The annual meeting and election of
officers of the Sorosis club of Auburn
ras held at the home of Mrs. Minnie
Qardner last week Friday evening. Mrs.
Gardner was elected president, Miss
Anna Hopkins vice president, Miss
Katherine Gilmore secretary, and Miss
Lizzie Shurtleff treasurer.
The Woman's club of Madison met at
the home of Mrs. Prince on Thursday.
The subject considered was "North
American Indians," with the following
program: General characteristics, Mrs.
Kilpatrick; short talks, club members;
religion, Mrs. Long; myths and legends,
Meedames Garrett, Foster, Lonnecker,
Grant, Jacobs; parliamentary law, Miss
Tompkins; American music; paper; In
dian lullaby; paper.
One of the new clubs in Nebraska is
the St. Cecilia club of Falls City. At
the meeting last week a permanent or
ganization was effected and a constitu
tion was adopted. The St. Cecilia is a
musical club, and the following program
rendered last week proves that the year's
work will be serious and conscientious:
NPuper, "Music," Miss Nellie Gilman; im
nmmntu rVTiao fatifla f2raViom rtonar
JIUUjpbU iUISD UiaUUU V'UUBLU UJk
"Mozart," Miss Lois Keeling; Evening
Song, Miss Maude Jussen; Fantasia,
Miss Zola Jones.
The Nebraska W.C.T.U. held its
annual meeting in Omaha this week.
Of the state officers the president, Mrs.
Susannah M. Walker, and the corre
sponding secretary, Mrs. Mary D. Rus
sell, are fiom Lincoln; the vice president,
Mrs. Dora V. Wheelock, is from Superi
or; Mrs. Medora D. Nickel, recording
secretary, is from Beatrice, while the
treasurer, Mrs. Eusebia M. Cobb, comes
from York. Mrs. Belle Kearney, national
lecturer of the W.C.T.U., addressed the
convention on Wednesday evening.
The year book of the Seward History
and Art club for 1901-1902 is received.
The opening meeting will be held this
ejening with the president, Mrs. Lang
worthy, and will take the form of a
musical. The husbands of the mem
bers will be invited to this meeting.
The motto of the club, "No Footsteps
Backward," is significant. The object
is culture: "To paint a little, to sing a
little, to dance a little, to quote pas
sages from the late popular books, is not
culture. Culture means mastery over
Ee!f, politeness, charity, fairnesB, good
temper, good conduct." History will
form the basis of the season's 6tudy,
with occasional programs devoted to
different subjects by way of variety.
October nineteenth will be library day;
on November sixteenth the subject for
consideration will be art, while on No
vember thirtieth an original storiette
will bb read by each member of the club.
The History and Art club, which con
sists of twenty four members, was ad
mitted sb a charter member of the Ne
braska federation in 1894. It has been
especially fortunate in securing the ser
vices of Mrs. Lapgworthy as president
Extensive additions are being made
to Hull House, Chicago, under the direc
tion of Miss Jane AddamB and her
assistants. The labor museum is being
enlarged, and workshops are being built
under the gymnasium. An apartment
house also is in process of construction
which is designed to serve as a model
for property owners in that vicinity.
A tenement will soon be built to be oc
cupied by poor working women. A day
nursery will be a prominent feature of
this establishment in which children
will be cared for during working hours.
A club made up of girls and women in
domestic service has been started by
three maids employed by Mrs. ThomaB
W. Spencar, a prominent club woman of
Milwaukee. Mrs. Spencer has inter
ested many of her friends in the under
taking. They will give moral and finan
cial support, if necessary, and an at
tractive club room will be secured where
games and other forms of entertainment
may be enjoyed. Said one of the found
ers of the club: "We don't want a union
because we are satisfied with our work,
and there is no need of making any
united demands. But we do feel that
the club will help us to raise the public's
opinion of our social standing. As far
as we are able, we shall make the club
attractive, bo that those girls who have
not yet proved themselves eligible will
find it worth while to try to do so."
Six years ago, when a woman who bad
served the town in many useful capaci
ties died in Deerfield, Massachusetts,
her friends decided to erect a fitting
memorial. And in place of a tablet or
fountain or other token of small use,
they conceived the idea of a village club
room. In The Ladies' Home Journal
for October Mary E. Allen tells of this
appropriate and novel tribute and the
way it is conducted. It consists of a
large room with an open fireplace, cozy
window seats and low bookcases, a coat
room, a email kitchen and closets. The
bookshelves contain a free library of
about four hundred books. A piano
has been loaned and some other furni
ture given. A number of foldingchairs
and tables were bought. By means of
these an audience may be eeated or a
supper served. The Martha Goulding
Pratt memorial is owned by a regularly
incorporated body, controlled by seven
trustees. A committee of twelve wo
men is appointed to see that things are
kept in order.
The Seattle city federation of clubs is
considering the establishment of a free
kindergarten to be supported by club
women. It is estimated that at this
time two thousand children in the city
need this kind of training. The club
women are united in the desire to ac
complish this worthy object.
Helen Churchill Candee discusses in
the October Century the characteristics
of the presidents of women's clubs, and
comments upon the field filled by these
organizations in the west.
If acy one should doubt the desire of
the small remote town to make itself in
tellectually worthy, let him read the
program prepared for the winter work
of a club which occupied a prominent
social position on the prairies of the
middle west. Here are some of the
topics for papers, all to be prepared
without the advantages of a library,
either public or private, and with no
educational advantages beyond a local
newspaper: "Was the Victory of Well
ington at Waterloo a Triumph of Me
dievalism or of Democracy?" "Is the
French Republic or Ours the Beet Illus
tration of the "Political Ideas of Rous
seau?" "The Race Problem of South
eastern Europe," "The Pessimism of the
Russian Novel," "Will the Common
Hatred of the Japanese and Chinese for
the European Form a Bond Strong
Enough to Uold China for the Yellow
Man?" "Will Christian Ethical Ideas be
More Easily Grafted on the Cold Self
ishness of Confucianism or on the Self
Uespecting Ideals of Buddhism?"
Does not this illustrate the idea that
when an American woman determines
to do a thing she does it, without stop
ping to inquire if it is among the possi
bilities? How well she does it is anoth
er matter. My recollection suggests
that in this case she laughingly evaded
most of the questions, and made up by
general cordiality and light refresh
ments, by no means a poor substitute in
a border town barren of social life,
Of two hundred clubs in New York
state, half are literary. This spark from
the log of statistics shows the popular
ity of the self culture club. There un
doubtedly is something in it which ap
peals to the vanity which shapes our ends.
It is gratifying to be considered erudite,
to know a little more than our neigh
bors know. It is like a more sumptuous
edition of the teacher's mandate in baby
days: "You may step up to the head of
Aud yet, notwithstanding its popu
larity, an unquiet longicg possesses, to
some extent, the club which hangs out
its banner for self-culture bearing the
name of literature, art, music, or cur
rent topics. And this longing illustrates
the trend of the day in women's clubs;
it is a longing toward practicality. Al
truism being the watchword of the day,
and brotherly love an increasing passion,
women are not long content to serve
only themselves. And so the clubs for
self-culture are feeling restless stirringb
of wishing to do something for the com
munity. Fortunately, there are appro
priate objects for them all, and perhaps
they may advance toward these.
hroughout our land, and with girls no
lees than with boys.
A distinguished university president
not long since was criticised for "spend
ing so much time and thought" upon
the 'Women's Annex' of tho college.
'What institution am I working for,' he
replied, 'but college? These wo
men will marry and bear sons; where
will they send them but to the college
with which thoy themselves were con
nected?' To what institution of higher
education will the members of the wo
men's clubs of Michigan send their sons
and daughters but to those which otter
the best advantages, both intellectual
and moral, to them?
The Statn Federation of Women's
Clubs is about to hold its annual meet
ing at Ann Arbor for tho first time in
its history. Many out of tho threi hun
dred ofiicers and delegates have never
visited tho far-famed state university.
Who can tell how many of the boys and
girls now growing up in the homes of
these Michigan mothers will, through
the influence of this meeting in Ann
Arbor, eventually find their way to the
universit)? In what buildings could
the meetings of the state federation bo
held more appropriately than in tho
Barber gymnasium, to tho construction
of which the clubs donated eleven hun
dred dollars, a few years ago, when
money was so much needed?
The meetings will begin on the 23th
of October and end on November 1st."
Dr. Eliza M. Mosher, dean of the
woman's department of the University
of Michigan, writes in the Detroit Free
Press on the subject of women's clubs.
Says Dr. Mosher:
"Among the causes of the lengthen
ing of the registers of our colleges, and
the increase of a popular belief in the
so-called "higher education" for men
and women, there is one factor common
ly overlooked, and that is the intluonce
of women's literary clubs. A teacher of
long experience In the public schools
lately said to me: 'When I have a pupil
unusually bright, and quick to compre
hend my teaching, I usually find that
his mother is an active member of a
woman's club.' This means that the
child lives in an atmosphere of books
and magazines and conversation about
world happenings. Women who read,
study and think together, soon outgrow
petty neighborhood rivalries and gossip,
and it is the thinking women who meet
the difficult problems of the home most
wisely. These also are the women who
comprehend the true significance of ed
ucation, and whoso children therefore
are most likely to reach the college and
The history of the growth of women's
clubs is a remarkable one. Less than
forty years ago a few women, inspired
by the stirring events of the Civil War,
started a club in New York City. To
day women's clubs are found in thirty
states, in numbers reaching far into the
thousands. The membership of these
clubs number3 more than one hundred
and fifty thousand. Scores of similar
societies also exist. The aim of these
clubs ie one, and that ethical and intel
lectual growth. Could it be otherwise
than that the outcome should be a
Hooding of the institutions of learning
N. F. W. C Standing Committees.
Mrs. F. M. Hall, Lincoln.
" Elizabeth Langworthy, Seward.
" Anna R. Morey, Hastings.
Mrs. W. D. Baker, Norfolk.
" Sullivan, Columbus.
" Sarah Wells Phelps, Schuyler.
Mrs. A.M. Edwards, Milford.
" Nellie Cady, St. Paul.
" Etta R. Holmes, Kearney.
" L. L. Ricketts, Lincoln.
" H. S. Towne, Omaha.
Mrs. A. K. Gault, Omaha.
" Draper Smith, Omaha.
" Stoutenborough, Plattsmoutb.
Mrs. Lily R. Burton, Fremont.
" S. E. Sedgwick, York.
Miss Mary A. Smith, University PlaceJ
Mrs. Anna L. Apperson, Tecumseh.
' G. M. Wheeler, Lincoln.
Miss Cory Berryman, Central City.
Mrs. John Erhardt, Stanton.
Brainard Dearborn, Wakefield.
' E.M. Smith, Wayne.
Mrs. C. S. Lobingier. Omaha.
' Hainer, Aurora.
" Stoutenborough. Plattsmoutb.
Mrs. II. D. Neely, Omaha.
" E. V. Herford, Omiba.
Mrs. Archibald Scott, Lincoln.
Officers of the Nebraska Federation
of Women's Clubs:
President, M rs. Draper Smith, Omaha.
Vice president, Mrs. Winnie Durland,
Recording secretary. Miss Nannette
Corresponding secretary, Mrs. H. D.
Treasurer, Mrs. George Cross, Fair
bury. Auditor, Mrs. Emma Page, Syracuse.
Librarian, Mrs. Belle M. Stoutenbor
Secretary G.W.F.C. for Nebraska.
Mrs. Louisa Lowe Ricketts, Lincoln.
Committee on Local Arrangements
Mrs. May W. Harrington, Mrs. Ella J.
L. Wilbur, Mrs. Ella J. Pile, Mrs. Del"
Blanchard, Mrs. Weldon.
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