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The Des Moines Register from Des Moines, Iowa • Page 53

The Des Moines Register from Des Moines, Iowa • Page 53

Des Moines, Iowa
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jflapzitt? 3ntwn of Efy gmtftati ikgfefrr mh fettor, 3 rltnmrg 14, 1915 01 Qeater Iowat the Iowa Legislative League Nil rJ mm KV iIFjIu U.Yfcv lit MA -Ts i fu. jr II Hirv ilri I Vvv I lir ill VF-- II sC SI Ststfcf MRS. PFRKINS, Member Hoard of Uircclors MRS. L. K.

FRANCIS. Treasurer. MRS. GEORGE W. CLARKE, President, MRS.

W. II. ARMS Corresponding Secrotary. MRS. HERBERT ('.

RING, Seirond Vice President. MRS. FRANK S. SHANKLAND. First Vice President.

By SIRS. ADD1E B. BILJJWl'OX. F. Taylor, poet and journalist, ipoke of early Iowa as "A splendid llderncss or more man do.uuu ijuaro miles lying between the two great rivers of the continent.

In 1541 Be Soto discovered in 1673 a man who could not apeak the English language paddled along the river now called Des Moines; and so this empire was rediscovered by Marquette. About the last year of the seventeenth century Hennepin discovered it again, and so it was born (bird time upoa human vision. mo, thai the slule luiust' is very much like home. Some of us go 8lll.v all day. Quite a number are bringing their crocheting.

You know I. don't, erochk'i, bill I am rouik to take my darning bag along anil get your pa's Hocks all darned before wo come home. Tim one lliing I nee In favor of woman suffrage. The women could put in all the spare minutes at some sort of sewing. There is one woman1 here Hint I.

am sure could defend bill on the floor in a learned way, and all Mir time keep right ou with her croiiieilng. Some one ought to piiRH a 1)111 allowing the wives of members to brin Incubators and sel them here. There in ho much spare room, and II is m.Iwhvh so hot. 1 am iiire they would hutch well. You know, Alary, hud" to say good-hr to these women! It seems like they nil ousilii to lro members of our aid soclety.

1 feel Mint 1 have learned something from each cue of them. II niukeu feel rich indeed to think that I now have friends in each county of Iowa. We must get together before we go home and exchange-iinrnii nnlterns and our best recipes." Then Louisiana passed it to Michigan territory and she took care of it three years. She reared it into two counties, each with one township In it. It was too poor to be named, and Wisconsin took the motherless child and gave it a few laws of her.

own to use for lack of better. In 1833 it was born a terri- i'M SK I I tnrv. and on tne rourtn or July, 1838, it. was formally christened Mrs. II.

V. Carroll, founder and two-term president, was handsomely remembered by the league In two beautiful pieces of jewelry. The opening of the Thlrjy-t'lfth general assembly was the signal for reorganization of the league. By an unwritten law the. wife of the gov- MRS.

HENRY ADAMS Recording Secretary. MRS. GEORGE COSSON, Chairman Board of Directors. MRS. W.

S. ALLEN, Official Reporter. CARROLL, Member. MRS. B.

Charter Iowa. In December, 1846, an audible knock from hereaway was heard at the federal door. Iowa stood upon the threshold, was admitted and became a sovereign state." Were the three awakenings and the three adoptions foreshadowings of a future power? Computing the resources of the commonwealth today and noting the standards of the sturdy manhood and fair womanhood within its borders, it is evident that the star which rose no slowly to the union's field of blue, was destined to become a beacoa to oncoming population and an illumining light to speed the wheels' the onward car of progress, statute lo be placed in a niche in tlieiprmtf of Iowa was expected to act as president, and Mrs. George W. Clarke Hall of History.

In these "Letters to Mary," occurs W. I). Evans, where Mrs. G. W.

Speer of Indianola, was induced to "fens up" and donated the letters to the league. Their publication in book form netted a handsome sum which added to funds in the treasury bus been set apart for the purchase of a dinner at Hotel Colfax, April 1. It was in the Thirty-fourth session of the general assembly that a series of letters purporting to chronicle the extravagance of legislators appeared. The mystery of authorship was cleared at a meeting held with Mrs; oratory. One paper by Mrs.

George Cosson on "The Politician's Wife," was of such a brilliant character that it was published entire in The Register and Leader. The appreciation, of the husbands was shown in a courtesy tendered the league in the form of a for study and discussion and added zest was found in talks and demonstrations incidental to the presence of distinguished visitors. It ie pleasant to note that the, 1911 banquet to "Our held at the Savpry, brought forth a meteoric display of this passage: "Bringing the women together in this league has made us feel, so well acquainted. We are gettfng to feel, 1 grant, Am a but. withal, lA woman that Lord Brutua took to wife; I grant, I am a woman; hut withal, "By cBnnkley woman weu-rcputeu cato clauKntar.

Iowa has been a leader in many tngagemen important projocts and an originator in movements both unique and praiseworthy. An organization that has already proven its usefulness and that promises to bo a factor in the growth of loyally to state institutions and appreciation of historic associations and home achievement, is the Iowa Legislative Ladies' league that camo into being during the session of the Thirty-third general assembly, 1909, with a roster of eighty-four signatures. The object of the league according to is constitution, is the establishment of an organized center of thnueht. anrl action fnr Its membprs. was installed In ollico amui nuany applause; Krem long experience among organizations and an extended acquaintance legislative circle.

Mrs. Clarke entered Very heartily into (he role of presiding officer. While preserving lha features of former voars, the league found a variety of entertainment in waiting 111 rough Invlliillons from different, organizations. One was from the Faculty club at Amos, a most delightful excursion', then, besides the talk on my home lawn given by each lady at. every session, I here came excellent, opportunity to grow thoroughly familiar with Greater Des Moines.

The intricacies of Hie web into which women's hands had plied the shuttle of altruistic activity were revealed through response to Invitations from the City Federation of Clubs, the Des Moines' Women's club, the I'nlon of Mothers' clubs, the Political Equality club, the Federated Clubs of the Woman's Christian Temperance union, the Settlement house, the Children's home, the Home for the Aged aiid Salvation Army home. A1I day missionary meetings at two of the churches were also participated In, and the private homes of Mrs. M. L. Macombor, Mrs.

Isaac Lea llillis, Mri. George W. France and Mrs. Wllmot Dickinson were thrown open for seml-Hociai meetings. The children's days wilh Mrs.

George Cosson and with Mrs. William l.airabeu were of unusual enjoyment. Thus, In a round of acquaintance where kindred tastes and mutual dependence prevailed, women of Iowa met and exchanged thoughts and proffered suggestion, with this feeling surging in their hearts; Thnnli Unil tor Iho nrk ll IIh l. I am kIhiI Hint I IHf In III worhl Willi yon. A recognized advantage the existence of the league was found in their ability to entertain in the capitol parlors (he Individuals and societies who bad extended courtesies.

Al the beginning of this Thirty-sixth general assembly the league has Wives of state officers, senators and .1 representatives in ine miny-mim and all future general assemblies were declared eligible to active membership. Mothers and (laughters might become associate members, and an amendment included wives, mothers and daughters of state officers, senators, or representatives preceding the Thirty-third general assembly. The proviso "once a member always a member" insures continued increase of mutual interests and the league motto, "For Greater Iowa," bespeaks unfailing effort to promote the best development in material prosperity, and the highest attainment in wealth of citizenship. The league insigna is a pin, the size of a 5 cent piece, with a field of dull gold in the shape of Iowa, on it in raised letters of bright gold are the initials L. L.

while the outer eage is bordered witn a wreath in ,5 green and red, repdesentbng the wild if rose, Iowa's chosen flower. Thurs 'attained an enrolled membership of over two hundred. I he. permanent of its friendships are exquisilely outlined by Mrs. Kale Galpin Perkins, a charier member, spending her fourth winter in the capital city with her day morning Is the appointed time of meeting.

Initiation and membership fee amounting to a dollar and a half cover the biennial outlay for printing programmes, year books, and assessments are made when necessary to pay for feasting and flowerB. The inception of the league is traced directly to a social afternoon the home of Mrs, B. F. Carroll, wife of Iowa's governor, March 12, 1808. Others who saw the vision and were elected to office with Mrs.

Carroll as president, were Mosdamos Ocorge Cosson, E. H. Cunningham, F. II, Hunter, Paul E. Rtlllman, fieeiey, and a board of dimeters ItH fr.llo,o.

tnaAnntiM 1J 7 Dv.ira husband, Senator Eli Perkins, i "Memories;" Thr Hlarw. In thdr IjilUlaut bttniii l.nnlc'i 1nui! on I In amy stolid 'On the M'pt. Kiel Ihfi ii.lunlir. i''f our I'-glelatlvi. hull i And hp vhrrr lie of appu.i.

i iif moonMl Hirretj. im.t. Tno of ih iKiivmt annul. i Tic. iiiibi if Ihf 'lorno I'' a'''' I 'ih Loautirul.

Iieanilliil pli'lura or I finl" ll Ji In in MipHliWf anil Mrs. Perkins then portrayed: I A klKi-n. Oi'inMIMll ii.TI lan; I Fiiirh invol.v IppiiiI litis mpunlnir I ttf O'vn, ii'l brink h' lo sotne memory, -AH. Adams. Charles Gateu.

W. il. A I'm 'i, fl form, ntllR Mlioiy oo, A umili', or UurhinR jci', An unril, it hiniKhtftil woman Inh i OtIiiC (hroiililloul our lo or tioonbf i 1. a nnlilsii Arnoy, Crummer and A. Meredith, 1'or a time the league met in the Wirary commission rooms, then an increased membership led to a removal to the art gallery of the ball cf history, There, under the lad Curator Harlan, a systematic of Iowa waa begun, and early HUB l.lnkn, i bv ii kl'imliiK pn'l.

i onif, when la I.Kinn i ioi I I' ill Imp Uko i A H'l An. I .1 I.IUIn p'H't. vf flp4 ploni, Indiana, the Mormon trail, docu- i Tli" nll'hers of the Iowa Ladles' leUKUe for 1915-17 are; Ml- I'lHlUr. Mr. H.

HliiuiUlund, flrct ariml- portraits and treasures col-lotted from pioneer families were profitable themes. On April 30 the league assisted Jlfs. Carroll in a reception at the fwexnor's parlors in the capitol. The order of meetings given in Hie first year book Iibb been adhered to ever since: Informal reception, prfil- Iliolirii IlliiK, Kucwnit lUoirv I.

'lutiii, riuioriliPif Hflfr-iiMpotonii l-'tHll'l. t-ilhUirr AHii. of li'lKl ropoi w. s. lor Mr If. And Inside was engraved, interlinked with one another as the lovers were themselves, the names of the man and his maid. And, too, there whs the day of the year that all this marvel happened, when he put in the old, old plea, "I love you-rlo yu love me?" and she put up her faci to his and whispered back, "I do love you." And with that, all the little DannyH and their sweethearts opened their mou4Ks and sanjr like everything. Mr- llorfi uiiitRiD, nunonuiiD Ptenlc day, Domestic Science day, Philanthropic day, GreHter Iqwti day, day, Mothers' day, Liter- day, L. L.

reception, legisla- rk i no. Mi. L. man Mi Mc- Mill. l' Km UVS lllnrhonn Tlila- rnmnrhfinive nv subjects, gave opportunity.

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