The Ottawa Herald from Ottawa, Kansas on April 21, 1959 · Page 6
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The Ottawa Herald from Ottawa, Kansas · Page 6

Ottawa, Kansas
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Tuesday, April 21, 1959
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•i'he OTTAWA HERALD Tuesday, April 21, 3, Hi fncrease Of Working Mothers Is A Modern Trend By LOIS SMITH "Are you girls students?" Our question prompted giggles end denials from the two personable young women sharing a local restaurant booth recently. "I'm married and have child and work in an office," was the answer, almost simultaneously, from both. Except for the number of children and the place of work, countless other women could give the same answer. "Marriage and a Job" has become the accepted mode of life for increasing numbers of American women the last two decades. A quick check in Ottawa schools and businesses bears out this national trend. Many will tell you such a practice is unnecessary and ill-advised, if not downright fool-hardy. Others contend the practice not only raises the standard of family living, but also makes mother more interesting and invaluable to her family. Looking back, it appears that services such as food processing and clothing manufacturing outside the home first began giving mothers a breathing spell. Then along came the parade of laborsaving devices for the home. With the coming of World War 11 and the prosperous 50's. worn en found their extra lime a va u- able commodity. It could be exchanged for a good wage in classroom, office, store or plant. The modern trend has been compared by some to a vicious circle. With labor-saving devices women save time in order to work to earn money to buy the appliances to save the time. . . . Actually Die problem is not a simple one. Admittedly, the working mother has problems. She has less time with her family. She can't entertain friends and take part in community affairs as easily as her unemployed sister. She may tend to neglect meal planning and clothing maintenance. Working mothers have many objectives. For some, a job is a matter of necessity, not choice. Such women are widows or those whose husbands can't or won't work. Also in the compuslive working class are women whose salaries help tide the family over a period of big doctor bills or other financial crises. In other families mothers work to help finance college educations for their children, to provide music lessons or other special advantages, to he'.p buy a home. Sometimes it takes two salaries to provide housing and the barest necessities. A number of women say that FAMILY HOUR — Mrs. Ralph Loytl, 681 S. Cherry, roads aloud to her daugh.ers upon arriving homo from her teaohlnff position at Sand Crn«U, about five miles northwest of Ottawa. Hondru (left) IH f>, Dcna, 2, and Andrea, 3. Mr. Loyd Is principal at Hawthorne School. Mrs. Loyd'ft mo her hns been with the family In the homo thl» winter. Mrs, Loyd will teach flth grade In WHlluimburg next fall. Sand Creek will close permanently Friday. (Photo by Lois Smith) f the afternoon, and works a ouple of hours each day at Wass- mers. He keeps the car and takes ie baby, 3V4 mnths old, to our itter. Pat prepares the baby's formula the evening while doing dishes. he also cleans, washes and irons t the evening. Jim mostly studies. "It is hardest to keep the iron- ng done," says Jeanette Crouch- r, secretary at Shinn - Haley bstract. "I don't mind it much fter T get started." She, her usband, Virgil, a mechanic, and heir son, 4, live in a rented house. Vursery school has been an enjoy- ble experience for the 4-year-old nd next fall he will go to kinder- iarten. Baby sitting provides Income for >lder women, most of them moth- srs. "I have been fortunate with baby sitters," Mrs. Wanda Baird, Social Welfare Director, says. I have flexible arrangement, since I sometimes have to be away from home at meetings. Cheryl, 4'A, has gone to nursery school and will attend kindergarten in the fall. Mrs. Baird can speak with authority on many cases of work- ng mothers, from personal experiences and from findings on a state level. She believes a check of juvenile records will not bear put statements that homes of working mothers include more individuals in difficulties with law enforcement officers. ! Economists point out that the working mother represents one kind of adaptation to changes in our economic industrial system. kindergarten. Dennis 12, a n d daddy after school." LOOK! Now You Can S-A-V-E 10°°! $ Let Us Protect and Beautify Your Car Vacuum -- Interior work outside the home is a stimulus to creativity. It makes doing of routine homo tasks less monotonous by contrast. These women will tell you thnt doing two jobs is all a mailer of management. How do working women manage? Here ore a few illustrations. "I started working part time several years ago in self defense," Mrs. Iloselyn Whirley recalls. "It was after we moved to the country. Because I like to be around people I felt lost when my husband left for work and the children went to school. The part time job became full time. Now sho is county treasurer. She has never had Ihe prob 1cm of baby sitters since the eld est daughter, now married, was always at homo after school to slay with her younger brother anc sister. A freezer helps with food prepa ration. Mrs. Whirley cooks in the evening while her husband does farm chores. Both admit that taking Sharon and Philip to their evening activities gets to be a chore at times, but the family enjoys going places together. "I get up early and do housn work before I go to work," says Betty Murray. While her husband Walter, takes her to work and picks up the baby sitter for Stan- iCy, 4, the elder son, Steve, 11, stands by and answers telephone calls for his father. Stan sleeps late and the woman who cares for him prepares his breakfast and the family dinner at the end of the day. After a busy day the whole family is ready to enjoy an evening at home and retire fairly early. "I couldn't work as I do if my husband did not have his upholstery workshop at home," says Mrs. Robert Barnes. "Doug, B.lpacities in the store and likes al stays with his grandmother dur IU - ' -' —'• ng the day when he is out of Judith, 11, are at home with their Mrs. Barnes says that summer recreation programs take up much of the children's time during summer vacation. She is acting manager of Sears order store. She previously worked in various ca- the types of work. "It Is a help to have a good baby who sleeps all night," say Mrs. Pat Maendele, secretary t county attorney Don White. She i the working wife of a collegi student. "Jim is a physical ed a n ' biology major," says Pat. "H goes to school forenoons and par II David Haverty, son of Mr. and Mrs. C. D. Haverty, p o r- trays the roll of Bibi, the Bonnards* son, who becomes increasingly . confused trying t o balance the ideas of a Scotch mother and a French family II She makes an Important contribution to our economic life. It has been suggested that changes in work schedules to set up shorter working days might be mutually rewarding to both working mothers and employers. In the final analysis, children's welfare is the important thing, most people agree. No two families have the same problems or the same needs, the situation must decide. individual Socio/etfes Promenadcrs Square D a n ce Club will have the annual potluck supper at 6:30 p. m. today at the Blue Moon, followed by a square dance at 8. Emery Wilson ot Kansas City will be caller. Gel-Together Club was entertained recently by Mrs. Frank Da- Spinach Salad Dress drained cooked leaf spinach with olive oil, vinegar, salt and pepper; mold and chill. At serving time garnish with sliced hard - cooked egg and tiny stars (or other shapes) cut with miniature cutters from pimiento or green pepper "Satisfaction Guaranteed" Furniture Upholstering Truck Seats Recovered Tarps & Combine Canvas repaired. Canvas Awnings ROBERT BARNES «28 Ash Phone CI1 2-S24? vidson for a luncheon and business session. Mrs- Bud Stottlemhe presided. Mrs. Earl Bruner received the door prize. Several games were played. Twelve women and several children attended. CHEAPER Than Washing at Home .. . Plus SOBT WATER TOO! Try the ... Maytag Coin-O-Motie Laundry 1600 S. Main 20/20 VISION IS NOT ENOUGH! For a complete visual analysis, see your local Eye Care Specialist! 14 A PUBLIC iERVia PROGRAM I /\ LANG1EY BAZAAR Sidewalk April WED BARGAINS SIDEWALK store msi Wash - Exterior Machine Clean Paint to Original Brilliance Machine Polish to Brilliant Luster Reg. $22.50 Value Now Only THE HAPPY TIME The first production of the Ottawa "Community Theater Players, Inc." 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