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[Page 1 1910-1918]

F.D. Coburn, President

E.R. Simon, Vice President

S.S. Ott, Treasurer

Frank M. Stahl, Superintendent

John Marshall, Attorney

Edith Robertson, Secretary

Field Men:

Harlen T. Davis

Robert Norris

Clerin Zumwalt

Julius Smith

A.B. Pomeroy

Imri Zumwalt

“The only Solution of the Saloon Problem is No Saloon”

The Kansas State Temperance Union

Kansas Department of the Anti-Saloon League of America.

(The Church in Action Against The Saloon)

824 Kansas Avenue,

Ind. Phone 1272

Official Organ “The Kansas Issue.”

Topeka, Kansas, November 25th, 1910

My Dear Co-Worker:

On Tuesday and Wednesday, December 6th and 7th, 1910 the Kansas Temperance Union will meet in Annual Convention at Topeka, Kansas.  Every Church, Sunday School, W.C.T.U., Christian Endeavor Society , Epworth League, or any other organization whose aims and purposes are in accord with our line of work, are urged to appoint three delegates, who will have a voice in the convention.

Conditions are good in Kansas.  The law is better enforced than ever before.  Hundreds of small towns are clean, and the prohibitory law is seldom violated.  In others there are bootleggers and sneaks who are studied, willful, chronic violators of law.  Many of these men are the emissaries of brewers and distillers from Kansas City, Missouri.  If there were all we had to contend with the task would be an easy one.   We could take care of them in our Courts.  The passing of stringent and far-reaching liquor laws and our success in enforcing them have attracted the attention of other States in our great Republic and the entire civilized world as well.


In addition another powerful organization has also taken notice; namely, the liquor men.  Other states that are fighting the great liquor traffic are saying, “What Kansas has done we can do.”  The liquor men are saying, “Kansas must be stopped in her fight against the saloon or we will have to stop.”  Both are right in their conclusions.  Both are reasonable and logical.  The liquor men are fighting for their lives.  They were forced to fight, they know what the first great move to be made is, if they are to win, and they are getting ready for the fray.


“The Manufacturers and Business Men’s Association” – so called- has established headquarters in the Capital City of Kansas.  It is a branch of the brewers and distillers’ National Organization.  Its avowed purpose is to elect mem who are opposed to our liquor laws and to use every possible to bring about resubmission.  Read the enclosed extracts from Ferd Heim’s statement as published in the Topeka Daily Capital of Novemb4er 10th, and also the statements of Earl B. Rose, as published in the Kansas City Journal of November 18th.  These two men, one from Kansas City, Missouri, the other from Milwaukee, are leaders for the brewers in their fight against prohibition.


What does this mean? Our great leaders believe that a real fight is coming.  Forewarned ought to be forearmed.  The danger is real, yet the only real danger is to ignore the danger.  Come to the Convention and help us plan for the fight that must come.  Officers are to be chosen, committees to be appointed, plans to be drawn, and a campaign mapped out.   Our program is choice.  In addition to the best our State affords the Rev. D.C. Milner of Chicago, and Hon. Wayne B. Wheeler, Superintendent of the Ohio Anti-Saloon League and Attorney for the Legislative Committee at Washington, D.C., will be with us.


Come yourself and urge others to come.  We need all the help we can get.

Lovingly yours,

Frank M. Stahl



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[Page 3 1910-1918]


The following interesting analysis of the political situation is made by the Topeka correspondent of the Hutchison News, and gives the first estimate on the result of the election in Kansas this year couched in other than very general terms.


“In the letters this week is presented the first pre-election estimate to come from any source on this campaign.  The figures were made by a keen and trained observer who is in close touch with the political situation.  He generally is regarded as the best political guesser in the state.  The writer has kept close track of his political forecasts for the past ten years, has printed a number of them, and has never known him to be far from wrong in any detail.  In October, 1912, he went over the political situation in Kansas with the writer, county by county and district by district.  At that time he predicted Thompson would beat Stubbs by anywhere from 20,000 up, that the race between Hodges and Capper was very close and that Capper, if elected at all, would do well to have 5,000 majority.  He said the Democrats would elect the legislature and their candidates for congress in the Second, Fifth, Sixth, and Seventh districts.  He also said that the congressional fights in the Third and Fourth districts were very close with the chances in favor of Campbell and Doolittle.  Under the circumstances his early “dope” on the November election should be interesting and it is given here in convenient form.


“Vote for President 1912:  Wilson 143,663; Taft 74,845; Roosevelt, 120,210; Debs 26,779.  “Basis for comparison 1912-Male vote: Democrat, 145,000: opposition, (Taft and Roosevelt) 196,000.  “Probable falling off in vote – off year, 20 per cent leaving:  Democrat 116,000; opposition (Taft and Roosevelt) 156,000.  “Women vote probably one-half male vote or:  Democrat, 58,000; opposition (Republican and Progressive) 78,000.  “Estimate on basis:  Allen, 60,000; Billard, 20,000.


“Capper: Capper should receive 195,000 votes less 20 per cent falling off, 29,000, equal 156,000, plus 58 per cent women vote, equal 174,000 less one-fourth Billard vote, 7,600 equal 166,500.  “Hodges:  Hodges should receive 116,000 male votes, plus 42 per cent of women vote 58,000, equal 174,000, less three-fourths Billard vote, 22,500, equal 151,500.  “For Senator:  Neeley should receive the Hodges vote 174,000, less 7,500 Billard Vote to be divided between Curtis and Murdock.


“The writer, while not setting his own judgment above that of the man quoted, is inclined to believe his estimate of the Billard vote to be very low, and that his figures on Henry Allen may be too high.  The writer would not be surprised to see the Billard vote go as high as 50,000. He would be even less surprised to see Allen’s vote fall as low as 80,000.  But on the main, the figures submitted appear to be conservative.”


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“Kansas is Going to Be Wet,”

Says Brewer Heim.

Kansas will be a wet State in two years more, if persistent and aggressive warfare on the part of the brewery interests can effect it.

The liquor interests claim all the credit for the reduced majority given to Governor Stubbs at the polls yesterday.  When J.J. Heim, the Kansas City brewer, heard last night that Stubbs had been defeated, he exclaimed:

“That shows what the breweries can do.  Stubbs is beaten in Kansas and the breweries did it.” 

Later returns forced him to amend his statement, but he still was jubilant this morning.

“We did not quite beat Stubbs, but it was only because we didn’t work hard enough and didn’t have quite time enough.  If we had had six weeks more we would have snowed him under.

“Two years from now the story will be different.  Kansas is going to be wet, and the brewers are going to make it so.  Our organization in the State will be maintained until we win.  We have gone into the fight to stay, and we will not quit until we have squared things with the persons over there who have held us up, robbed us and jobbed us for the past fifteen or twenty years.

“You bet the returns from Kansas this year show what the breweries can do, and nothing else.”

Six weeks before the election, when it was announced that the brewery interests had established on organization in Kansas and entered upon a campaign for resubmission, it was generally believed that it was intended only to “muddy the water” and distract attention from the prohibition campaign in Missouri.  That, Mr. Heim indicated, was not the case.

“We simply decided that the time had come to make a fight.  We had waited long enough.”—Topeka Daily Capital, November 10th, 1910.


“Four to Six Years to Make Kansas Wet,”

Predicts Earl B. Rose.

The National Association of Manufacturers and Business Men will keep up its fight to make Kansas “wet” was the statement made today by Earl B. Rose, Secretary of that organization.  He thought it would take from four to six years before a vote could be procured on resubmission.

Rose said that already the Association had established offices in about sixty large cities and towns of the State and before the first of the year would establish ten or a dozen other branch offices.  Then the work will be taken up in small towns and continued until the Association is confident that it can now win in the State or that Kansas wants to open saloons.

Commencing next month, a speech-making campaign will be started in Kansas by members of the Manufacturers and Business Men’s Association.  This will be continued throughout the winter and perhaps much longer.  Mr. Rose himself will take the stump and will spend a week making speeches in Topeka and Shawnee county.  He will open his meetings in Topeka, Monday, December 5th.  Perhaps a dozen other speakers will be placed in the State.

When asked if resubmission in Kansas would be an issue in the 1912 campaign, Rose replied that he did not think so.

“Prohibition has been established longer and has a better organization in this State than anywhere else in the Union,” replied Rose, “and it will take more time to win here than in other states.  The politicians talk for prohibition in Kansas because they think people want it, and the newspapers are editorially for the law, because they think the politicians are guessing right.” Kansas City Journal, November 18th, 1910


[Page 5 1910-1918]

Nov 29th [XX] This is your cousins [XXXX] I visited with while waiting on train, Manhattan


Harry Dobbs, 219 Leavenworth

Manhattan, Kansas

November 29th/12

My Dear Friend:

Miss Mary E. Dobbs

You may wonder why I have not written sooner, expected to have visited with you on my way home from [XXXXXX] but found by waiting in Winfield until Eleven Oclock P.M.  I could make connections so as not to have to stay (over)


[Page 6 1910-1918]

long in Wichita so made connections direct through to Herington stayed with friends in Herington until 4:00 something Sunday after- noon from there to McFarland, Kans, visited there arrived home in Manhattan Tuesday morning about 5:30 A.M. then busy getting ready for company for Thanksgiving Day & today I am just going to sew for a lady in McFarland now Dear Sister Mary Y.P.B, worker. I did just what you requested of me to do in [XXXXXX], but dear girl in order to do that I have [XXX] to a great-deal of extra expense of care fare, consequently in order to get home I had to use some of the money paid to me for the 17 white badges you sent me. I sold every one of them $4.25 is the amount I  had expected to have left with you as I came through Wichita Sat. night, but will


[Page 7 1910-1918]

send the full amount 4.25 in a few days would send three to-day but thought you knowing the car circumstance would bear with me.  It cost me .70 seventy cents to phone you to Wichita from Winfield of course all my extra car fare & phoneing  & all was out of my own pocket.  But I was so glad to see the young people of [XXXXXX] take such a hold we completed the Y.P.B organization a week ago last Tuesday night & in place of Bro. Thomas Cook being Pres, as they elected him Sunday night before he resigned & they pit in his mother in his place.


Your sincere friend Elizabeth Clara Hubbard

P.S. I requested that they write direct to their county W.C.T.U. and tell them of the work done.


[Page 8 1910-1918]

[19 11-13?]

Dear Miss D----

as to the information I can give you in regard to Miss B-H- she is a very earnest christian Girl – capable and devoted, earnest, zelous, to much so, so much so she is called a religious fanatic – she has local trouble which of course affects the nervous system.  she has before gone clear off- her  enthusiasm carries her way beyond her strength and her mind gives way- she was taken to the asylum last winter and we fear every day we will hear she has overdone and a reputation of what has been – yes her dues are paid in our Union – she imagines great things. it is such a pity – I believe if she could have proper treatment and care and kept quiet, she would be all rite.   these things are no secret all are sorry for her  - but do not know what can be done, but she ought not be allowed to organize – or do any outside work.

yours for the good of all.



[Page 9 1910-1918]


Jetmore, KS. Apr. 12, 1911

Miss Mary E. Dobbs,

Wichita, KS.

My dear Miss Dobbs:

The Parliamentary Studies received for which I enclose fifteen cents (15)

Can you tell me where or how we obtain the yearbook?  We need some help in planning our programs and thought we might get such help in it.  Can we do so?

Are we supposed to have a business meeting at every regular meeting?  If so which should come first?

The work is new to all of us but one & she had only a little experience, but we are anxious to make a success of the work & be able to enlist new members.  Any information or help you may be able to give will be


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very gratefully received.

Sincerely yours

Mary E. Lafferty


[Page 11 1910-1918]

June 6, 1916

My dear Mrs Parker:

Your letter of some days ago at hand and on my desk awaiting answer.  I have been exceedingly busy with the work and have not had time to go over your manuscript until last night when I took time to go over it carefully.

I thonk that you have expressed yourself very well and that you can presdnt the work in a manner that will be acceptable to those to who, you may present it.

I am wondering if you could not get up a paper that would bring up the great value of the of the W.C.T.U. from the edu cational viewpoint that would meet the objections of the people who do not realize any but the law enforcement and reform phases of the work and do not recognize the great work that we are emphasizing most the educational and constructive work.

I believe that your idea of the worker who can go into a community and build up a good strong union that will stand not because of the enthusiasm of the hour but because of the grounding in the real principals and work of the organization is what is needed more than anything elzse.  We need the eloquent speak4ers of course – they have their place – but the worker who can follow and crystalize the sentiment they have aroused into an active working force is what is needed.

I know that you know the departments and I believe that if you could prepare yourself for house to house work and institute or teaching work, making a specialty of bringing out the constructive side rather than the rescue work that it would appeal to the people greatly and that you couls win many persons for the rank of our organization.

I shall be fglad to give you a trial at this and prove that you can do.  I believe that if you can go from place to place and meet the people in their homes and present the work then you could get them to a meeting that would result in an organization.

I fear that too oftern our unions are organized on the spur of enthusiasm of the spaeker who has brought to them an enthusiastic message and who have not done the real foundation work needed for the steady every day work that is the real test of the force of the union.

I hope that it will be possible for you to do this kind of work.  I believe that you should begin it in your own county and


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district.  Take some of the weak unions and go to them and build them up with this kind of work.  Are you willing to try it? of course you would need in some way to get financial returns for the state fro, the work  but I believe that this could be done when you get some of the people interested.  Get them to see the need of the work that the W.C.T.U. is doing and that it ca n do.

I hope that you will consider this carefully and then be ready for a proposition for the work.  I can offer you $40per month and expenses in the field.  I will try to get entertainment for you where ever possible and this will lessen expenses.

Would you be willing to go some distance from your home to do the work.  There are places where the work is needed that you might be able to do it.

Let me hear from you again on the matter and I will have some definite work planned for you if you can accept the proposition.

there are whole counties that need to be built and worked up into a unit for the cause. I could place you in some of these counties and say now get results.  You may have to plan out the work after getting on the ground but it would pay.  You will note how many new unions have been organized this year.  Many of these have been formed in this way and many of them need the presence of the follow up worker who will help them to become firmly stablished.

Hoping to hear from you soon on the matter I am,

Yours lovingly


[Page 13 1910-1918]

[c. may 1916]

101. S. Juliette

Manhattan, Kan.

Dear Muss Dobbs:

I just returned yesterday from Lincoln Park.  We did not have as hard a job as we anticipated as Mrs. Bindesser took most of the goods saving us the work & expense of crating packing and moving.   I feel that we got out of it very well but Mrs. Mitchner will give you a full report.  I am happy to know it is not to be barn but will be made into a home as part of the Sanatarium at Waconda Springs.  I am enclosing you a copy of an address I prepared and have used in my district.  Now I do not give it word for word as written as I have various introductions    

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interpolate with some anecdotes and quotations of course some parts I cut out intirely or bring them up to date.  The other is a suffrage talk I send it merely to let you know my style and what little ability I possess. I am willing to do the building work you speak of.  I have long advocated hand picked members.  Just the kind of work a lodge deputy does when he goes into a community and builds up a lodge of a hundred members by house to house work.  I am doing well with my canvassing.  I could get work as a lodge deputy but into nothing could I put my heart and soul as


[Page 15 1910-1918]

I could into the W.C.T.U.   I believe I could do good institute work I know the departments and I think I could help our women to do intelligent work.  I cannot speak off hand have not tried to much.  I write and comment or use notes.  I believe with practice I could speak from notes or make short-talks without.  I had some practice in the house to house work in our suffrage work. 
I canvassed my county thoroughly.  A valor I never expect to be but a steady plodding enthusiastic worker for the White Ribbon cause I could be most happily, but I cannot work with out financial support for with my husband 60 years of age and not a strong man, myself 66 we find                 (over)


[Page 16 1910-1918]

ourselves with practically nothing but our won effects, a turn of the wheel of fortune has taken away all we have been 25 years accumulating. I must work for only living and to educate my girl and boy.  If I can be of value to the W.C.T.U. there is where all my longing, enthusiasm and hearts-desire can find expression.  If I cannot I can follow the other work and make myself like it.  I have set you a big task to wade through all these pages and thank you most sincerely for using your valuable time for the purpose.  I know you are rejoiced over Mrs. Flatter, & success in Junction City and hope you can get her back to Milford to complete the organization of the Co.  I have talked with Mrs. Mitchner about this matter of which I am writing.

Love yourself and regards to your mother

Nellie E. Parker


[Page 17 1910-1918]

Canton, Kans.,

Aug. 16, 1916

Miss Mary Dobbs:

Your card received but do not think it best for Miss Atchison to come Aug 24, for so many are away on vacations.

We start this week to be gone until Sept. 1, so I would suggest that she come about the middle or last of Sept.


Levina Gefhart


[Page 18 1910-1918]


McPherson College
President’s Office

McPherson, Kan., Sept. 9th, 1916

My Dear Miss Dobbs, - Your letter at hand in regard to putting Zoe A. – into these towns. – It will be all right with me, if there is a way to finance it. –We could use $5.00 co. fund and that is all, providing we were sure of results.  I would like to see live W.C.T.U. unions at these places also.- but so far have been unable to do so. - & there must be some one found that can do it. – There is no use to force organizations & then let them die out.  That is what Ida Hestis did at Mound Ridge & a few other places. – Our women still need a vision that there is a work to be done even tho this is a Temperance torn – This is a very busy time, the schools are just opening, & in about 2 weeks would be a good time. – They have tried campfire girls & other things & it


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seems unless you have a very strong resident leader that work will not live, and prosper as it should.  There is talent and wealth in this co. & I would be indeed glad to see some work done, - & so as far as I am concerned you are free to come in & organize young peoples societies, & W.C.T.U. & I believe if anyone can do it, it would be Zoe A. & perhaps she could raise most of her own expenses.

We are in the midst of [XXXXXX.] - & a mighty good one it has been.

Wishing you Gods blessing I am as ever

Mrs. H.J. Harnly

McPherson, Kans. –

P.S. please let me know if Miss Zoe comes & when.-


[Page 20 1910-1918]


Burdett Kansas

Sept. 19. 1916

Miss Mary E. Dobbs,

Wichita, Kans.

Dear Sister: -

Mrs. Rucker our ex-president received a letter the other day from Mrs. Sibbitt saying that you had told her we wanted a speaker and that she could come and give us a lecture.  We had been expecting Mrs. Drake but if she cannot come and it is more convenient for Mrs. Sibbitt why it is all right with us.  We want one of them sure, and will leave it with you to decide which one.  If Mrs. Sibbitt goes to Hanston as she expects to do she will be with in twelve miles of Burdett.

Yours very truly,

Della J. Mather

Cor. Sec.


[Page 21 1910-1918]


Della J. Mather,

Burdett, Kansas

Dear Sister:

I had a talk with Mrs. Sibbitt this morning, and you can arrange for her to speak at Burdett.  She is near you as Dr. Drake cannot come for sometime yet.  I hope you will have a splendid meeting gain some new member for your union and help the cause generally.

Yours lovingly,


[Page 22 1910-1918]

Canton, Kansas

Sept. 12, 1916

My dear Miss Atchison-

How are you these delightfully cool days?  Have been thinking of you so often and wanting to find time to write every day, but rather dreaded to, as my sentiments are not just what
I know will be your wishes.

At the time Miss Dobbs wrote and asked for you to come to Canton, it seemed everything would be against an organization, for so


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many were out of town or had company and others were busy getting their children ready to go away to school and the weather was so hot and dry that everyone felt they had all they could possibly bear.  And we were in Colorado on our vacation and I did want to be at home when you come.

And since the three ladies have moved away from Canton & two of the three were the ones we had counted upon to hold offices.  Dr. Breoy has gone to Chicago to practice & Mrs. Breoy was the little enthusiast whom I called in to meet you & another lady, whom I told you would make us a splendid officer, has moved to Oklahoma.

Mrs. Grattay and I have been going over the matter very carefully and we know it would be a hard struggle and fear we might do more harm than good to W.C.T.U. work.

I am telling you these things so if you come, you will not be so bitterly disappointed as tho you came and expected a fine organization and could not get one for you,

[Page 24 1910-1918]


 understand in a small measure that conditions are not the finest here and in a most peculiar way, too.

Mrs. Grattan and I are working on some programs for the coming club year and we have inserted some good strong help for the W.C.T.U.

Aubrey & DeWitt are enjoying school and are real well & Mr. Gephart is just as good as ever, so this leaves me happy as usual.

Very Sincerely,

Your friend

Levina Gephart

Sure busy wish there was Sun. date     Zoe


[Page 25 1910-1918]


Augusta, Kan.

Sept. 19, 1916

Dear Miss Dobbs,

I want to thank you for your pains in selecting literature for me. It reached Latham in good condition and seemed to be generally appreciated.

Did you send the mounted poster of which you spoke?  I did not receive


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it and I wondered if it was lost in transit.

I did not dispose of all the “Voters Manuals”, but will use them later, when conventions are over and I have a little time to sell them.  With your permission, I will hold the money for them so as to send it all in our order.  If you do not wish to wait, however,


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you have only to say so and I will remit at once.

I should have written at once upon my return from Latham but I was “all in” and very little girl was sick.  Pardon me.

Now about another matter.  Where can we have a lecturer in this county?  I think we would like Mrs. Wallace if we


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can get her.  I cannot attend to the matter till after Dist. Convention but we want a good lecturer all through the county before Election.

Yours Sincerely,

Lucy E.D. {XXXXX]

Pres. Butler Co. W.C.T.U.


[Page 29 1910-1918]


Kansas Women’s Christian Temperance Union

Office of Young Peoples Branch Secretary

Westmorland, Kansas 9-20-‘16

Dear Dolsey:

Arrived at Westmorland 4:15 P.M.  New Co. Pres., is a young woman about 26 yo. Mrs Fannie Grutzmacher, [XXXX] is surely a live wire. We’re hoping to organize a Y.P.B here. Will be here tonight & tomorrow night.  Phoned Mrs. Mary Clark, pres. of Onega few minutes ago & she will arrange for Friday night.  They’ll have meeting of Union in afternoon.  Mrs. Grutzmacher will go with me on motor Fri., morning.  Hope for y. there too.  Tried hard at Wamego & think they may be able someday.  Gained two new members.  They now have 19 & I think will do good work,

If you have nothing for Sun, Mrs. Grutzmacher thinks the Baptist pastor here who


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preaches at Locledo, a county point near here, would give me the service there Sunday.  To do so however I would have to return with her on the motor Fri., night at 11:00 o’clock so be sure & let me know at Onega, & Mrs. Mary Clark has a phone, before evening Friday if I must try & arrange for the Locledo date for sure could go to Iola from here then on Monday.  If Lawrence arranges I’ll go there Sat.  Can’t find out here at his late hour how I’d do it but you’ll know.

If I don’t hear from you at Onega by Fri., evening think I’ll call you by phone to be sure.

Heaps of love,

Jes’ Zoe


[Page 31 1910-1918]


Newton Kans

Sept 24/16

Miss Mary Dobbs,

Your letter received and am writing you again.  It has been found necessary to change the dates to 6 & 7th trusting this will not conflict with other dates perhaps already made elsewhere of course this change will interfere with Miss Atchison giving a few minutes talk to the [XXXXXXX] Club.  But believe these dates will bring a better and larger crowd to the evening lecture and also to the Parlor Meeting. Yours in haste.


Mrs. H. Prersen
Cor. Rec.


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“Go forward.  The Battle is the Lord’s. He will Give Us the Victory.”

Kansas Women’s Christian Temperance Union
3062 E. Douglas
Wichita, Kansas 9/25, 1916

Dear Mrs Blood:

Knowing youe interest for the W.C.T.U. work and how helpful it is in the better movements or the towns and communities where it is organized.  I am asking you if you will arrange a date for Miss Zoe Atchison on of our fine workers who will bring to the people a message that will onspire them to better things.  I can send her to you about October 1-2.

Terms Entertainment offering at the public meetings/ I hope that will be able to arrange for her.  She will address the schools, hold afternoon meetings and give an address one evening and a recital the other.  For the r recital it is desired that you secure several selections of musci to intersperse with her readings.  She is fine in this work haveing refused offers for the Chautauqua work to do the work for the W.C.T.U.

Please let me hear from you at once if possible for the time is short.

Your lovingly,

Mary E. Dobbs


[Page 33 1910-1918]


If Not Delivered In 5 Days Return To

Miss Mary E. Dobbs
Corresponding Sec’y Kans. W.C.T.U.
1904 Fairmont Avenue
Wichita, Kansas

Mrs. Alice Blood
Towanda, Kansas


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“Go Forward.  The Battle is the Lord’s.  He Will Give Us the Victory.”

Kansas Woman’s Christian Temperance Union

Office of Corresponding Secretary
3062 E. Douglas
Wichita, Kansas 9/25, 1916

My dear Mrs. Gephart:

I have been anxiously waituing to hear from you concerning date for Miss Atchison.  I am sure that you will want her but without word from you cannot depand on a date there.  Plwase let me know at once that I may make the plans for her work.

I offered you the time October 1-2.  Please let me know by return mail if you will arrange for those dates.

Yours for success,

Mary E. Dobbs

Dear Miss Dobbs.

Someone has not been accurate, (the crying need of the age).  I will return this and hope to hear from you.  Please send 100 of the small blotters, we are hoping to do something.

Yours for work Mrs. Alice Blood.


[Page 35 1910-1918]

Syracuse, Kans.
Sept. 28, 1916

Miss Mary E. Dobbs,

Wichita, Kans.

Dear Miss Dobbs:-

I received your letter and literature a few days ago and I thank you very much.  I am enclosing stamps for postage.  I will try and see what we can do.

Yours Sincerely,

Mrs. Clara Mills


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Canton, Kansas
Sept. 28, 1916

From the enclosed letter, I seem to have received some one else letter and they have the one intended for me.  I do not know whether your letter to me stated you were sending Miss Atchison or asking if we could arrange anything different than that which I wrote you in my first letter.

I had hoped that I might see you at Marion yesterday at Fourth District Convention and then I could


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talk to you and see if you really considered it best to organize.  I would rather not have a organization that to have a poor one and yet we might do much good but I shall see you at State W.C.T.U. and after we thoroughly discuss conditions, we shall be able to decide.

Miss Atchison knows what a problem caution is and no ministers to support us.

Very Sincerely

Levina Gephart


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The Westhafer Evangelistic Campaign
Methodist Episcopal Church
Beginning October 15th, 1916

Rev. E.B. Westhafer - - - Evangelist

Moundridge, Kansas Sept. 29, 1916

Miss Mary E. Dobbs

Wichita, Kans.,

Dear Miss Dobbs:

It has been very inconvenient for me to push a W.C.T.U. campaign but I have done what I could.  No one is very enthusiastic since they have failed to make good in organizations here before.

Mr. Gunckel and I are very anxious to see the organization started but we cannot do it all, being new people here.  Now if you think best to have Miss Atchison come Oct 3 & 4, I shall arrange for her entertainment, the places to speak and publicity but I really believe that it would be better to have her come at some later date because there is


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so much being pushed for that week, then the only way we have of announcing a thing is thro our weekly which comes out on Thurs., too late to announce it this week.

It would be better to have her come on Thurs and Friday of some week rather than Tues & Wed. since Wed is prayer meeting night and none of the people we want in the organization would be able to come.

I am sending your kerchief which one of the ladies had taken home by mistake.  Sorry that this did not reach you sooner but it was hard to get people to express themselves.

Very sincerely yours,

Mrs. Z.W. Gunckel


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Lewis, Kans.

Dear Miss Dobbs:-

Am in receipt of your letter of recent date and will say that we will be glad to have them come to us on those dates if it cannot us well be a day later.  We would rather have them on Monday and Tuesday than Sunday and Monday. Our Pastor has already arranged for a Missionary Society Organization to speak from his pulpit on the morning of the 8th so of course does not want to give up his pulpit for both services and as


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the M.E. church is the largest and all the members of the W.C.T.U. are Methodists we feel like we have to mother our Temperance meetings. However on Monday night she could speak at the school house. The assembly room is large and that is where we have our Lecture Course.  We have a train from the west at 1:30 which would give the afternoon to speak at the school house and a train out at 9:30 p.m. to Kinsley to double back on no. 12 a fast train to Hutch or no. 10 at 6:30 a.m. to Hutch.  Of course I know that this


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Convention convenes on Tuesday evening but the opening exercises will not be so important.  If we could have them for a mass meeting on Monday night or an afternoon address say 3:00 p.m., Monday at the Baptist church then a mass meeting at night at the M. E. church then they could address the school on Tuesday morning at 10 o’clock then leave for Hutch on Jerky at 1:30.  Now if these dates do not suit you I don’t


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know anything else to do.  The Christian Church begins their revival on the 8th so we can’t count on much on their cooperation.  Their Pastor suggested that we have our mass meeting at 7 oclock so that they could attend and he would see that it was announced in their church.  So these are the very best terms we can make.

Respectfully awaiting.

I am yours,

Mandi Hoffman


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P.S. I was afraid I had jumbled things it always takes so many words for me to say nothing in that I am rewriting our dates.  Get to Lewis Monday at 1:30 speak at the Baptist church at 3:00 oclock at the M.E. church at 7 oclock evening address school at 10 oclock Tuesday morning leave on the “Jerky” at 1:30 for Hutchison Tuesday afternoon.



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707 West 8th Street
Coffeyville, Kan.

Dear Miss Dobbs:-

Mrs. Nurse wished me to write you at once that [XXXXX] to the fact that our Schoville Revival has been again postponed and will not begin until the 4th of October which will bring the close up very close to Thanks-


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giving week we are afraid to say definitely that we can take Dr. Drake before the first week in December.  This is County Fair week & we have our rest tent and are very busy entertaining a large number of guests.  Over 300 have registered with us during the ten days the fair has been running.  Yesterday we co-operated with the Culture Club in their “Women’s Home Companion –Baby Health contest” and were able to give them considerable help. 

Mrs. Nurse says we will get the Rest Room cards in a short time, as soon as the finances can be taken care of.  We are glad to see that


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Atty General Brewster & Co Atty Ise are starting things moving regarding the “Temp Brew.”


Jenne B. Geer

Sept 28, 1916


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[Sept 29, 1916]

Drs. Mundell & Mundell

522 Rorabaugh-Wiley Building

Phones: Office 2853W. Res.52853R

Hutchinson, Kansas

Miss Mary E. Dobbs

Wichita, Kansas,

Dear Miss Dobbs: Mrs. Gleadall our local president is quite ill at her home and she asked me to write you in regard to Miss Zoe Atchison come to us the first of next week to help us get the children and young people ready for the convention.  Mrs. Mitchner said the state would pay her expenses and we would like for her to come by Tues. evening if she may.


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If you will arrange that date for her to come we will be very pleased.  We are hoping to have a splendid convention.  Mrs. Gleadall is under my care and I am doing my best to get her over her illness as she frets considerably because there is so much to do right at the last.

Hoping to see you soon I am

very respectfully,

Dr. Etta Mundell


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Halstead Sept 30-16

Dear Miss Dobbs,

We had a meeting of our Union yesterday & I read your request for Miss Zoe Atchison & the decision was that we could not plan for a meeting for her at present.  I was sorry for we do need a Y.P. Branch here.

Have you blanks for credentials & will you please send me a few.




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Kiawa Ks. Oct 20 -16

Dear Mary,

Am having a good trip at Cold Water we took in one of the leading women as memb. out in the country union where Eunice Hunt is Pres.  We took in 3 memb. 3 [XXX], & 12 white ribbon recruits. I find here at Kiawa a dead org. Talked with ours a [XX]. Lancaster & others.  They think what they need is a good worker then organize new.  Some here would not work with Mrs. Eqbert.  did not ask reason.  She is now in K.C. wish you could send Mrs. Drake & Miss Sue Carmine here.  I am well.  no meeting last night.  None tonight.  But am doing work in daytime.  In haste Mary Gibbitt

Write Miss Lancaster here.


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Mr. Clarence Barnhart
Hutchinson, Kansas.

Dear Friend:

Your letter at hand asking that I arrange for Miss McCormick to come to your Branch for eight days beginning Nov 3rd.  I will so arrange.  However it will cost the branch $15 and expenses that is entertainment for her time.

I am delighted to know of the fine branch there and hope that you will be most successful in the putting on of this play and make a great financial success as well as build up the branch and the cause.

Let me hear at once if these terms are accepted and I will arrange for Miss McCormick to be with you.  Will you also send me a list of the officers of the branch.  I have as yet only received the name of the president.

Yours for the best interests of the Y.P.B.

Cor. Sec Kansas W.C.T.U.


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801 B West,
Hutchinson, Kansas
Oct. 17, 1916

Miss Mary E. Dobbs,

Douglas, Kansas

Dear Madam:-  As you may know we have organized a Y.P.B. in Hutchinson having 62 members.  We would like to have Miss McCormick come to Hutchinson November 3 and stay here eight days to help us put on a play.  We expect to clear $100 from this play.  It depends upon you whether we are going to make a success and are going to have money and plenty of it in the treasury to use.  We want to make this a strong Y.P.B. so please let Miss McCormick come from Nov.3 to Nov. 11, just eight days and a great deal depends upon her coming.  I am

Yours respectfully for a strong Y.P.B.

Clarence Barnhart

P.S. Don’t forget and let us have Miss McCormick.  Please let me know immediately.


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Ft. Scott, Kans
Oct 24th 1916

Dear Miss Dobbs,

I enclose a letter from Mrs. L.E. Hudson. You know in executive I told the ladies I was not well enough yet to do this work.  I am some better and wrote Mrs. Hudson I would come for the 2nd Nov. as I promised them last summers.

I have no idea as to any duties as lecturer and very badly need instruction from you.  Could I go and fill this one engagement and not go any more until after National?

I feel that is about all I could do until after that time if possible.

I hate dear girl to trouble you with another letter so soon, but had to


Ladie Simonton


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My dear Mrs. Simonton:

I am always glad to hear from you so do not hesitate to write to me whenever you want to.  In regard to the matter in hand you can go to Olathe on the regular terms and need not go any other place until after National.  I am getting the trip for National all arranged in good shape and with the least possible expense.

I hope that Mrs. Meade will decide to go with us.

We will have a great time.



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Mrs. Margaret Peck Hill

Baltimore, Md.

Dear Sister:

Your letter at hand and I have been asked to answer you.  Will you kindly send me references and testimonials of your work that we may know what is the best thing to do.  We need such work if you are the one we want.  We are making a beginning of the work among the colored people and hope to extend it this year.  Please write me fully of the work which you have done and want to do.

I hope to see you if you are at National for I expect to be there myself.

Yours very truly,


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Lecompton, Kansas

Oct. 26- 1916

We did not elect officers in Aug. the names of old officers are

Mrs. Winnie Sehon Pres.
Mrs. G.M. Hood Vice Pres.
Mary E. Chesney Sec
NONE- Treas.

Resp. yours –

Mary E, Chesney


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Lecompton, Kans Oct 26 5pm 1916 [Postmarked Envelope]

Mary E Dobbs
Wichita, Kans


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Nov, 1st 1916

My Dear Miss Dobbs,

In the report from Pleasant View union of Beloit Kans. please change the corresponding sec. and the treas. names to read respectively

Mrs. Lettie Cooke, V.S.R.

Mrs. Ethel Springer V.S.R. both addressed Beloit.  Those whose names were sent find it impossible to work this year.

Yours truly

Mrs. Lettie Cooke.

Beloit, Kans.



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Asherville, Kansas Nov 1 6pm 1916 [Postmarked Envelope]

Miss Mary E Dobbs

3062 E. Douglas

Wichita, Kans.


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Olathe Oct 30-16

Mary I have just word from Prairie Center they will take Mrs. Sibbitt Nov. 12. They want you to write them where to meet her Gardner dont you think I hope to hear from DeSoto will let you know soon without any delay.


L.E. Hudson


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Olathe, Kans Oct 30 2-30pm 1916 [Postmarked Postcard]

Miss Mary Dobbs

3062 E. Douglas

Wichita, Kans


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11/6, 1916

Dear Mrs. Sanders:

Would you like to have Dr. Drake in your county for a week or two after the National convention.  She has done such splendid work in Southwestern Kansas that I am sure that you will be benefitted by her work.

She is a worker that brings the work before the public in such a way that it is magnified before them.  S e always reaches the very best people and puts them on record for the work

The terms on which we will arrange for her will be entertainment and offering at the public meetings.  For the sake of the work in your county I hope that you will plan for her.

Let me hear fro you at once. I enclose a folder telling of her and her work.  She is great.  We have had no worker in the state who has done us better service.

I hope that we will be able to report next year that the work in the eastern counties has grown by leaps and bounds.  I shall do all in my power to bring this about.

I know how youe heart is in the work and how you are working to make it succeed so I am making this effort for you. 

Yours for the work,

Miss McCormick will be with her and together they do magnificent work.


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Shelter House and Sunken Gardens,

Swope Park, Kansas City, Mo. [Picture Postcard Front Side]


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Mrs. L.E. Hudson
Olathe, Kans –
108 Poplar St.

Dear Mrs. Hudson-

At our Union yesterday we arranged to have a parlor meeting for Mrs. Sibbitt Mon. p.m. Nov. 13 p.m. 2 oclock at Mrs. Watson’s in town.  Thought that would be more satisfactory than a night meeting as D is so hard to turn out to those kind of meetings. Has she [XXX] appointment for Mon: night at 5:00 if so she could go on plug west.


Mabel [XXXXXX]


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“Remember the Sabbath Day to keep it Holy”

Kansas Women’s Temperance Union
Sabbath Observance Department
Mrs. L.E. Hudson, State Superintendent
Olathe, Kansas Nov. 6-16

Dear Mary-

Enclosed please find card from De Soto.  Can you arrange for the afternoon meeting for Mrs. Sibbitt 13th if so pleas do, they need her help badly.  Mrs. Simonton’s visit to us was great.  We secured 4 meetings and at Lenexa 8 and we will have her as she returns in this co. if she is able.  She is wonderful.  I know you will be glad to know that my S.O. report to National Supt was the best all round report and won for the State the pennant again also the best press report $10 in gold isnt that fine.  I will send my questions


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for [XXXXX] in a few days.  I have had so much in politics & must serve tomorrow at precinct.

With love L.E. Hudson


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Oberlin, Kansas
Nov. 10th, 1916

Dear Miss Dobbs,

I am [XXX] this are to [XXXXXX] your card [XXXX].  I [XXXXXXXX] I would send you the names so you could get them sooner.  The Pres. of the Oberlin Union is Mrs. Ella Ireland the Treas. Mrs. Julia Bobbitt the Co. Sec. Mrs. Elfa Clielson

Yours truly,

Mrs. G.F. Griggs


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Oberlin, Kans. Nov 10 530pm1916 [Postmarked Postcard]

Mary E. Dobbs
Wichita, Kansas


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Newton, Ks

Miss Mary Dobbs

Wichita, Kans-

Dear Co Worker – We the Newton W.C.T.U. plan on Miss Zoe Achison and would like to have her here Friday 6th morning early if it is possible.  We are arranging for her to give a short talk in Chapel at High School also at Bethel College and have [XXXX] hundred some what


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 in our places.  Our Methodist Epworth League had already planned a reception this Friday the 6th for the entire high school and it is to be in the Y.M.C.A. the very young people we hope to interest in Y.P.B. and we have asked them to give us 30 minutes for Miss Atchison.  Then our organization meeting must be held Sat.  Did she not send us some window cards. The Pres. asked me to mention it. I mean her advertising. 

Please let us know if possible when to expect her.

Sincerely Mrs. L.W. Jones


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Mrs. L.W. Jones
407 W Broadway

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Sitka, Kans. Nov. 8, 1916

Mary E. Dobbs

Kind Friend we did not have and election this Aug.  We still have the same officers. We have six members and I heard an other woman say she going to join the W.C.T.U.  Mrs. Sibbitt spoke in our church last Sunday morning, she is sure a fine speaker and I think her talk done some good .  We all expect to pay dues, and wear the white ribbon that is about all we can do. 

Yours truly

Mrs. Howard Randall


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Hanston, Kas.

Nov. 10th, 1916

Pres. Lizzie T. Orr
Vice Pres. Lulu Shook
Rec. Sec. Elizabeth Lingenfelder
Cor. Sec Winn Heimer
Treasur Edna Heimer


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Officers of Baxter W.C.T.U.

President Mrs. Louise Haines

Vice President Mrs. Sadie Saterlee

Recording Secretary Mrs. Rebaca Kain

Corresponding Secretary Mrs. Jennie Brester
Treasur. Mrs. Julie Dills

Flour Mishon Mrs. Margert Meeds
Mishans Mrs. Sarah Smith
Mathers Meetings Mrs. Jessie Saterlee

Sabbath Observance
Mrs. Rebeca Kain

Cristian Citizenship
Sadie Saterlee

Temperance in Sunday School
Louise Haines


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Hutchins, June 16th

Dear Miss Dobbs

Enclosed find a letter [XXXXXX], Ingalls can you tell me where to get the Law of our state –She would want all of them on Cigaretts.  I have none but the miner law but you know there is another one in regard to handling them in this state.  I wrote you the other day & spoke about a Rabeca. Pastor, I found mine we will want plenty of such things for the convention.

Will close for now – With love,


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Mrs. A.J. [XXXXX]


Will leave in the morning for my trip to Georgia

My address will be 286 P tree St



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429 Laramie

Dear Miss Dobbs:

I found no arrangements made for me at Wheaton. Mrs. Summers had forgotten about your letter until she received my card and then forgot to speak to the ministers about it after.  However she was perfectly lovely to me and entertained me delightfully and in spite of the storm I got out and called on about 7 women and the minister and he will


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arrange a meeting for me at a later date.  I received a card from Fostoria saying they could not have a meeting at this time.  A letter from Rev. J.L. Mitchell of Olsberg saying they could not do anything until after conference.  I called up Mrs. Gretzmacher and asked her about holding a county institute while I was in the county she said she presented the matter to Westmoreland union and they voted not to have one.  I find it so hard to get


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these co officers to realize that their local unions do not control the county, the idea of 6 women in a local union voting to not hold a county institute.

I tried to persuade Mrs. Gretzmacher to attend State Executive.  She is a bright little woman and her pastor tells me when she tries she can make anything to she wants to.  She has no family and has a car which she can drive.  She only needs to get the

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the vision.  I inclose a picture of myself, I think you can get the cut there better than I can  here and deduct the cost from my check.  My folks are always glad to see me come home.  Mr. Parker is getting along all right but will have to go to the hospital once more. The surgeon is trying to improve the looks of his mouth after the operation I don’t feel that he is succeeding but I shall be thankful if there is no return of the cancer.  Will fill out report of work at Wheaton later-


Nellie E. Parker


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429 Laramie
Manhattan Kan
Apr. 30. 1917

Dear Miss Dobbs

At last I begin to feel that I am getting well altho I am not very strong yet.  I do not have much pain in my arm and shoulder any more just a sort of [XXXXX] feeling.  I was with the daughter of a recently deceased friend when your letter came regarding Miss Kearney and could not answer as the girl was hurt and her only sister killed in an auto collision and my hands and heart were full.


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but Mrs. Houglin told me she had written.  I want to take Miss Kearney to Riley for the 14.  They tell me here the Anti-Saloon league will have a speaker in each church in Manhattan next month and I note they expect to reach 300 points in Kan it looks as tho there would be no place for our workers for awhile.  they are taking their last pledge a 5 yr pledge and no doubt are raising thousands of dollars.  I fear there will be few pennie left for the W.C.T.U.


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I got a fine report from the Pres of the Okita Union they now have 15 members meet every two weeks.  Their city elected an entire woman’s ticket this spring and the treas. and clerk are women. I think nearly every member is a W.C.T.U. woman.  I will enclose a few letters I have received from my worker where I’ve been showing conditions better than I can tell you.  Can we have a cut of Miss Kearney.  We are going to advertise her big.  I enclose report of my last days of work.


Nellie E. Parker


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Mrs. DeWalt wrote me and said she and Mrs. Kramer went to Axtell but could find no one to take the presidency. Said Mrs. Armstrong felt very much disappointed and Mrs. DeWalt said she believed they might have succeeded but for Mrs. Knipe the M.E. pastors wife, who discouraged everything suggested.  I found her not very enthusiastic tho, she signed her name but protestingly.


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429 Laramie
Manhattan, KS

May 29/17

Dear Miss Dobbs,

I have been thinking for a month or two I would hear from you.  I wrote you asking for Miss Kearney for institute and as I got no reply assumed I could have her and arranged accordingly and we had a fine institute, every union represented with 6 to 7 members.  Miss Kearney gave us a magnificent


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address there and here we had 40 at our institute in the morning the church full in the evening.  Mrs. Grimes writes me she met with the Hanover ladies the 11 of May and organized a union.  Morrow union has never been so active as now.  They had a fine co institute at Haddam in April so I feel that my seed sowing was not all in vain.  When I left Pottawattomie Co I had arranged to go back to Wheaton and Havensville


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what do you think about it.  I haven’t felt able to do any field work until recently I begin to feel stronger and some stirrings in that line now.

The pastors wife at Havensville seemed much interested but I do not know if they were returned there.  I want to attend the Anti Saloon L. Con. in Topeka the 18 and hope to see you there.


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Our county is taking up work for the Red Cross and will see to the comfort bags and housewife work as requested. Would like to hear from you.

Sincerely yours,

Nellie E. Parker


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429 Laramie
Manhattan, KS 9-25/17

Miss Mary Dobbs

Dear Miss Dobbs,

I am going to Louisville tomorrow tho I doubt if any date is made.   I was to go to Wamego today but they cancelled the date.

Mrs. Clark has routed me over the same ground I was over last spring but I much fear she is doing it all herself without consulting the people.  However I will do the best


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I can I am to be at Wheaton the 30th and at Broderick. Laclede Rolling
Prairie, West Moreland, between tomorrow and then.  Mrs. Clark spoke of going over into Jackson County but I think she hardly knew what she wants done.  I hate to start with no more head to the work.  have hoped to hear from you before I left.


N.E. Parker


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April 23, 1918.

Dr. Lydia De Vilbis,

State House,

Topeka, Kansas.

Dear Dr. De Vilbis,

I am enclosing in this a list of additional names to whom you may send the Weighing and Measuring letter and pamphlets.

Yours very truly,

Cor. Sec. Kansas W.C.T.U.


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At the official Board meeting of The Womans Christian Temperance Union of Kansas
inaugurated a financial campaign for 25000 for it patriotic and war activities to be used for the purposes listed below.

This sum has been appropriated to the various counties of the state.


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April 25, 1918.

Mr. W.H. Eisle,
Deming, New Mexico.

Dear Sir:

Your letter at hand with $1. enclosed for the monument for Carry Nation.  We thank you for the same and are glad to record your name among the donors. 

I am wondering at what point in Kansas you were born as this is a matter of historical interest to all of us.

Yours very truly,

Cor. Sec. Kansas W.C.T.U.


[Page 95 1910-1918]


The campaign has the [XXXXXX]

The approval of the State committee Council of Defense is [XXXXX] by the these letter.


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My dear Mrs. Pollock:

Your letter received and I filled the order as soon as possible.  I have not had time to tell you about the questions before.


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Mr. F.L. Pinet
Topeka, Kansas.

Dear Sir,

At the request of Mrs. Mitchner I am sending you some copy for the work that you were to place in the August number of the Kansas Teacher for the program for the Frances F. Willard Program in the public schools.  Not knowing how much material Mrs. Mitchner has sent you or what instructions I am sending you some that I had that fitted the program and if you have the same in the material that she has sent you you need not use this.  The typewritten article Early factors in Kansas Prohibition history, Mrs Mitchner asked me to prepare for the program.  I have done so and am sending the copy to you in this.

Mrs Mitchner also asked me to tell you how many copies to print to be sent out from Mr Ross office I judge that 8000 copies will be enough.  If she decided that more are needed she will let you know.

Yours very truly,

7/1, 1918


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Council of Defense and is endorsed by the Council of Defense in its war program and its campaign for funds for patriotic work.

It has contributed to the fund for Ambulances, stereo-motorgraphs, and Field Kitchens.

It co-operates with the Y.W.C.A. and Y.M.C.A. in definite work at Camp Funston and For Riley.  It established the Girls Industrial School and secured the legislation necessary to make it a state institution.


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One of the mist potent factors in the civilization and education of the pioneer in the early history of Kansas was the Independent order for Good Templars.  The records of the early history of the Order are incomplete, so much so, that statistics for at least, the first five years, can be given only at a venture.  There is no record of the first lodge organized, but so far as can be learned, it was about 1858 at Topeka.  Following this came the organization of other lodges, and the interest grew until the grand lodge of Kansas was organized in the city of Topeka, September 26, 1860, by Samuel F. Burdette.  From this small beginning the work was carried forward and the work of temperance reform was begun in earnest.  To say that it was needed is unnecessary, because all know that in the opening of a new country among the first to come is the saloon-keeper.

The record from this time until 1865 is incomplete, although sessions of the grand lodge were held regularly workers were in the field and the work of agitation and organization was carried forward vigorously.

Among the pioneer of Good Templary in Kansas and in its list of faithful, consecrated workers appear the names of S.F. Burdette and Mrs. Burdette, G.W. Paddock, L.R. Adams, J.R. Detwiler, H.N. Elliott, J.B. Campbell, L.W. Burbank, L. Brown, N.A. Wood, P.F. Loofbourrow, J.J. Buck, James A. Troutman, D.T. Bradford, G.S. Evarts, James Grimes, Amanda M. Way, Ada H. Peck, S.A. Frazier, D.C. Beach, Clara T. Beach, E.B. Crew, George E. Lillie, Joseph E. Culver, R.K. McCartney, A.N. See, Rosa Blanchard, B.B. Smyth, Major C.A. Bateman, and others. Among these mist active in the work of organization, perhaps, were Major D.A. Bateman, J.B. Campbell, and George E. Lillie.  From the seed planted by S.F. Burdette, Good Templary grew until, in 1879 there were 207 lodges, in which were over 7,000 members.


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To the State Superintendent of Public Instruction:

At the National W.C.T.U. convention in Washington, D.C., December, 1917, it was voted that “special effort be made to secure the endorsement of state superintendents or public instruction for the holding of medal contests in the public schools and at teachers institutes, and that the general officers of state unions co-operate in this effort”.  It is earnestly desired that this plan be carried out in each state.

It is hoped too that there may be included in this endorsement a recommendation that credits for oratory be given, as this would doubtless stimulate students to make greater and more persistent effort to excel in the entire series of contests.

Thirty thousand contestants have spoken yearly during the last twenty-two years on total abstinence and prohibition, and much of the prohibition sentiment of today has been created by the work of this department.  The Reciters also carry selections of patriotism and moral questions pertinent to the times.

The department has the endorsement of many well known educators and lecturers.  Teachers say they have found the work very beneficial.  One writes as follows:  “It strengthens the memory, overcomes timidity, improves the public appearance, gives poise and grace to the bearing, the reasoning powers are brought into play and the whole mentality strengthened.  Then too the contestant is learning to hate the saloon and its evil influences.  We quote the following from a state superintendent of education:

“I desire to heartily endorse the plan of Medal Contests, which has been established by the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union.  I cannot see how the plan could possibly be a detriment to school work, but can see where great good could come, not only to the pupils in the public schools and those taking part in these contests, but in cultivation a sentiment in favor of temperance.  Our schools give credit to contestants for work in oratory.”

The cultural value alone is worth the effort.  Young people should begin early to avail themselves of every opportunity to speak in public.  They will find it one of the greatest helps in their future career, whether it be in business or professional life.

The medal contest department hopes for a great campaign this year.  We are convinced it will mean much to our cause.  Arrange in every school where possible to do so, for a series of contests from silver to grand diamond, or have several schools go together for a series.  It will create enthusiasm, build up public sentiment and aid in the campaign for Ratification of National Prohibition.  Send to address below for catalogue and all necessary helps.


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Kansas Woman’s Christian Temperance Union

Office of Corresponding Secretary
3062 East Douglas
Wichita, Kansas, 1918

Early Factors In Kansas Prohibition History
(Covering a period from 1856-1902)

The early history of the temperance reform dates back as early as 1856 with the first agitation in Topeka which culminated in a popular raid on the saloons of the city in 1857 in which several thousand dollars worth of liquors were destroyed.

in 1858 the first lodge of the Independent order of Good Templars was organized in Topeka, Other lodges were organized and the interest grew until September 1860 the Grand Lodge of Kansas was organized by Samuel F. Burdette.  From this small beginning the work was carried forward and the temperance reform begun in earnest.  The records from this time until 1865 is incomplete although sessions of the Grand Lodge were held regularly, workers in the field and the work of agitation and organization was carried forward vigorously.

Among the pioneers of Good Templary in Kansas and in the list of faithful and consecrated workers appear the names of


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the people of a constitutional amendment forever prohibiting the manufacture and sale of intoxicating liquors, except for medical, scientific and mechanical purposes.  This secured a large list of names and was presented to the legislature in 1879.  This legislature took action and submitted such an amendment to the people.

In September of this year 1879 The Kansas Woman’s Christian Temperance Union was organized.  For three successive years prior to the annual meetings were held in Bismark Grove near Lawrence.   Little record of the date was kept in those early days, so intense was the interest and strenuous the times; therefore it is not possible to give credit to all the noble pioneers of this work in Kansas.

Miss Amanda M Way of Pleasanton, Mrs. M.B. Smith of Topeka, and Druisilla Wilson- the Quaker preacher- of Lawrence by their strong personality and ability were among the leaders of the White Ribbon army in Kansas.  During the campaign for the prohibitory amendment of 1879-80, Mrs. Wilson, accompanied by her husband, traveled over 3000 miles by carriage and held over 300 public meeting in churches and schoolhouses.

Mrs. Wilson served three years as president of the W.C.T.U.  Mrs. L.B. Fields followed of Leavenworth followed serving two years acceptably.  Mrs. Fanny H. Rastall, of Burlingame a woman of excellent judgemant and executive ability was her successor and served seven years.  During the forty years of the history of the Kansas Woman’s Christian Temperance Union, it has had but ten presidents, viz., Mrs. M.B. Smith, Mrs. Dusilla Wilson, of Lawrence, Mrs. Laura B Fields, Leavenworth, Mrs. Fannie H. Rastall,


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 Burlingame, Mrs. Sophia W Grubb, Chanute, Mrs. Lurenda B Smithy, Ottawa, Mrs. Ella W. Brown, Holton; Mrs Elizabeth Hutchinson, Hutchinson, Mrs Lillian Mitchner, Beloit.

The W.C.T.U. was an important factor and acknowledged factor in creating the public sentiment necessary for securing the passage of the prohibitory amendment and the law making compulsory, scientific temperance instruction in the public schools.  It was a potent factor in the following years in strengthening the sentiment necessary for the enforcement of the law and at times was the real power that made the law effective through its education and agitation.

Indelibly linked with the work of the W.C.T.U. are such names as Olive P. Bray, Rev. Eugenia F StJohn, Martia Berry, A.L. Slosson, Laura M. Johns, S.A. Thurston, Edith Hill Booker, Mary Sibbitt, Minnie Johnson Grinstead, Mrs. Sena Hartzell Wallace, Mrs. M.E. Hewett, Mrs. Fannie Holsinger, and scores of others just as worthy.

In the autumn following the submission of the amendment in 1879, the Kansas Temperance Union was formed and on October 30 of that year was duly incorporated and the following names appeared in the charter; John P. StJohn, Albert Griffin, J.H. Price, A.M. Richardson, J.S. Wilson, Amanda M. Way, W.A. Harris, and D. and D. Shelton.  The object of the union was for the promotion of the temperance cause and the secure the adoption of the prohibitory amendment.  After the great victory in November 1880 when the amendment was ratified by a popular vote 7,837 majority the Union was continued for educational and


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law enforcement purposes, and maintained its organization until 1917, when it was merged into the Kansas Anti-Saloon League of America with which it has been an affiliated  branch since 1898.

The following is a full list of those who have served as presidents; Ex Gov John P StJohn; Colonel A.B. Campbell, Rev. Bernard Kelly, Dr. F.S. McCabe, Judge N.C. McFarland, James A. Troutman, Dr. D.C. Milner; Hon J.B. McAfee; Rev. R. Wake, Hon A.H. Vance; Dr. J.H. Lockwood, James Willis Gleed, Judge T.F. Garver, Hon F.B. Coburn;

The efforts of the Union produced a telling effect, and from 1887 to 1890 Prohibition reached its high water mark of enforcement and popularity.  This was followed by the political upheaval of 1890 and the people engrossed in other matters lost interest in the work and the apathy resulted in laxity of law enforcement.  During the years from 1896 to 1902 through the earnest and united efforts of such workers as James W. Gleed, James A. Troutman, A.H. Vance, Rev Charles M. Sheldon, F.O. Popence, F.D. Coburn, Mrs. S.A. Thurston, Mrs. Annie L. Diggs, Thomas M Potter, Prof. W.H. Carruth, Rev. James Kerr, Rev. A.B. Hestwood, George R. Kirkpatrick, A.F. Wilcox, and hundreds of others equally devoted, the union regained its old-time prestige and exercised a powerful educational and law enforcement influence.

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ing crusade.  While her methods were not approved of by the people they brought an arrest of thought that makes Carry Nation a prominent figure in the temperance history of Kansas, just as the name of John Brown has been recognized as belonging to the sentiment makers against slavery in Kansas.

Today the names of those who stand for the Prohibitory Law are Legion the person opposing it being the exception rather for the facts contained in this I am indebted to the little volume Prohibition in Kansas by T.E, Stephens.

Mary E. Dobbs.


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Fort Leavenworth, Kansas,

October 13, 1921


1.  On Friday evening, October 21, 1921, Chaplain Frank C. Rideout, will distribute to all men who apply in uniform a Comfort Kit containing such articles as pocket scissors, thread, needles, testaments and other articles which were found so indispensable by our soldiers in war time.

Distribution will be made at the Army Y.M.C.A. at the close of the Motion Picture showing, at about 9:00 o’clock.

2.  These comfort kits are the gift of the ladies of the Kansas Christian Temperance Union to the soldiers stationed at Fort Leavenworth, and were sent to Chaplain Rideout by Mrs. Mary Sibbitt of Wichita, of the Social Service Department of that organization.  This is another expression of the public’s interest in the men who wear the nation’s uniform, and is a splendid manifestation of the good will of the people towards the Army of peace time.

By command of Brigadier General Ely:

F.L. Munson,
Executive Officer.


Alfred J. Booth



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Chateau Lake Louise
Lake Louise, Alberta

July 18/28

Dear Miss Dobbs:

I am Mrs. Chas W. Bitting of Wichita – who with my husband am taking a trip thro the Canadian Rockies and are at present at this beautiful Lake Louise and stopping at the Chateau.  A photo of which I will enclose also a view of the lake and Victoria Mt. with it wonderful glacier.  We are on our way to Alaska, with great anticipations of what is before us there.

My reason for addressing


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you is this – I have met [XXXXX] coming to this Chateau Miss Nellie J. Lewis – whose address is 126 Sterling St. Brooklyn – New York City.   I have found her a delightful conversationalist well posted on most any subject and particularly interested in prohibition, and always ready to say a good word for it whenever an opportunity presents its self.

She says Kansas is often cited as a state showing remarkable success in that [XXXX].  We Kansans know prohibition has done wonders for our state in many ways & are proud to let other states know it.

She asked me to tell what it had done for out State – altho I know much about it I had never before had that question asked me and it amazed me to know how incompetent I was to make definite statements on the subject.  She is so interested in knowing Kan. experiences that I promised to write to you asking if you would write her and tell her the many good things that have come to Kansas since the prohibition law went into effect.

Miss Lewis has traveled extensively – spent one year


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in going around the world.   Besides several European tours as entertaining in telling what she has seen in travel and experiences even more so than many professional lecturers.  Is interested in different lines of work in N.Y. City – A member of a literary club composed of literary men and their wives among whom are Editors of the N.Y. papers [XX]

If you are willing and can take the time to write Miss Lewis on the subject and send her any printed statistics.  I shall consider it a great favor to me and assure you that the information will be carried along by her where ever it will do good.

Most Sincerely – Mrs. Chas. W. Bitting

P.S. We will not return to Wichita for a year – My address up to Aug 15th will be Gen. Delivery – Vancouver, B.C.


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Mrs. Agnes Rogers               Mrs. T.E. Osborn          Mrs. Vesta Shreves
Mrs. Ella Kenyon                  Mrs. Emma Blair            Mrs. E.L. Wooster
Mrs. E.F. Bumstead              Mrs. Maude Reynolds  Mrs. Lillie Hallard
Mrs. L.E. Hudson                Mrs. Rozella Bennett    Mrs. M.L. Hoyt
Mrs. F.W. Brandt                 Mrs. W.M. Hutcheson   Mrs. Anna Fisher
Mrs. Minnie Weir                Mrs. Cornia Cox             Mrs. Coila Morrison
Mrs. Clara Morrison             Mrs. H.E. Hembling       Mrs. Essie Kelly
Mrs. Cora Kershner


Mrs. W.J. Woodburn              Mrs. Theo Saxon         Mrs. Isabel Rumbaugh
Mrs. Almeda Heller                Mrs. Elfleda Kelly      Mrs. A.B. Gillam
Mrs. N.J. Nesmith


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Kansas Woman’s Christian Temperance Union
Office of Recording Secretary
Barclay, Kansas
October, 23, 1924

Dear Mary;

So glad to hear that you are all right, and that your sister stood her outing as well as she did.  I hope it will be the means of a turning point in her condition.

I have been getting on fine with my work.  Will send in a lot of copy the last of the week.  Hope I will have a prompt reply from Mrs. Mitchner regarding the Minutes.  I wrote asking her advice on a number of points.

You asked if I had any suggestions.  Had not been thinking specifically, but did you ever eat a pretty fair meal, and yet feel that you were not quite satisfied?  that is just the way I feel about last week.  We gave so little of anything definite for the women to tale home.  Different ones expressed the same thought to me.  Wish I might be with you and Mrs. Mitchner tomorrow.  Cant you map out something definite to give out from the office direct, or thro the Messenger?  Not a great lot of things, but just a FEW, to specialize on this year.  I have been impressed so many times that we do not give people publicity to our work.  If every Union in the state would enthusiastically observe each Red Letter Day, and then have a good write-up of it in local papers, I think splendid results would follow.  People dont know we are in existence, nor what we are doing.  If they knew many times they would join or help in some way.  Had I known you would be asking for suggestions, I would have tried to have some ready.  I wrote a paper today for a friend on the subject.  “The Christian citizens and Industry” Sabbath evening I am to lead C.E. – topic “Enforce it.”  Pears are needing to be canned but they must wait till I get my copy ready.

I had a call today from Chambers, Division Passenger Agent for the S. Fe.  Gave him the list of delegates, but had to refer him to you for a few of the addresses.  Wish I was going with you.  Maybe I can next time.  Enclosed is list of delegates.  Supper is ready so must close.

Lots of love from your pal,



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Kansas Woman’s Christian Temperance Union
Office of Corresponding Secretary
3062 East Douglas
Wichita, Kansas
October 26, 1924

Dear Sister:

Congratulations on your selection as a delegate to the National Convention as a representative of Kansas.

The complete list is as follows:

Mrs. Agnes Rogers
Mrs. Edla Kenyon
Mrs. E. F. Bumstead

Mrs. L.E. Hudson
Mrs. F.W. Brandt (no)
Mrs. Minnie Weir
Mrs. Clara Morrison (no)

Mrs. T.E. Osborne
Mrs. Emma Blair
Mrs. Maude Reynolds (no)
Mrs. Rosella Bennett
Mrs. W.H. Hutcheson
Mrs. Cornie Cox
Mrs. H.E. Hembling

Mrs. Vesta Shreve
Miss L.E. Wooster
Mrs. Lillie Hellard ?
Mrs. M.L. Hoyt
Mrs. Anna Fisher
Mrs. Coila Morrison
Mrs. Essie Kelley
Mrs. Cora Kershner


Mrs. Theodore Saxon
Mrs. Elfleda Kelly
Mrs. A.B. Gillam
Mrs. Almeda Hellar
Mrs. H.J. Nesmith
Mrs. Dora Althouse
Mrs. W.J. Woodburn
Mrs. Isabel Rumbaugh
Mrs. Ella Shoemaker

Will you please let me know at once whether you are surely going so that I may notify the alternates if any one is not going who was elected as delegate.

Also tell me whether you will be entertained with friends at Chicago or whether you will want to be one of the Kansas party at the Hotel Webster where I have reservations for twenty-five Kansas women.  This will make it possible for me to know whether I shall need more room or whether I shall have too many.

Some have asked for the list of delegates so I included it in this general letter that you all may have the information.

The plan now is to all meet at the Union Station in Kansas City, Mo., the morning of the 11th, take a day coach through to Chicago, leaving Kansas City at 8:50 in the morning and reaching Chicago at 9:20 at night.  Then we would have the 12-13 to see Chicago before the convention opens the morning of the 14th.

However, if it would suit you better, we can all meet in Kansas City the evening of the 10th, Monday evening, and leave there on a night train, going out at 10:30 and reaching Chicago the morning of the 11th at 10:00 o’clock.  There will not be much difference in expense as if one comes into Kansas City on Monday and stays all night or comes in on a night train one would have hotel or Pullman fare to pay.  Which way we do will be definitely settled in a few days.  Would you rather make the trip to Chicago from Kansas City in the day time?

If we do that, then we might plan for our meals on the trip to be like our institute or convention meals.  Each one bring something and have a picnic dinner for all who do not wish to have diner service.  I think this would be a lot of fun.


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The fare is on the certificate plan- Speak to your local agent early asking him to see that he has the certificate there for you so that you can buy your ticket straight through to Chicago from your home town, but be sure that you get it to road from Kansas City to Chicago on the Santa Fe which will be our official route.  Pay full fare going, the reduced rate is on the return trip.

I will have the credential cards for you at Kansas City so that all may get them there if they wish.

Please let me hear from you quickly whether you are going, whether you want accommodations at the Hotel Webster with the Kansas party, whether you prefer to start from Kansas City Monday night or Tuesday morning, whether you think taking our lunch would be fun and any other suggestions you may have for the success of the trip/

Yours for service,

Cor. Sec., Kansas W.C.T.U.

In addition the following officers will attend:

Mrs. Lillian M. Mitchner
Miss Mary E. Dobbs and
Mrs. Emma W. Grover


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Arnold, Kans.
June 16-1926

Miss Mary Dobbs
Topeka, Kans.

My dear Miss Dobbs:

Your letter received.  I’ll try to get the Co. to send you some money or rather the State Treasurer as soon as possible.  Being off in this little town interfers with my work in the Co.

I am sending some petitions directly to you that were given to me.  I know we were instructed to send them to Mrs. Thomas,


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but I know that bill is up now so to economize time I am sending to you.  People in this community want a stronger law and want it enforced.  The sentiment is very strong against cigarets.

Yours truly

Mrs. T.W. Lennen
Co. Pres. W.T.C.U.


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Constitution of Kansas Council of Churches

Minutes of Meeting for Organization.

Provision for Advisory Delegates


Y.M.C.A.* Y.W.C.A. and W.C.T.U.

Records of 1926


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The Wichita Council of Churches
January 29, 1926

Dear Friend:

This letter goes to all those who were at Topeka January 25 or September 28, and to a number of other people whose names have been furnished me as correspondents.

Will each of you please appoint yourself as a committee of one to see that this matter is presented to your conference, synod, or other similar body at the earliest proper time and place?

For the remarkable growth of the brotherly spirit in Kansas we are all profoundly grateful.  May we go forward together in behalf of the Kingdom of God in this great commonwealth.

Yours respectfully,

Ross W. Sanderson


P.S. Additional copies of the enclosed will be furnished on request.  You will note the action taken re the W.C.T.U.


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In accordance with a letter dated January 6 by the temporary president and secretary, a meeting of representatives from fourteen denominations and a number of interdenominational bodies was held in the First Presbyterian Church of Topeka at 9:30 a.m. Monday, Jan 25.

Rev. Harrison Ray Anderson presided.  The 15th Chapter of John was read responsively.  Ten of those present led in earnest prayer, and all joined in the Lord’s Prayer.  The temporary secretary read the minutes of the last meeting together with the call for the same.  On motion by W.W. Bowman, seconded by D. O. Coe, the temporary officers were continued.

The chairman made a brief statement as to the powers of the conference, and the secretary indicated what a constitution might include.  A brief supplementary statement was made by Rev. Ralph C. McAfee, Secretary of the Kansas City Council of Churches who was present as a representative of the Federal Council of the Churches of Christ in America, complimenting the delegates on this “indigenous” movement.

The balance of the morning was given over to informal discussion.  It is impossible to report this period accurately as no stenographic record was kept.  Perhaps it would be fair to say that the following ideas were characteristic:  penitence for the wasting of denominational funds in competitive enterprises; the need of friendly counsel for community churches; the need for strengthening local situations; the necessity for conscience and fellowship rather than law in ecclesiastical relationships.  It was pointed out that many competitive home missionary churches are located in what is not really a mission field.

It was evident that the day of competition in the use of missionary funds has already passed.  The organizing of rural America was discussed. It was freely admitted that in difficult situations the representatives of one denomination are as “ornery” as those of another and no more so.  It was confessed that sufficient men of adequate caliber are not now available for the smaller churches because there really is no field for them and no adequate basis for support.  It became increasingly evident as the morning wore on that a state interdenominational clearing house was very much needed.  At the same time it was pointed out that denominational values ought to be conserved and that cooperation should neve4r be on so thin a basis as to neglect the real essentials of the Gospel Message or to force anybody to tone down his positive convictions.  It was clear to those present that one church rather than many would not necessarily be efficient or sufficient and that the dangers of over-lordism in an ecclesiastical monoply were very real.

On motion by Rev. Frederick Maier, seconded by Superintendent Gonzales, a committee of five was authorized to prepare during the noon hour a skeleton constitution and report the same at the afternoon session.  This committee consisted of District Superintendent F.E. Ryerson, Rev. Frederick Maier, Rev. F.M. Testerman, Rev. J.T. Crawford, and Secretary Frank G. Richard, with the temporary secretary serving as clerk of the committee.

It was voted to convene again at 1:30.

W.W. Bowman was delegated to take the love, prayer, and sympathy of the body to Dr. S.S. Este who was critically ill, and


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to convey to him their appreciation for the hospitality and the use of the First Presbyterian Church.

The morning session closed with prayer by Secretary Crawford in which Dr. Este was particularly remembered.

The afternoon session was opened with prayer by W.W. Bowman.  The constitution committee had been able to make only a beginning of its work, but the results so far tentatively agreed upon were presented by the clerk.  This suggested constitution was taken up seriatim and discussed clause by clause.  As finally adopted in to it is attached herewith.

It was voted that the provisions of this constitution should take effect when ten denominations shall have approved it and named their representatives in the Council.

It was voted that each denomination entering the Council should pay an initial fee of $10.00 for the first delegate to whom they are entitled and $5.00 for each additional delegate.

The representatives of the W.C.T.U. and the Anti Saloon League, present were recognized.  (See roll)

It was voted to continue the present organization until ten bodies should approve the constitution, whereupon the temporary officers should convene the Council.

A statement was made by the superintendent of the Anti Saloon League, who requested the cooperation of those present.

W.W. Bowman spoke enthusiastically of the interest of the laymen of the state in the success of the Council.

Secretary Frank G. Richard announced the Birmingham Convention of the International Council of Religious Education.

On the suggestion of the Chairman, it was recommended that the state denominational executive secretaries meet in conference, and Sup’t. Gonzales was requested to convene them.

After closing statement by the chairman, the benediction was pronounced by Dean Ludlow.

So far as the names could be secured those present were:

Re. F. Abele, Alma, Kansas, Vice President, Kansas District Evangelical Synod of North America.

Rev. Harrison Ray Anderson, Wichita, Kansas, First Presbyterian Church.

Rev. Geo T. Arnold, 609 Jackson St., Topeka, Kansas, Executive Secretary, Kansas National Missions.

Rev. M.W. Baker, Topeka, Kansas

Rev. A.L. Black, 918 Kansas Ave., Topeka, Kansas, Religious Education, Kansas Baptist Convention

Rev. L.V. Bolton, Topeka, Kansas, Colored Baptist Church.

W.W. Bowman, 1220 Taylor, Topeka, Kansas

Rev. Clark Buckner, 622 Topeka Blvd. Topeka, Kansas, First Christian Church


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Rev. Huber Burr, 713 Kansas Ave., Topeka Kansas Congregational Conference.

Rev. M.J. Burton, Topeka, (Colored Baptist pastor.)

D.O. Coe, 119 E. 6th St., Topeka, Treasurer Kansas Council of Religious Education

Rev. J.T. Crawford, 918 Kansas Ave., Topeka, General Secretary, Kansas Baptist Convention.

Rev. Anson T. Dewey, 1632 Clay St., Topeka, Presbyterian Field Representative Religious Education.

Mrs. Mary E. Furbish, 112 W. 7th St. Topeka, State Director of Religious Education, Disciples of Christ.

M.F. Gabel, Holton, Kansas

Rec. T.L. Garrison, 1208 N. 25th St., Kansas City, Kansas, President, Kansas Conference Methodist Protestant Church.

Rev. John B. Gonzales, 713 Kansas Ave., Topeka, Sup’t. Kansas Congregational Conference.

Rev. Thomas Hauck, Eudora, Kansas, Kansas District Evangelical Synod of North America.

Miss Louise M. Hersey, Topeka, Kansas, Y.W.C.A.

Rev. Alpha Ingle, 917 Fillmore, Topeka, Ass’t. to Dr. Crawford Baptist Convention

Rev. G.W. Landis, 210 N.E. Fourth St., Abilene, Kans., Presiding Elder, Abilene District Evangelical Church.

Mrs. J.B. Larimer, Topeka, Kansas

Mrs. C.H. Lerrigo, 1317 College Ave., Topeka, Kansas, Presbyterian

Dean Theodore R. Ludlow, Grace Cathedral, Topeka, Kans. Protestant Episcopal Church.

Rev. Frederick Maier, 515 S. Martinson Ave., Wichita, Chairman, Kansas National Missions, Presbyterian

Rev. B.L. Marchant, 1009 N. Wabash Ave. Wichita, New Hope Baptist Church

Rev. John A. McAfee, 1252 College Ave., Topeka, Presby. K Chairman, Christian Education, Kans. Nat’l Missions

Rev. Ralph C. McAfee, Y.M.C.A. Bldg., Kansas City, Mo. Executive Secretary, KAnsas City Council of Churches-representing Federal Council of Churches of Christ in America.

Rev. E.E. McAferty, Lawrence, Kansas, Topeka District United Brethren.

Rev. J.A. McClellan, 209 Columbian Bldg., Topeka. Sup’t. Kansas Anti-Saloon League.

Mrs. Lillian M. Mitchner, Hutchison, Kansas, President, Kansas W.C.T.U.

Rev. M.G. Munn, 916 Huntoon, Topeka, United Presbyterian Church.

Rev. P.G. Nuffr, R.F.D. No. 1, Topeka. Evangelical Church.

Rev. H.F. Richards, McPherson, Kans. Church of the Brethren.

Rev. H. Rieder, Lawrence, Kansas. Chairman, Home Mission Board, Kansas District, Evangelical Synod of North America.

Rev. A.W. Ross, Route 27, Topeka Kansas, Executive Secretary, Kansas State Baptist Convention (c)

Rev. F.E. Ryerson, Emporia, Kansas. Methodist Superintendent, Emporia District.

Ross W. Sanderson, Y.M.C.A. Bldg., Wichita. Executive Secretary, Wichita Council of Churches.

Rev. R.R. Schreiber, Topeka, Evangelical Church.

Rev. David H. Shields, 1603 Clay St., Topeka, Chairman State Board, Christian Churches

Rev. E.C. Sibberson, First Evangelical Lutheran Church, Topeka.

Mrs. Mary Sibbitt, 1545 S. Waco Ave., Wichita. W.C.T.U.

Rev. C.L. Sorg, 2512 Mersington Ave., Kansas City, Mo. Presiding Elder, Kansas City Dist. Evang. Church

Rev. F.M. Testerman, United Brethren Church, Lawrence, Kans.

Frank H. West. Kansas Y.M.C.A., 913 Kansas Ave., Topeka, Kansas.

Rev. J.E. Wilson, Topeka, Kansas.

Rev. W.H. Young, Colored Baptist Pastor, Topeka, Kansas.


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Article I – NAME.

The name of this organization shall be the Kansas Council of Churches.

Article II – PURPOSE

The purpose of this council shall be:

(1) To provide opportunity for conference and cooperative study of any or all the factors involved in the religious work of the state.

(2) To formulate plans that will enable the various denominations to cooperate more effectively in all forms of religious endeavor.

(3) To suggest through counsel and mutual agreement a Christian program for any community desiring such help.

(4) To help make possible united action in relation to moral or social issues which may arise.

In all these matters it is understood that the Council shall serve only in an advisory capacity.


The membership of the Council shall consist of such Evangelical Denominations as choose to become members according to their respective methods of actions.

Each denomination shall be entitled to one delegate, and to one additional delegate for each 20,000 members (or major fraction thereof) beyond the first 20,000.

Each denominational delegation shall be entitled to one vote.

Each denominational shall be privileged to be represented by additional advisory delegates.

Employed denominational executives not elected as delegates shall be ex-officio members of the Council without vote.

The Y.M.C.A., Y.W.C.A., W.C.T.U. and any other Christian Association who may desire it shall each be entitled to advisory delegates on the Council.


The officers of this Council shall consist of a President, three Vice-Presidents, Secretary and a Treasurer representing different denominations when possible.  These officers shall constitute and executive committee.  The term of office shall be for one year or until their successors are selected.  Vacancies may be filled temporarily by the executive committee.


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It shall be the duty of the Executive Committee to present at each annual meeting a budget for the ensuing year, and a method of raising the same.

Article V – MEETINGS

There shall be an annual meeting of the Council and such other meetings as the Executive Committee or Council may determine, the time and place of meeting to be left to the Executive Committee.


Such by-laws and principles of action may be adopted as the Council may deem best, provided that each member has been furnished with a copy of the same at least twenty days prior to the annual meeting in which they are to be presented.  Amendments to the Constitution may be made in the same way, provided also that in each case two-thirds of the members present and voting approve.


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Dear Leah:

Your letter received a few days ago.  I went to Manhattan to the meeting there and had a fine time with the county superintendents.  Met the Co Supt from your county and had quite a visit with her.

Mrs. Woodward is fine and pleased the supts very much.  I have her time almost filled just a few days not taken.  Have to fill Sundays now.

I have asked Mrs. Hembling to write you if she cannot fill the Sunday July 25th for her at Emporia and hope that you could plan a date for her that day.  I know you will enjoy her for she is so fine.  I have not heard from her so do not know what she has been able to do.   I wrote to her before I went to the meeting in Manhattan and while there.

I should very much like to see the replies from the different school heads about the resolution at Leavenworth.  Do you think it would be suitable to have them in the O.M. Would like to see your letter too.

Did you go to the Lyon County Convention? I should have enjoyed being there but could not do it.  There was no money in the treasury for expenses.  Hope you did.

I am so anxious to know about that bee in your bonnet cant you tell it to me on paper writing nothing else on that sheet.

I suppose you have had the sheet of information about State officers but to be sure that you do have I am sending another.  I do not know whether you have had this questionnaire or not, so am sending it too.  It took a long time to get to these things but when Riley and Sedgwick county wanted questionnaires I got them out for them and then sent copies to other counties.  if not to all then all will receive them.

Sorry Eugene has been ill.  Hope he is much better.  We shall be glad to have you at the park again.  I may stay on through August it is so restful and cool compared with the apartment.

Have been busy getting reports ready.  Mrs. Mitchner is running the Neostyle an folding letters etc.

I must close as the rest of the folks want to go to bed.

Lots of love,

Cor Sec. Kansas W.T.C.U.


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My Dear Miss Dobbs:-

We are sorry your letter did not reach us in time to get a reply back as you had hoped for your November paper.  Your letter reached us just short time ago as we were making ready for our Annual Convention, which is now in session at Gikuki, one of the central stations.  I am taking this first opportunity of writing a few lines about the work the W.C.T.U. is doing here, but feel quite sure that it cannot reach you before the end or Nov. or first of Dec, at the very best.  We remember you very well, and are much interested in the great work being done in the home-land to do away with all intoxicating drink.  We hear such contradictory things at this distance about Prohibition, and often see some very startling articles in the South African papers.  But we saw such a difference in conditions when we were last at home, and what they had been before Prohibition that there could be no doubt in our minds, and our prayer is that it may continue and that there may be made possible means of better inforcing that great law.

It is quite different in this country where so often man is a law into himself.  Recently however the Government has stepped in and we are beginning to see some results of law, eve in this far off country.  In atropical country where nature provides so many fruits, which so easily may be turned into strong drink it is really not to be wondered at that drinking is s common.  But one of the greatest means of providing drink to the native peoples was through the sugar cane presses which have been installed on practically all of the Portuguese farms is this part of the country.  The so-called farmers were principally beer manufactures the other farming included only enough corn, peanuts, etc. to give them permission to raise the sugar cane.  These men hire scores of native workers, most of whom receive beer in pay for their labor.  Until recently, look out when you would, you could see native women going by, carrying the demijohns of beer on their heads, transporting them to various points in the country where canteens were kept up.  But recent laws are forbidding the grinding of sugar cane for beer purposes, and there is a great stir throughout the country, and some of the so-called farmers are quite distressed, since they have been allowed to plant the cane, but are now ordered to have it all dug out.  There is no discrimination, a native cannot even raise a bit of the cane for eating, it must all be taken from the gardens.  But this is better by far than the wholesale destruction which has been carried on here tofore, and we missionaries shall indeed be happy if the day comes when we see these canteens done away with.

The cashew fruit which comes on during the hot season, though providing a blessing in some ways as food to the people during a time of great scarcity, seems to be even more of a curse since it so readily yields a very strong drink so easily procured by the natives.  Little stills are rigged up by the natives who thus make enough to satisfy themselves and their friends, and we have known years when it seemed almost impossible to secure native [XXXXXXX] labor on account of the fact that everyone is drunk.  They seem to live in a state of semi-drunkenness most of the summer time, until this cashew season is over.  The children drink to some extent, though we do often find heathen parents who do not allow the children to use strong drink.  You can imagine the results of this wholesale drinking; the fighting going on, and the necessity for the missionary to be ready with his needle for sewing up wounds made during these drunken orgies.  The natives carry huge knives which are used freely when they are drunk.  One of our heathen working men used to come to the missionary and tell him to take his knife and keep it for him, after he had been drinking, saying he


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was sure he would be tempted to kill someone if he had his knife with him.

It is hard to picture just what the drink question means in these heathen communities.  But there is a clear cut experience with natives, who are Christians, and the difference between the Christian and heathen villages is amazing.

We are thankful the W.C.T.U. at home for helping to make possible among our people here, thesending out of men to help in teaching them the awful results of strong drink.  We have had two men in different sections of the country who go about from one place to another, preaching the evils of intemperance, persuading the people to abstain, etc.  We are hoping that this work may extend, and that we may see the great ‘White Army’ as they call themselves, drive out this formidable enemy for our midst.

We thank you for all you have done for us, and we trust that we may always have your prayers.  Pliny is too busy just now to write so thought I would send along these few lines.  Give our best wished to any and all friends.

Yours sincerely,
Clara E. Keys.


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Topeka, Kans.
Dec. 28-1926

Dear Miss Dobbs:

I have yours of recent date concerning the Anti-Cigaret Campaign Plans, and in reply will say as our Union is to have an executive meeting at the house of Miss Bueker Friday evening Dec.31st.  We could discuss that with other things if you could send the literature there by that time.  Please put in a few petition forms, as I am local supt of petition work.  Miss Mary Bueker is the Anti-Cigaret Supt., and she is a good one.


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We aim to get as many of our workers there as possible and we shall be glad to have the literature at that time.

Yours with love
Anna B. Fisher

[XX] Miss Mary Bueker’s address is 813 West 6th Street


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H.H. Kimmel
McLouth, Kansas

McLouth, Dec. 29, 1926

Dear Miss Dobbs.. your letter was received several days ago and in answer will say that we will observe the day of prayer and will you please send free literature mentioned in your letter.  Also 1 doz or more copies of Anti-Cigaret law.  We used them freely 2 yrs ago and want to do so again.  We have no union at Ozawkie. 2 yrs ago I sent Petition blanks to the 2 ministers there and the result was very gratifying.  I wanted to send some there again so far I have not received the blanks.  Would like to have 8 or 10 of them.  If there are any charges on this Literature please let me know. With best wishes.

Mrs. Lydia Kimmel, McLouth


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Mont Ida, Kansas

January 2, 1927

Miss Mary Dobbs
Wichita Kansas
Dear Worker.

I received your letter of Sep. 23 as you have it, I suppose you ment Dec, 23, 1926.  You say our account $2.50.  I am sorry to say we never received the books or pins. Mrs. Kershner said she would send some song books.  I have asked others if they had received any and no one has received any here.  You sent me four Annual Reports last spring.  I was to keep one, and send you .75 for the other 3.  Did you receive the .75.  I think our Sec said she sent it to you, if not I will see about it.  If you


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will let me know.

On Dec. 30 I received your letter and petitions heads.  I will try and go out and do all I can.  We have had trouble about our papers.  The messages, as some have never received these paper dating the past year.  It seems like we don’t have time, or get together, for our W.T.C.U. meetings, seems like only three or four would come regular, we have a good numbers here in the W.C.T.U., they dont come to our meetings.  I think I am a little discouraged, so little attention is shown.  And I am so busy that I havent did as much as I would like to.  I will do what I can, remember me to Mrs. Kershner tell her we would like to see her again.  She gave us a splendid talk last fall.  Blanch [XXXXXXXX]


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Parsons Kan,

My Dear Mrs. Mitchner,

I have just came home from Pussyfoot-Johns lecture at the municipal building and some of alternate – W.C.T.U. women were their and gave me one of their papers and I am sending the piece to you and I want you ans. it and send it to me so I can have it published in our papers here and I will send him your reply now please do this right soon. Our co is getting ready for Sibbitts will be glad to have her much love.

Evelyn Waggoner


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H.H. Kimmel
McLouth, Kansas
Jan 16, 1927

Dear Mrs. Mitchner and Miss Dobbs.

I just received your letter this evening on account of the condition of the roads we have had no mail from the west for 4 days.  the drifts had to be shoveled out this morning again before we could go to church.  We have been circulating Petitions in our town went to a sale on Jan 8th and secured a lot of signatures.  had them in the 4 churches in town on Sunday.  I sent them to several country churches.  I have sent to Mrs. Thomas 259 Signatures so far and they are not all in yet.  I sent Blanks to the 2 ministers of Ozawkie.  I just got the returns this evening.  I think I had


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better send direct to you instead of Mrs. Thomas. I hope those letters will count just as much as the signatures of the individuals.  This afternoon we had a mass meeting in the Methodist Church of McLouth 4 ministers and 1 High School Professor gave fine talks, but on account of the condition of the roads in places, the attendance was not what it otherwise would have been.

Now about the money part, our Treasury is quite low at present but will try someway to send some money to Mrs. Geer soon.  we know you will do your best at Topeka.  we are sure that our representative is all right but there are so many that are all wrong.  we do hope and pray that the law will not be repealed.  very respectfully yours.

Mrs. Lydia Kimmel


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City of WaKeeney
Office of C.R. Hille, Mayor
Ralph S. Pierson, Clerk

WaKeeney, Kansas
Jan. 16, 1927

Miss Dobbs-
Wichita, Kans

Dear Miss Dobbs:  We mailed petitions to Mrs. Thomas today filled – Would you please send me a dozen of the Cigaret posters you spoke of having on hand and if there are charges for postage please send account of some with price of 4 copies of state minutes & we will send check for same-

Thank you, sincerely

Mrs. Vesta G. Dillinger
WaKeeney, Kans.


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Kansas Woman’s Christian Temperance Union
Office of Editor “Our Messenger”
Winfield, Kansas

January 17, 1927

My dear Mary:-

I received your letter Saturday and am glad to know of any encouragement on the cigaret bill question.  The bill is surely one of the uppermost topics of conversation at this time.  We secured signatures to the petitions yesterday.  I have not heard from the churches.  I suggested that Mrs. Prather urge President Kirk to send a telegram from the college officials.  One was sent Friday night from a joint meeting of the men and women of the Winfield Klan.  I was not there but it was reported to me.  One thing is certain, we are going to have need of our best efforts and all the help we can get in order to hold our law. It does seem to me a most extraordinary thing that men can be found especially men who are supposed to be qualified to act as legislators, who will spend time and people’s money even in debating on a law that they know in their inmost souls is for the good of their own boys and girls.  I am praying for the retention of this law as I never prayed for it before.  May God give us victory.

The paragraph in Our Messenger quoting Herbert Hoover I clipped from the “Adult Leader.” the Baptist teachers’ journal.  It usually has one page devoted to prohibition and cigarette items.  The magazine is published by the American Baptist Publication Society.  This item was in the January number.

We sent $100 on our budget sometime ago.  I do wish we had plenty of money.  I’m glad Topeka provides for headquarters and I hope you will find a comfortable room for yourselves.  There will be no trouble about getting plenty to eat.

Give my love to Ida and also to Stella Haines when you see her.
God Bless you and help you in the work.


Emma W. Grover

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Kansas Woman’s Temperance Union
Office of Corresponding Secretary
3062 East Douglas Ave
Wichita Kansas


Dear County President:

We were so sorry that you were not at the meeting at Ottawa.  It was such a good meeting and so much interest shown.  Next month you will get the report in O.M.  Mrs. Grover was sick and unable to attend.  Mrs. Thomas who was to send her the report found her two children sick with the measles so she could not send it in time for the April paper.

In this mail I am sending you a package of material.  You will find a sample of the Brick that is to be used in building the wall of defense at Minneapolis at the National Convention; a certificate; a membership pledge book; some membership literature; a copy of the letter sent the local presidents; and some material I took to Ottawa for the county presidents.

I hope that all the unions in your county are at work getting members so they can have a Brick (ten new paid up members) in that wall.  I hope too that they will be hold Fast unions-that is hold all the old members so there will be no loss, and if there should be that they will make up the loss and get ten more new ones.

I am also sending you a list of the prizes offered in the membership campaigns.  I hope some union in your county will gain a prize.  You will note there are county prizes too.  Will your county ty get one?

Railroad Fare.

Remember the offer of the railroad fare to be paid by the state for the county president whise county makes 200 net gain still holds good for the national convention.  Wouldn’t you like to go?  Work hard for new members and unions and urge your women to work hard and see if you cannot win out.  As the convention is to held the last week in August al dues must be in the hands of the state treasurer before the first of August in order for us to know who is entitled to the fare.

The special membership campaign ends May 8th for the BRICK demonstration so please urge the women to get their work done and send the certificates to me as soon as possible. You can count all new members between January 16 and May 8th.

I am enclosing a sheet telling of different ways of getting members.  Help your unions by suggestions.

Which county will be the first to have a brick from each of its unions?  One county president has already gained ten new members and her union has sent her name to be on a brick.  Wont you do the same and put your county on the list right away.  I am building a wall in the office and want every county in it.  Six counties are in it.

Yours for BRICKS

Mary E Dobbs, Membership Director.


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Kansas Woman’s Temperance Union
Office of Corresponding Secretary
3062 East Douglas Avenue
Wichita, Kansas

April 13-1927

Dear County President:

You who were at the meeting in Ottawa, didn’t we have a good time?  I su[pose you have been hard at work making good the plans and promises made at the meeting.

I am enclosing in this copy of the letter sent to all the unions in your county with a package of material for the membership campaign; a sheet telling of different ways of gaining new members and the prizes offered in the membership campaign.

I hope all the unions in your county are at work getting new members so they can have a BRICK in the wall.  I hope they will be HOLD FAST unions too- that is hold all the members of last year so there will be no loss and if there should be a loss that they will make it up and get ten more new members.

What union in your county will gain one of the prizes?  You will note there are county prizes too, Will your county get one?

Railroad Fare.
Remember the offer of the railroad fare to the National Convention for the president of the counties which make a net gain of 200 members will hold good.  Wouldn’t you like to go?  Work hard for new unions and members and see if you cannot win out.  As the National Convention is to be held the last week in August all dues must be in the hands of the state treasurer before the last of August in order for us to know who is entitled to the fare.  Of course the dues that are not in then must be sent in before the 20th of September.

The special membership campaign ends May 8th for the BRICK demonstration so please urge the women to get their work done and send the certificates to me as soon as possible.  You can count all members gained from January 16th to May 8th in the Brick Demonstration.

Which county will be the first to have a Brick from each of its unions?  One county president has herself already gained ten new members and her union has sent in her name to be on a brick.  Wont you do the same and put your county on the list right away?  I am building a wall in the office and want every county on it.  Seven are already in it.  When will your county be?

The Books Prohibition at Its Worst are here and I can sell then to you at $1.20.  The regular price is $1.75.  How many will you want in your county?  Let me know please.

Yours for BRICKS

Mary E Dobbs, Director of Membership.


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passed by the Official Board meetin at Ottawa Kansas March 24, 1927.


Whereas the Kansas Woman’s Christian Temperance Union has always emphasized educational work against the cigaret we declare our purpose to continue to create and arrouse public sentiment on the evils of the cigaret and to push the anti Scientific temperance instruction in the public schools.

Law Enforcement

We further declare for prompt and vigorous dealing with law breakers and for the observance and enforcement of all laws.


We further declare our purpose to win new members and enlarge the activities of the departments and thus increase the influence and poser of the Women’s Christian Union.


We hereby express our heartya appreciation for our royal entertainment in the homes of the people of Ottawa to the Baptist church for the use of their building; to the Chamber of Commerce for their generous help; to the musicians and to all others who in any way contributed to the pleasure and success of our Official Board meeting.

Com. Mrs. Essie Kelly, Mrs. Elsie Diven, Mrs. J. Hotte, General Officers.


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NATIONAL offers three prizes to the states through the Corresponding Secretary and one through the Treasurer.

Cor. Sec. of State

1.  A SILVR LOVING CUP to the secretary reporting to National the largest number of Volunteer captains with ten new paid members.

2.  WOMEN TORCH BEARERS to the secretary reporting the next largest number of volunteer captains with ten new paid members based on the 1926 membership.

To State Treasurer.

1.  $15.00 to the state treasurer who first sends in before July 1st dues for 80% of dues paying members of 1926.

THE STATE offers the following prizes.

To Local.

1.  To the union sending in first its list of two captains and the full quota of twenty new members with their dues paid.

Book – “Prohibition at its worst.”

2.  To the union which first reports all new members of last year with dues paid this year. Book “WOMEN TORCH BEARERS.”

3.  To each union that sends in two captains and two bricks (twenty new paid up members) Booklet “The World’s New Day and Alcohol.”

To the County

1.  To the / Cor Sec of the county which first has all its unions with two bricks each (Twenty new paid up members) Book “Prohibition at its Worst.”

2.  To the/Cor Sec of the county which first reports all new members in each union last year with dues paid this year.  Book “WOMEN TORCH BEARERS.”

3. To the President of the county sending in the largest number of Volunteer captains with ten new paid members. Book “ Beautiful Life for Frances Willard.”

4.  To the President of the county sending the largest perc ant of Volunteer captains with ten new paid members on basis of last years (19260 Membership, Book “WOMEN TORCH BEARERS.”

To treasurers.

5.  To the twenty county treasurers who first send in 80% of the dues for membership of 1926.  A PEARL BOW Pin.

Work hard so state, county and local can win one of these prizes.  It all depends on your local treasurer whether the treasurer win one of these prizes. 

Mary E Dobbs – Membership Director.


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Dear Trio Team

The membership campaign is on and we are delighted with the interest manifested everywhere.  At the official Board meeting at Ottawa every county president who attended promised to have at least one brick from each union in her county if possible, and we expect all county presidents who were not there to do the same.

Will you as president of the local union make an earnest effort to carry out the promise of your county president?  Each union will be provided with one coupon pledge book and samples of membership leaflets selected for use in the campaign.  We are asking you to invite the volunteer captains to meet with you and the other officers (in your home if possible) to plan for the campaign, arrang a list of names of those to be invited to join, and to district the community so there will be no overlapping.

Recruiting for service is the object of the membership campaign.  We know you will try to promote it in every way possible. We are depending you to lead, inspire, to encourage every woman in the union to be a real promoter and gain numbers.  The wall will be built when all have a mind to work.

Your general officers realize that a very important part of our plan is to hold fast the members who paid dues last year.  This can only be done by the collecting of dues of every old member. We want to fill up the breaches in the wall of defense or better still prevent the breaches being made, then the new members can count for the building of a stronger more impregnable wall.

This should be our year of preparation, to muster our forces and rally every defender to “build over against his home” for the wall of defense which we have been building for over a half a century is being viciously attacked.

Our National officers say “There are signs throughout the country of a remarkable revival of interest among the women who are assuring us that they want to count one in a protest from the womanhood of America against modification of the prohibition law. Now is the time to crystalize this interest, and the victory campaign is the method.  To visualize its success depends upon US.

Use the membership pledges and supplies and as soon as ten new paid up members have been secured, send the name of the one who is represent your union on the BRICK to me on the certificate.

Who will be the first to send in a certificate with a captains name on it?  I have six now reported.

If you need more supplies send for them.  Do not stop with one or two bricks.  Get as many as possible.  Counting on your full co-operation as we have always had we are,

Yours lovingly,

Kansas State Trio Team
Lillian M Mitchner-President
Mary E Dobbs – Cor Sec
Jennis B. Greer – Treasurer                              BE A BRICK

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1.  Get your local radio station to broadcast an invitation to all women to join the W.C.T.U.
2.  Ask the pastors of your churches to insert in the church bulletin an invitation to join the W.C.T.U.
3.  Have store window displays with an attractive invitation card on the center.
4.  Ask permission for a five minute membership appeal in the churches Sunday morning.
5. See that all members of adult bible classes have personal invitations, twice, twice repeated, to join.  Have your pledges and literature at the class and ask the teacher for a few minutes to make the appeal.
5.  Invite the public school teachers to join, have receptions for them enlist their interest and co-operation.  Use the leaflet a Call To Teachers.
6.  Appeal to daughters and granddaughters of crusaders to help perpetuate the work of their mothers and grandmothers by joining.
7.  Invite personally all the members of your missionary society belong.  Give them literature showing the work we are doing at home and abroad.
8.  Arrange for a W.C.T.U. member to give a talk at a Missionary meeting and follow with an appeal for members.
9.  Keep membership literature in waiting roome of stations and interurdan lines- in rest rooms in stores-in churches.
10.  Have four or five minute speeches made at ready made meetings like lodges, clubs, etc.
11.  Make a list of fifty people whom you will try to get into the W.C.T.U. and keep it where you can see it every day.
12.  Enlist the interest for heath reasons of every woman physician, and win her as a member.
13.  Have a series of short articles in the local papers urging the claims of the W.C.T.U. and the value of membership in it.
14.  Offer a prize of a pearl pin to the one who secures the largest number of members.

Think up ways of your won and “win them, win them, one by one.”  B a Brick in the wall of defense and get ten new members.

Mary E Dobbs, Director of Membership.

Wichita, Kansas
April 12, 1927


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Kansas Women’s Christian Temperance Union
Office of Corresponding Secretary
3062 East Douglas Avenue
Wichita, Kansas

April 20, 1927

Dear County President:

I am sending you an important report of the legislative work done by Mrs. Mitchner and myself in Topeka this last winter.  It was a worthwhile work and you will want your friends to know about it.  Can you get it into your county papers?  Will you have your county Publicity Superintendent try?

How goes the membership campaign in your county?  I have Atchison, Trego, Saline, Sedgwick, Bourbon, Harper, Labette and Leavenworth counties represented in the wall.  I am so anxious that your county have a brick.  Please encourage the unions so that they will come up with two captains and twenty members at least.  The enclosed leaflet will be helpful.  If you want more let me know.

Are you getting the teachers for members in your county?  Our Messenger would give them help in the Temperance teaching in the schools.  Wont you try to have several BRICKS of teachers names?

Have you had a county institute yet? Did you stress the department work – or are you planning to do so?  I hope you will.

Is your superintendent of PUBLICITY having material in the papers?  Some counties are doing fine work.

June 19 is temperance Sinday in the Sunday schools.  Would it be possible through your county Sunday School Association to reach all the Sunday schools of the county and have a special Temperance program at that time?  I hope that you will try; This is an important department and should be worked to the limit.

How are your unions coming up on the Standard of Excellence.  How many unions are on the Union Signal Trio Team Honor Roll, three officers taking the Union Signal.  Is your county on the Roll?  Watch our Messenger for news about the Standard of Excellence.

Will your county have 80% of the dues of last years members in before July 1st? See PRIZE offer.

UNION SIGNAL** are YOU getting it? It is reported that several county presidents are not taking the union Signal.  The constitution requires that each county president MUST BE a subscriber.  If your subscription has lapsed see at once that you are a subscriber.  IF it is possible that you have not taken it this year-please subscribe at once.  Send your subscription with $1.00 the Union Signal, Evanston, ILL.  This can be paid from the county treasury.

With the best wishes for success of your county, I am,

Yours lovingly,

Mary E Dobbs – Cor Sec Kansas W.C.T.U.


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legislative report -2-

ARETTE LAW AGAINST THE SALE OF CIGARETS TO MINORS, and against any kind of cigarette ADVERTISING appearing in newspapers and periodicals published in Kansas, and on bill boards or other advertising devices.

Among the bills for which we worked and which did not pass were the following:

(a) the Eugenic marriage bill which would have made compulsory, a physical examination with a clean bill of health before a marriage license would be secured.  This would in a large measure have prevented the marriage of the unfit and would decrease the number of criminals and defectives in the future.  The bill passed the House but was killed in the Senate.  In spite of this the bill has made good progress.

(b) The bill providing for the hospitalization for dope addicts.

(c) Physical examination for handlers of food.

Other bills for which we worked and which were passed are these:

(a) Providing for absent voters in the primary; (b) Establishing the state flag; (c) The kindergarten bill making it compulsory to provide a kindergarten when there are 25 children eligible in a district; (d) Public Health Nurses for schools of counties (e) Providing for medical inspection and treatment of school children; (f) Change in the personel of the state Board of Education; (g) Providing for regulation of dance halls outside the cities in all counties; (h) Special regulation for dance halls in Sedgwick county. (i) Providing that county prisoners may be worked on the roads; (j) Life imprisonment for third conviction for felony; (k) Prohibiting the use and cultivation of the mescal plant and the drug peyote; (l) Providing a penalty equal to that provided by the federal government for use and sale of narcotics; (m) Accepting the provisions of the Sheppard Towner Act which will give the Child Hygiene department an additional $5,000 a year.  This act had its origin in the desire of the women of the country to have the federal government co-operate with the several states in the hope of bringing about a material reduction in the infant mortality and maternal death rates.  Both were considerably higher in this country than in some of the European countries.

The law was drawn so as to permit each state to be the originator of its own plan and methods, subject only to the general supervision of the federal government for the purpose of seeing that the plans proposed by the states were reasonably to that end.

This Sheppard Towner Act was also supported by the Federation of Cubs, The Parent Teachers Association and the League of Women Voters whose representatives did splendid work for the measure.  Mis Stella Haines was the representative for the Federation of Women’s Clubs and we worked together on all measures for public welfare.

We wish to pay a tribute to Miss Haines for her splendid work as a legislator, and whose work so ably represented the women of the state.  We feel that it would be a great advantage to have more women serving in the legislature.

One of the greatest hindrances to the work while in Topeka was the fact that so many members of the legislature said when we approached them concerning bills; “my constituents have said nothing to me about this.  I do not know what they want.”

This is one of the reasons that it was necessary for us to send out approximately 2000 letters to the people at home.  The results from these letters prove to us without a doubt that a conscientious legislator want to carry out the wishes of his constituents,

We spent 63 days in the Capital City doing this work.  We feel that the work was worth while and that the legislators of the state have a better idea of the importance and value of the work and of the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union, than


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ever before.  Through this work we have answered the question so often asked, “What is the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union going to do now that we have National Prohibition?”  by showing our interest in legislation which is so largely interwoven with our department work.

In answer to the question: “what are you going to do about the cigarette law” our answer is:  “The Woman’s Christian Temperance Union believes in the observance of all law.  To this end we will do all we can to help enforce the present law, will continue the educational work in the Scientific Temperance Instruction department, emphasizing the effects of alcohol, tobacco and other narcotics on the human system through the schools and colleges and through the work in the Sunday schools, creating a sentiment against these evils which will result in a real enforcement of the law.

We wish to express our thanks to the members of the legislature who worked and voted for the right measures and for their courteous consideration of the bills we were interested in, to the people at home who made out stay in Topeka possible.  and to the Shawnee county unions who provided the legislative Headquarters and contributed so much to our comfort.

With tiny Tim we will say, “God bless us all.”

Lillian M. Mitchner
Mary E Dobbs


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130KS SC 51 3 EXA NL

Wichita, Kans Feb 14 1929






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July 9, 1929

Dear County President:

This is the month when we begin definitely to think and plan for reports for the year that they may all be in on time before September 10th.

We realize that you are busy getting ready for your county convention.  We want at this time to send through you our love and greetings to your women.

We appreciate more than we can express, your good work during the year, for we realize that you have done everything you could to make the work a success.

In the first place we urge you not to shorten the time of your convention.  Make you program interesting and helpful.  It is a meeting for reports from local unions, from county officers, and county department directors, and the election of officers for the coming year.  It should also be a time when you would decide some of the particular lines of work and would stress the coming year.  You will need to have an executive committee meeting to nominate the county directors for the new year, so they can be approved by the convention.

You have a convention but once a year and it should be a time of planning as well as reports.  We call you attention to the items on no ther page which should be discussed and plans made to bring them up before the close of the year if they are not already done.

We are distressed over the smallness of the Kansas subscriptions to the Union Signal.  In the State Minutes on page 220 you will note the “no woman is elegible to be county president unless she subscribes to the Union Signal.”  On page 223 in the State Minutes we find this ruling passed by the State Convention “every local president must be a subscriber to the Union Signal.  The subscription price may be paid from the treasury”.  Have these conditions been met in your county?  Will it not be possible for each union in your county to get one subscription for each six members?  Subscriptions for the schools, the pastors or the library will count in this.

How about the membership campaign?  In the reports sent me for the National Campaign, I have __________ New members for your county.  We offer a prize of one subscription to the Union Signal to each union which gains 25 new members during the year.  Keep on working until the first of September gaining new members for this offer.

“Give Prohibition its Chance.  The Liquor Traffic Had Its Day.”


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December 16, 1931

Mrs. Laurence K Wilson
4106 Francis St
Kansas City Kansas

Dear Mrs. Wilson:

The news of the death of your dear mother has just come to me and I am writing to express the high regard with which the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union of Kansas held your mother.

When I was first associated with the state organization she was the most efficient recording secretary.  She was always in her place and her records were so fine we all appreciated her so much. Kansas W.C.T.U. is the richer for her life and service with the organization.

We know you will miss her but she has served a long and useful life and is ready for the joyous entrance into the House “not made with hands.”  She is just away and we all can meet her in the happy beyond when our tasks in life have been finished.

The Woman’s Christian Temperance Union of Kansas sympathizes with you in your grief and commend you to the Saviour who can heal all lifes griefs.

Yours lovingly,
Cor Sec Kansas W.C.T.U.


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Entiat, Wash. Y.E.D. Ronndy
Nov. 17, 1929

Dear Mary,

I was glad to hear from you and glad to get the pictures.  Everyone looks all right to me except Edith C.  I never thought she would look like that.  Aunt Nellie was so pretty looking and her husband looks old.  How can he support an invalid wife as a farm hand?  Is this her first, last and only?  Those two E & J must have struck poor bargains at the matrimonial counter.

Sadie wrote me about your taking Jessie’s girls under your wing.  A good thing for them.

E & J were brought up too sentimental and finical.  I am glad you are starting E.M. out on natural lines.  I showed the pictures to the young folks were I board and they were reminded of one of the nicest young men they ever knew “by Mr. Kruegers picture.

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passed through Kansas.  He saw Edith C and also stopped at Marion.  He seemed worried about Edith.  Said she only wrote to him when she wanted money.  Said she wanted to keep house for him but he thought she was not able.  I wonder how E. ever can to marry him. (J)

You certainly look well and happy.  Did your convention go off all right?  Wenatchee W.C.T.U. had a Miss Aldrich speaker for federal supervision of Moving Pictures.  She wants 2 or 20 000 000 signatures.  Hope she gets them.  I presented a petition to a young girl whose company takes her to many movies.  When I explained the object she said,      “ They sure need it,” and signed quickly.

Louise and Ellen keep well and at work.  Ellen works in a laundry.  I think it is very hard.

You know Florence’s two older girls are married.  Helen has two children.  Harriett is working in the County Clerk’s office.  I believe Elton works with his father.

Did that prone to be oil territory around your [XXXXXX] house?


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Isn’t this a perfectly wonderful time to be alive?  With all this new fangled transportation I think prohibition will vindicate itself in spite of these foreigners.  I am glad to see the courts getting a better sense of their responsibility.  I wish you could visit my little school. In the evergreen forest again, but this is on a mail route so I can get out.  I am planning to go to Wenatchee, 36 miles for Thanksgiving.  We have had no snow here in the valley yet but the peaks are white since last night so we may be snowed in anytime now.  I like it here and am feeling fine.

No Sunday here – just a dance hall.  I miss services. I had such a delightful summer in W. S. much of interest. W.C.T.U. has a building with reading rooms, restrooms, audience room, dormitory with kitchen privileges, Cheap and good.  Good night.



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Harveyville Kans,
Feb. 23 19[XX]

Miss Mary E. Dobbs:

Dear Friend,

Just that I would send you the piece our Editor had in the paper this wk. describing Miss Robbin’s lecture Weds. eve she also gave a good talk last night had good crowds.  I received a card from Co. Pres. saying State Pres. was coming through this way in Apr.  I dont know, but expect we’ll take her to.

With love

Jennie Walton


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1.  A seed which means to [XXXXX].  Accede
2.  A seed which means to withdraw.  Secede
3.  A seed which means to go beyond.  Exceed
4.  A seed which means to continue.  Proceed
5.  A seed which means to retreat.  Recede
6.  A seed which means to achieve.  Succeed
7.  A seed which is always green.  Hayseed


1.  A vehicle to ride in and word that means grow old.  Cabbage
2.  A insect and the fourteenth letter of the alphabet.  Bean
3.  A vessel for cooking, the first letter of the alphabet, and a part of the foot. Potato
4.  A proposition, a month and the same proposition again. Tomato
5.  A summons, the letter “l” and a blossom.  Cauliflower
6.  What a top does and years.  Spinach
7.  A part of a Chinaman, and a word to be in the way.  Cucumber
8.  The French word for stream and a kind of wire.  Rhubarb.
9.  A word meaning to crush.  Squash
10.  What brings water from a well or a cistern, and a relative. Pumpkin
11.  A basement and a question. Celery
12.  Tramp.  Deadbeat
13.  A painful projection.  Corn
14.  A pronoun preceded and followed by a preposition. Onion
15.  A bivalve and a vegetable growth.  Oysterplant
16.  A small waste.  Leek


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Blessed are the Happiness makers

Blessed are they that remove friction,

that make the courses of life smooth,

and the intercourse of men gentle.

H.W. Beecher

The Birthday of the King.

On this holy Christmas morn,
This Birthday of the King,
Let us help to swell the chorus
Which men and Angels sing.

Let us tell of our redemption
Which the Christ Child came to bring,
As we give our heart’s best homage
To our blessed Lord and King.

And on this happy holy day
When all the earth rejoices,
When little children sing their lay
With gladsome hearts and voices,

When all the world their gifts of gold,
Or gifts of myrrh may bring-
I send you joyful greetings
On this Birthday of the King.


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Summer Bulletin
August 4, 1929

Pastor:  Leslie Miller
Morning Worship, 10:15
Hymn, Page 317, stanzas 1,2,3
Apostles Creed
Morning Prayer
Responsive Reading, P.48, Ps. 13
Gloria Patri
Scripture Reading
Solo – Roy D. Rawlings
-By the pastor
Flute Solo – G.B. Tack
Invitational hymn, 493, 1st and 3d stanzas

Director: Raybon W. Porter

Evening Worship, 8:00
Congregational Singing
Violin Solo – Mr. Padgett
Scripture Reading
Tenor Solo – Leslie Miller
Farewell Address
-- Miss Marion Conrow
Invitational Hymn

************************************************************************WEEK’S ACTIVITIES

WEDNESDAY, 8:00 P.M. Mid-week prayer meeting.  One of the most helpful and blessed prayer meetings of the year was enjoyed by a goodly crowd last Wednesday night.  Put this mid-week hour of worship on your schedule.  Help and be helped in the deeper things of religion.


THE SERVICE WHICH IS SCHEDULED FOR TONIGHT will be the farewell service for Miss Marion Conrow, our missionary.  Her host of friends will be delighted to be present to wish her God-speed in her next period of work in one of the most important educational centers of our entire missionary work, Ewa Hacktang, Seoul, Korea.  We all believe that she is going to have another wonderful and glorious six years in the service of our Master among God’s children on the other side of the world.

YOU WILL BE PLEASED TO KNOW that our people are keeping in mind their pledge paying during these summer weeks; however, we are falling considerably below our paying power.  Let each and every one do his best to keep paid up to date.  A great many people behind just a little, makes it impossible for our church Treasurer to pay current bills.

OUR CHURCH ARCHITECTS ARE BUSY on the plans for our proposed new educational building.  Let all of our members and friends keep this great enterprise in mind and in heart and in daily prayer.


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Narcotic Education Week

Last week in February

1.  Scripture lesson, Ephesians 6:10-13

2. Secure a copy of your state narcotic law and have it read at the meeting.

3.  Have some one state the facts in regard to the “Harrison Narcotic Act and Its Operation”, leaflet costs 2 cents or 20 cents a hundred.

4.  Reading by High School Student of leaflet, “Smoking and Preparation for Life Work as a High School Student Sees it”, by Harold Ziebell.  This leaflet is issued by the S.T.I. department, cost 2 cents, 45 cents per hundred.

5.  Reading, “The Gospel of Pain” by Dr. J.A. Craig of Indiana.  This wonderful address was read before the World Conference on Narcotic Education Nov. 4th, 1927 in New York.  You can secure a copy by requesting from Ida Lillian Page, 311 Seventh Street, Union City, New Jersey.  Enclose postage.

6.  Reading by local director of Miss Helen G.H. Estelle’s new leaflet, Dopeville Road.

7.  Statement of facts to be given by a W.C.T.U. member.  Use leaflet, “Tell the World That It Is Not Inherent With True Greatness to Drink or Smoke”. This leaflet prepared by National Director, cost 2 cents, 45 cents per hundred.

8.  Short talk by a doctor on narcotics.  Try to interest one of the physicians in your community to come to your meeting and give a talk to the women on the effects of narcotic drugs.

9.  Reading Facts about Mariajuana, secure leaflet from National.

10.  Give the playlet “A Pal of Paul’s”.  This needs three boys and two girls.  It introduces the American Sentinel Pledge.  This will bring a group of young people to your meeting, which means enthusiastic meeting.  This will be fine training for the “five” and in memorizing the parts they will be learning truths which will make them stronger to resist temptation.  Cost of playlet 10 cents.

All material suggested in this program can be purchased from National W.C.T.U., except the article “The Gospel of Pain”.


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Chapter 171.             Session Laws 1927

Relating to Cigarettes and other forms of tobacco.  Section 2.  It shall be unlawful for any person, company, or corporation to sell or give away to any minor under 21 years of age any cigarettes, cigars, cigarette papers, tobacco or any other such material connected with the smoking of tobacco.  And it shall be likewise unlawful for the proprietor of any place of business to permit minors under 21 years of age to frequent such place of business while in the act of using tobacco in any form.  The term “place of business” as herein used shall apply to any and all such places as shops, stores, factories, offices, theaters, recreation and dance halls, pool rooms, cafes, restaurants, hotels, lodging houses, street cars, interurban and railway passenger coaches and waiting rooms.  Section 3. Violation.  Any person who shall violate any of the provisions of the preceding section shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and upon conviction shall be fined in a sum of not less than $25 nor more than $100, or by confinement of not less than thirty (30) days nor more than ninety (90) days in the county jail, or by both such fine and imprisonment; Provided that upon the conviction of any retailer of cigarettes, of the violation of any of the provisions if this act, the judge of the district court may in addition to imposing other penalties provided herein, revoke the license of such retailer to sell cigarettes and may in addition thereto, fix a term not to exceed two years during which time said license shall not be renewed or other license issued to such retailer. (This takes place of original sec.3)

Section 11. Violation.  Any person who retails cigarettes and cigarette papers to consumers without having and possessing a valid and existing license, as herein provided, or who possessing or not possessing a license sell cigarettes or cigarette papers without paying the tax or without having the stamps duly attached and cancelled to such cigarettes or cigarette papers, as provided herein shall, upon conviction be adjusted guilty of a misdemeanor and fined not less than two hundred dollars nor more than five hundred dollars or confined in the county jail not less than thirty days nor more than six months, or both such fine and imprisonment.  If the convicted person be the holder of a license, the judge of the district court may revoke such license and may in any event enter an order making the convicted person ineligible to renew or receive a license for a period not to exceed two years from the date of conviction, and the judge of said court may, if the person convicted be an employee of a licensed dealer, revoke said dealer’s license in the same manner and for the same period of time as above provided.

Sections 18 and 19.  Cigarette advertisements and Penalty.  The supreme court ruled that these sections were unconstitutional as relating to newspaper and other interstate media of advertising.  Therefore this section of the law is void, and newspapers can lawfully advertise cigarettes.

(The whole bill contains twenty-four Sections)

3062 East Douglas
Wichita, Kansas.



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“The Lord gave the word; the women who publish the tidings are a great host”

Kansas Woman’s Christian Temperance Union
Office of Editor “Our Messenger”
Winfield, Kansas

October 8, 1930

My dear Mary:-

How I wish I could see you this afternoon and talk.  So many things I would like to talk over that I cannot take the time to write.  Of course I found a lot of mail when I got home and other things that had to be attended to, particularly the Fair that began Monday.  Sunday and Monday were real rainy days.  A lot of rain fell if you know how much that is.  But the people kept bringing in their stock etc. and according to the Courier there is a fine exhibit.  Our women have decorated our booth beautifully.  I got four tickets this year and it is making it very convenient.  On Monday Elizabeth Walker spent most of the day taking the women and helping with our display.  She came for me Tuesday morning that I might see what they had done and make suggestions.  We have a large amount of excellent literature, Youth’s Roll Call, a number of the book Alcohol and the Human Race, posters, They Shall Not Pass, which we are giving to teachers that visit the booth.  But O, the mud!  It is many a day since I saw as much and as sloppy mud.  But yesterday they put straw from where the cars stop to the building so that it was not so bad, and the sun came out and helped a great deal, and today is perfect.  I presume there is a large attendance.  I think our work is going to very valuable, for yesterday a number of women from over the district asked about how to vote.  Today I have sent down some copies of Our Messenger with instructions that special attention be called to my letter to the voters of Third District.

Mr. Knight speaks today and McGugun tomorrow.  I thought I would go and meet him face to face but I have decided that it is not worth the time since I have so many things pressing.  However, if I can go just for the time he speaks I may do so, for I should like to see him and have a few words with him.  I received a long letter from him yesterday enclosing a list of cases that Earle Knight has defended in court liquor cases, and I should like to ask him how many he has defended.

But it is specially about Our Messenger that I want to write.  I had Mr. Fiske come down on Monday.  It was too rainy for me to go out and I wanted to get it attended to.  Like us they would love to pring Our Messenger on better paper as we have often talked.  But that would mean that it must be printed on one of the smaller presses, for the Goss does not use any but news paper.  That would take off about one fourth of the space we now have and the papers would have to be folded and fastened.  As you know the extra cost would be considerable, indeed much more than the extra amount available in Our Messenger fund.  If the expressions of the women over the state are any criterion I think they are very well satisfied.  I presume every one of them would enjoy the better paper, but it is after all, the contents that are im [letter ended there]


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“The Lord gave the word; the women who publish the tidings are a great host”

Kansas Woman’s Christian Temperance Union
Office of Editor “Our Messenger”
Winfield, Kansas
February 16, 1931

My dear Mary:-

I have your letter this morning.  Glad to know where to write without sending to Wichita.  This is the first time I have had your address.  Mrs. Mitchner wrote me that she was home, that there was not enough for two for you to do and that you would look after everything well.

I presume you have learned what Winfield has done as a result of the letter I received last Thursday telling of the Sunday law bill.  I called up some of the preachers and my pastor who is president of the Ministerial Association called the preachers together that very day at one o’clock.  I told him I wanted some strong resolutions ready for the churches on Sunday.  They were unanimously in favor of that but did not wait for Sunday but immediately sent telegrams to Mr. Bloss, and Mr. Wilkins with reference to Senate bills 88 and 89.  I was delighted.  Then the churches took it up yesterday and sent telegrams or letters this morning or so that they would get them this morning.

Of course it is a scheme of the picture show people.  Judge McDermott told me yesterday that the proprietor or manager of the principal show place here talked to him for half an hour on Saturday.  I do not know, did not have time to ask him, whether it was about this bill or about a talk I had with him after Mr. Light reported that as a prelude to a show they had the one member of the Wickersham commission who definitely opposed prohibition, make a speech in agreement with his views and then had Al Smith who gave one of his tirades.  Mr. Light said “There ought to be a protest.”  I told him to start it. So I called the manager over the phone and asked him some questions.

Mr. McDermott is in Topeka today. You may see him.  He was greatly stirred over the Child Labor propositions.  I wrote Mrs. Boole about the picture show business.  Thank you for the pins.  I hope to want more.  I am receiving five new names from a number of unions.


Emma W, Grover


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A 3,000 Gain in 1931.  Rejoice and Go Forward.  The Battle is the Lord’s.  He will Give us the Victory

Kansas Woman’s Christian Temperance Union

Office of Corresponding Secretary
3062 East Douglas Avenue
Wichita, Kansas.
April 1, 1931.

Dear Sister;

The Temperance work in the Sunday School dates back to the beginning of the W.C.T.U.  It was inaugurated by Miss Frances E. Willard, and the work placed under the direction of Mrs. E.J. Hackett as chairman. 1. In 1877 the department was duly organized.  The initial plans of the department were to secure practical results in the Sunday School thru Scripture lessons illustrated by the teachings of Science and Nature by the use of total abstinence pledge including alcoholic drinks, tobacco and opium.  Second, to secure in the regular course of Bible Study, recognition of the necessity and provision for special temperance teaching.  These plans led to department Memorials in the interest of Quarterly Temperance Lessons.

The first Memorial was presented to the International Sunday School Lesson Committee in 1881.  In 1884 the International Sunday School Convention granted the repeated request for Quarterly Temperance Bible lessons.  In 1891, at Pittsburg after a passionate appeal by Miss Willard, they voted to give the then optional Quarterly Temperance a distinct place in the International Sunday School Lesson series.  Jan. 17, 1892 was the first Sunday devoted to Temperance alone in the regular lesson course.  The action of 1890 was confirmed in 1893 and sustained in 1896.  In 1899 at the International Sunday School convention at Atlanta, another memorial making a strong appeal for the continuance of the temperance lessons was made because conditions were such that suggested the possible loss of the temperance lessons.

In 1902 the National director, Mrs. Stella B. Irvine presented in person the historic memorial of the department at the Denver International Sunday School convention which resulted in an action to give the Quarterly Temperance lesson a permanent place in the lesson series.  In 1911 at the San Francisco convention, the lesson committee was asked to place 4 temperance lessons in the Graded Series.  These appeared in the graded lessons for the Junior grades.

In 1895 systematic work was begun which established the World’s Temperance Sunday in 1897.  In 1906 the second temperance


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Sunday of each year was established as Anti-Cigarette Sunday.  In 1923 the World’s Temperance lesson was made uniform for the entire Sunday School.  In addition to the work of the National director of the Department of Temperance work in the Sunday School in the W.C.T.U., splendid work was done by Dr. and Mrs. W.F. Crafts.  Mrs. Crafts was for many years the World’s Superintendent of this department.  Mrs. Zillah Foster Stevens of Illinois was another faithful helper.  In 1905 and 1907 appeals were made to the International Sunday School Association which resulted in the creation of the Temperance Department and Mrs. Zillah Foster Stevens was made the superintendent.  In 1922 acting upon a resolution offered by Mrs. Irvine the National director of Temperance work in the Sunday Schools, the convention adopted a recommendation that all present plans for Temperance and Christian Citizenship be included in the curricula for Daily Vacation Bible Schools and Community Training Schools.  In 1923 the International Sunday School Convention granted the petition for Temperance lessons in the new Group-Uniform series of International Sunday School Lessons.  These appeared in the new group-graded series for the junior department.

In 1930 the International Sunday School Association recognized the value of the W.C.T.U. work by inviting the National Director of Temperance Work in the Sunday Schools, Mrs. Willa B. Lindsley of North Carolina, Miss Winona Jewell, National secretary for the Young Peoples work, and Mrs. Flora Keyes Hanson, secretary for the children’s work, to a meeting held for the discussion of plans to provide better temperance teaching thru the Sunday school and young people’s organizations of the churches.


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August 26, 1931

Dear Mrs. Grover:

I meant to get this to you yesterday with the other material.  I am so sorry that I did not.

You have the call for the convention for this month and the bids so I know that there is much for the paper, but I just had to give the women the emphasis for the supplies.

Mrs. Mitchner is here.  Came over Monday.  We have worked on program, Plans of work, Resolutions, program for official Board and Executive meetings and now we are planning for the County Institutes which will follow the state convention during October November and early December.

Mrs. Mitchner is very much worn out.  She is just beginning to realize how very tired she is.  She says she gets more tired each day.

In my report about the funeral I did not say anything about the friends who were at the house and how the body laid in state at the home so friends might view the body.  I do not think however that is really necessary.

I go to Iola for their convention tomorrow.

Lots of love,

Cor Sec Kansas W.C.T.U.


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All aboard for Manhattan.  The people there are expecting you.  The state officers are looking for you.  A fine program has been prepared.  Look over the program and see what a fine list of speakers we have in addition to the regular work of the convention.

Come see your state college town.

We feel honored to think that we shall have the governor of the state, a congressman and a senator on our program.

See the fine list of guests we have.  Then National is sending Miss Jeanette Nichol from National Headquarters with the literature display.  You will all want to meet her.  Hon. T.A. McNeal has been a prominent figure in state of affairs for years.  He will have a worth while message for us.  State Superintendent Allen is always interesting and has the cause at heart. 

The big birthday Banquet will be a time of rejoicing.  Fifty years of Prohibition is the theme and scheme of the nights program.  We will have a Big Big Birthday cake that will do honor to the state and the cause.  Dont miss the banquet.

The [XXXXXX] “Lest We Forget” is fine.  It carries a lesson for each one.

Those of you who come on the trains be sure to get your rail road certificate.  It takes one hundred certificates signed at the convention to give us the one and one half rates.  We want to have them sure.  So do not forget when you get your ticket to get your certificate.  It means so much to the delegates who come a long distance to have the one and one half rate.


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Dear Sisters:

The work of the year is almost closed.  When your reports are in and compiled then we will be ready for the convention which is the culmination of the years activities.

While there have been things to discourage there have been so many things to encourage you in the work.  Times have been hard with some but God has been good to us all and we should not for one minute consider neglecting his work in this great cause.  It may take a some sacrifice to get every member to pay her dues this year but the cause is worth the sacrifice. 

People do the things they most want to do.  Let us put the W.C.T.U. and its interests among the things we want to do most because it is so necessary.  Have you paid your dues? If not why not?  Is there anything else more important? Is there not something you can do without to get that dollar for your dues?

Starring the Flag

At the National convention next August at Seatle each state with a net gain (at least one more member than was paid for in 1930) will have the privelege of seeing her president go to the platform and place the white starr on the flag, Old Glory in the position the star for that state holds on the flag.  For Kansas president to have that privelege every union should hold its membership of last year and add at least one to the number. Has your union done this.  If you have not will you not go about it at once to see that there is a gain.  Get new members to bring up the membership.  People are interested.   Have you asked and importuned all your friends?  If not why not?  Will you do it now


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and thus insure Kansas of its rightful place at the National convention?

Decorating the map at the State convention.

In the state we will place a flag on the map on each county that makes a new gain.  Will your county president have this privelege? Have you done your part to see that she has it? Are there some people among your friends and acquaintences who should belong and who have not joined yet?  Is there some woman who wants to belong and has belonged in the past but conditions this year have made it impossible for her to have the dollar for her dues?  Can you not will you not pay for this woman that she may still belong?  God help us to see the importance of holding the line of defence in this great battle for righteousness, the battle of the liquor interests a gainst the sober rights of the citizenry of or state and Nation.

Prohibition Patriots

When the flag is placed upon your county on the big map of Kansas to show your counties gain in membership there will be placed a star to show the number of prohibition patriots, members who have been honored by gaining five new members during the year or who have been so named because five new members have been gained during the year.  Will your county have any stars in its crown?


Has your union filled out all the necessary blanks.  The auxiliary blanks giving the report of the work of the local union as a unit, the standard of excellence showing the goals


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it has reached.  The department reports showing the amount of department work that has been accomplished?  have all the dues been sent on to the county treasurer?

County reports

Have all the reports been received from the local unions and compiled and sent on to the state secretary, and the department Directors?  If not why not?  If not will you not begin right now to see that they are sent on?

We want the best convention ever at Manhattan.  It takes all these things I have just mentioned to make a convention measure up.


The new year has begun now for the local union.  Are your equipping your women for the work that should be done.  Do you have the new program books?  3 cents each in quantities of five or more?  Have you the package of program literature which has been selected so that your leaders can carry out the programs as planned for the year?  25 cents for literature for each program.  Have you the new Study Book “What’s It All About?” only 25 cents and full of most important information.


A new printing of blotters has just been made.  There are some of the finest for the use in your schools.  Frances Willard day is a fine time to have these presented to the boys and girls in the grades.  25 cents per 100.  In some counties the County W.C.T.U. has purchased enough for the pupils of the rural schools and given to the county superintendents to give to the pupils in the rural schools as he visits them.  Cant your county do this?


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Youth’s Roll Call


We want 63,000 of the youth of Kansas fourteen years and over to have their names of the important document.  Frances Willard Day in the schools will be fine time to present this to the young people of the High schools and colleges?  Send for enough for your High school.  They are 10 cents per dozen and each dozen will hold 120 names.  Send for them and have them ready.  When they are filled send to Mrs. A.P. Boone 1 S Rural St, Emporia, Kansas, who is the custodian for the signed Roll Calls.  Give the young people a chance to express themselves.  We have the finest young people in the world.  Line them up in this great fight. 

Union Signal

Kansas needs 200 new subscriptions for the Union Signal to bring us to the goal set for us by your Mother National.  Recently a teacher said to me “I am so glad for the Union Signals, I have read and read and find so much of information.  I must subscribe for myself.  It will be such a help to me in my work.”

Why not place this valuable paper in the school library so that the teachers and pupils in your schools will have the opportunity of getting this necessary information.  One dollar will do this.  How about your public library?  Is the Union Signal there?  That is a fine place to place it.  Subscribe for it, now.

Young Crusader

The boys and girls need a temperance paper.  Here is just the thing for them.  Get your union to send it to your grade schools for the lower grades.   the get ten women in your union to sub


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for their children, grandchildren or little acquaintances.  You can get it for thirty cents each if you send ten subscriptions at one time and each will be mailed to a separate address.  How many unions will have ten subscriptions to the Young Crusader.  We want thirty in the state.

State convention.


Are you planning to go?  Is our union planning for a delegation?  Will your county have a good representation?  You will find so many helpful things in the convention.  Are you interested in the department work.  The first hour of the convention will be devoted to discussion of department work by the various state directors and each delegate may have the privelege of asking any questions she may wish about any department and how to do the work.  This should be a feat to those wanting to know how to accomplish the work planned for the unions.



Has your union raised it budget?  Has it all be sent to the state treasurer?  This year we need to have funds for the work more than ever.  There is so much to be done.  Come on with your budget and see how many unions will have budget paid in full.

But space and patience are exhausted.  If you will do the things that have been mentioned I know we, you will have the best report Kansas had ever had.  Come do your part.  I know you will.

May God Bless you each and every one in the great task that is before us all.


Mary E Dobbs.


[Page 169 1930-1935]


Be sure to send in your name telling the committee that  ou ar when you will arrive so that they will be able to place you to the best advantage.  See the name of the

Send a card to Mrs. Mary Bradshaw, Chairman of the Registration committee.  This will help those planning for your entertainment.


[Page 170 1930-1935]


September 17, 1931.

Mrs. Emma W. Grover,
1319 Fuller,
Winfield, Kans.

Dear Mrs. Grover;

I have your letter with the information that the charter of the W.C.T.U. of Winfield, Kans, had expired.  It was incorporated March 27, 1890 for 25 years.  I judge you thought that referred to the State W.C.T.U., it does not because the state organization, according to the Articles of Incorporation found on page 219 of the 1929 state minutes (it seems to have been left out of the 1930 state minutes) says that the date of incorporation was April 11, 1885.  And under Article 4 the term for which this corporation was to exist was to be 99 years.  Therefore, it will be some time yet before the charter of the W.C.T.U. of Kansas expires.

I do not know, but I suppose probably the Winfield union incorporated in 1890.  I suppose the records of the organization would show.  I do not believe there is any real need of the local organization incorporating or renewing their charter but that is a mattr for you and your local women to decide.

I had already written to Mr. Cornell asking for the report blank which was necessary for us to fill out and have not heard from him yet.  If I do not hear from him soon I shall write again.  I am returning this copy you sent to me because it evidently belongs to the local union there.

There was a time when a number of local unions in the state did take out charters.

I hope you are standing this heat.  I would like to crawl off in a cave somewhere until we have a rain.

Lots of love,

Cor. Sec. Kansas W.C.T.U.



[Page 171 1930-1935]



A Prize will be offered by the state for: -

1.  For the county which has the largest per cent of members in attendance.

2.  For the largest per cent of county directors in attendance.

3.  For the county having the largest number of officers in attendance.

A special prize will be offered for the counties having every officer and director in attendance at the Institute.

For the Local Unions.

A prize will be offered by the county for: -

1.  For the local union having the largest per cent of its membership in attendance.

2.  For the local union having the largest per cent of its local directors in attendance.

3.  For the largest number of local officers in attendance.

A Special prize will be offered for the local union having every officer and director in attendance at the Institute.


[Page 172 1930-1935]


Dear Mrs. Grover:

With all the rush of work the days are only half long enough.  Plans for convention and the reports are coming nicely, but because every one seems to be waiting to see how many more members they can collect from or for other reason reports are delayed.  Hence the congestion at the last days and hours.

Hope you are feeling well.

Lots of love,
Cor Sec Kansas W.C.T.U.


[Page 173 1930-1935]



Name________________________________ Age__________________

Home Address_______________________________________________

School or Place of Employment__________________________________

Name and address of parent or guardian____________________________________


Church Denomination ________________________________________________________

Kindly reserve accommodations for _________________________at Bluebird Camp

From (Date)________________________________To (Date)_________________________

State Station and time of Arrival_________________________________________________



Recommended by____________________________________________________________



Above recommendation to be personally signed by officers of W.C.T.U.

Registration fee of $1.00 must be paid when application is made.

Send filled blank and $1.00 to Mrs. W.W. Daniels, 232 S. Erie, Wichita, Kansas,

Registration Secretary


[Page 174 1930-1935]


October 27, 1931.

Mrs. Emma W. Grover,
1319 Fuller
Winfield, Kans.

Dear Mrs. Grover;

At last I have a reply from the woman whom we were seeking for the S.T.I. Department.  Can you make this very prominent in your paper so that the women over the state will know where to write, Mrs. Laura M. Nickel, McCracken, Kans, the new State Director for Scientific Temperance Instruction.

Mrs. Nickel will handle the work as Mrs. Robinson did and is anxious to get in touch with the directors over the state.

I am sorry we could not get this information sooner so as to have the Plan of Work in this month’s paper.  I have sent her the material for this immediately upon receipt of her letter but do not know that she can get it back to you in time for the November paper.  If not she will probably send it very soon asking to have it printed and the copies run off for her and then use the material in the December paper

I am glad you had such a happy birthday.  I did not know your birthday date, but my best wishes even tho they are belated.

Yours lovingly,

Cor. Sec. Kansas W.C.T.U.



[Page 175 1930-1935]


Riley County [Oct 28]


25 State Handbooks      each   .05
25 Programs                  each   .03
1 Program Literature     Pkg.   .25
1 Study Book                          1.25
1 L.T.L. Year Book                  .02
1 Y.P.B Year Book                   .02
1 Kansas Voter’s Manual         .25
10 Catalogues            each        .02
300 Blotters           per 100       .25
5 Alcohol and Human Race – each  .05
12 Anti-Cigarette Placards – each  .03
30 Membership Pledges                Free
200 A.C.A. Pledges       per 100   .10
50 A.C.A. Buttons     per dozen    .15
25 Anti-Cigarette Laws – per 100  .25
25 Seals    (20 Cents per 100)         .05

25 Song Books     each .10 Per Doz.  .75
2 Pictures, Frances Willard           .15 each or 2 for 25 cents
2 Pictures, Neal Dow                     .15 each or 2 for 25 cents
3 Miscellaneous Literature             .05 each bunch
1 20th Century Reciter                    .20

You can order any of the supplies carried by the leader and they will be sent to you.

Address; W.C.T.U. Headquarters, or Miss Mary E Dobbs,
3062 E. Douglas, Wichita, Kans.

Total 8.63


[Page 176 1930-1935]


November 23, 1931

With a tremendous effort I have the question blanks all ready today.  I am sorry not to have had them sooner but I was waiting to hear from directors.  Heard from most of them but had to wait for a few and some I had to make conform to National without hearing from them.

I am so glad that all this is done.  There will be much more hard work to be done right along but this had a time limit. We are all well.  The rain has been heavy today.  My brother wanted us to drive up for thanksgiving but it looks as if it would not be possible now.

Lots of Love,

Cor Sec Kansas W.T.C.U.


[Page 177 1930 – 1935]

Home Improvement Fund                  Bal. Gov’t Bonds        41.56               66.40
                                                Interest                                    143.01
                                                Crawford Estate         223.35             366.36

State Minutes                                                                                                  181.54
State Convention                                                                                286.50
Offerings Regional Institutes                                                             132.72
National for Organization                                                                   166.03
Special Funds                          State Sunday School   20.00              
                                                Light Line Unions       215.00
                                    Foreign Subs.              36.00  
Miscellaneous              Official Board             16.67                           271.00
            Ex. Budget $ 5.25 Teachers’ Inst.      255.00
            Interest       851.94  Sturgeon Est.      125.00                         $1,253.86

National:  Dues  W.                                                     $1,054.50
                Y.                                                          10.80                     $1,065.30
               L.T.L.                                                                                         36.75
              L.T.L. Missionary                                                                       12.60
            “Frances Willard”Fund                                                               549.00
            “Lillian Stevens”Fund                                                                            275.00
             Light Line Unions                                                                      215.00
Union Signal:  Foreign Subs.                                                                    36.00
State Americanization Missionary Board                                               362.00
Rice County Americanization                                                                 150.00
Saline County Americanization                                                              117.40
African Missionary                                                                                 100.00
Home Maintenance                                                                               4,704.00
Home Improvement Fund          Hospital Room     240.00
                                                   Investment             100.25                    304.25
Field Work                                                                                             2,510.30
Counties for Life & Memorial Members                                                    55.00
Y.P.B. Federation for Life Member                                                           10.00
Corresponding Secretary for Organization                                                166.03
Expense Regional Institutes                                                                      363.93
State Minutes                                                                                             675.00
Supplies                                                                                                       163.31     Salaries                                                                                        3,275.00
Office Expense                                                                                       1,610.93
Officers’ Expense                                                                                     129.06
Convention Expense                                                                                 285.05
L.T.L. Expense                                                                                           53.20
Kansas Council of Rel. Education                                                              20.00
Our Messenger     Cash   $2,150.00    Other Expenses   27.78
                              Salary      600.00
Department Apportionment                                                                   2,777.78
County Apportionment                                                                             930.88
Y.P.B Apportionment                                                                                 34.77
Speakers Teachers’ Institutes                                                                      31.24
Miscellaneous                                                                                             204.15
            Pres. To Nat’l           $71.63   Special Lit.  $350.00
            Rec. Sec. to Nat’l         3.63   Refunds          23.56
            Dues Council of Ch     5.00    Bal. on Inv.      6.05
            Dues Council of Wom. 5.00   Y.P.B. Con      70.78
            Treas. Bonds               50.00   Express             3.00
            Typewriters Pres.                                                                    650.15
              & Treas. Office      61.50                                                   $21,909.08


Balance on Hand September 21, 1929                                                         $5,318.22
Receipts for year                                                                              $21,598.30        
Disbursements for year                                                                      21,909.08        
Balance on Hand September 21, 1930                                                 5,007.44


 [Page 178 1930-1935]


November 24, 1931

Dear Mrs. Grover:

I find after sending the report blanks last night that there are two changes necessary.  These two
reports came into my hands this morning so am sending the on right away that you may get the proper questions in.

Sorry to have to trouble you about this but it cannot be helped. Discard the other questions sent and substitute these for them.


Cor Sec Kansas W.C.T.U.

[Page 179 1930-1935]




1.  Name of Umion_______________________________________County_________________

2.  Date of local institute__________________________________Place___________________
Length of time_________________________________________________________________

3.  Name and address of leader____________________________________________________

4.  Attendance in day meeting___________________________ Night Meeting_____________

5.  Did you use printed programs__________________________________________________

6.  How were Institute expenses met _______________________________________________

7.  Amount of expenses____________________________amount of offering______________

8.  What departments were presented______________________________________________

9.  Number of Union Signal subscriptions taken_____________________________________
     Young Crusader subscriptions taken______________________________________________

10.  Number of new active members gained____________Honorary____________________

11.  Number of W.R.R. dedicated_______________________________________________

12.  Number of pages of literature distributed______________________________________

13.  What other organizations assisted in the program________________________________

14.  What special feature of program was most worth while___________________________

Fill this report blank and send to your County Director.  See name and address in County Directory in State Minutes.  IF you have no County Director send this to Mrs. Mattie E. Hutcheson, Sterling, Kansas, before September 10.


[Page 180 1930-1935]


December 10, 1931.

Mrs. Emma W. Grover,
1319 Fuller,
Winfield, Kans.

Dear Mrs. Grover;

In planning for the paper for next month I think it would be advisable for us to have the Crusade Anniversary Plans.  I will check up on them and have them ready.  We also have a picture of Mrs. Zerelda Wallace who is the woman from whom our district is named.

I thought I would just mention this so that you could be holding space.

Yours lovingly,

Cor. Sec. Kansas W.C.T.U.


[Page 181 1930-1935]


“L.T.L. Links”.

Unfortunately, when organizing an L.T.L. is mentioned, in so very many cases they reply is, “the children will come all tifht but we do not have a leader”.  Because of this fact, in this presentation, we wish to give you a different meaning to the letters, L.T.L. from that of Loyal Temperance Legion.  Please just banish from you thot for the moment the idea of organizing the children, the thot of not having a leader.  Then will you please do this – appoint one of your members as a Link woman, sending her name and address to Mrs. Amanda Schirmer, Holton, Ks.  What is your Link woman to do? – Mrs. Schirmer will do the ‘doing’ – she will send literature, plans, suggestions, etc. to your Link woman and will keep her informed in general of the organized Children’s work.  Your Link woman will come to see (perhaps gradually possibly very suddenly) that the organizing of the children is not complicated at all, but is a very simple matter.  She will become enthused as the information and the plans come repeatedly to her notice.  She will be frequently reminded that the children, perhaps her own as well as the children of the community, are being cheated out of the group instruction and activities which are so vital in the formation of right notions of self-control, and of governmental obedience, etc.  Your Link woman will finally find herself intensely interested in the organized children’s groups and will have had considerable training, all of which will likely result in an new Legion.

The interpretation, then of the letters L.T.L. that we want to give to you who have no Loyal Temperance Legion, is L-ink T-oward L-eadership.  May we remind you again that to begin with, your Link woman doesn’t have to do anything at all except receive mail from Mrs.

[the rest is not legible]


[Page 182 1930-1935]


Kansas Woman’s Christian Temperance Union
Office of “Our Messenger”
1319 Fuller
Winfield, Kansas

Dear Mrs. Mitchner and Mary: -

I have your letter written to the trustees about budget and provisions for the Home.  I think it is a very good plan.

There is one objection to sending canned fruit.  The cost of transportation was found to be so heavy that our union decided to send money instead of the fruit.  However, many members find it easier to send the fruit because of the scarcity of money.

I presume in the end it will have to be left to the decision of the individual unions after such instructions as you may give.

Some of the rural unions find it an easy matter to raise their budget by serving dinner at just one sale, and other unions have other methods.

I think one of the very best ways of raising the budget is to get a large number of honorary members. So many men would be glad to pay the dollar if they were only asked.  I know it is so here but I have not been able to look after it lately and nobody else seems to think of it.  Just think, of each member of each union secured one honorary member the whole question would be solved as to the budget.


Emma W. Groves


[Page 183 1930-l935]

Manhattan, Kansas

August 22 1932.

Dear Mrs. Mitchner,

I wonder if you could give me the address of the officer that has charge of the dope addictions.  I believe they told me that this is a separate organization from our W.C.T.U. and I would like to find out something about it as I think there some of this dope being used in our neighborhood.

Hopin that you will be able to give the information desired.  I remain,

Yours truly,
Mrs. Alice Dimick,
Lincoln, Kansas,


[Page 184 1930-1935]
Burbank car get off at Western


[Page 185 1930-1935]


Kansas City, Mo.,
Sept. 29, 1932

Miss Mary E Dobbs,
Wichita, Kansas

Miss Dobbs:-

I wrote you a letter sometime back and as yet I have had no reply in regards to a copy of the contract I signed.

I wish you would kindly look into this matter and send me a copy at your very earliest convenience. 

Respectfully yours,

Harry L. Robison


[Page 186 1930-1935]


Miss Mary E Dobbs
The Messenger
Wichita, Kansas

[Olathe, Kans. April 30, 1934 Postmark]


[Page 187 1930-1935


Olathe, Kansas
April 29, 1934


Dear Sir:

I am enclosing a poem which evolved itself from a cartoon which I saw a few days ago of a saloon keeper urging children into his place of business, and saying - - “THEY MAY BE KIDS, BUT THEIR MONEY IS GROWN UP.”

A cartoon came to my sight one day,
With the caption printed above.
And I thought, “Oh Lord, will they also slay
The children whom we love?

We must have money, true it is,
But must our children pay
The Nation’s bill by damning their souls
In the beer-gardens of today?

Can a native live who depends for her life
On the money so basely won
From the sale of beer, light wines and such
To the little one of the home?

Oh God, spare us the awful pain
Of seeing our children dear,
Recruiting the lines of the drunken sots
Who are dying from year to year.

You men and women who voted “repeal”,
Are you not proud of your work?
You told us the “Traffic would be controlled”,
But the work of “controlling”, you shirk.


[Page 188 1930-1935]


Page 2

Since Adam, the Devil has ne’er been “controlled.”
His labors are active as ever.
And the liquor victory’s the greatest he’s won,
And certainly, the most clever.

I can see him standing with hands on his hips
Watching the growing line
Of besotted youths, and with fiendish glee
Just chuckling, “Behold, these are mine.”

And are we as Christians to stand idly by
And let this great crime go on?
NO!  Let’s gird on our armor again, as of your,
And fight till the battle’s won.

Till our nation’s free from this terrible curse
Which reaches from shore to shore.
Till once more the children and youths of our land
Shall be cursed by this evil, no more.

Till there’s no liquor “traps”, for open saloons
To blight all our homes and our lives,
And our children and youth once more can be safe
From the menace of saloons and dives.

Till our wet politicians may cry “It’s enough
We acknowledge we’er wrong and will try
To restore our nation again to the place
Where it should be---------------ETERNALLY, LEGALLY DRY.

Jennie B Parker


[Page 189 1930-1935]



May 15, 1934

Miss Mary E. Dobbs
3062 East Douglas Ave.
Wichita, Kansas

Dear Miss Dobbs:

I am returning herewith the newspaper account of Carrie Nation.

Thank you very kindly for your courtesy in lending it to me.

Sincerely yours,

C. Geo. Ericson


[Page 190 1930-1935]


Corresponding Secretary’s Office
Wichita, Kansas

September 6, 1934

Dear Mrs. Taylor:

Yes I agree with you that the Club meeting will be a fine place to tell of the W.C.T.U. history for Kansas.  I do not know where to point you to material that will give you what you want except the files of Minutes and the State paper Our Messenger.

Were you close enough I would be so glad for you to go through my files.  Seeing you are not I will give you some historical points so you can weave a story about it.

The W.C.T.U. was organized at a cam meeting at Lawrence in 1878 the first convention was in 1879/  It was organized in time to have a real part in the constitutional amendment campaign in 1879-1880.

When the amendment was passed the W.C.T.U. planned to make it effective.  So among the first works done was to look after the children.  Many childrens bands were organized and were called Band of Hope.  Seeing the need for the definite teaching in the schools they began signing petitions for a law such as was passed in 1885.

Year after year there was the talk of resubmission as the opponents of prohibition resisted the success of prohibition.  So much petition work was done in securing names to petitions to the legislature asking them not to resubmit the prohibition amendment.  This stopped about 1889.

Another avenue through the organization worked was the established Chautauquas.  One at Ottawa and one at Winfield.  Later a third was established at Lincoln Park in Mitchell county near Cawher City.  In 1904 it was decided to have a building at the Ottawa grounds, We had our program each day and needed a building for our meetings.  This was completed soon.  Later a building was started at Lincoln Park.  These buildings were used not only by our own women but other organizations shared them Finally in 1908 the building at Winfield was built.  These were financed by the unions and gifts from friends.

The various departments were stressed and did a great amount of work.  Social Morality known as social Purity and Purity in Literature and art had a large place in the work of the organization.

The W.C.T.U. worked to get the law protecting girls.  It also worked against white slavery.  One of the first projects undertaken by the Kansas W.C.T.U. was the Girls Industrial school.  The organization started


[Page 191 1930-1935]

[This is a duplicate copy of Page 193]


[Page 192 1930-1935]


secured a grant of land and used the buildings then on the farm but later built new ones.  The W.C.T.U. carried this on successfully for several years, then it offered to turn it over the the state.  The offer was accepted because the venture had been so successful and we all know of the industrial school for girls.

In those early days suffrage-franchise for the women was one of the issues for the W.C.T.U.  They petitioned and talked for this until the legislature made it possible for women the vote at city elections.  When the matter was submitted in the people in 1912 such splendid foundation work had been done that it proposition carried and women were given full suffrage. The W.C.T.U. worked with the state suffrage association.

I worked for the anti cigarette law and worked against its repeal and succeeded in holding the section which prohibits the sale of cigarets to minors.

It worked for the white slave law in Kansas for the strengthening of the narcotic drug laws for legislation for women and children which resulted in the labor regulations of the state.

It worked for the Child labor amendment to the National constitution.

It has grown in numbers an influence.  It is organized in every county in the state and eighty six counties have county organizations.

The women of the W.C.T.U. have made a study of citizenship and have interested themselves in local conditions and voted to bring about needed changes.

For a number of years they majored in Americanization work in the southeastern section of the state among the foreign speaking people in the mining camps.  They are still doing definite work in several sections.

The various departments have been carried out and it might be well to stress some of the department work.

Memorials to Carry Nation have been erected.  A fountain at Wichita in front of the Union Station, the Carry A Nation home supported by the W.C.T.U. for old ladies at Kansas City.

It worked for the establishment of the Womans Farm for women prisoners.

This will give you an idea of some if its undertakings.


[Page 193 1930-1935]



The City Commissioners of Wichita passed an ordinance regulating the operation of taxi-cabs.  The ordinance specifically provided that in the event the driver of a taxi-cab was found driving while intoxicated or was found to be transporting intoxicating liquors his license should be immediately revoked.

Lawyers for the ten-cent cabs defied the City Commissioners ordinance in an appeal to the Supreme Court where they were defeated.  They wrote a “substitute” ordinance of their own which they are asking Wichita voters to adopt at the Primary, August 7th.  This “substitute” ordinance denies the City the right to revoke the license of a taxi-cab driver who may be driving a cab while drunk or be using it for the transportation of intoxicating liquors.  This would place the entire burden of prohibitory enforcement upon the state officials who do not have adequate police powers within the city.

Every member of the W.C.T.U. should vote AGAINST the “substitute” taxi-cab ordinance and support our City Commissioners in their efforts to eliminate drinking on the part of taxi-cab drivers and the transporting of intoxicating liquors in their cabs.


[Page 194 1930-1935]


Sept. 24, 1930

Dear friend,

Your Union Signal expires in Oct.  Please review if you have not done so and help Kansas win a prize of course you will give yours at State Conv.  Trust I will see you next week. Sincerely

Ms. Rosa Doty


[Page 195 1930-1935]


Miss Mary E. Dobbs
3062 E. Douglas
Wichita, Kans


[Page 196 1930-1935]



Miss Mary Dobbs,
3060 ½ E. Douglas
Wichita, Kansas.

Dear Miss Dobbs:

David D. Leahy, dean of Kansas newspaper men, is the originator of The Kansas Commonwealth Club.  Prominent Wichita businessmen are promoting the organization.

We are engaged in a purely public spirited work.  It is our desire to have an opportunity to present to you in person an explanation of The Kansas Commonwealth Club.  To that end we are inviting a selected group of women, who may bring a friend, to attend a luncheon meeting at the Innes Tea Room, Tuesday, April 9th, 12 o’clock.

Interesting speakers will outline the origin and purposes of the club.  This is a state-wide organization with more than fifty counties already represented with a Vice-President and Historian.

We trust you will be present and lend your efforts to help preserve the best traditions of Kansas.

Yours very truly,

A.O. Rorabaugh

Luncheon 60 cents


[Page 197 1930-1935]



April 22, 1935

Dear Member:

We are pleased to enclose your membership card in this Club.

Mr. A.O. Rorabaugh heads a large group of Wichita business leaders who are unselfishly and earnestly giving their time and efforts to build the membership of The Kansas Commonwealth Club because its purpose is to make a greater and better Kansas.

You are a Charter Member.  Mr. Rorabaugh sends you this message; won’t you please assist his Membership Campaign by securing one new member.  Mr. Rorabaugh’s goal is five thousand members in Sedgwick County.  You can help him win that goal by bringing or sending in the application of one member of your family or one friend.

Let us help Mr. Rorabaugh  by starting a little “Every Member Get a Member” campaign to show him our appreciation for all that he is doing for the Kansas Commonwealth Club.  We enclose an application card.

With best wishes,

Yours very truly,


by Harry Van Ness
Room #1-Central Bldg.



[Page 198 1930-1935]



(A non-political society for preserving Kansas traditions)

Wichita, Kansas

February 11, 1935

Club Presidents:

A meeting will be held in the Aviation Room of the Allis Hotel, Tuesday, February 12th, at 7:30 P.M. to which all clubs, associations, and organizations of the city are asked to be offically represented.

Plans will be presented for a Kansas and Diamond Jubilee Historical Pageant to be held one year hence.  It is planned that this shall be perhaps the most elaborate patriotic and historical event in seventy-five years of history.  The full cooperation of every organization and every individual is needed.  This event has been proposed by the dean of newspaper men, Dave Leahy, and is sponsored by the Kansas Commonwealth Club.  The Jubilee must, most assuredly, be held in Wichita, but public announcement must be made at once as other cities will be in the field ahead of us.  The question to be decided Tuesday evening is: “Shall this epochal event be held in Wichita or in some other city of the state?”

Do not fail to have your organization represented.  In most cases the President and the Secretary will attend but additional representation should also be present.

Please give the matter your immediate attention as no other member of your organization will receive this notice, and we are depending on you.

Yours very truly,

by R.M. Cauthorn, President
Elsberry Martin, Vice Pres.
D.D. Leahy, Hon. Vice Pres.
Harry Van Ness, Secretary
Virgil Davis, Treasurer



[Page 199 1930-1935]




Ralph M. Cauthorn

Vice President                              Secretary
Elsberry Martin                         Harry Van Ness

Virgil Davis

Honorary Vice President (for life)
David D. Leahy, Wichita
Margaret Hill McCarter, Topeka

Sheffield Ingalls, Atchison
Lieut. Gov C.W. Thompson, Topeka
George W. Marble, Ft. Scott
W.G. Anderson, Emporia
Forrest L. Robinson, Emporia
Ray Breitweiser, Clay Center
Judge Ross McCormick, Wichita
F.F. Frisbie, Wichita
Frank Motz, Hays
Mrs. Cora G. Lewis, Kinsley
Will S. Thompson, Hutchison

Membership Committee, Sedgwick County

A.O. RORABAUGH, Chairman

E.E. Stauffer    A.D. Lynn
Margaret Van Ness   Arch Lewis
H.B. Porter      Mrs. W.L. Smart
Lem Sweeney    B.F. Copley
Tracy Ancel     Guy Gebhart


(written by David Leahy)

The primary object or purpose of this organization is, and ever shall be, a suitable observance or celebration of the birthday of the State of Kansas on the Saturday nearest to the ninth of February in each year, and such other outstanding events in its history as its managing officers may from time to time deam advisable.

The promotion of closer friendship and fellowship among all of its people regardless of their political or other affiliations.

The cultivation, study and diffusion of knowledge regarding its accurate history as well as a decent respect for its fine and wholesome traditions and the perpetuation and advancement of its cherished ideals.

The constant practice of the spirit of those heroic pioneers, both men and women, who fought and worked for a state dedicated to freedom and who guided its course so valiantly to the starry flag of the Union.

To cherish not only the service of those who have nurtured its infancy but of those, as well, who have advanced it so splendidly to a robust and intelligent maturity.

And, lastly, if so desired by the managing body of the club, to assemble, preserve, and deposit in some suitable place, such objects of historic interest as may excite in future generations pride and pleasure in the heritage bequeathed to them by their ancestors.

Knowledge of, and love for, ones native state is a virtue to be cherished and passed on to the next generation as a priceless heritage.  If lost for a single generation, civilization is the loser.  It is the Eternal Flame.




IN 1936

Organized February 9, 1935

State Headquarters

Wichita, Kansas


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All over Kansas are local or county historical groups, or single persons doing the work started by groups, of which they alone are left to carry on.  They are giving time and effort to save records, verify facts and identify objects valuable, historically and beyond value, sentimentally.  Before the last of our pioneers – the last persons with first hand knowledge of the early days – shall have passed from the scene, some larger agency should help these devoted workers.


Expressions in our first organization meeting made it plain that this situation has been in the minds of many, and it was agreed that the Kansas Commonwealth Club should include in its functions, that of cooperating with these more or less isolated workers, helping them to “touch shoulders” with others of similarly high ideals, and working together, make more of the fruits of their labors available for patriotic influence and instruction in our schools and other study units.

Among other thoughts offered, and  - as in the case of the forgoing – incorporated in the by-laws of the Club, is the one that the nativity of Kansas should appropriately and patriotically be observed, free from all political bias.  In answer to the expressed desire to avoid all semblance of conflict with any purported historical observance, it was suggested that this club observe, each year, the date of February 9, that being the day on which the first governor of the state of Kansas was inaugurated, the territorial governor having held office until February 9, 1861.


In addition to the usual staff of officers, the structural plan of the Kansas Commonwealth Club calls for directors in all the Congressional Districts and 105 County Vice Presidents.  Choosing officers for the important duties of these positions, has been done with great care.  Acceptances for the son (himself a leader) of the state’s most famous senator, from the Lieutenant governor, from several of the state’s busiest and most influential publishers; from a district judge and the vice president of an important college, indicate the standard this organization will maintain.

Over half the 105 counties have made their nominations for county vice presidents and the data received concerning these nominees suggests that here is possibly the most worthwhile group (largely ladies) ever interested in a state-wide civic movement.  It will be through the leadership of these county vice presidents that the cooperation for better preservation of Kansas traditions, of one group with another and of the Kansas Commonwealth Club with all groups, will be made most effective.



For a first year’s major project, and with only one year on which to accomplish it, the Kansas Commonwealth Club has taken the lead (and already has won the widespread approval necessary for success) in plans to celebrate, in Wichita, the Diamond Jubilee of Kansas Statehood. No commemorative event could be more timely.  Seventy-five years is a full life, and soon the last of Kansas pioneers will have passed for the scene.  The occasion of this seventy-fifth anniversary is the last at which we may expect to see our efforts honored by the presence of many who helped lay the foundations of this state.  At one of this Club’s earliest meetings, the news photographer caught a group of three, all born in Kansas before statehood began.

It perhaps is inevitable, that here in Sedgwick county, where are assembled representatives of more Kansas pioneer families than can be found in any other equal space, this movement to celebrate the 75th anniversary of our statehood, should originate.  Probably it is the blood interest which giving the movement such earnest support.  Certainly it is most fortunate that Wichita is the city chosen, for no city of Kansas, other than Wichita, has the facilities for housing the Kansas Diamond Jubilee of Statehood and Historical Exposition, and for making welcome and comfortable the scores of thousands who will come here for such an event.

Wichita, March 11, 1935


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County ______________________________________Date__________________________

I hereby apply for membership in the KANSAS COMMONWEALTH CLUB.  I pledge my allegiance to its purposes, rules and by-laws.  Annual Dues:  Active $1.00; Sustaining $5.  Memberships Expire With The Calendar Year.

                                           (Please Print Name)


City_________________________________Amount paid$_________________________

Date Located in Kansas                                    Birthplace

_____________________                             _____________________________________

Recommended by __________________________________________________________


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Received of






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Volume 3 of the Kansas Historical Quarterly (volume 20 of the Kansas Historical Collections) bound in cloth and including number 1 to 4, is ready for distribution.  If you will send in the unbound numbers and 25 cents to cover postage and wrapping the bound volume will be forwarded immediately.

The February, 1935, number of the Quarterly which contains the report of the 1934 annual meeting has been unavoidably delayed, due to the great amount of extra printing caused by the session of the legislature.  We have been informed that this number has been released for printing and we hope to be able to mail it within the next thirty days.

Sincerely yours,

Secretary.                  15-7046  3-35 ---1M


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To whom it may concern:

Be it known that ___________________ has satisfactorily completed the course in the College of Fun at Winfield, Kansas, and in consideration thereof is hereby acknowledged as a participant in the course to follow.


June 5th, 1930


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Simplified Spelling

1.  An insect with one letter.  B
2.  A large body of water.  C
3.  All right in two letters.  OK
4.  A bird with one letter.  J
5.  A hot drink with one letter. T
6.  A river in Scotland with one letter. D
7.  A sign of obligation with one letter. O
8.  A girl’s name in two letters.  Ella LO
9.  A vegetable with one letter.  P
10.  A mongolian appendage –one letter. Q
11.  A part of the body with one letter . I
12.  A part of a house with one letter. L



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1.  A fruit plus 50 equals a precious jewel. Pearl
2.  100 plus skill equal a small wagon.  Cart
3.  100 plus a part of the body equals to ascend. Climb
4.  100 plus aged equals chilly. Cold
5.  1000 plus aid equals a young woman. Maid
6.  A part of the body plus 50 equals a nobleman. Earl
7.  A preposition plus 1000 equals a boys name. Tom
8.  A beverage plus 1000 equals a pair. Team
9.  50 plus consumed equals tardy. Late
10.  50 plus finish equals to make a loan. Lend


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(Fill in the blanks – Words below)

“After one year from the _________________ of this article __________________sale, or __________________________ of______________________ liquers within the ___________thereof into or the __________________thereof from the United States and all ______________________ subject to the ___________________ thereof for________________ purposes, is hereby ________________________.

The following words spelled correctly will fill in the blanks.

cairtfinatic  Ratification

futuremacan  Manufacture

sportratnatiou Transportation

trapmocniti Importation

axtingicinto Intoxicating

taxineporet Exportation

teyrirter  Territory

rudnicjotise  Jurisdiction

averegib  beverage

bithidepor  prohibited


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You mean what you say?

(Put down the number of the picture that applies)

____She went all to pieces

____They hung on his words

____Curled up with a good book

____Tail end of a square meal

____She sailed into the room

____The ayes have it

____His first non-stop flight

____His heart was in his mouth

____He was all ears

____A spring opening and consequent drop in fur

____She dropped her eyes

____She took the train home

____She gave him her hand

____I’ll be right down

____He devoured the book

____Rolling in wealth

____Having his own way

____She ran into a friend


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The Bible  (Who’s Who?)

1.  Who wrote the Pentateuch – Law?  Moses

2.  By whose disobedience did punishment came upon all men?  Adam

3.  Who is the mother of all living?  Eve

4.  Of whom was it said, “He walked with God; and he was not for God took him?

5.  Who said, “Am I my brother’s keeper”? Cain

6.  Who was the father of Shem, Ham and Japheth? Noah

7.  To whom was the promise given? Abram

8.  Who was in the beginning? LORD Who was with him? God

9.  Since choice is man’s greatest gift, whose choice has brought the greatest disaster to the world?  Adam

10.  Whose the greatest blessing? Jesus

11.  Name the wife of Abram? Sarah  Of Isaac? Rebecca  of Jacob?  Rachel

12.  Who became a ruler in Egypt thru the jealousy of his brother?  Joseph

13.  To what king were the Israelites in bondage? [XXXXXX]

14.  Thru whom did deliverance come? Moses

15.  Under whose leadership did they re-enter Canaan? [XXXXXXX]


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Woman’s Christian Temperance Union of Kansas
Office of Corresponding Secretary
Headquarters Kansas W.C.T.U.
3062 East Douglas
Wichita, Kansas
January 18, 1936

Mrs. J.W. Malloy
710 East B
Hutchinson, Kansas

Dear Mrs. Malloy:

I am offering you one of our National speakers for the 21st [Fri] of February.  I am offering a folder telling of Miss Mary Ervin and her work and a mimeograph sheet telling of some of the plans for meetings for her.

She is a good organizer.  If her meetings are well worked up, she gets good offerings and adds new members to the union.  I trust that you can take this date and I am sure you will be greatly pleased with Miss Ervin and her work.

She would be very suitable speaker in your high school.  I would not take her time for grade schools because she is more valuable some place else.  If she could speak before some of your civic clubs, a dinner meeting would be fine because she would give them a vision of the W.C.T.U., and its great program which, I think, few of our speakers possess.  She will not talk from the political angle at all.  Can you call your women and let me know about this immediately?

The terms of course are the usual ones – entertainment while there and offerings at the public meetings.  Afternoon meetings are considered public meetings.

Yours lovingly,

Cor. Sec. Kansas W.C.T.U.


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State and Local

Mary B. Ervin, Field Secretary, National W.C.T.U.

I. PRAYER—Prayer is the Power-house for Kingdom-building.  Doors of opportunity will open with the key of Prayer and the Knob of Work!


1.  Organization—Membership and Inspiration

(a) W.C.T.U.-- Open meeting or informal reception

(b) Iota Sigma W.C.T.U. – Junior Women’s Group Plan an afternoon or evening meeting in a home.  Young women must be reached with our challenging program of service.

(c) Youth’s Temperance Council – Young People’s Rally

(d) Loyal Temperance Legion - - Children’s Meeting

2.  Ready-made Groups—Inspirational Talks, 15-30 minutes

(a) Churches:  Sunday services, Sunday Schools, women’s church groups, organized S.S. classes and young people’s societies.

(b) Women’s and Men’s clubs

(c) Young People’s Organizations

3.  Alcohol Education—Youth and Adult

(a) Colleges, High Schools and Upper Grades—Assemblies or Science Class groups, 20-40 minutes

(b) Public Meeting - Information and Inspiration Enlist interest and cooperation of religious, civic and cultural groups - adults and young people

(c) Class in Alcohol Education

W.T.C.U., Missionary women, Club Members, P.T.A. Leaders of Youth and of Boys and Girls

III. PUBLICITY—Select the types of service desired.  Use press and phone and make personal contacts in planning for the meetings. (See speaker’s publicity folder)  IT PAYS TO ADVERTISE.

IV. PERSONAL WELFARE—The speaker should be centrally and comfortably located while in your community.  Conservation of her time and strength will bring rewards to YOU and the OTHERS on her tour, who likewise desire her at her best. No meeting is to be planned for Saturday.

V.  PROMPTNESS AND PREPARATION PAY. Do the unfinished task today.


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Woman’s Christian Temperance Union of Kansas
Office of Corresponding Secretary
Headquarters Kansas W.C.T.U.
3062 East Douglas
Wichita, Kansas

February 6, 1936

Dear General Officers:

While there may not be much field work this spring, yet I feel that it would be better for the work and for myself if you would place this in the hands of someone else for the remainder of the year.

The available speakers for the spring as I have them are:

Mrs. Pearl Davidson
Mrs. Mable Gilbert
Mrs. Cora Kershner
Mrs. Laura C. Nickel
Miss Madeline Southard
Mrs. Leah F. Thomas

Originally the amount allowed for the field work was $250.  Of course when salaries and so on were cut this would mean that [it] would be cut in half same as other making it $125 for the year.  Half the year is gone which would leave $62.50 for that work.  An appropriation from the treasury would be the proper thing to do.

Pennsylvania a year ago transferred their routing from the office of corresponding secretary, at the insistance of Miss Long, [Cor Sec] and appointed a field work secretary giving her a salary of $92.50 and necessary postage for the year.  That would mean $46.25 for six months.  This would be in line with the amount that I have mentioned.

To whomever you turn this work or if you do not make any change, I urge that someone take charge and find out what counties would like Mrs. Kershner for April.  What counties would be willing to take the other field workers so that there would be something to start from I will have Miss Ervin’s work all closed up.  In fact am sending a complete list of dates to her at Official Board Meeting.

Some of you have been very anxious for the field work to be transferred from the corresponding secretary’s office and I am sure this request will please you.

Yours very truly,

Mary E. Dobbs

Cor. Sec. Kansas W.C.T.U.


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I am passing on to you some sugg stions which came to me from Mrs. Thomas’ last trip out.  At Humboldt she discussed field work with one of the ladies there who had some very intelligent ideas as to how we might improve the effectiveness of our field work.  She said, “ A field worker comes to a town for a public meeting.  Only two or three, if any, of the women know the field worker or her capability.  We try to advertise the meeting and urge the public to attend and have faith that the field worker will be O.K. yet ignorant of her personality few people attend the service.

“Now if the W.C.T.U. could send the worker into the town for a week, let her have time to make school contacts other than in the hurried and sometimes slip-shod way such as arranged.  Let her make other contacts in a business and social way.  Perhaps have a meeting with the ministers and with a rpominent group of women and get acquainted to an extent anyway with the towns people.  Some of the class with prestige and means as well as others.  Then toward the close of the week have at least two big public meetings or even have some sort of public meeting all through the week.  If some such plan could be followed out, I believe the work would grow by leaps and bounds.”

When I received this, I was very much impressed with it coming as it did from a woman not particularly in touch with our organization at least officially.  If you will recall in the years past, we used to put a woman into a community for several days at a time giving her opportunity to really accomplish something.  Today with not more than two days in a place and more often only one the field worker has no opportunity to make an impression upon the people.  We need field workers versatile enough to go before carious men’s groups, women’s groups, teachers, organizations and have a brief comprehensive message that will enthuse and inspire those people to want to hear more of our work and to have a part in the program we are carrying on.  This can [not] be done in one brief address, and all addresses should be brief in order to put the proposition over and to hold the attention of the people.  To get the idea sold to a number of people and give them time enough to think the matter over would bring in more funds.  We need field workers trained for this type of work who can present our well rounded program of activities and projects.  (This would not mean to include a lesson or a demonstration on Alcohol Education.)

I am sending this to you so that you may consider it before the time of the meeting and when you have your general officers meeting, you could suggest some plan whereby we could go back to the longer time for a speaker in a place.  I think it would be greatly to our advantage.  Since we have been using the short time in a place, our organization work has suffered.  One year when we were using the longer time for dates, we had 102 new unions in one year.  This last year 8 unions, 1 Iota Sigma, and 4 Y.P.B.’s were organized.  Five of these unions were organized largely through the efforts of the county presidents in connection with the field worker.  I am simply stating facts to you.


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After several years of trial this year Pennsylvania made the Regional Conferences a permanent thing with Constitution and By-Laws.  Pennsylvania has 67 counties.  The state is divided into six groups as follows:

Northwestern 12 counties
Southwestern 10 counties
North Central 12 counties
South Central 14 counties
Southeastern 9 counties
Northeastern 10 counties

Pennsylvania has used May as their regional Conference month having all their conferences during the month of May.


Article 1 – These organizations shall be known as the Regional
Conference Groups of the Pennsylvania Woman’s Christian Temperance Union, including all of the counties of the state in six groups, named: Northwestern, Southwestern, North Central, South Central, Northeastern, Southeastern.

Article 2.  The object of these conferences shall be to arrange and conduct annually, a program for the propagation of the W.C.T.U. methods and work.  It shall be a two day and one evening meeting, each county entertaining alphabetical or other order and providing lodging and breakfast free of charge.

Article 3.  Each county shall pay, annyally, to the treasurer of its group, the sum of one cent per capita or more, based on last year’s membership. This money shall be sent to said treasurer one month before the date of the conference.

Article 4.  The officers shall be a president, vice president-at-large a secretary and treasurer each from a different county.  The president in each county, in each group, shall be a vice president, whose special duty shall be to create interest and urge attendance at the annual conference.  These officers shall constitute an executive committee. 

Article 5.  The officers shall be elected on the second morning of the meeting.  No officer shall serve more than two consecutive years.


No. 1-  The necessary expenses of the general officers shall be paid from the conference treasury.

No 2.  The necessary expenses of those on the program, who take part, who are not members of the conference, unless otherwise provided for, shall be paid from the treasury.

No. 3.  The expenses of the presidents of the counties shall be paid by their respective counties.  Contestants’ traveling expenses shall be paid by the county from which they come.


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No. 4-  The president shall arrange the program with the help of the Central Committee and the tenative  program, which will be provided by the Regional Conference Director.  The State President shall preside at the evening session of each regional.  The evening speaker will be provided.

No. 5-  Programs shall be printed and send to each county at least two weeks before the date of the meeting.  Each county shall provide the local unions in its county with programs in plenty of time to have it announced in all local papers.

No. 6-  Every W.C.T.U. woman in good standing in her local unions is a member of the group to which her county belongs and is urged to make every effort to attend the conference.


Kansas having 105 counties should have at least 10 groups divided as evenly as possible.  I think April would be a better month for Kansas for these Regional Conferences than May because there are too many school activities in May.  I would suggest that a committee of four county presidents and one General Officer be appointed to bring in a definite grouping for the State Convention Official Board Meeting, if it is decided to adopt this plan.  It can then go into effect in April 1937.


In reporting on the Regional Conferences, Pennsylvanis said, “It is felt this avenue of education has great value for the different parts of the state but that the membership at large has not yet approached the opportunities afforded by bringing these conferences to them.  The aim is to reach the rank and file of our women who are unable to attend these state conventions, by bringing these conferences, which are small conventions, to their communities, and thereby gain added strength in our battle for total abstinence.”

This means these conferences will have to be built up by careful advertising and work among the women of the counties to get them to realize the importance of getting together in groups like this.


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June 30, 1937

Dear Board of Trustees:

Mrs. Mitchner has returned from her trip to the World’s Convention, and on the way stopped at Kansas City for several days.  There were a number of things to be looked after there, and she had conferences with members of the local board.

The inside of the home is in fine condition.  The wallpaper has all been cleaned, and is in good shape, except one room which badly needs to be papered.  The dormitory room has been put in good shape.  The toilet which was very small and inconvenient has been enlarged.  New linoleum has been put on the floor.  Mrs. Russell has papered the toilet with oilcloth, a yard and a half high; and out of scraps from the attic, she papered the rest of it.  As the linoleum on the floor is red, black, and white, she has put a border between the oilcloth and the paper of red and black which makes the toilet very attractive.  They have drops at the windows in the living room; a beautiful new inlaid linoleum on the dining room floor.  The hospital floor has been done over, and looks now like a new hardwood floor.  As they had two people who were bedfast in the hospital and had to be moved into the dormitory room, you can imagine that it meant a good deal of hard work.

The lawn has never looked as pretty since we owned it.  It just looks like green velvet.  The petunia bed is ablaze with color.  The garden has done fine, and they have canned 75 courts of green beans and 25 or 30 quarts of beets.  They have had cherries to use for the pies or sauce and 25 pints of cherry preserves.  They expect that if they have rain enough to have all the tomatoes they want, and they have had lots of onions and peas from the garden.

Some of you will remember that there was an old, dilapidated porch on the south side of the house.  It has been torn down.  A door opening on to it that we did not need has been closed with new weather boarding out on it, and now if we had the side of the house and the front porch painted, the house would look 100% better.  We think this ought to be done and done right away.  A part of the paint has been donated, also$5.00, and the expense for papering this bedroom and painting the house would be small.

Under the new Kansas Social Security Law, all social agencies must take out a license, which makes it imperative that the Kansas W.C.T.U. take out a license for the Carry A. Nation Home; especially, as we are recipients of the Community Chest of Kansas City.  A letter has been received from Mr. Ford of the Community Chest of Kansas City, Kansas, telling us of this, and asking that we write immediately making application to the Social Agencies Board through Mr. R.B. Church for


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such license.  We are enclosing a copy of this letter to Mr. Church, which may explain some things to you.  If this license is granted, we will be under the supervision then of the Social Agencies.  For that reason, we feel that it is wise for us to have the Home in as fine condition as possible, that they may not need to insist on our doing extra things.  We consider that the Home is in good shape, and we will have no trouble in getting our license.  At the present time we have fifteen residents and two boarders.  We feel that Mr. and Mrs. Russell are doing everything that could be done to make the Home a success.

We have had a great many new members in the organization in the last few years, since we cut down the size of Our Messenger.  Up to that time, everyone who had the paper knew about the Home, because there was the large picture on the inside page always.  We believe that it would be wise now to have a one-column out of the Home made to carry on the inside page of the paper, and have the list of gifts and any report made of the home under this picture.  This would call the attention of all the women to the fact that the W.C.T.U. Carry A. Nation Home is part of the W.C.T.U. work of Kansas.  The expense of this could be made from funds on hand for the Home, and would not exceed $3.00 at the most.  We believe that this should be done, and are asking your approval.

All these matters as you will note touch the Home.

Yours lovingly,

President, Kansas W.C.T.U.

Cor. Sec., Kansas W.C.T.U.


Dear General Officers:

As you will note by this letter, Mrs. Mitchner is here, and we have been going over other things which need the attention of the General Officers only.

Last night, we had a conference with Mrs. Hathaway, State Director of Medal Contests, and decided that it would be better to have the Medal Contest at the State Convention in the afternoon, and to ask Mrs. Hickman if the Dramatic Art Club of the College could prepare a play or playlet for us, as they did when the Convention was in Hays before.  There is a very fine play “What Shall It Profit”, which is a very gripping up-to-date play.

Second: We have the report from Mrs. Hickman on the amount of money in the State share of the Centenary Fund, June 25th, which is $2,449.65.  I think there are a few other items which should come from that amount, but at least there will be about $2400.00 of this Fund available, and more is coming in all the time.  We believe that nothing will do our case more good than the road signs.  You have had a letter about the proposition on these, and wish you would write your opinion at once concerning this.  We could start out with 100 signs.  When 50 of them are up, we would begin the payment for them.  It would give the Local Unions and the Counties a definite, concrete project, which can be seen by everyone, to work for.  In National’s and our investigation in the State, we have found nothing better than this offer, and this is a million-dollar concern, which operated in all the States east of the


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desert States, -- those west and southwest of Colorado.  Have you any suggestions of the highways on which these should be placed.  Of course, 100 would be a small number to cover the state.  However, Counties could raise money for this and have it credited on their Centenary Fund.

We shall be glad to hear what you think about placing the radio department for the present under the supervision of the General Officers.

What suggestions do you have for the State Convention program?

Yours lovingly,

President, Kansas W.C.T.U.

Cor. Sec., Kansas W.C.T.U.




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July 14, 1937

Mrs. Chas. McFadden,
Morland, Kansas.

Dear Mrs. McFadden:

In planning the programs for the Local Unions for each month for the year, which programs will be published in Our Messenger, I want to confer with you about the program for the Local Institutes in November.  You will note that for a number of years we have had such a program.  I think that it is wiser for us to work together and have one program presented for the Local Institutes than for one to be in the programs and you have another in the Messenger.  Therefore, I would like your ideas and suggestions for such a program.

I am enclosing in this a copy of the programs as we put then out last year, and the Local Institute programs.  It is my judgment that we need to have more drills on the duties of officers and directors, and in this Local Union’s program, I think we could place emphasis on this to good advantage.

I must have my material ready for the printer by the 20th of July at the latest.  Please let me hear from you with your suggestions for this program.  We, of course, would not want the program to be just the same as last year, although it is difficult to make decided changes in an Institute program, which you put out each year for the County Institutes, but I did feel that it might be wise if we could confine our efforts on the Local Institute program.

Awaiting your reply, I am

Yours lovingly,

Cor. Sec., Kansas W.T.C.U.



P.S.  While you have your questions in your hands to send out whenever you want to, I sent you a copy of the letter which I sent to all State Directors on the department work.  I shall be glad to hear from you concerning that.


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Plainville, Kans.
Aug 3, 1937

Dear Miss Dobbs,

As president of the County Presidents I have been wandering if it would be possible for the County Presidents to have a time on the convention program for a conference period.  It seems to me if we each could have time and place in the morning at the time of the department conferences for a discussion of our problems as we find them in our counties it would be profitable.

I’ll tell you frankly I don’t care for some of the discussion that has gone on in our meeting some times, I don’t believe it has always been profitable but if we could hold the women to a discussion of those problems that each of us meets we might get some where.  We used to have these meetings and as a new County president I enjoyed them very much, but lately we’ve done nothing constructive and I’d as soon not meet at all if we don’t do something worth while.  Now maybe I’ve said too much!

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 like to put a notice in O.M. to that effect requesting the Co. Pres. to bring problems.

May I make a suggestion about the length of the convention, of course it doesn’t affect me this year because I am so near but sometimes I would have been glad if the convention had been over at noon Fri so we could have felt freer to go home.  Of course I know nearly all of them go anyway but I think it would look better for us to be there until it is over.

I believe it was last year we did get thru and just quit at noon, didn’t we?  I’d like to see that a permanent plan, I have talked with some others and they feel as I do.

Hoping for a good convention.


Mable M. Gilbert


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August 5, 1937

Mrs. Mable Gilbert
Plainville, Kansas

Dear Mrs. Gilbert:

Received your letter, and am very glad of the request you make, and I feel sure that some way can be arranged for one or two definite worthwhile meetings of the County President.  I hardly agree with your request that these should come at the time of the Department Conferences, because the County Presidents should be in the Department meetings to understand Department work, so as to push it through their County Directors, -- so few of whom have an opportunity of coming to the Convention and who must depend upon their County President to bring them the information and help for pushing the Departments.

I have several things which I would like to send to you for your consideration in connection with the County Presidents’ meetings.  I think they could be made very very helpful to the County Presidents, and that the [discussion] should be held to the problems of the Counties instead of other things, and be constructive.  No, you have not said too much, as the only way some of us are able to help in these things is by knowing the situation.  I think it would be fine for you to have a notice in the Messenger that the County Presidents bring their problems, and that these meeting will be constructive decisions. Thank you for your suggestion about the length of the Convention.  It may be that we can close it at noon on Friday, because there is very little of real business or inspiration in the afternoon program on Friday.  We want the Convention to be helpful, and what the women want, and not some preconceived ideas of a few.

Will you be able to do any field work during August and the early part of September?  When is your County Convention?  I understand that you are helping Mrs. Hickman with the plans for the State Convention.  I think that is fine.  Adjoining Counties that help in this, I am sure, will be much more interested in the convention than if they had no hand in it.

Please let me know about field work.

Yours lovingly,

Cor. Sec. Kansas W.C.T.U.



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National Woman’s Christian Temperance Union

1730 Chicago Ave, Evanston, Illinois
Editor of Literature
Evanston, Illinois

Aug. 21, 1937

Dear Miss Dobbs:-

I arrived in Evanston yesterday – here I changed machines on account of the ribbon.  Am now in the office of Miss Byrnes!

Yes, I will come on Friday the 27th at 11:05 AM, and speak for you in the afternoon.  I did not give a subject but presume you will want something along Medical Temperance departmental lines.  Any way make up any kind of a subject you think sounds good and I will try to make the grade, presumably on Medical Temperance objectives.  Since it is a convention of our women, they may prefer to hear about the intimate details of the work.

For this you will have me on your hands until Sunday the 29th ar 2:10 PM when I will embark for Colorado, because I have made definite arrangements with my friend there and cannot ask for a change as to day and hour, for she has confirmed the arrival.

If you want to work up any kind of a meeting for the evening, you may do so, as far as I am concerned.  If you want a group of people on any subject you think I can handle, do not hesitate zzz to arrange for it.

I guess my intimation about the broadcast did not arrive before you sent the letter.  I gave it at Cleveland Tuesday and Mrs. Green was well pleased.  Some commendations also came in which were gratifying to me, for I am always concerned that my voice shall go over properly. [Arrange for it if you can to.]

Miss Palmer will be in tomorrow and we will then delve into the narcotic question inclusively.  From then until I leave for you on Thursday life will be hectic.

Miss Pressly and I have just returned from a necessary walk for some fresh air along the water front, and I am resuscitated.

With pleasant anticipations of the visit in your state, I am,

Yours to serve, 


[If you want any kind of a talk before your Sunday School arrange it.]


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July 12, 1938.

Dear State Presidents:

I am herein submitting certain changes in the National W.C.T.U. legislative program for consideration in executive committee or the official board at the San Francisco convention.  You will find the program in the Handbook of 1938 under the legislative department, or you may have a copy of the Legislative Program Leaflet.

Alcoholic Beverages. Change “states” in (2) to “areas”.  After “prohibition” in (3) add “as far as is possible by Federal law.  Drop (4) because the food and drug bill became law.  Add new sentence, “We oppose Government manufacture of rum, “or “We favor prohibition of Government engaging in the manufacture of liquor.”

Add at the close of the second paragraph, “We believe a single state liquor law applying to distilled and malted liquor would be better than having separate laws for beer and distilled spirits.”

Narcotics.  No change.  However, I believe that we should go on record as skeptical about solving the problem by taxation and registration.

Children.  Are we ready to cut out all about women?  I should like to cut out all of this paragraph and say, “We favor ratification of the Federal Child Labor Amendment in in order to make sure that Federal child labor laws may not be declared unconstitutional.”

Civil Service.  No change.  Does civil service belong in our program?

Education.  Cut out (1) asking for a Secretary of Education in the President’s Cabinet.  Might we add that we oppose any public funds being used for private or church schools?

Federal Food and Drug Act.  Cut out all this section.  Insert “We favor amendment to law to require all foods, drugs, and drinks, containing alcohol, to bear labels showing quantity and proportion.”  At present, bottles of whisky must show this on the label, but bottles of beer and ale have no such marking.

International Relations. “We favor only such legislation as will relate to settlement of disputes by conciliation and arbitration.”  I should like to have each item under this section carefully weighed.  We find our women are at great variance on this program, some following one group and some another, many not acting in harmony with the W.C.T.U. program, and paying little attention to the convention pronouncements.  I should like to have our relation to other groups cleared up.

Marriage and Divorce. How about this substitute?  “We favor an adequate Federal law on marriage and divorce.  Pending the passage of federal law, we urge the enactment of a uniform law.  We believe an interval of time should elapse between application for and granting of marriage licenses and that the age of consent should be sufficiently high to prevent child marriages.”

Representation in Congress.  Cut out all this section, because (1) does not seem to be justified by our program, and (2) has been rejected by the W.C.T.U. of the District of Columbia.

Respectfully submitted,

Izora Scott, Legislative Director

Will all state presidents suggest anything which ought to be added [XXXXX] obscene literature, venereal disease, specific laws about women, etc?


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Harlan, Kans.
Sept. 23-38,

Miss Mary E. Dobbs,
Topeka, Kansas,

My Dear Miss Dobbs:-

Received your letter and Credential Card.  Am very sorry but I cannot come to convention this year.  So our Co will not be represented.  We do not have much money in the Co. Treas. so some thought they could not afford to send a delegate and our crop was a failure so I am not able financially to come.  I feel we miss so much when we do not attend Convention but hope for a good report soon.  I think the suggestions from Cala. fine.  We do most of them in our Co. One thing I would like to have to run info is in regard to our report blanks.  There are so many Depts that are not carried in every Co. yet we try to report what work has been done.  All the extra reports are sent to me.  We fill them out as best we can from reports sent in from over the Co.  Sometimes there is only one answer to be put on a report.  Yet it costs me three cents to send it.  I tried not sealing them this year in sending them in bundles when two or three went to the same person


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but they made me pay full postage.  Now in our missionary society the reports are sent in a postcard that can be returned for a penny and I wondered if we could try that.  It would save a good some over the state.  Also at our state con. if we could have any pictures [XX] anything new that was going to be used the next year displayed and explained it would be such a big help to us over State.  I hadn’t seen the Beneficent Reprobate (of course it was shown that year) and I was handicapped.  Also the slides none of us knew what was coming or just what to expect.  The same thing with the Little Wise man, and I never have gotten the ads to put in the papers.  I wrote about them trying to find out so as to see our editors and try to get them in our Co. papers but I didn’t get any answers and didn’t get the adds.  But the wets did.  Those five add came out in both Co papers we wrote our protest and they answered and said they wouldn’t take any more but would have to run the five according to agreement.  Also if we had had a road sign on display I think we could have


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voted much more intelligently on them, some thought them too small.  I am not finding fault only giving a few suggestions that would help the Co. Pres. as I have talked to others and they didn’t know what was coming more than I did.  Also in regard to the program literature which is sent in the packets.  The locals instructed me at Co. Con. to ask if more helps in the program as given could be used in that packet.  Now like yesterday in our Sept. meeting there was only one tract for the program in the budget.  We didn’t any of us know what the three bills of rights was.  In the panel discussion, if we could have something on the important ques. it would be such a help.  I hope you have a wonderful State Con. and the work will be strengthened and more workers enlisted.  May God Bless and may his spirit over rule all for good.


Mrs. Josephine Caldwell.

P.S. We have 2 fruitful Winners, members names, Mrs. Young [XXXXX]
Mrs. Kathryn Stewart, Harlan


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International Reform Federation
Founded in 1895 by Dr. Wilbur F. Crafts
The Federation promotes those moral and social reforms on which the Churches generally agree.
Official Periodical: Progress
General Superintendent and Editor
Clinton N. Howard
134 B Street. N.E., Washington, D.C.
Phone: Lincoln 1955
Washington, D. C.

Oct. 17th, 1939.

Miss Mary E. Dobbs,
517 Van Buren Street,
Topeka, Kansas.

My dear Miss Dobbs:-

At last, I was able to procure a good half tone of the picture of Carrie Nation which you so kindly loaned us.  I am terefore returning to you the original in the same condition as it was received by us.  I think we got a very excellent result.  It was my intention to include this picture in the Centenary number of Progress which was distributed at the National  convention which I addressed last Sunday – week at Rochester, N.Y. But I was unable to use it on account of limitation of space which would not allow the story that I intend to use with it.

I am very sorry for the long delay and thank you for your patience in allowing me to retain it for so long.  Please let me know if this reaches you safely.

Sincerely yours,

Clinton N. Howard


Will you please inform me of the date of the death of Mrs. Nation or of her birthday which would be appropriate time to use the picture and article.  [photo in photograph collection]


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1100 Quincy Street
Topeka, KS

October 21, 1939

Mrs. Minerva Russell
738 Broadview Street
Kansas City, Kansas

Dear Mrs. Russell:

You will remember a long time ago I borrowed from you a picture of Carrie Nation which you had in the home—a small one.  I secured it for Clinton N. Howard of Washington, D.C. because he wanted to have a cut made.

This week Mr. Howard returned the picture saying he had a fine cut made of it and that it would appear soon in Progress the paper which he published at Washington, D.C.

I have put the picture back in the frame in which you sent it and I am sending it on to you.  I hope it arrives safely.  I was sorry that Mr. Howard kept it so long but he apologized for the delay.

I am writing him that I have received it and returned it to the owner.  Glad to have seen you at Abilene.  Hope all is well at the home.


Mary E. Dobbs
Retiring Corresponding Secretary



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October 21, 1939

Mr. Clinton N. Howard
134 B. Street Northeast
Washington, D.C.

Dear Mr. Howard:

I have your letter of October 17 in which you returned the picture of Carrie Nation which I loaned to you for making a cut.  I am glad that you have secured a fine half tone.  Sometime we may wish to use it or a mat from it if we may.

I have returned the picture to the owner this morning so she will be happy. I have appreciated the fine pictures you sent in the Progress and your address delivered at the National Convention at Rochester.  I was much disappointed in not being able to attend the convention there.

My future address will be Williamsburgh, Kansas as I am leaving the corresponding secretary’s office.

Yours very truly,

Mary E. Dobbs
Retiring Corresponding Secretary



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All Aboard for Hutchinson.

The State convention will meet in the salt city for the first time since 1916.  The people of the city are planning for a royal welcome to the White Ribboners.

Rates of one and one half fare on the certificate plan will be granted on the railroads.  if 150 certificates are turned in.

Two splendid opportunities to see the unusual have been arranged for.  At Noon on Wednesday the delegates will be taken to the Reformatory to see the inmates there and to see the equipment to take care of the boys and young men sent there because of their misdemeanors.

On Friday afternoon at the close of the session arrangements have been made to visit the salt mines.  These under ground mines salt is dug out as coal as in other parts of the state will be something which does not come in ones way every day.

The program itself for the three days is a fine one.  Note the speakers and visitors who have been listed.  A goodly array.  Then the work of the convention itself is a real thriller.  Directors, secretaries and officers have reports and records which will enthuse tohe most phlegmatic.

We are hoping for 400 in attendance.  Come prepared to enjoy it all.

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this year.  This registration fee will cover the cost of the banquet as well as program, badge and song book.  The Hutchinson people are planning to take care of delegates and visitors during the convention. Visitors cards will be given the driver’s of cars so that all courtesies will be shown the visiting autoists.

Come to Hutchinson September 30 October 1-2-3 and make this the biggest and best convention of the W.C.T.U. ever held in Kansas.  Let us break all records.


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Have you planned for new subscriptions for the Union Signal so that Kansas may win the prize offered for the Upper Ten States. We must have 175 new subscribers right away.  Sedgwick county at their convention secured renewals and new subscriptions.  They are planning for more for the state convention shower, too.  We want every union in the state to have at least one new subscription for the SHOWER at Hutchinson send by your county president for that great event.

Credential Cards

The first of september the Credential cards will be sent to each union in the state to the local president as listed in the state minutes so you may have the credentials for the delegates.

Plan for each union to send at least one delegate and more if you are entitles to more.  Each union is entitled to one for the union and one for each twenty members or major fraction of twenty.  A great program has been prepared for the STATE CONVENTION and your union should have the benefit of it.

National Convention.

The National Convention comes in November the 12- at Houston Texas.  It will not be hearer for a long time.  Kansas should have a full delegation.  Come to State convention prepared to nominate some one for delegate to the National.

One and one half fare will be granted on the railways for both the State and National convention on the certificate plan.  Be sure that you get your certificate when you buy your ticket.

Now again we call you to report, fully, on time, on every department and send to the proper officer or director

prizes are offered your union may win one.


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Republican – [XXXXX, XX]
Total abstainer; fine man; well qualified; is serving his first term in Congress; believes in enforcement of all laws; strong for the 18th Amendment.

Republican – Rigdon, Walter.
Total abstainer; believes heartily in the 18th Amendment and in the enforcement of all laws; fine character; in sympathy with everything concerning human welfare.

Democrat – Little, Chauncey B.
Served two years in Congress and was satisfactory; total abstainer; believes in enforcement of all laws; well qualified for the position. No opposition.

Congressmen 3rd District,

Republican – Beezloy, George F.
Total abstainer; believes heartily in the 18th Amendment and the enforcement of all laws; fine character.

Republican – Chappell, Walter.
Total abstainer; stands for prohibition; now sheriff of Labette County.

Republican- McGugim, Harold.
Author of and advocator of cigarette law making sale of cigarettes legal in Kansas.  Good character; reported a total abstainer.

Republican- Wedell, Hugo.
Total abstainer: believes in the 18th Amendment and strict enforcement of all laws.  Well qualified for place and fine man.

Democrat – Knight, Earl M.
Total abstainer; believes in enforcement of all laws; no opposition.

CONGRESSMEN 4th District.

Republican – Hoch, Homer. Splendid record in Congress: no opposition; total abstainer; believes in strict law enforcement; fine education

Democrat – Clausen, Miss May
Fine reputation; total abstainer, good education; no opposition.


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Dear Sisters:

September, the month when the children begin school duties again, the month when the W.C.T. U. takes up the work of the new year with all its possibilities and plans for progress.  September the month of the Frances Willard Day Programs in the schools.  Are your plans all made to push every opportunity and push the education which our organization stands for in every line?

Are you ready with all reports of the closing year sent in to the proper person.  Have you the names and addresses of the officers and directors local and county all made out and in the hands of the proper party so the county and the state will have the necessary information for directories and reports? 

Have you ordered the helps for your union-Programs, program literature, Blotters for the Frances Willard Day distribution in schools.  If your school does not have a picture of Frances Willard have you planned to present one?  Or if they have that will you not present the picture of Neal Dow, the Father of Prohibition?

Have you ordered the new study book Give Prohibition a Chance for your union or for your library?

If you have not done all these things, why not?  Have you sponsored the secuting of ten subscriptions for Young Crusader for grade schools, Sunday schools and boys and girls?  Kansas wants thirty unions who have done this before the middle of September.


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Natoma Osborne County Y.P.B. xxxxxxx August 13 by Mrs. Mabel Plumer with seven members.

President Miss Mildred Hobrock Natoma, Secretary Miss Ruth Green

Natoma, Treasurer Mr Merrill Mayo, Paradise.

General Secretary Mrs. Grace Marlow, Natoma.

Russell County W.C.T.U. By Mrs. Mabel Plumer August 13, 19

President Mrs. Della Roderick Lucas, Cor Sec Mrs. Ada Angell, Paradise, Treasurer Mrs. Ray Deardorff Waldo/.


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Dear Sisters:

Justa last word before convention.  We hope that many of you will be at Manhattan to have a part in this splendid convention. The Manhattan people are doing theor best to make it a success.  The Railroads have granted us rates, one fare and one half on the certificate plan.  Let each on who come be sure to get her certificate when she buys her certificate.  We must have 100 of these to get the reduction.

Anna A Gordon Members.

We feel that in no way can we honor Miss Gordon better than by adding to the membership of the W.C.T.U.  therefore we are asking that in the next three weeks every union get at least five new members and the Union will be [XXXXXXXX] an Anna A Gordon Prohibition Patriot.  Be sure that the dues reach the state treasure before October 25th.

We want 1500 new members during October.  Will you help.  Members gained at this time will not add to your budget for this year 1931-1932.  Let us see what union can get the longest list of new paid up members.  Or if you have some members who are delinquent get them to pay up and send in their dues it all counts.  Kansas wants a particularly fine report for National this year.

Supplies for the Americanization center  Our workers at Pitsburg and vicinity report that the supplies coming in have been very limited.  There is such need let us remember them and send in a good big carton, two or


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Name___________________ Age_____________________

Home Address_____________________________________

School or Place of Employment________________________

Name and address of parent or guardian_____________________________


Church Denomination ___________________________________________

Kindly reserve accommodations for ________________at Bluebird Camp

From:_(Date)_______________________ To: _(Date)___________________

State Station and time of Arrival_____________________________________



Recommended by_________________________________________________



Above recommendation to be personally signed by officers of W.C.T.U. Registration fee of $1.00 must be paid when application is made.  Send filled blank and $1.00 to Mrs. W.W. Daniels, 232 S. Erie, Wichita, Kansas, Registration Secretary.


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would be better and be sure that it is all clean and usable. 


Many unions have availed themselves of the splendid helps for this year- programs, the program literature, the study book, the blotters for the schools but we have plenty on hand to supply others. prices, programs 3Ȼ each in quanties of more than five; Program literature 25Ȼ a package, study book “Whats it All About” 25Ȼ Blotters 25 Ȼ per 100.  Hand books 5Ȼ each.

Convention Displays.

At the convention the various departments will have displays of literature, helps, and work that has been done in local unions over the state.  Spend some time looking these over and get new ideas for your own union.

Literature distribution.

This year the distribution of terse, upto date literature will be emphasized.  Among other things do you have a literature box to put up in some convenient place to put your literature in so the public may have a chance to read it?  We have good substantial boxes for all can be put in depots, barber shops, rest rooms, any where people have to wait at 30Ȼ each.  At convention there will be packages of literature assorted to wo with them for 10Ȼ.  Come prepared to take advantage of all these bargains. 

National Display

Miss Nichols of the National Headquarters will be there with a fine line of National publications, helps books, and literature.  Look these over and buy some.


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Time and space both demand that I be brief.  Have you sent in your name to the committee at Manhattan so they will have your place of entertainment all ready for you when you get there.  If not do so now.  Send Mrs. Mary Bradshaw 514 Poyntz Ave Manhattan, Kansas.

“The sweetest lives are those to duty wed,
Where deeds both great and small,
Are those knit strands of unbroken thread
Where love enables all.”

“The world may sound no trumpet, ring no bells,
The book of Life the record tells.”

Yours in loving service,

Mary E. Dobbs


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People seem very glad to know that there is a book they can get which tells about the life of Carry A. Nation.  We have such a book.  The price is one dollar.  It should be in every library in the state on the Prohibition Book shelf.  How many books dealing with the prohibition question from the standpoint of the dry’s are in your library.  Better look up and find out.  Next month I will furnish a list of books that are deceiving in their titles and are in many libraries.  Get the right kind of books in.  I am appending a list you may secure from this office.  Vacation is a good time to get these ready to present when your new year begins.

Y.P.B. Encampment.

Read the report of the meeting at Winfield at the park in June.  I wish many more of you could have been there.  You would have gained much inspiration and enthusiasm as well as information that would make you want a young peoples branch in your town.

We all feel the loss of the World’s President and one who has been connected so intimately with the national organization for so many years.  Her faithfulness at all times and places won for her the recognition both at home and abroad.  May we each work the harder to push on the work Miss Anna Adams Gordon has loved and devoted her life to that the coveted results may come.

Yours lovingly,

Mary E Dobbs


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Report Blank for Local Union.


 County____________________________President of Union____________________________


______________________________________________________________________________1.  Have you a local Director?____________________________________________________
2.  Number who signed American Sentinel Pledge during the year?_________________[ACA]
3. Total number who signed any Anti-Tobacco pledge?
4.  Did your union use the program for Narcotic Education Week?______________________
5.  Number of meetings at which Anti-Narcotics was part of program?___________________
6.  Did you observe a law posting day?______Number of laws posted?___________________
7.  How did you co-operate with Woman’s clubs for a grogram on drugs?_________________
8.  Did you conduct an original poster contest?______________________________________
9.  How did you co-operate with Boy Scouts and other groups in presentation of department and securing of pledges?__________________________________________________________
10.  Pages of Literature used?____________Blotters used?________ Posters placed?_________
11.  Narcotic Medal contests held?__________________________________________________
12.  Number of essays written on Tobacco topics?_____________________________________
13.  How did you co-operate in observance of Anti-Cigaret Day?_________________________
14.  Is smoking prohibited in markets, bakeries and places where foods are exposed for sale?__________________________________________________________________________
15. Number of articles sent to newspapers?___________________________________________
16.  What appeal did this department make to get new members?__________________________
17.  State the amount of money expended in this department.____________________________


On reverse side of this blank add items that have helped to make your meetings valuable.  Explain more fully about contests, posting laws, etc.


Please return this blank by ___________________________to your County Director,




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This month the report blanks go to each corresponding secretary in the state.  I am sending to county and local blanks to the county Cor Secretaries as given in the state minutes with enough blanks to be sent to each local Corresponding secretary by the county secretary.  I hope each Local and county secretary will be very prompt and definite in making out these reports.  From these reports we get the material for the report to National. Kansas ranks with the Upper ten.  We want to hold that place.

Also to the local presidents the department blanks for each local director have been sent.  Let every union make out a report of all the work done during the year whether you have had a department director or not.

The Standard of Excellence has been sent to the County Presidents and they have been asked to send the Local blanks on to the local presidents.  I hope every county will use the Decorations and emblems as mentioned in the State minutes on page 24 at their county conventions.  Let each local union try to reach the goals on the standard of excellence for local unions.  Then it will be possible for the county to have a decoration at the state convention in which they will take pride.  But it all depends on the work done by the local unions.

There will be a new feature at the state convention this year.  Every county which has made a net gain this year in membership will be recognized on by placing of a flag on the new state map which we will have at the convention.  Let every union work to make this possible.  If every union in the state makes


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a net gain then the county will make a net gain.  It will be possible for some union in a county to make such a big gain that the county will have a net gain.  On the other hand it will be possible for some union to make such a loss that it will hinder the other unions even tho they all make a gain from bringing the county to a real gain.  May we count on each of you doing your best to give your county an honor Flag?

Prohibition patriots.

Keep on winning five members and sending in the name of your prohibition patriots.  You will notice that we have a few for this month.  July and August are hot months but we are cooler when we are busy.  So just keep on working for new members for your union.

New Unions.

We set our goal last year for one new union in each county.  Thus far we have 24, only one fourth of the number asked for.  Where can a new union be organized in your county?  Tell us about it and we will see if we cannot get one organized.

Mrs. Doress Ireland of Missouri was in our state for the Y.P.B. Encampment and we planned for her to do some house to house work coming and going.  The result is two new unions up to date and I am looking for at least two more before the month closes.   

How great it would be if some of the unions could be responsible for a new union.  Who will try?

Kansas needs 200 new subscriptions to the Unions Signal in order to reach the Quota set.  How many unions will get at least two right away.  100 Unions each getting two would give us that number.  Then we must not let the subscriptions lapse that we now have.  Watch and see that your Signal is renewed before it is out.


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As we look to the closing of the year we find so many things we would like to remind the women of so the goals would all be reached.

How about light line unions.  Where do we stand now?  Kansas wants to have a long long line of light line union representatives at the convention at Manhattan.  Do not fail to send to the state treasurer five dollars for the World’s work and one dollar and a half for a subscription to some foreign missionary.  They your union will be represented in the demonstration at the state convention.

State Programs

In this issue of Our Messenger you will find the programs for next years work beginning in September.  The program booklets will be ready in August.  Order soon so that you will have them as soon as out and have your plans all completed for your new year for the September meeting.  The price will be the same as before 5 cents each or 3 cents each in quantities of more five or more.  The the fine package of program helped at 25 cents will prove very valuable.  These will be ready in August too.

Study Book

What’s It All About a fine book by Rose Weston Bull has been chosen for the work this year.  It is particularly fine in its explanation of why prohibition is needed.

Quotations in Program.

You will enjoy these because they are taken from Miss Houlder’s Book, Dryosophy and Dryology.  It will be fine for schools and libraries.  The price is 1.50.


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[c. Sept. 1931]

Come to Manhattan.

The State Convention of Kansas Woman’s Christian Temperance Union will meet in Manhattan this year, October 6 to 9, guests of the city and the local unions.  Manhattan is so well known over the state as the home of Kansas State College of Agriculture and Applied Science that any other mention seems almost superfluous but we would mention our parks, our good roads coming in from all directions, our well-kept town of lovely homes, the many fine businesses, the good hotels, our fine schools and churches, but best of all is the fine spirit of our people- up to date and friendly, they are kept young by rubbing shoulders with the four thousand students who come not only from our own state but from far countries and live among us during the school year. 

Take all these things and countless other advantages and surrong them with the most beautiful scenery in the state and you have a small notion of Manhattan.

For transportation in the city we have the motor busses which operate on a regular schedule and one of the best taxi services we have ever seen.  The taxi will take you anywhere in the city for fifteen cents.  The regular fare of the bus is ten cents.

All delegates will confer a favor on the assignment committee by writing Mrs. Mary Bradshaw, 514 Poyntz, telling her whether they will arrive by train, by bus or by auto and if a delegate has a friend or acquaintance with them she would like to stay tell Mrs. Bradshaw.  After a delegate is once located in a home the assignment committee cannot change her to a different place. 

The meetings will be in the First M.E. Church which is practically new and fitted with modern conveniences.


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The heartiest of welcomes is hereby extended to all members of the W.C.T.U. whether delegates or not and to all friends of temperance and righteousness who can fine it possible to spend time with us during the convention.

Nellie E. Schneider,

General Chairman of Convention Committee.


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Dear Sisters;

The splendid state convention is now history.  We should be proud of the record made this year as the repirts were given.

We can start the new year with rejoicing and determination to keep up our good record in the year 1932.

We have made a good beginning for there are several new unions added and a goodly number of new patriots.

Anna A Gordon Patriots.

By vote of the state convention, this year we will call the those who gain five new members Anna A Gordon Patriots in honor of our departed leader.  We want every union to have a number of these patriots.  As an award this year we will again use the little flag and in addition will present each so honored with a card with the picture of Miss Gordon and a message from her when she was president of the National W.C.T.U.

Ann A Gordon Champions.

To those who gain five new paid up Honorary members the title of Anna A Gordon Champions will be given.

Let us get busy now and push this membership campaign through the whole year. We shall have to report to National July 1 1932 so let us get as many early in the year as possible.

County Institutes.

To every county president a letter has been sent giving her the date for her county institute and the speaker or field worker with the exception of a few cases where the date and speaker has not been assigned yet.  We hope that every county will fall into line.  If you have written you cannot accept the date given I wonder if you cannot reconsider and take the date.


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Local Union Programs

We have been delighted with the demand for the local unions programs offered by the state.  Already 3000 programs have been bot by local unions.  At this rate the supply will not last long.  Better get your right away, And while you are asking for programs at 3Ȼ each you would better get the package of program literature to help carry out the programs – 25Ȼ for literature for all the programs and the department plans of work too.

The new study book is attractive and cheap, 25Ȼ for What’s It All About?  Send in your order quickly.


Has your union planned to distribute these fine blotters to the pupils in your public schools?  Today I filled an order for 4000 for Dodge City for them to use in the grade schools.  Who else will plan to do this.  25Ȼ per 100.


On the Statndard of Excellence requirement is to place a book in the public or school library.  We have some fine ones for this.  In the list are these, Life of Carry A. Nation, $1.00.  Prohibition an adventure in Freedom, $2.00; Dryosophy and Dryology by Graccio L Houlder $1.50; Give Prohibition a Chance, $1.25.


Neal Dow said “Maine went dry because the state was sown knee deep with literature.”  We need the same today to educate the people and such fine leaflets have been prepared for this purpose.  Not only the W.C.T.U. but the Church Temperance Boards have most excellent material.  Order the literature, see that you have a Literature Box to put it in where people will read it.  Boxes 30Ȼ.  Packages of literature 10Ȼ this is the newest up to date literature to be found.


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Institute Prizes:

Prizes are being offered this year as last for four achievements in attendance at these state wide County institutes.  A prize will be offered by the state/ (1) to the county which has the largest per cent of members in attendance: (2) To the county having the largest per cent on county directors in attendance; (3) To the county having the largest number of officers in attendance. (4) A special prize will be offered for the counties having every county officer and director in attendance.

What counties will win.  The state minutes will tell who won last year.  Get the state minutes and find out for yourselves who won.

State Minutes.

One of the questions on the Auxiliary blanks to be filled by each union asks “Do all officers have the state Minutes?”  Unions cannot answer this in the affirmative unless they have the Minutes. Therefore the convention re-affirmed the action taken at the Iola convention authorizing the State Cor Sec to send three copies of state the annual report or state minutes to each local union in addition to the one free copy for the president, the local union to pay for the extra three copies for the officers or sell them to the members, and send 25 cents for them, to headquarters

Let every union feel that this is one of its obligations.  I am sure if you will only do this and then study the Minutes you will be much better fitted to do the work of your office.

Any unions wishing additional copies please order soon.  The State minutes will be ready to send out shortly after the middle of November if not sooner.


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Magazine articles.

If you want something especially fine in the discussion of the temperance question get the October issue of the International Journal of Religious Education.  Some of the topics discussed are “Children and Liquor Problem”,” The Church and the Liqour Problem”, “Youth faces the problems of Prohibition.” “The Liquor Problem if Today” Alcohol a Food, a Drug, a Poison.”  The American and other have fine articles.  It would be a fine project for each union to make a scrap book of these many fine articles so that they would be available for use when help is needed in addresses, for talks and papers.  Try it. 

Red Letter days.

Another requirement this year on the Standard of Excellence as revised is for each union to observe at least six red letter days.  In the state minutes there are 19 listed.  This month November we have Peace Day November 11.  In December Crusade and Pioneers Day December 23.  There is a question on the Auxiliary black also on this.

There are so many things to be thought of in beginning the work of the year I am anxious that you shall have the helps that will make your work more effective and successful.

Study the plan of work.  See the actions and recommendations from the state convention and then do your best to make this a great year.  May our God give you wisdom and strength to carry on.

Lovingly, Lovingly,
Mary E. Dobbs


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Our Americanization Missionary Work.

It is so important that every union help with this work.  This is your opportunity to do Americanization work even tho you have no such work in your own community.

Mrs. Fannie Holt, the devoted sales manager at Pittsburg has sent in a very fine report of the work done there the past year.  But she cannot do what she would like unless the supplies are sent her to use.  You ask what to send?  Clothes for men and children, Shoes hose, anything that can be used to cloth people and soap or the money for soap.  They can use good papers Sunday School papers are preferred, also Sunday school cards, and pictures.

It does not seem possible that it could be necessary to urge that everything that is sent be CLEAN, But sometimes they are not.

It has been suggested that the various counties be assigned a month in which they would send supplies.  Would you like this?

Everybody however who possible can send something this month as cold weather will soon be here.

Miss Nettie Cuthbertson and Lily B Heaton or visitors and teachers in that territory have fine reports of their work.  We want them to continue so send on your supplies to Mrs. Fannie Holt. 110 W 11th St Pittsburg Kansas.

Supplies received to October 10.1931

Mrs. Jessie Lewis Otego – 1 Carton
Mrs. M. O. Trees Sabetha, 1 Carton
Mrs Berha Kinne Erie 1 package and 1 carton
Mrs. Belle Martin Glasco – 1 carton
Mrs. A C. Carpenter Ft Scott 1 Box S.S. literature
Mrs Jennie Weede Sterling – 1 carton


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Mrs. H.E. Garner Caldwell, 1 carton.
Mrs Fannie Holt
116 E 11th Pittsburg Kansas

October 24, 1931

Dear Mrs. Grover:

I am sorry to be late.  The rush of the Institutes and copy for the minutes with the orders etc coming in has delayed me.  I hope you have room for what I have. 

I know you enjoyed the meeting at Manhattan for the Baptist church.  I was so glad you had the opportunity to attend that.

It is late at night so I will not take time to write more only to wish you many happy birthdays yet.

Lovingly, Cor Sec.


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Additions and Changes in State Minutes Directory.

Barton County – Mrs Lida Spiers, 1424 Park Place, Great Bend
Y.P.B. Sec Mrs. X.L. Weisenberger, Great Bend
L.T.L. Secretary Mrs B.B. Clark, Great Bend
Brown County Hamlin President Mrs. Della Avery, Cor Sec. Mrs. J. Mussellman.
Cheyenne County, “Lawn Ridge.” – President Mrs. Inez Keller, St Francis.
Jewell County – Mankato, President Mrs. J.W. Nixson, Cor Sec Mrs. Olive Trump,
Treasurer Mrs Fisher.
Marshall County – Blue Rapids, President Mrs. H. J. Oaklund, Cor Sec Mrs Frank Marvin, Treasurer Mrs W.L. Wilmoth.
Waterville, President, Mrs. Youngmeyer, Cor Sec Mrs D.E. Gordon Treasurer Mrs. Fred Honstend.
Mitchell County – Asherville, No Officers Mrs. Carrie Baker dead.
Shawnee County – Changes made in Directors – Soldiers and Sailors, Mrs. A.J. 1711 Laurel Dooley; Gift Day, Miss Martha Bennett 820 Monroe St.; Flower Mission and Relief, Mrs. G.G. Bastian, 564 Burr St; Motion Pictures, General Officers
Topeka Central, Mrs. Bertha Evans, 1229 Clay
Lillian Mitchner, Mrs May Kanode 2020 West St.
Topeka North, Mrs Prudence Haun:
Topeka Sherman, Mrs. R.G. Walthall 806 Polk
Topeka West Side, Mrs. S.J. Old.
Wallace County – Dinus unions P.O. Wallace.
Wyandotte County – Kansas City, Arborhurst, Pres Mrs. C Gould, 3241 W 42nd st.


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Mrs. Lillian Mitchner State Pres. Hutchinson Kansas
Mrs. Ida M Walker Vice Pres. Norton - -
Miss Mary E. Dobbs – Cor Sec.  Wichita - -
Mrs Leah Thomas – Rec. Sec. Barclay - -
Mrs. Lizzie K. Robinson State Treas. Eudora - -
Mrs. Lucy E.Skaer Y.P.B. Sec.  Wichita - -
Mrs. Flora Rogers – Proxy Pres-Decatur Co  Oberlin - -
Mrs. Cora Brown Pres Pawnee Co – Larned - -
Mrs. T.D. Ragsdale Pres  Harvey Co -  Newton - -
Mrs. Minerva Russell – Pres Allen Co – Carlyle - -
Mrs. T.E. Osborn – Pres Crawford – Girard
Mrs. Eyler State  Missionary Pittsburg - -
Mrs. R.T. McIntire Co Pres – Minneola Kans -
Mrs. Lida Herrick – Nat Lecturer Wichita - -
Mrs. Essie W. Kelley Co Pres – Wichita - -
Mrs. Irena Setlz - - - -  Wichita - -
Mrs. Anna B. Wilson - - -  Sterling - -
Mrs. Elsa B. Diver - - - Abbyville - -
Mrs. Agnes Rogers - - - Winfield Kan -
Mrs. Elizabeth Drum - - - Lawrence -
Mrs. Charlotte Newby Local Treas. – Tonganoxie Kan -
Mrs. Jennie Greer -  State Supt – Leavenworth Kans.
Mrs. Q.H. Shelly – Proxy for Co Pres – Leavenworth -
Mrs. H.E. Hernbling Pres Lyin Co – Emporia Kans -
Mrs. P.J. Clevenger 303 W 18 st Topeka, Kans
Mrs. Anna Fisher Local pres – Topeka Central 701 Fillmore
Mrs. M.B. Hathaway – Topeka – 1323 College -
Mrs. Eva M. Gere Co Pres Shawnee Co – Topeka -
Mrs. Ida Ridgeway – Tonganoxie Kans-
Mrs. Merton Thistlethwarte – Tonganoxie -

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Mrs. Sena Hartzell Wallace – Kansas City Kansas
Mrs. Nellie Turper – State Supt – Topeka Kans-
Mrs. Ione Hallman  Topeka, Kans -
Mr. C. M. Bennett  Topeka, Kans -
Rocella M. Bennett – State Supt – Topeka Kan.
Ida Atkins - - Topeka Kans
Addie Neal  Co Pres Cloud – Glasco Kans-
Mrs. H.O. Garvey State Chairman, International Council of Women – Topeka
Miss Mary B Ervin – Nat – L.T.L. Sec – Xenia Ohio
Mrs. C.E. Reed – Co Pres Norton, Kans
Mrs. L.E. Hudson  Pres Johnson Co – Olathe
Mrs. Mae Hirchman 634 Hickory Ottawa
Mrs. W.O. Ferguson Pres – Jackson Co – Dennison-
Mrs. J.W. Kreider - - Lecompton
Mrs. Eugenia L. Penrod- Member board W.C.T.U. Home- K.C. Kans
Mrs. Hattie I. Sparks – Pres- Wyandotte Co, K.C. Kansas
Mrs. H.W. Foster – Topeka, Kansas
Miss Martha Bennett - - - - - -
Mrs. Gertrude M. Hoad – Co Treas – Lecompton, Kas
Mrs. E.E. Pember – Proxy – Co Pres – Franklin Co -
Mrs. Bradshaw Pres Riley Co -  Manhattan, Kan
Mrs. Smith Ex State Pres – Ottawa Kans

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[c. 1932]

Literature Department
Kansas W.C.T.U.

In return for literature to be supplied by the National W.C.T.U. Publishing House in accordance with special proposition submitted and accepted, we [Kansas W.T.C.U.] agree to furnish not less than 3 inches of space in advertising matter to appear in each issue of [Our Messenger] From July 1932 to July 1933.  Credit in literature to be taken out before July 1st, 1933.


Failure to return signed contract will cancel credit.

Failure to insert advertisement will deduct from amount of credit.

Signed  [Lillian M. Mitchner, President

State   [Kansas]

Editor [Mrs. Emma W. Grover]

In order to bring checking up to date, the following data can be kept for ready reference.

Circulation – 13,000 monthly

Credit –

Copies – 1932                                         Copies - 1933

Month                  Inches                      Month                                             Inches

July                                 January

August                            February

September                      March

October                          April

November                       May

December                       June

Amount Literature Orders –

One copy of this contract to be retained by editor and one by Editor-in-Chief.

One copy to be signed and filled in as to circulation and returned to Literature Department of National W.C.T.U. Evanston, Illinois.



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[This is a duplicate of page 270]


[Page 272 1936-1939]


[Oked by all officers]



Dear Sisters:

The fiscal year of the Kansas W.C.T.U. closes September 1 with the books closing September 20th.

Funds are short because many unions have not paid their budget.  We do not want to come out in the red [ with a deficit]   We urge every union that has not paid its budget in full to send in something, if not the send the whole amount,[ if possible], to the state treasurer before September 20th.  The need is great.  The time is short.  The King’s business reguireth haste.  Get busy and see what you can do before September 20th.   Up to last month 41 unions had paid Budget in full, 164 in part, this leaves nearly 200 that have paid nothing.

Let every union pay something.  This means your Union.  May be some friend would like to make a donation for the cause.  Pray, work, give, send, that the work of the W.C.T.U. may not be hindered from lack of support.

Yours for service,

General officers.
Vice President Ida M. Walker
Corresponding Sec
Recording Sec.

Suggest any changes you think would strengthen this.


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[This is a duplicate of page 272 Just signature different Leah F. Thomas. An excellent idea. Glad to O.K. it. Leah]


[Page 274 1936-1939]


Dear Sisters:

As we look foreard to the months ahead of us the work of the organization should loom big.  Let us not be satisfied with the work we have done in the past but strive to reach a higher mark.

In the World Olympics which were held in California last summer in which thirty nine of the nations of the world had official representatives [XXXXXXXXXX] the various events it was the ambition to out do the record of the past and reach new attainments which had not been reached before.

In the year which stretches let us strive to outdo the achievements of the past and make new records beyond anything that has been attained before.

To do this we must definitely decide to take up department work.  Every union is urged to take up the six departments listed under principles.  The principles of the organization are the foundation of these departments.

1.  Scientific Temperance Instruction.- - Is your union planning to do its utmost in promoting this line of work.  In the National Plan of work we find these words “Scientific Temperance Instruction means definite teaching and training by the schools as to the effects of alcohol and other narcotics, so directed as to appeal to ideals of personal health, vigor, fitness for work, character and responsibility for the welfare of others.”

On page 2 of the plan of work last paragraph is a very definite and practical suggestion as to how to go about getting this.


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have some definite plans for this which each union should attempt to carry out.


I have called your attention to these departments because they were recommended by the National convention and by our own state convention, in their plan of work.  In order that we may carry out this plan of work we should plan on provide the avenues through which these lines of work may be carried on in your local union.  That means that you should give time and thought to directors for these departments.  Will you act this month so that you can report to your county president that you have complied with the recommendations of state and National.  Send for the plans of work to put in to the hands of these women so selected that they may know how to do their work.

Carry as many other departments as you can but take these first.

Union Signal.

National recommends that we take advantage of the six month rate for the paper for fifty cents and get a lot of people to taking it.  Will you reach your quota this year?  This offer will help you to do so.  Send the Young Crusader to the schools.  LO copies to separate addreses for thre dollars if the names are all sent at once.


Why have I written you on this wise, Because my study of the reports show that many are anxious for a definite suggestion for work and how to go about it.  The organization is only really effective as it does its work according to a plan and the


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Have you presented a book to your school or given them a packet of special helps.  One school that I know of the principal has asked for literature which can be used by the teachers.  He has a folder for this help.  Can you provide your school with a few definite things which will be helpful.  It will not cost much.

2.  Christian Citisenship.  As the first department is designed to educate this children and youth of the land so this department is designed to instruct and inform older people  Ask the various organizations in your community to devote time to studying the alcohol question.  Recommend that the book used last year, “What’s it all about” or the study book we are using this year reviewed in some programs in their meetings.  Use the Rainbow leaflets.  Scatter them broadcast.  Use them in your newspapers.  put them in wall-pockets.

3.  Child welfare.  While this is to concern the health of the child and those things which make for a better environment for the child, I cannot but speak here of the Loyal Temperance Legion.  If there is one place where we have not measured up to our opportunities it is here.  There should be an active L.T.L. in every community where there is a W.C.T.U.  Just as a home is not complete until there is a child in the midst just so no W.C.T.U. can be counted as doing its whole duty until it has mothering and L.T.L.  O for women with a consecration for this work.  It means giving effort study, time.  But oh the results are so worth while.  Dear sisters, will you not take this upon your hearts until you have found the one who will be willing to carry on this one of the greatest


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lines of work and one that will be so far reaching.  The teaching instilled into the mind of the child by the pleasant activities of the L.T.L. will find its fruit in the citizen of tomorrow.

3.  Evangelistic.  Born in prayer, with a zeal for the redemption of the souls and lives of men and women who were tempted and fallen our organization can well go back to its first works and do definite evangelistic work among the people who are forgetting God and God’s laws as well a the laws of man.

A criminal caught tried and convicted in not a man who is sorry for what he has done and who resolves that he will not sin again; but a sinful man who has presented to him the better way so that his life and habits are changed not is [XXX] from his ways but becomes an asset instead of a liability in the work.  Women pray that God may show you the open door to the lives of those who are blinded by the tempers along the way.  Push the evangelistic department work.

4.  Medical Temperance and health.  This may not be so important in our state where our physicians are not permitted to prescribe liquor as a medicine, but there are many people who need to be educated that alcoholic liquor is not a remedy but a poison and that many patent medications which are advertised today are merely harmless concoctions with alcohol or other narcotic drugs added which make them a real menace.  Give the people the truth.  Here again it is education that will win. 

6.  Social morality the department which insists upon a white life for two is important.  The new director of National will


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plan as outlined by Miss Willard for the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union is through departments headed by directors.


Throughout the state now the statewide county institutes are being held.  Mrs. Walker, Mrs Kershner, Mrs. Sibbitt, Mrs. Taylor, Mrs Davidson began work in October.  Mrs. Mitchner and Mrs Nickel will begin immediately after election and Mrs. Thomas as soon as her work on the editing of the minutes is finished. 

The suggestive program is in the issue of Our Messenger.  It is a full program.  Fit it to your needs.  Be sure to bring out much on methods.

Make your noonday lunch a great time.  Have a peppy program for the lunch hour which will give people an idea of the W.C.T.U.


National has put out a leaflet showing that the larger the vote polled the larger the dry vote is.  Do all you can to get out the vote and help make the dry vote a large one.  How did you like having the information concerning Congressional and state candidates in Our Messenger?

The Woman’s Congress

I presume every local president has received a card from our National President Mrs. Ella A Boole urging that you get signers for the petition to the nations of the world so send women of note to the Congress to be held in Chicago in July 1933.  If you have no petition form write me and you can have them send postage.  Every body work a little and the results will be marvelous.


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Dear Women, As I sit at my desk and write this I am seeing in my mind the faces of those I have met from many party of the state and so this is personal to each of you.

God bless you each one in and strengthen you to meet the trials and difficulties which you meet on the way.  He is love and will help us.

Yours lovingly,

Mary E. Dobbs.


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This program is compiled from items submitted by member organizations and is submitted to the Kansas Council of Women as the legislative program for the organization.

1.  Legislation directed toward an effective civil service law for Kansas.  Sponsored by the Kansas League of Women Voters, Kansas Federation of Women’s Clubs and the Kansas Dinner Club.

2.  Enactment of laws in education including the following:

(1)  To make permanent equalization for elementary and high schools.
(2)  To extend provisions of the Barnes Law to all counties.
(3)  To establish adequate and uniform provisions for student transportation.
(4)  To inaugurate a fair system of school retirement.

Sponsored in whole or in part by American Association of University Women, Kansas Dinner Club, Kansas Home Economics Association, and Kansas Congress of Parents and Teachers.  Certain items not identical in statement are approved by other member organizations.

(3) Legislation making it permissive for state institutions of higher learning to bond to build the residence halls so sadly needed in these institutions. [Without tax support or direct appropriation] Sponsored by American Association of University Women, Kansas Dinner Club, Kansas Home Economics Association and accepted by the Kansas Council of Women, last year.

4.  Legislation that will provide a library field worker for the State of Kansas.  Sponsored by Kansas League of Women Voters and American Association of University Women.

5.  Legislation providing for the establishment of Home Demonstration Work on as sound a basis as now is given agriculture.  Sponsored by Kansas Home Economics Association.

6.  Support of legislation directed toward improvement of education for home and family life.  Sponsored by Kansas Home Economics Association.

8.  Continued interest in support of measures for Child Welfare, abolition of child labor, and in possible legislation for Cancer Control.  Sponsored by Kansas Federation of Women’s Club.

Respectfully submitted,

Mrs. J.E. Johntz, Chairman
Committee on Legislation
Kansas Council of Women


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The traveling Libraries Commission is receiving a growing number of appeals for assistance which cannot easily be given by correspondence.

Help is sought in organizing libraries, cataloging books, planning library buildings, selection of books for purchase, and repairing of books, all of which need to be discussed or demonstrated in person.

Following are a few of these requests:

“Our Farm Bureau is desirous of starting a library in the community but we are at a loss to know how to proceed.”

“The Business and Professional Women of __________are planning to establish a public library here soon, and we are wondering if you can give us any information as to what to do first.”

“The Club women of our town are interested in the betterment of our library and would like information which would enable them to make the most essential improvement first.  Any assistance which you might give us would be greatly appreciated.”

“We are starting a small library here, and I am wondering if we could or should attempt to catalog it without expert help...Any information you can give us will be appreciated.”

“The____________County Council (Women’s Clubs) is working on a project to educate the people of the county to library needs, and we find ourselves in need of help... We want a speaker who can furnish not only the facts concerning the county library law, but also who can bring to our people the interest and enthusiasm that will make them determine to get this matter carried out successfully at our election.”

“I wish to solicit your help in planning for a better library in the small town of________________, which is 12 miles from the county seat....There is no form of amusement nearer than the county seat and the people are not financially able to seek it there....”

“We are working on a card catalog file for magazines and books and are not exactly sure as to how to proceed...We shall appreciate any suggestions.”

“We of the American Legion Auxiliary are interested in promoting a library project here... Any information you can give us will be welcome.”

“If you can refer me to a book that would be helpful for untrained librarian to read, I’ll appreciate it very much...”

“I am a member of the Lion’s Club and am planning to address the club on the subject of a library in our town...If my talk arouses the proper response, I plan to assist in the founding of the library.  Any help you can give us will be appreciated.”



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What would a field worker do?

Assist public spirited citizens and groups in their efforts to secure better library facilities for their communities (such as women’s clubs, farm bureau units and civic organization).

Give expert help to librarians and trustees of small public libraries, when requested.

Know the library situation in every part of the state and be prepared to assist in the efficient and fair administration of funds from state or federal aid, if such funds should become available for libraries.

Would the service of a library field worker tend to lessen local authority.

It would do exactly the opposite.  The field worker’s purpose would be to strengthen the local library and help it become more independent.  Similar service is provided by the state library agencies in 37 other states and has been found, over a period of years, to be not only helpful but essential to the library development of the state.

Why not include this in a larger appropriation for the Traveling Libraries Commission?

Under the present laws the traveling library department of the state library is not given authority to do the type of work that is proposed in this bill.  It would appear to be necessary to provide this authority by law as well as to make an appropriation for the work.

Who is supporting this bill?

The Association of University Women, the Federation of Women’s Clubs, the Kansas District Y.W.C.A., the League of Women Voters, the Kansas Library Association, the Kansas Citizen’s Library Committee.

What would it cost?

For salary of field worker $2,400; for clerical help, office and traveling expense about $2,600; making a total of not to exceed $5,000.

Does Kansas need better libraries?

53% of the people of Kansas have no local libraries.  Kansas ranks 31st among the states in its support of public libraries.  Both children and grown ups in small towns and rural communities are handicapped by a lack of easy access to books.

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