Search America's historic newspaper pages from 1789-1963 or use the U.S. Newspaper Directory to find information about American newspapers published between 1690-present. Chronicling America is sponsored jointly by the
National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress. external link Learn more
Image provided by: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library, Urbana, IL
Newspaper Page Text
jFfc. f w i k;
GIRL WHO WORKS IS GIRL TO WED-"DOESNT
BELIEVE GOP MADE ADAM 1U FAY fcVts mi-L.
BY NIXOLA GREELEY-SMITH
New York, pril 29. Twelve years
ago brown-Eaked,. brown-eyed Mary
Weldon, aged 15, went to wqrjtin the
felt room of the Draper woolen mills
at Canton, Mass.
As she grew older she becatiae the
mainstay and support of a widowed
mother, and because of her zeal and
efficiency in handling everytask that
was given her to do, she was pro-
Robert Lincoln- Draper,
Was Mary Weldon
moted to forewoman, and finally at
the age of 27 she became one of the
mill superintendents, with an office
desk near that of her multi-millionaire,
employer, Robert Lincoln Draper
of a celebrated New England family,
which has numbered governorsand
ambassadors among its scions.
Right" there the story of Mary Wel
don, successful business woman,
ends. And the story of Mary Weldon
Draper, successful wife, begins. For,
as it happens every day In fiction. an4
once in a hundred years in real life,
the mill girl has just been married to
her employer. "
The wedding took place m New
York city and was very quiet. Not
one of Mrs. Draper's former associ
ates fa the mill knew it was going to
happen. Even her widowed mother
professed to be astonished when she'3
heard of the marriage.
And yet there is no reason why
anybody should be astonished when a
business man chooses a business
woman for his wife.
Every year more and more men
are doing it. Every year the society
debutante with her little bunch of
parlor tricks, her ragtime" danqing
and her ragbag brain, finds it hSrder
and harder to get a husband. And
the girl whom a business man sees
eight or ten hours a day, the girl he
knows gets up early, always dresses
neatly, talks sensibly, reads the pa
pers, lives on a fixed income and
manages to save money, briefly, the
girl who works becomes moreand
more his ideal of womanhood.
Even the standard of beauty has
been changed by the incursion of
woman into the business world.
Look at Mary Weldon Draper's pic
ture with its chiseled, intelligent fea
tures, the smooth, sensible arrange
ment of the hair. There you have the
attractive business woman, the girl
who does not try to appeal to men by
getting nerseir up to iook as mucn ,
like a pet poodle as possible, buf
whose attire and demeanor proclaim '
her to be self-respecting and ready'
and anxious to respect any one whose
qualities enlist her interest and com-
mand her esteem"; $
The man she married is in the late
forties, an age when far too many
men fall in love TYith girls in their
For the woman who makes the un-'
born lamb into a fur coat has her
counterpart in the mav who makes?.
- J&. JStgvk?