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Woman's enterprise. (Baton Rouge, La.) 1921-19??, July 22, 1921, Image 1

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Edited and Managed by
Progressive W~omen
.nM atti e B. M cG rath
By Mildred M. Waterman,
A building owned exclusively by
women and women's clubs and used
exclusively for women's activities, is
the boast of but few places in Louisi
ana. That Baton Rouge is one is a
matter of pride with the women of
the capital city.
Long years ago, it is said, a big
business man brought a ways and
means discussion to a head by declar
ing that "the best way to do a thing
is to do it." In 1918, the American
doughboy phrased the idea in his own
way when he gave the world the now
famous battle cry, "Let's go!"'
So many things have happened, so
many things have changed, since the
beginning of the world war that 1912
seems like "way back yonder." So
way back yonder a few Baton Rouge
women had the prophetic vision, and
most of them are today a part of the
realization, of a woman's clubhouse
that hasn't it's equal in the state.
A reasonably careful inquiry indi
cates that the Library Association
first tried in Baton Rouge to create
a headquarters for women's activi
ties. They put forth a plan for a
library building spacious enough to
take care also of the other organi- I
zations of women. A few women
were actively interested, and a few
men gave them encouragement, but
the movement came to nothing tangi
The idea, however, persisted, as d
sound ideas will; and later the Civic o
Association discussed and worked to
ward the end in view. Results, how- c
ever, still were not apparent. a
Later the Housewives League
caught iwp lbs le. The vis$on that 0o
had apemed vain revived with new %
bi"pe, for the HtRusewives League, t
suecessfil in many paSotical ways, fal cj
,ery confident ot 0ial shtces a.
During these yeats, women the sl
world over had learned that they 3s
could do much * hat they had not o:
formerly dreamed of. In war work
they had learned new lessons of co- a
operation. And so, it was perfectly o
natural, after Baton Rouge's war fi
record of women's activities, that the A
Association of City Clubs should come
into existence as a clearing house of
women's ideas for the coordination of
women s activities, alnd it was equally
natural that the question of a club
house should he among the first ques
tions for the Association of City
Clubs to solve.
War work had impressed on wo
man's mind (if, indeed, the feminine
mind did not already know it) that,
- "the best way to do a thing is to do
it.'" and they had caught the fine,
strong spirit of the doughboy's "Let's
Therefore, "We are going to have
a club house," said one cif the women
through the Association. "Where?"
and "How" a few asked skeptically.
The Housewives League representa
tives gave the ainswer in part, by
telling of various properties they had
considered, including the unused First
Christian Church, which was to be had
for $9,500.00.
"Let's go!" exclaimed the women
(though the minutes do not set it
forth in this form.) So Mrs. C. H.
Stumberg, president of the Associa
tion of City Clubs appointed a finance
committee. The Housewives League
put up the option money, and later
stock in an equal amount. A month
later, the woman owners of 350
shares of paid up stock at $10.00 a
share met and adopted the charter of
Woman's Club, Inc. took over the
property , paid the first installment of I
$3500, signed mortgage notes for the I
balance at one, two and three years,
and gave the women's organizations
of Baton Rouge a home that is a
joy and pride; and "Darned if they
didn't do it themselves," said one t
of the originally scoffing men, "except a
for letting a man lawyer draw their t
charter and a negro man cut the grass o
as soon as they got possession." i
Stock in the corporation can be held t
only by women who are members of
an organization belonging to the As- e
ibeistion of City Clubs or by such d
clubs. Each stockholder has - one n
vo tel, 'fl aN e frr't tir 'bamber at
shares held. Member clubs are repre- n
sented by their presidents at meetiings ii
of the corporation stock holders. ii
The management of the club house c
and of the club is vested in a board t
of managers of not more than twenty- z
five, with overlapping two-year terms. (
At organization, the club for an initial o
a ;istr Y . '
board of fifteen, eight to serve for two
years and seven for one year. The;
first board consists of the following:
Mrs. J. A. Tucker, President; Mrs.
L. U. Babin, First Vice-President;
Mrs. W. Carruth Jones, Second Vice
President; Mrs. A. R. Albritton,
Treasurer; Mrs. G. A. Waterman, i
Secretary; Mimes. Elmo Badley, C. E. I
Coates, Hypolite Cohn, Anthony
Doherty, J. St. Clair Favrot, George
Foos, W. S. Holmes, Joe Ramires, C.
H. Rice.
As part of the financing of the i
purchase, the board of managers set I
aside all money received from sale of
stock as a fund for the retirement of t
the mortgage notes as they fall due
annually. This fund is placed at in
terest to partially offset the interest
on the notes. Several hundred dollars I
is already avaliable against the note t
that comes due nearly a year hence.
All other revenues go into the gen
eral fund, which may of course be
diverted in part to the retirement of
mortgage ndts .This fund includes
members, and the board of managers
is vested by the by-laws with author
ity to fix charges for the use of the
club house for the purposes other than I
the regular meetings of the organi
zations composing the Association of
City Clubs. These have the free use
of the club house for their business
meetings Any gatherings for which7
admission is charged will contribute
to the general fund.
Plans have been made for slight t
interior alterations of a general char
acter, and special arrangements will
be made to accommodate The Little
Theatre Guild in a way that it will
make it one of the best equipped clubs I
of its kind in this part of the country.
The architecture of the building is such
that the tower is the only distinctively
church feature. This can be easily
changed without hurting the harmony C
of the building. The completion of ,
the improvements referred to, before f
the annual convention of the State
Federation of Women's Clubs, which
will be held in the club house in No-I
vember, is one of the definite marks ,
that the club members have fixed for
themselves in the line of immediate C
accomplishment. These plans, andi
the program for furnishings, of course t
call for money. The dues will be sup- t
plemented in the general fund by the
proceeds of various entertainments t
given by the club itself, as well as
fees for the use of the club by other ,
organizations when used for profit. t
The first of the entertainments de- i
cided on have already proven very,
attractive to parents, as well as to the I
children for whom devised. Severali
of the club members are expert story
tellers, and volunteered for "story tel
ling hour" every Friday from 5 until
6 o'clock. These hours have proved
profitable to the club as well as de-i
lightful to the many little patrons and ,
a not inconsiderable unmber of grown
ups.' The more pretentious entertain-.4
ments that will follow from time to a
time may yeild more dollars for the '
general fund, but it is doubtful that
any of them can prove more delight
ful to their patronage.
The club took over the club house
June 22. In the short time since then,
much work of organizing has been
done, and not a little progress has
bheen made along many line of perma
nent character. It is too early, how
ever, to state fully the plans that are
yet being worked out in the board and
in committess, for some of them may
have to be changed. But one very
definite promise can be made. The
pride that the members felt over the
aquisition of their own club house
will not be lowered. The will to do
is more than half the victory. The
members have shown that sort of will.
The largeness of the opportunity for
the club to be of real benefit to the
community can not fail to keep that
will' alive; and in the achievement
of the club the members are sure to
have a source of pride greater then
the pride of possession.
By Mrs. H. J. Feltus.
Given to earth, the only art of earth
we take to heaven.
Thirteen years ago Mrs. L. S. Sor
ley together with eleven co-workers:
Mmes. Blain, Coates, Hearin, Heath,
Feltus, Devall, Jones, Reed, and
Misses Fffie Reymond and Alexia
Sligh, organized the "Music Club."
The object and purpose of this club
was 'to awaken in the minds of musi
cians a zeal for a deeper and more
thorough understanding of the study
and appreciation of music, the lan
auage of feeling.
Under the auspices of this club
$aton Rouge has been given the privi
lege and opportunity of hearing such
eminent artists as Mischa Elman,
Maude Powell, Cecil Fanning, etc.
That this club has proven a factor
In the advancement of music is evi
denced by its phenominal growth to
a membership of two hundred, and the
further fact that it is today recognized
as one of the leading clubs of the state.
When first organized, with Mrs. S.
L. Sorley as president, the meetings
were held semi-monthly at the homes
of the members, but the membership
out grew this condition and the meet
ings have been held semi-monthly at
tse Presbyterian Annex. In future,
the meetings will be held ' at the
"Woman's Club House," the home of
the "Association of Clubs," of which
Association the Music Club as an
active member has played an impor
tant part in the purchase of the house.
It is in this club house that the hand
some Concert Grand Steinway piano,
privately owned by the Music Club, is
The programs as designed and ren
dered are beautifully finished and ar
tistic in quality and tecnique.
An interesting feature of the club
is the annual meeting, which is con
sidered the musical event of the year.
The success of this club is largely'
due to the splendid and untiring
efforts of the present president, Mrs.
W. S. Holmes, who has served in this
capacity for six years.
It is music that appeals to the heart
and leads .men by pleasant paths to
the deepest things of God.
Do you know that Buick
will have out a 4-cylin
der car. in August?
Better wait to see it be
fore buying a small car.
Barnes-Buick Co.
701 Main St. Phone 362
is our main business; doing every job right is our aim. '. S. gigue Ai -
Auto Repaing Bring us the job that others have failed on. Phone 373 129 Main St.
o sCOMMUNITY COFFEE juat.hon Rge Ao7 Coi.
Pzz COMMUNITYE COF FEE Packed B1 Baton Rouge 600 Mills
Baton Rouge is groiving bigger.
That's what we want. We would do
all that women can do to help.
Baton Rouge is growing nosier.
That's what we don't want. We will
help again all we can if we can.
The noise nuisance is not being com
plained about by just a few. Not just
a few realize that it is unnecessary to
have so muc(h n(oise when using an
automoblile or truck.
T'herc are traffic ordinances in our
town and their enforcement has been
requested and steps taken by the
authorities in that direction.
Automobile drivers shoull lbe warn
ed and lb made to remember the law
if not Ithennovance they may be caus
ing othe' . Needless noises and the
injury and sorrow automobiles bring
upon those hurt by accident, many
times caused by recklessness, careless
andl fast driving, should be thought of.
Auto drivers: why not use cut outs
and care? You will fare better and
co-drivers will co-operate with you.
Memphis forbids a license to car dri
vers without cut outs; Chicago arrests
neople for driving without them.
Baton Rouge is not quite as big yet
as some of these other places but just
as soon as you, car driverls, whether
for pleasure or for profit, take care
not to make so much noise and do not
run over people. Baton Rouge will be
a city when life is safe, at least, so
far as auto accidents are concerned.
The new home of the Eatmore Bak'
ery is an up-to-date sanitary plant,
all rat proof and modern in, every
detail. Mr. Paille has been located in
Baton Rouge for ten years and his new
establishment shows his progressive
ness and ability in his line of business.
A National Bank is authorized by act of Cong'd sw
a part of the Federal Reserve System. Such at bank is
subject to the National banking regulations and must
conform to all rules governing members of the Federal
Reserve System.
The advantages of having an account with a National
bank lie not merely in its safety but in its service as well
Louisiana National Bank
Hot Weather Comforts
Electric Fans
Electric Irons
Baton Rouge Electric Co.
SLaurel and Lafayette Sts. Phone 51
Eat Murphy's Ice Cream
"It's Better"
Manufactured by the
D Baton Rouge Ice Cream Co.
S709 Main St. Phone 673
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"Do you want healthy children?"
"Of course,' you. say, "what a foolish
Do you know how Baton Rouge, the
state capital, thinks in this matter?
l'ir-t these facts: many Louisiana
towns, more Louisiana parishes and a
large majority of the cities all over
our United States, have regular paid
Health Supervisers for their schools.
Baton Rouge has in the past spas.
nmodically and most satisfactorily en
joyed this privilege, by courtesy of
our local physicians, and the state and
national authorities.
Now, the Parish School Board, aided
and abetted by the Civic League, the
League of Women \Voters, the Re
viewers Club, the Social Science Club,
the Mariethia Johnson Pareilt
Teacher's Club, as well as the City
Association of Clubs is formhlating
a plan to be presented to the Health
Supervision for our citL schools,,
The question was thoroughly discussed
and favorably reported at the July
meeting of the board. The members
of the committees most actively in
terested are: Mrs. L. U. Babin, Mrs.
Royal Tucker, Mrs. C. H. Stumberg,
(Miss Daisey Badley, Mrs. D. W.
Thomas, Mrs. Nora Doherty and
Messrs. Paulsen, Duncan, Dixon, Gor
don, Hatcher and Mrs. Albritton of the
School Board.
If you are truly interested , wont
you confer with them and help?
Bring your schools, where your chil
dren live so large a part of their lives,
up to the point of sanitation already
achieved in your homes. It is vital
-this question-you can't afford the
costly epidemics "enjoyed" in past

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