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MVattie B. McGrath Progressive Women
Vol. 1...No. I9A BATON ROUGE, LOUISIANA, THURSDAY, JUNE 1, 1922. Published Monthly
Many federated clubs have elected
new officers during the past month,
preparatory to disbanding for the
summer months and I would like `o
urge all of these to send the new A-t
to the state president or correspond
ing secretary that all mail may be
properly addressed.
The fourtn District convention of the
federation was held in Shreveport May
4th and 5th, with a large attendance
and an interesting program which did
not lag for a single moment. New
officers for the district were elected as
follows: president, Mrs. D. A. Lee,
Shreveport; vice president, Mrs. E. M.
Browne, Jr.; correcponding secretary,
Mrs. B. Pickett; recording secretary,
Mrs. Robert Iler; treasurer, Mrs. Sam
uel Weiner; parliamentarian, Mrs. D.
W. Saunders, Mansfield. Three new
clubs are reported from the fourth
district, The Parent-Teacher Associa
tion of Mansfield, Mrs. Saunders, pres
ident; The DeSoto Department Club of
Mansfield, Mrs. F. A. Leamrning, pres
ident; and Les Amies of Arcadia.
Mrs. Lee, the new president of the
fourth district, reports department
chairmen appointed as follows: loan
scholarship, Mrs. John Shuttleworth;
club extension, Mrs. J. P. Hird; mov
ing pictures, Mrs. Marcus Jacobs; ap
plied education, Mrs. David Samuel;
fine arts, Mrs. J. L. Scales; press, Mrs.
Belton Pickett; American citizenship,
Mrs. H. B. Croxson; highways, Mrs.
J. H. Kline; Parent-Teacher, Mrs. C.
V. Porter.
The first and second districts met in
New Orleans on May 19th. Reports
were given by representatives of 21
clubs out of 24 and a most interesting
program on educational subjects was
given by Dr. Fletcher of Tulane, Pro
fessor Gwinn, superintendent of the
city schools, Miss Cooley, Miss Agnes
Morris. and:*eg Your state pres
ident was the guest of honor at a love
ly luncheon and spoke at the after,
noon session on federation plans urg
ing the closer union of New Orleans
and the rest of the state.
Mrs. Thompson, the first and second
district president, announced the fol
lowing appointments of district chair
men: industrial and social conditions,
Mrs. Wm. Lamb; public welfare, Miss
Agnes Morris; legislation, Mrs. F. C.
Gandolfo; community service, Mrs. J.
E. Friend; thrift, Mrs. Vincannon;
civil service, Mrs. John Cleggs; public
ity, Miss Tinette Lichenstein; child
welfare, Mrs. Stephen E. Smith; anti
tuberculosis, Mrs. E. G. Sandoz; par
ent-teacher, Mrs. Clayton; loan schol
arship, Miss Cooley.
Two new Parent-Teacher clubs hace
come into the federation in the sixth
district; the Parent-Teacher Associa
tion Counefil of Baton Rouge, Miss
Rene Alexander, president and the
Parent-Teacher Association of the
Brusley High school, Mrs. W. M.
Whopple, president.
For the rural clubs and Parent
Teacher Associations that want a short
literary program once a month, the
federation is ready to supply an ont
line and bibliography made out by
Go To
For Groceries.
608 Main St. 302 N. Blvd.
Albert Rodriguez, Prop.
Read This!
Pe Woirn's
(Misses, Effle and
Fannie Res)
This is the last four weeks
/ of our closing out sale, all
winter underwear out for
cost and below cost. Heavy
Robes at attractive prices.
Ladies' and children's lisle
and cottom bloomers less
than cost. Great opportuni
ty to buy all you need for
winter, with a small amount
of money.
Mrs. L. C. McVoy of the L. S. U.
faculty. This outline furnishes one or
two interesting numbers for a month
ly program partly made up of other
club work and is adapted to the need
of a club that has not access to a large
library and at the same time is not
too elementary to interest almost any
group. The program is from Amer
ican writers, especially Southern and
Louisiana writers and the bibliography
furnished will make it easy for a club
to provide itself with the nucleus of
a small library.
Urgent letters have been sent out
by Mrs. Sessions during the past few
days to the federated clubs in behalf
of the Mother's Pension bill and the
acceptance by Louisiana of the fed
eral aid offered by the Sheppard-Town
er Maternity bill. The clubs are asked
to request the representatives from
their respective communities to vote
for these two nmeasures sponsored by
the federation. The state has only to
accept the S5,000 each year offered
by the government for maternal and
infant hygiene to be administered by
the department of child hygiene under
the state board of health. Only three
states, including Louisiana, have fail
ed to accept the money thus offered
and it is expected that the legislature
at this session will accept for Louis
The campaign for kindergartens has
been very ably handled by Mrs.
Weaver of Shreveport and her com
mittee and has done much to inform
the public as to the value and need of
kindergartens. The kindergarten bill
will be introduced by Mr. Douglas of
Caddo and will be vigorously pushed
by the committee. All women inter
ested are asked to use their influence
for this bill.
Few business establishments of Bat
on Rouge have grown from a modest
beginning to proportions unsurpassed
by any of like character a.s rapidly
as has that of Tobias-Gass, located at
the corner of North and Gaines street.
Those who were acquainted with the
firm when it first threw its doors open,
just across the street from its present
site, marvel at the proportions to
which its patronage has grown since
the present large and commodious
building was erected in 1916. Stocked
with goods of the very best quality
and grades, with prompt and courteous
response to all demands it is ranked
among the foremost establishments of
this city.
catessen order, but a general store as
It is not only a grocery on the deli
well, where everything in home or on
farm may be purchased at a small
profit over cost. Orders received by
telephone constitute a large patronage
to say nothing of personal purchases.
The manager, Mr. Gass, comes as near
knowing the demands of patrons as
any one in business. He is a native
of Baton Rouge and was reared along
best business lines. Polite, affable
and courteous his genial ways have
won a legion of customers whom he is
ever ready to serve whether to a
package of baking soda, a high grade
bicycle of a sack of Peruna chicken.
chow. Tobias-Gase is certainly a big
firm under excellent management.
Club Federation Blennial.
The General Federation of Women's
Clubs, including club women from all
North America and many countries
elsewhere, will, meet at Chautauqua,
N. Y., for a ten day Biennial Conven
tion, June 20-30. Hereafter this
meeting will be annual, and in the na
ture of a world parley on matters of
interest to women.
Dental Hygiene is a new field open
to women. This, among other things,
is what they will teach our children:
"Brush 'em up, brush 'em down,
Brush 'em well from base to crown,
Every morning and at night,
Will keep your teeth both clean and
Wednesday and Thursday, the 7th
and 8th of June, will be red-letter s
days in the history of Woman's club,
when the "Old-time Minstrel Show"
for the benefit of the club house will
take place.
The women who have charge of the 1
management of the club house this
year, looking for ways to meet the
payment in June, decided to ask the
men folks to help them, and called up- .
on some of the leaders in the famous (
"Mammoths," a local amateur min- I
strel organization that made Baton
Rouge famous several years ago, for
aid. The response was very gratify- f
ing and others besides the Mammoths
were asked to assist in an old time j
minstrel show.
State Treasurer, Howell Morgan, and
City Treasurer, Louis Ricaud, are both
in the cast, while E. T. Woolfolk, Dr.
E. P. Flower, Frank Baker and Ralph I
Chambers constitute the end men. All
four are high class black-face artists.
The interlocutar, J. St. Clair Favrot,I
is known all over the state, but few
have seen him in such a role. The
chorus and soloists consist of Profs.1
Stopher, Jordan and Hendrix; Messrs.
Roger Swire, Izzy Ruman, George Ful
ton, Walter Eichelberger, M. V. Rob
bins, Pike Burden, Doe. Cozedessus,
Frank Posey, Fred Benton, Sou' De
Generes, Bill Mydick, Billy Mott, Mal
colm Doughtery, Lionel Billeaud, Hol
liday Dupuy, Richard Cooter, Shirley
Hebert, Dalton Reymond, J. A. Batten,
and others, and stage manager, Hon.
H. F. Brunot.
As the club house can only seat two
hundred fifty (250) persons tickets will
he sold in advance and any one wish
ing to be sure of seats had better
phone to some member of the board of
managers and ask that seats be re
There have been several called
meetings of the Board of Managers
during the past month to discuss
means to meet the first payment on
he. Club House, which falls due on
June 11.
Several of the clubs that own stock
in the Club House have been very act
ive in raising money to meet this note
of $2,480, and have taken varied means
of raising the small amount of $50
asked for by the Board from each
Housewives' League ................$1000.00
Music Club ................................ 80.00
Reading Club ...................; 60.00
Rest Room ................................ 50.00
Little Theatre Guild .............. 50.00
Study Club ................................ 50.00
Joanna Waddill Chapter,
U. D. C. ................................ 50.00
Philistoria .................................. 50.00
League of Women Voters ...... 40.00
Reviewers ............................. 10.00
Civic Association ...................... 10.00
Mrs. Hattie Morgan, one of the
leading metbers of the Housewives'
League has,written the following open
letter giving a history of the move
Istrouma Heights is a suburb of
Baton Rouge which has made phemon
menal growth within very recent
years, and due to the rapid increase
in poulation the people in many in
stances did not know their neighbors
living in the same block with them
selves. Realizing the advantages to
be derived from social intercourse, a
little band of interested ladies deter
mined to attempt an organization
which should cement the bonds of
friendship and widen into avenues of
civic improvement and school better
ment. Several attempts were made to
organize a Parent-Teachers' club, but
without success until finally the aid
of the Extension department of the
State University was invoked and a
meeting of the ladies of the commun
ity called; but due to various causes,
when the day for this meeting arrived
and Miss Deshotels and Mrs. Giesen,
accompanied by Mrs. Sessions, presi
dent of the Housewives' League, drove
out to the school house through the
rain, they only found assembled the
thirteen teachers.
Unpromising as the situation seemed
this little band of workers was not
discouraged. Another date was set
and plans for advertisement and or
ganization discussed and literature
Aistributed. Arrangements were made
to have a dress form demonstration
and, incidentally, refreshments, at
this meeting.
Notices were run several days prior
to this date in the local paper, and
when the time rolled around, great
was the satisfaction to find a full
The Women's Department of the
University explained what had been
accomplished in other communities.
A permanent organization was effect
ed, and president ,vice-president, sec
retary-treasurer and publicity shair
man elected.
The dress form proved a grand suc
cess, and the delicious lunch prepared
and served by the club girls of the
school was much enjoyed, and since
then our club has grown steadily, num
bering now more than forty regular
We meet twice each month in the
school auditorium, the first meeting
being devoted to household problems
while at the second monthly meeting
we study and discuss civic matters.
At the demonstration meeting we
arrange to have with us an expert
along some particular line of home
economy. The Extension department
has given us invaluable assistance,
and we have had lectures and demon
strations upon gardening, cake mak
*ing, food problems, and a four day's
course in millinery, at which about
twenty ladies designed and made their
spring hats. Just now we are busy
planning for the summer. Arrange.
ments have been made to pumchase an
oil stove which will be used for com
munity canning and preserving.
At the alternate meeting each month
subjects of widespread interest are
discussed. On one occasion an inter
eating address from our parish super
intendent of education did much to
timulate interest and cooperation in
school work. At a recent meeting we
studied taxation and papers were pre
pared and read by members upon the
apportionment of the various taxes.
At present we are studying the con
stitution of our state.
The most important work of the
schools is to give the children of the
coming generation the proper point of
view toward life and thei rown re
sponsibilities in living in a busy world.
This must include an adequate know
ledge of the ways and means of corn
munication and something about meth
ods of conducting their own profession
or calling. To this end, reading and
arithmetic must be givein first and sec
ond places. After that, music is thet
most important subject which may b2
taught in the schools.
Music, more than any other subject,
gives the child an outlet for surplus i
energy, and induces an attitude of
mind which allows the child to do his
best work in all the other subjects. 1
Furthermore, it is a powerful agent
in securing beter discipline as any
teacher can vouch for. It was for
this reason that the old time country I
school teacher never neglected to have
singing for the morning exercises. It
was too bad that this custom ever
If utility is to be the test as to I
whether or not music is to be includ
ed in the curriculum, then is should
be next after reading and the simplest (
operations in arithmetic. Honorable
P. P. Claxon, recently the United
States commissioner of education, said
that the average American woman
writes an average of thirty minutes
a month after she is married. On the
other hand, if she learned to sing or
play an instrument during her school
days, she will average thirty minutes
a day for the rest of her life after
she is married at singing or playing.
This is not an argument against learn
ing to write, b,; should show that if
music is used thirty times as much
as writing, that it might be well to
spend a little more time on music,
to say the very least.
In this day of keen competition, the
most important factor in success is
in attitude of steadinesas toward the
world about and toward ourselves in
particular. There have been many
times in the tives of every person
over age or even past ten years old.
that a crisis would have been averted
if that person could only have had
the courage to sing or whistle at the
critical time. Now a person can not
sing if he does not know any songs.
The schools should teach singing to
all the children as a regular subject.
If all the children are taught begin
ning at the age of six, there will not
be any greater differences of ability
to read and understand music than
there are now with respect to the
reading and writing of the mother
Music should be taught in the pub
lic schools.
It may be of interest to those now ti
endorsing the Kindergarten system of tl
instruction to young children, to know d,
that one of the first Kindergartens in a<
Louisiana was established at Baton de
Rouge, years ago, and successfully w
carried on for two years in a building C
on North Boulevard, now the site of p
the City Hall. The want of a suitable C
building to conduct it in, caused a v
suspension of the school. Later on si
from time to time other teachers of re
its principles, followed at intervals ti
from year to year, until now it is one I
of the necessary auxiliaries to all the p
leading schools in different localities, c
and has the approval of the Louisiana h
Federation of Woman's Clubs, as well tl
as some of the members of the legis
lature. d
Frederick Froebel's educational tl
principals met with little interest at s
first by the people of the country, for tl
the simple reason that a correct g
knowledge of the system was never tl
fully understood, but for the last a
decade it has awakened some degree l
of enthusiasm upon the subject, caus- s
ing a more universal adoption as a f
prelude to primary instruction in the c
foremost educational institutions all d
over the country. a
From a copy of the Baton Rouge a
Advocate of December 1881, we re- I
produce an interesting account of one E
of the entertainments of -the Kinder- c
garten, showing its popularity even I
at that date.
"Christmas Eve Celebration to
the Kindergartens.
"Last night, Governor and Mrs. Mc- I
Enery assembled a number of their I
friends at the reception given by
them under their hospitable roof, to
the pupils of Mrs. Sennette's Kinder
garten school. While the little pupils
were merrily singing and dancing in
the parlor and otherwise exhibiting
the acquirements gained by them un
der the intelligent direction of their
accomplished preceptress, the folding
doors were suddenly thrown open,
whereupon the real ideal of a Santa
Claus, Major J. G. Richardson, ap
peared beside a brilliantly illumined
Christmas tree, laden with trinkets,
which, in the eyes of the little folks,
seemed to have been drawn from the
realms of fairy land, so rich and
tempting were they in appearance.
But their happiness was made com
plete by the good Santa Claus as he
called them to him, one by one, to
hand each the presents allotted to
"After the Christmas tree had been
demolished, the pupils again treated
the audience to several charming
songs and dances, all of which showed
the great usefulness of the Kinder
garten system, which, for developing
the voice and imparting sweet man
aers to little children, cannot too high
ly be commended. After the Christ
mas tree scene, the supper and re
freshment table, supplied with the
choicest delicacies, were placed at the
disposal of the company, who, one and
all, did them ample justice. During
all this good time the Governor and
Mrs. McEnery, assisted by her moth.
er, Mrs. Phillips, were moving around
doing the honors with .a cordiality
that made every guest feel perfectly
at home.
"To make the occasion still more
pleasant, some fifty or sixty merry
makers drew up in front of the resit.
dence and treated the company to
quite an extensive display of fire
works with musical accompaniment,
winding up the compliment paid the
Governor by giving him three yousiqg
cheers' and a tiger. Altogether the
affair was one of the most enjoyable
of the kind, that we have ever at.
tended. It was the general verdict of
the guests that the Governor and his
good lady deserve great praise for
the interest they so munificently evi.
denced in the Kindergarten school,
which will, doubtless, soon become
one of the favorite institutions of
Baton Rouge.
"The Governor's reception will long
be held as a pleasing reminiscence by
all those who attended it.
"The pupils enrolled were Maud
Chambers, Irene McPhail, Daisy Thiel,
May Brown, Mary Burgess, Mary
Boyd, Maud David, Inda Garig, Katie
Paulsen, Mercedes Garig, Josie Holt,
Maud Bates, Arthur Boyd, Rex Boyd,
Lee Boyd, Willie Bates, Edward Rob.
ertson, Tom Senette, Charley Mc
Enery, Robert Richardson, Ralph
Chambers, George Burgess, George
(The lady who taught the first
Kindergarten School as referred to
above was Mrs. Lee R. Harris of this
(The above school was established
by Mrs. Lee R. Harris, of this city,
who was a prominent educator in the
The housewives of Baton Rouge ap
preciate the benefits of dealing at
the Full-Weight Grocery Store, where
a co-operative system is carried on.
Phone Mr. Saurage for particulars.
(The following pretty compliment to
Baton Rouge was received through the
mail without the name of the writer
and while our rule is not to publish
matter unless the writer's name is at
tached, as nothing but praise of our
city is contained therein, we depart
from the custom and offer it to our
"Baton Rouge, where the delicate
perfume of the Magnolia ever fills the
air, where the Camelia and Cherokee
rose flourish in glorious profusion,
where the mocking bird in joyous
and riotous abandon warbles its songs
the live-long day, city in its mantle of
emerald green setting upon the first
highland to greet the treveler north
ward bound bathing its feet in the
'waters of the mighty Mississippi'.
Land where the blood of Puritan and
Creole, Saxon and Celt mingled into
one harmonious mass from which has
sprung a race, brave, chivalrous, pat
riotic, hospitable, boasting of a history
ladened with more momentous events
more romances, more tragedy, than is
to be found elsewhere on the continent
of North America. Romance and
tragedy following the wake of transi
tion from nationality to nationality,
following changes of languages, chang
es of customs and habits. Baton Rouge
with its hand outstretched to welcome
the stranger who enters her gates and
bid him welcome.
Baton Rouge, how I love thee! Love
thy history, thy climate, thy birds,
thy flowers, and above all that warm
welcome and open handed hospitality
to the stranger. Lovely city crowning
the hills overlooking the mighty Mis
A Correction
In putting the forms to press
last night a cipher dropped out of
Sommers' ad, which made it read
$200.00, and it should have been
$200,000. This is one of the big
gest sales of the season.
"Drive in and Save Time"
How About a Mohawk
Corner Church and

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