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The nonpartisan leader. [volume] (Fargo, N.D.) 1915-1921, January 24, 1921, Image 12

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Introducing Mrs.
Blaine of Wisconsin
Wisconsin's "First Lady
Mrs. Blaine, Wife of New League Governor,
Lover of Home Life
Miss Farkasch is a Madison (Wis.) newspaper woman..
The following is her impression of Mrs. Blaine, written
just before the inaugural.
Blaine the first place in Mrs.
Blaine's heart, is their adopted
daughter, Helen, who was married
about a year ago and is now Mrs.
Don Farris of Madison.
"Helen has been and still is about
my first interest in life," said Mrs.
Blaine. "She is none the less ours
now that she is married." Mrs.
Blaine has, however, many other
interests, chief among which is her
husband's work.
She is a strong progressive and
has for many months been active in
the work of the Wisconsin League
of Progressive Women and expects
to keep up her \$ork. She is also
a member of the Madison Woman's
club and the Civics club, and has
for a number of years been much
interested in all kinds of work per
taining to the welfare of women
and children. She was a strong
suffrage worker in Boscobel.
"I think," said Mrs. Blaine, "that
women's clubs are going to continue
to exist, in spite of the fact that we
have suffrage, but I believe that
they must broaden out and be to
women what men's clubs are to
men, a home for those who have
not homes, places where visiting women can be en
tertained, places where the activities of women,
broadly speaking, may be discussed."
Society, spelled with a capital S, has little place
in the lives of Mr. and Mrs. Blaine.
"We love our home," Said Mrs. Blaine, "and
hope to make our life in the executive mansion just
as homelike as it has been in our bungalow. We
want to make it a place to which every one will like
to come. I expect, of course, to entertain my hus
band's associates and the wives,of legislators who
come to Madison, and all our old friends, but as for
the social whirlwind, at which some of the news
papers have hinted—well, we are not going to have
anything of that sort."
Mrs. Blaine dresses well, but quietly.
She has friendly blue eyes, fair hair and
skin and she is a little above the ayerage
Mrs. Blaine was born in Boscobel but
was brought up in Chicago and Milwaukee,
later going back to Boscobel. She attend
ed the University of Wisconsin with the
class of 1899, and later went to the Platte
ville normal school. After teaching a year
in West Salem and another in La Crosse,
she married Mr. Blaine in 1904, having met
him in Boscobel, where he came as a
young attorney.
Mrs. Blaine believes fc, career is very
well for unmarried women, but does not un
derstand how a woman can make a career
apart from that of her husband and fam
ily unless she has some special talent
which she is developing. The first interest
of married women she thinks, is the home.
Any one seeing Mrs. Blaine in her own
home can not doubt this.
The National League of Women Voters
will hold its second annual convention at
Cleveland, Ohio, April 11-16 and plans are
OVABLE, kind-hearted, humorous,
quiet yet not lacking in vivacity, and
thoroughly "homey," is Wisconsin's
"first lady of the state," Mrs. Anna
McSpaden Blaine, wife of Governor
John J. Blaine. Sharing with Mr.
Mrs. Anna Blaine, wife of
new League governor
of Wisconsin.
being made to have a delegate present from every
congressional district in the nation. The women's
league, along with other women's organizations, is
actively interested in getting better legislation,
both state and national, for the protection of women
and children.
Questions for Study
Can readers of the Leader answer these ques
tions The answers are*on the pages indicated.
1. What margin is allowed country elevators in
North Dakota for handling wheat, and what items
does this charge cover? Has any other state such
regulations? (Page 5).
2. Who is the governor of Wis
consin? What is the capital of
Wisconsin? (Page 6).
3. What form of taxation is con
gress proposing to abolish and if
this is done what form of taxes
will take its place? (Pages 4
and 8).
4. What are the two main forms
of farm loan banks in Germany?
(Page 10).
5. What two plans are suggested
by the United States department
of agriculture for taking the
drudgery out of the farm woman's
work? (Page 12).
The boys' and girls' club move
ment is-rapidly encouraging mem
bers of these clubs to win financial
independence. At a recent conven
tion of boys' and girls' clubs of
North Dakota at. Fargo 91 mem
bers of these clubs reported prop
erty of their own worth $24,812.35,
including $3,300 in Liberty bonds,
$950 in war savings stamps and
$1,831.35 in bank accounts. Nine
teen owned hogs, 19 owned poultry,
16 owned sheep, 15 owned horses,
11 owned one or more baby beeves and 8 owned
purebred cattle. One boy owned an automobile and
others reported wagons, pianos, incubators, agri
cultural machinery and the like.
How much sleep should a child of school age
have This question is answered as follows by the
Minnesota Public Health association:
Age Hours of sleep
5 to 6 13
6 to 8 12
8 tb 10 11%
10 to 12 11
12 to 14 10%
14 to 16 10
16 to 18 9%
The 12 Minneapolis Women's Nonpartisan clubs held a joint meeting
December 13 and organized a Hennepin county federation, electing the
officers shbwn above, who are, from left to right: Mrs. Frank E. Miner,
president Miss Dora Kreutzian, secretary-treasurer Mrs. V. G. Ellen,
vice president. The clnbs intend to take an active part in the
coming city campaign in Minneapolis. They expect to have
100 Minneapolis clubs organized before summer.
How Can Farm Life
Be Improved?
Farm Women's Problems
What a Survey of Ten Thousand Farm.
Homes Shows About Woman's Work
The United States' department of agriculture has issued
a pamphlet entitled "The Farm Woman's Problems" from
which the facts in the article following are taken. This
pamphlet may be obtained by writing the department and
asking for Department Circular 148.
HE average farm woman works 13
hours a day in summer and 10% hours
in winter. The average woman has an
eight-room house to take care of. The
majority of them have to keep their
own stoves going and carry their own
water. Ninety-six per cent do their own washing
and the same number their own sewing. Only 14
per cent have any hired help at any time during the
year and these only for short periods almost none
report any hired help the year around.
These finding^ were secured from an actual survey
of 10,044 farm homes in 34 northern and western
states, made by the United States department of
agriculture in connection with state agricultural
Turning to the farm work outside the house the
report shows that 36 per cent of the women helped
to milk and that nearly all had some farm work,
such as buttermaking, caring for livestock or
Sixty-two per cent of the farm families have
automobiles and 72 per cent have telephones, the re
port shows. That the League states are among the
most progressive is shown by the fact that in the
Middle West 73 per cent of the farmers have auto
mobiles and 85 per cent have telephones, while on
the Atlantic coast only 48 per cent have autos and
67 per cent phones. That autos and phones are
necessities rather than luxuries is shown by the fact
that the average farm home is a mile and one-half
from a school, six miles from a high school, three
miles from a church, five miles from a market and
nearly six miles from a doctor.
That the average farm woman is so busy that
she has little time to care for children is shown by
the report. The farmers' wives were asked to re
port on the number of children under 10 years of
age. The average was found to be only 1.8, with a
considerable number (who evidently had no children
under this age) failing to report. The department
states that figures indicate that the birth rate on
the farm is not only falling, but falling below that
of other elements of the population.
Florence E. Ward, in charge of extension work
with women for the department of agriculture,
comments upon the situation revealed by the sur
vey as follows:
"There are two effective means of reducing home
drudgery. One is the introduction of modern labor
saving equipment in the home. The other is the
removal from the home of such activities
as can be carried on as cheaply and as suc
cessfully through community co-operation"
as by traditional home methods.
"Since survey replies indicate that 96
per cent of rural women do their washing"
and ironing it would seem that such an
activity might well be removed from the
home and handled through community co
operation, releasing each week many hours
of the woman's time and saving her from
one of her heaviest household tasks. Ex
perience in a number of communities indi
cates that a co-operative laundry, especial
ly when run-in connection with a creamery,
is not only a convenience but a paying in
"The conviction is growing in the minds
of extension workers that while it is their
first business to promote efficiency, this
should be looked upon as a means of stim
ulating a richer and more satisfying rural
life by freeing the homemaker's time and
energy so that she may give attention to
the attractiveness and comfort of her
home, the training and companionship of
her children, the enjoyment of books and
neighbors and the building up of social and
educational life in her community."
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