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Liliane Stevens Howard's "Field Report to State Chairman," July 20-August 8, probably 1915

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Lilliane Stevens Howard

FIELD REPORT TO STATE CHAIRMAN

July 20th Began campaign in Lawrence County, NEW CASTLE 3 P.M. conference officers at home of Miss Lulu Boyes.

July 21st Arrangements made relative to activities , 3 P.M. Meeting at home of Miss Sarah T. Sankey, 14 suffregettes present. Discussion of work, past and future.

July 22rd Interview with Mrs. James M. Smith4 P.M. Grocers' Picnic at Cascade Park. Spoke for an hour from Band Stand, 27 signatures.

July 23rd Meeting in Fifth Ward 3 P.M. at home of Mrs. I.B. Griffith. Leader appointed. Sold some novelties. Arranged also to have question of suffrage introduced at the next meeting of the Negro Womans Club , which meets thoughout the year, a federated organization. These women are very intelligent and it looks promising for organization among them, at 8 P.M. spoke at festival in Fifth Ward. Rain probably kept many away 13 signatures.

July 24th Mrs Baer desires to resign chairmanship. Made calls, looking for material for leader. Meeting scheduled for Ellwood called off at last hour. Women having it in hand failed to arrange. Attended lawn festival.

July 25th Lincoln Chautaugua opened 2:30 PM. Six girls distributed literature afternoon and evening. Secured some signatures. NEXT AFTERNOON: 6 P.M. meeting in church tent. Platform decorated with Black-eyed Susans. R.G. Ferguson, D.D. , former president of Westminster College, presided; 37 enrolled. R.M. Russell, D.D., present president, stronly favors suffrage in the spring, the Westminster team won on every point. The Redpath-Brockway Chautauqua meets August 28th. Farmers Institute is held in college Chapel.

July 27th Chautauqua at 2:30 and 7:30 P.M. Literature and signatures.

July 28th Chautauqua 2:30 P.M. Woman's Day. Mrs. Curtis of Texas spoke strongly for suffrage, 55 signatures.

July 29th – 31st Clarion Co. suffrage booth at Harvest Home Picnic, Alcola Park, in charge of Mrs. Mundorf. Spoke in pavillion during afternoon program, also at booth.

July 31st NEW BETHLEHEM, Clarion County. Open air meeting. Spoke from steps of bank. About 100 present. Mrs. Mundorf assisted.

August 1st. Returned to New Castle.

August 3rd MAHONINGTOWN, made eight calls. Secured five signatures. This town, though a half hour's ride, is Seventh Ward of New Castle. NEW CASTLE, 8:30 P.M. spoke before Paul Lawrence Dunbar Club (Afro-American) at home of Mrs. Julia Fitzhugh, 16 present, 14 enrolled. These are very intelligent women of the better class, who live well. Their club belongs to the National Federation. Mrs. B.J. Shannon was made leader and all present went on enrollment com. To work among their race. Every one knew what ward she lives in.

August 4th ELLWOOD. Made calls in afternoon, hoping to be able to arrange meeting. Found that the Womans Club would hold its regular meeting at 7:30 P.M. Accepted invitation to speak before it. Two papers on "Pure Food," and a decision to petition the town council to appoint a woman food inspector made an excellent background for introduction of suffrage. The club, only a few months old, also voted to join the State Federation. This, too, is encouraging. At the conclusion of my talk I asked for signatures. The result was so favorable I suggested organization and officers were elected without difficulty. Thiss meeting was held in the Free Library, with 25 women present, of whom 20 enrolled. Redpath Chautauqua opens September 7th.

August 5th – 6th Trying to get a meeting for discussion of suffrage , Impossible. Likewise impossible to get meeting of members for election of new leader, in place of Mrs. Baer, who desires to resign. Interviewed Miss Davidson relative to leadership.

August 7th Miss Reed arrived. We called upon Mrs. Baer, Miss Boyles, Miss Davidson. NEW BEDFORD, Pulaski Township, made eight calls. Had 11 interviews, secured 9 signatures. Mrs. L.L. Swogger (college woman) and Mrs. C.L. Zadeker will hold little meetings at which suffrage literature will be used, read, and discussed. They will also secure signatures.

August 8th EDENBURG A.M. Made calls Mrs, Joe Nellie Hofmeister will secure enrollments. PULASKI P.M. Made calls. Mrs. James Clark Douthott and Mrs. R.L. Ayres will secure signatures. Rev. Hayes of the Presbyterian Church preached on suffrage a week or two ago. A large county fair will be held September 22-24th.

SUMMARY

In Lawrence County I visited seven towns in six townships: New Castle, Ellwood City, Mahoningtown, Edenburg, Pulaski, New Bedford and New Wilmington. In New Castle, made 72 calls, had 58 interviews, spoke at picnic at Cascade Park and at open air festival in Fifth Ward, distributed literature and secured signatures at three meetings of Chautauqua. Appointed leader in Sixth Ward. Addressed Dunbar Club and appointed leader for Afro-Americans. Spoke before the Woman's Club at Ellwood City and at conclusion organized W.S.P. Held public meeting in New Wilmington. Enrollment committee left in Edenburg, New Wilmington, Pulaski, New Bedford. These are all small towns. 222 names added to county roll.

Plenty of sentiment in New Castle, but little inclination to work, Mrs. E.N. Baer, chairman, owing to ill health and lack of time, desiring to resign. An active leader is much needed here. Tried to find one, but was not able. When vacation time is over and the clubs reopen there will be better opportunity.

Spent July 29th – August 1st in Clarion County speaking and assisting Mrs. Mundorf at booth at Alcola Park. Also held open air meeting in New Bethlehem.

A pleasing incident and good advertising was noticed on the war from Red Bank to Pittsburgh. Many summer camps dot the opposite side of the river. In front of one appeared the slogan, "Votes for Women" made in immense letters with white-washed stones on the sand. It attracted considerable attention.