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The last place one would expect to find romance is in arithmetic and yet—Miss Effie Graham, the head of the Department of Mathematics in the Topeka High School, has found it there and better still, in her lecture “Living Arithmetic” she has shown others the way to find it there. Miss Graham is one of the most talented women of the state.
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Ex-Gov. Hoch has called her “one of the most gifted women in the state noted for its brilliant women. Her heart and life are as pure as her mind is bright.” She was born and reared in Ohio, the daughter of a family of Ohio pioneers, a descendant of a Revolutionary soldier and also, of a warrior of 1812.
As a student of the Ohio Northern University and later as a post-graduate worker at the University of California, Chicago University, and Harvard Summer School, she has as she says, “graduated sometimes and has a degree but never ‘finished’ her education.” Desiring to get the school out into the world as well as the world back to the school, she has spoken and written on “Moving Into The King Row.”
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“Other Peoples’ Children,” “Spirit of the Younger Generation,” “Vine Versus Oak,” and “The Larger Service.” “Pictures Eight Hundred Children Selected,” “Speaking of Automobiles,” “The Unusual Thing,” “The High Cost of Learning,” and “Wanted—A Funeral of Algebraic Phraseology;” also, some verse, “The Twentieth Regiment Knight” and “Back to God’s Country” are magazine work that never came back.
School Science & Mathematics, a magazine to which she contributes and of which she is an associate editor, gives hers as the only woman’s name on its staff of fifty editors. Her book, “The Passin’ On Party,” raises the author to the rank of a classic. To quote a critic: it is “a little like ‘Mrs. Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch,’ a little like ‘Uncle Tom’s Cabin,’ but not just like either of them.
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She reaches right down into human breasts and grips the heart strings.” It is the busy people who find time to do things and the mother-heart of Miss Graham finds expression in her household in West Lawn, a suburb of Topeka. Among the members of her family are a niece and nephew whose High School and College education she directs.
Myra Williams Jarrell, the daughter of the late Archie L. Williams, for thirty years, the attorney for the Union Pacific Railway in Kansas, and the grand-daughter of Judge Archibald Williams, the first United States Circuit Judge of Kansas, appointed by Lincoln, comes of a literary family. Kansas Women in Literature PDF Book
All of the men and some of the women on the father’s side of the family and also, on the mother’s to a great extent, had literary talent. As a child, she cherished an ambition to write and when occasionally one of her letters to St. Nicholas saw publication, she felt she had crossed the Alps of her desire. Her first real story, however, was written as she rocked the cradle of her first born.
The day, when she first saw her “stuff” in print, stands out in her memory second only to the hallowed days of her personal history, her wedding day and the days upon which her children were born. Since then, Mrs. Jarrell has contributed to almost all the high class magazines and has furnished special feature articles to newspapers.
Some years ago, a small book, “Meg, of Valencia,” was written and now, a novel, “The Hand of The Potter” is ready for publication. In 1894, Myra Williams and J. F. Jarrell were married. This union was blest with four children, three sons and one daughter. Mr. Jarrell is Publicity Agent of the Santa Fe. Kansas Women in Literature PDF Book
A number of years ago, he bought the Holton Signal and in trying to help her husband put some individuality into the paper, Mrs. Jarrell began a department headed “Ramblings.” Later this was syndicated and finally issued in book form. Last winter, a play, “The Plain Clothes Man,” was produced by the North Brothers Stock Co., at the Majestic Theatre, Topeka.
This well written play, with its novel and original characterization and its effective comedy lines, is now in the hands of two New York play brokers. Before many months, Mrs. Jarrell will be enjoying a royalty. In preparation, are two plays, as yet nameless; also, a play in collaboration with Mr. North of the North Stock Co. With her brother, Burus L. Williams, of Kansas City.
Mo., Mrs. Jarrell has written an opera, “The Mix Up in the Kingdom of Something-Like,” which awaits only the lyrics Mr. Williams is writing and the music. An opera, “The Kingdom of Never Come True,” also, in collaboration with Mr. Williams, is being set to music by Arthur Pryor, the bandmaster. A serial story, “John Bishop, Farmer,” a collaboration with Albert T. Reed, the artist. Kansas Women in Literature PDF Book
Is to be published soon in the Kansas Farmer. Later, this will appear in book form. A novel, which Mrs. Jarrell believes will be her best work, is in construction and is clamoring to be written. The most successful Kansas woman writer financially and the most prolific is Margaret Hill McCarter of Topeka.
From the advent of her little book in 1901, “A Bunch of Things, Tied Up With Strings” to the hearty reception of her latest novel every step of the way spells success. Margaret Hill was born in Indiana and came to Kansas in 1888 to teach English in the Topeka High School. Two years later, she became the wife of Dr. William McCarter.
Of this union there are two daughters, students at Baker University and the Topeka High School and a young son, his mother’s literary critic. A wife and a mother first, a Kansas woman second, and an author third is the way Mrs. McCarter rates herself. She is capable of and does do all her housework. Kansas Women in Literature PDF Book Download
Her love for literature she owes to her mother, who believed in higher education and taught Margaret to prize the few books that came her way. After leaving the school room, the teacher instinct still strong within her, she argued if she could teach out of books written by others, why not out of books of her own?
Then followed poems, short stories, biography, textbooks, the editing of Crane Classics, “One Hundred Kansas Women” and miscellanies. In 1902, “Cuddy and Other Folks” was written and in 1903, “The Cottonwood’s Story.” This same year, “The Overflowing Waters,” the story of the 1903 flood, and one of her best bits of heart writing paid for the school books of almost a thousand unfortunate children.
“Cuddy’s Baby” appeared in 1908, followed the next year with “In Old Quivera,” a thread of Coronado history. “The Price of The Prairies,” three weeks after publication in the fall of 1910, became Kansas’ best seller. “The Peace of The Solomon Valley” came out in 1911 and proved a popular gift book. Kansas Women in Literature PDF Book Download
“The Wall of Men,” Mrs. McCarter’s 1912 offering should be one of the required books in Kansas schools. It is authentic history and the close of the story leaves every Kansan with a greater respect and love for the state and the heroic pioneers who stood as a living wall between Kansas and the slave question. 1913 gave us the “Master’s Degree,” considered by many her best work.
This year we have “Winning The Wilderness.” Mrs. McCarter founded the Club Member and organized the Sorosis, serving as president seven years and two terms as president of the Topeka Federation of Women’s Clubs. Baker University, at Baldwin, Kansas, gave her an honorary Master’s Degree in 1909, its semicentennial anniversary.
Anna E. Arnold, Cottonwood Falls, Superintendent of Chase County Schools, is a thorough Kansan, and a farm product. She was born at Whiting, Jackson County, but when a very small child, her parents moved to Chase and all her life since has been spent in that county. Until the last few years, she lived on a farm. Kansas Women in Literature PDF Book Download
She is a graduate of the State University and has taught in the grade and high schools. In 1905, she became a candidate for Superintendent of Schools of Chase County. Her success and her unusual ability as a teacher were rewarded by a two to one majority on a close county ticket. At the second term, she had no opposition and out of 1214 votes cast, she received all but 29.
The present year, after four elections, is her seventh continuous year as Superintendent of Chase County. In addition to her official duties, Miss Arnold has written two text-books. Her “Civics and Citizenship” in 1912 was adopted as the state text-book on civil government for use in the public schools of Kansas. It is being used by a large number of womens’ clubs.
Many outlines for club work on civic subjects have come from Miss Arnold’s pen. Her second textbook, “A History of Kansas,” the first book printed under the new State Publication Law, has also been adopted by the text-book commission. Miss Arnold is considered one of the foremost educational leaders of the state. Kansas Women in Literature PDF Book Download
Topeka gives us Anna Deming Gray, a writer of negro dialect stories, stories for children, and some verse. Elizabeth Barr Arthur, has written a number of books, histories of several Kansas counties and some volumes of poems, “Washburn Ballads.” Mrs. Sarah E. Roby is a writer of both prose and verse. A granddaughter, Marjory Roby, has written a number of stories and plays.
Eva Bland Black contributes poems and song lyrics to the magazines. She served her apprenticeship as reporter and city editor of the Journal and Evening News of Garnett and as associate editor of the Concordia “Magnet.” Mrs. Isabel McArthur is a natural poet and song writer. She has published one volume of verse,
“Every Body Loves a Lover.” Her last song, “When The Bloom Is On The Cherry At Sardou” is widely sung. Edna E. Haywood is author of “Fifty Common Birds Around the Capital.” Mrs. Mary A. Cornelius, while a resident of Topeka, wrote four books, “Little Wolf,” “Uncle Nathan’s Farm,” “The White Flame,” and “Why? A Kansas Girl’s Query.” Kansas Women in Literature PDF Book Free
Another book is ready for publication. Mrs. Mary Worrall Hudson, wife of the late General J. K. Hudson, former editor of the Topeka Capital, is author of “Two Little Maids And Their Friends,” “Esther, The Gentile,” and many short stories and poems. Her classic prose-poem: “In The Missouri Woods” is considered her masterpiece.
Mrs. Sara Josephine Albright, formerly of Topeka, now of Leavenworth, is a sweet singer of childlife. Her volume of verse, “With The Children” is lullabies and mother-love poems. A book of stories for children will soon be ready for publication. Jessie Lewellyn Call, deceased, the clever and beautiful daughter of the first Populist governor of Kansas, was a well-known essayist and short story writer.
For many years she was one of the editors of the Chicago Inter-Ocean. Lawrence claims Dorothy Canfield Fisher, a writer of both fiction and text-books and many short stories. She is the author of “Corneille And Racine In England,” “English Rhetoric And Composition,” “What Shall We Do Now,” “Gunhild,” “The Squirrel Cage” and “The Montessori Mother.” Kansas Women in Literature PDF Book Free
Louise C. Don Carlos has written “A Battle In The Smoke,” one of the best Kansas works on fiction. She did special work on the Nashville Tennessee Banner and writes a great deal of magazine verse. Mrs. Anna W. Arnett, a Lawrence teacher, writes verse and songs. In addition, she has issued a primer, the Kansas text-book and a primary reading chart for which she has a United States patent.
Margaret Lynn, one of the faculty of Kansas University, is a writer of short stories and “A Step-Daughter Of The Prairies.” Mrs. A. B. Butler of Manhattan wrote “The Trial And Condemnation of Jesus Christ From a Lawyer’s Point of View;” a novel, “Ad Astra Per Aspera;” and much newspaper work.
Mrs. Elizabeth Champney, a former teacher in the Kansas State Agricultural College, is the author of more than twenty books and many short stories. “Three Vassar Girls Abroad,” “Witch Winnie Series,” “Dames And Daughters of Colonial Days,” “Romance of French Abbeys,” “Romance of Italian Villas,” and “Romance of Imperial Rome” are her most popular works. Kansas Women in Literature PDF Book Free
Laura D. Congdon, a Newton pioneer, is a verse and short story writer. Mary H. Finn, Sedgwick, writes beautiful verse and much prose. Jennie C. Graves, Pittsburg, writes poetry and moving picture plays. Mrs. Johannas Bennett, another Pittsburg woman, has written an historical novel, “La Belle San Antone.”
Florence L. Snow, Neosho Falls, is an artistic and finished writer of verse and prose. She is the author of “The Lamp of Gold.” Sharlot M. Hall, Lincoln, writes prose and verse. A volume of poems, “Cactus And Pine,” “History of Arizona,” “A Woman of the Frontier,” “The Price of The Star” and short stories are her important works.
Mrs. A. S. McMillan, Lyons, a poetess, song writer and licensed preacher, writes clever verse, much of which has been set to music. “Land Where Dreams Come True” is her best known poem. Kittie Skidmore Cowen, a former Columbus woman, is author of “An Unconditional Surrender,” a civil war story. Kansas Women in Literature PDF Book Free
“The Message of Hagar,” a study of the Mormon question will be in the press soon. Miss Mary E. Upshaw, McPherson, wrote verse at the age of seven and published her first story at fifteen. She has a book in preparation which she expects to publish at an early date. Jeanette Scott Benton, formerly of Fort Scott, writes short stories novelettes, and stories for children.
May Belleville Brown of Salina, has a very clever pen, as has, also Mrs. Lulu R. Fuhr of Meade, the author of “Tenderfoot Tales.” Mrs. E. M. Adams, Mound City, writes exquisite verse and in the past, had many short stories to her credit. Mrs. C. W. Smith, Stockton, writes both prose and verse. Cara A.
Thomas Hoover, formerly of Halstead, Harvey County, now living in Rialto, California, writes prose and beautiful verse. Rose Hartwick Thorpe, the author of “Curfew Shall Not Ring To-night,” was a Kansan in the early sixties. She lived at Wilmington. Miss Margaret Stevenson, Olathe, is a writer of books for the blind. She has some short stories, nature and text-books published. Kansas Women in Literature PDF Book Free