Kansas Women



“We are proud of Kansas, the beautiful queen,

And proud are we of her fields of corn;

But a nobler pride than these I ween,

Is our pride in her children, Kansas born!”

–Ellen P. Allerton–

–Or adopted. In this galaxy of bright

women, the State has a noble pride for every

name, be its owner Kansas born or adopted,

is a mightier force for good than its “walls of corn.”


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. 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


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


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,” “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. 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



Every Kansan, homesick in a foreign land,

knows the call of Kansas and every Kansan

book lover knows Esther Clark’s “Call of Kansas.”

“Sweeter to me than the salt sea spray,

the fragrance of summer rains:

Nearer my heart than these mighty hills

are the wind-swept Kansas plains:

Dearer the sight of a shy, wild rose by the

roadside’s dusty way

Than all the splendor of poppy-fields

ablaze in the sun of May.

Gay as the bold poinsetta is,

and the burden of pepper trees,

The sunflower, tawny and gold and brown,

is richer, to me, than these.

And rising ever above the song

of the hoarse, insistent sea,

The voice of the prairie,

calling, calling me.

Miss Clark was born in Neosho Co., Kansas,

about twelve miles southeast of Chanute,

on a farm. At seven years of age, the family

moved to Chanute and her school days were

spent at the old Pioneer Building, where her

mother went to school before her. In 1894,

she graduated here, later entering the University

of Kansas for work in English.

In 1906, “Verses by a Commonplace Person”

was published. “The Call of Kansas and

Other Verse” came out in 1909. This volume

contained “My Dear” and “Good Night” which

were set to music, and “Rose O’ My Heart.”

“Rose o’ my heart, to-day I send

A rose or two,

You love roses, Rose o’ my heart,

I love you.

Rose o’ my heart, a rose is sweet

And fresh as dew.

Some have thorns, but, Rose o’ my heart,

None have you.

Rose o’ my heart, this day wear

My roses, do!

For next to my heart, Rose o’ my heart,

I wear you.”

“My Dear” was written for her baby brother,

during an absence from home, and is

Miss Clark’s favorite.

She is in the office of the Extension

Department at the University of Kansas, and has

exclusive charge of club programs and does

some work in package libraries.

Just now she is contributing prose to some

of the newspapers and doing some splendid

feature work.


Mary Vance Humphrey of Junction City,

Kansas, has written a series of short stories

on the property rights of women in Kansas, a

subject that was and is, still, of vital

importance to the women of the state. “The Legal

Status of Mrs. O’Rourke” and “King Lear in

Kansas” are two of the series.

When young in heart and experience, Mrs.

Humphrey wrote a number of poems. Her

work in later years has been only prose. Her

novel, “The Squatter Sovereign” is an historical

romance of pioneer days, the settlement of

Kansas in the fifties.

Mrs. Humphrey is one of the founders of

the Kansas State Social Science Club and the

Woman’s Kansas Day Club and the founder of

the Reading Club of Junction City. She has

served as President of the State Federation and

as Director of the General Federation of Women’s

Clubs and President of the Woman’s Kansas

Day Club. Her work as member of the

Board of Education has done much for Junction

City and her interest in libraries has done

equally as much for the State of Kansas.

Of her record as an official, Margaret Hill

McCarter has written: “Her whole soul is in

her work. She is the genuine metal, shirking

nothing, cheapening nothing, and withal happy

in the enjoyment of her obligation. She stands

for patriotism, progress and peace. Something

of the message of the shepherds heard out beyond

Bethlehem that Christmas morning long

ago sounds in the chords she strikes.”

As the wife of the late Judge James

Humphrey, she proved herself the able companion

of such a worthy man.


The Kansas State Traveling Art Gallery

owes its birth and much of its success to Kate

A. Aplington, the author of that typical western

story, “Pilgrims of the Plains.” Since

Feb., 1907, the Art Gallery has been a recognized

state institution, and as its Vice-President

and Superintendent and as the writer of

the art lectures that accompany the work, Mrs.

Aplington’s broad-minded, artistic temperament

and student’s persistency have made the

gallery truly a work of art.

At present, the Aplingtons are living at

Miami, Florida, but for a quarter of a century,

Council Grove, the most famous spot on the

Santa Fe Trail, was their home. Special

investigations and researches on the subject of

the old Santa Fe Trail days and lecturers on

educational and literary topics resulted from

years spent in that historic place.

“Pilgrims of the Plains,” which came out

in Feb., 1913, is worthy of a place in the front

rank of western stories. In July of this year,

Grossett and Dunlap will bring it out in their

“Popular Edition” of novels.

Mrs. Aplington is now working on a book

on “Art-Museums of America” and judging

from the comments of prominent Museum

Directors, this will be as great a success as her

novel. “Florida of the Reclamation,” a character

story with scenes laid in and around Miami,

Florida, is also in preparation.


The author of that versatile little book of

short stories, “The Lower Bureau Drawer” is

Emma Upton Vaughn, a Kansas City, Kansas

teacher. These heart stories, showing keen

insight of human nature–especially woman

nature–deal with every day life, each one a

fascinating revelation, of character and soul.

Mrs. Vaughn was born in Kalamazoo,

Michigan. Her early life was spent in Kansas.

She is a graduate of the Kansas University, and

has taught in the public schools of the state.

She wrote the “Bible and the Flag in the

Public Schools” and has contributed both prose

and verse to the leading magazines and

newspapers. Feature articles and many good essays

appear over her signature. Her “Passing From

Under The Partial Eclipse” did much to give

Kansas City, Kansas her recognized place

commercially on the map. A novel, “The Cresap

Pension,” exposing a great pension fraud, is

ready for the press.


Jessie Wright Whitcomb, a Topeka writer

of juvenile books is a lawyer in active practice

with her husband, Judge George H. Whitcomb

and a mother of a remarkable family of five

boys and one girl. The oldest son gained his

A. B. in 1910 at the age of eighteen; in 1911

was appointed Rhodes scholar for Kansas; and

is now a student at Oxford. His father and

mother are in England at present visiting him.

Mrs. Whitcomb is a contributor to the

magazines and in addition, has written “Odd

Little Lass,” “Freshman and Senior,” “Majorbanks,”

“His Best Friend,” “Pen’s Venture,”

“Queer As She Could Be,” and “Curly Head.”

She is a graduate of the University of Vermont

and the Boston University Law School and was

the first woman to lecture before a man’s law



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. 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. 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


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,

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.


Ellen Palmer Allerton, the sweet and gentle

poetess, beloved of Kansas, lived at Padonia,

in Brown County, when she wrote her famous

poem, “Wall of Corn.”

She was past her prime when she came to

Kansas from the Wisconsin home, the subject

of many of her noble gems. As she grew older,

she grew stronger in poetic strength.

Three volumes of poems have been

published, “Walls of Corn and Other Poems,”

“Annabel and Other Poems,” and “Poems of the

Prairie.” Her “Walls of Corn,” written in

1884, famous from the first, as used as railroad

immigration advertising, was translated in

several languages and distributed all over

Europe. This and her “Trail of Forty-nine”

are her best, although the classic beauty of

“Beautiful Things” is unsurpassed by any

other American writer.

“Beautiful twilight, at set of sun,

Beautiful goal, with race well run,

Beautiful rest, with work well done.”

is a fitting close to the beautiful, useful life

of the author.

Mrs. Allerton was born in Centerville. New

York, in 1835 and began writing verse at the

age of seventeen. Much as she has written,

yet writing was only a pastime. She never let it

interfere with her housework. Thoroughly

practical, she did all her own work, just

because she loved to do it. Her flowers of which

she had many, in doors and out, resulted in

many noble, inspiring lines. In 1862, she was

married to A. B. Allerton of Wisconsin, coming

to Kansas in 1865. She was best appreciated

for her social qualities and her interest

in charity–that broader charity that praises

the beauty and ignores the blemishes. Her

last poem, “When Days Grow Dark” is a beautiful

pen picture of her sweetness and resignation

in her growing blindness and her love

and trust in him who had been her companion

down the years.

“You take the book and pour into my ear

In accent sweet, the words I cannot see;

I listen charmed, forget my haunting fear,

And think with you as with your eyes I see.

In the world’s thought, so your dear voice be left,

I still have part, I am not all bereft.

And if this darkness deepens, when for me

The new moon bends no more her silver rim,

When stars go out, and over land and sea

Black midnight falls, where now is twilight dim,

O, then may I be patient, sweet and mild,

While your hands lead me like a little child!”

She died in 1893, at Padonia, and was

buried in a bed of her favorite white flowers,

donated by loving friends. In the little graveyard

at Hamlin, one reads “Beautiful Things”

on a modest stone at the head of her little bed.


Mrs. Emma Tanner Wood (Caroline

Cunningham), a Topeka woman, began newspaper

work in 1872. The result of those early years’

work was “Spring Showers,” a volume of prose.

After thirty years of study and experience

among the defectives, she wrote “Too Fit For

The Unfit,” advocating surgery for the feeble-

minded. The story of Mrs. Benton, one of the

characters, led Mrs. Wood to introduce a law

preventing children being sent to the poor

house. This was the first law purely in the

interest of children ever passed in Kansas.

Later, a law preventing traveling hypnotists

from using school children as subjects in

public exhibitions was drawn up by Mrs. Wood

and passed.

Several years ago, a book on hypnotism,

far in advance of the public thought, was written

and is to be published this year.

Mrs. Wood is seventy years young and as

she says: “finds age the very sweetest part of

life. It is no small satisfaction to laugh at the

follies of others and know that you are past

committing them. It is equally delightful to

be responsible only to one’s self and order one’s

life as one chooses. Every day is a holy day

to me now and the sweetness of common

things, grass, flowers, neighborly love, grand-

children, and home comforts fill me with satis-

faction. To think kindly of all things under

the sun (but sin); to speak kindly to all; to

do little kindly acts is a greater good to the

world at large than we think while we are in

the heat of battle.”


A cheerful little room in the East wing of

St. Margaret’s Hospital, Kansas City, Kansas;

an invalid chair wheeled up to a window over

looking the street; and the eager, expectant

face and the warm hand clasp of the occupant,

Mrs. Cornelia M. Stockton, assures the visitor

of a hearty welcome.

Greatly enfeebled by long illness and with

impaired sight, this bright, little woman’s keen

interest in current events and the latest “best

seller” puts to shame the half-hearted zeal of

the average woman.

For four years, Mrs. Stockton has lived at

St. Margaret’s, depending upon the visits of

friends and the memory of an eventful life to

pass the days. Prominence in club work in

her earlier years has brought reward. The

History Club of Kansas City, Kansas, of which

she was once a member, each week sends a

member to read to her and these are red letter

days to this brave, patient, little woman.

Mrs. Stockton began writing very young.

When a little girl, back in the village of Walden,

New York, she stole up to the pulpit of

the church and wrote in her pastor’s Bible:

“I have not seen the minister’s eyes,

And cannot describe his glance divine,

For when he prays he shuts them up

And when he preaches he shuts mine.”

She was born in 1833 in Shawangunk, New

York, and came to Kansas City in 1859, living

in Missouri some years but most of the time

in Kansas City, Kansas.

In 1892, she published a limited edition of

poems, “The Shanar Dancing Girl and Other

Poems.” dedicated to Mrs. Bertha M. Honore

Palmer, her ideal of the perfect type of

gracious and lovely womanhood. “The Shanar

Dancing Girl” was first written for the Friends

in Council, a literary club of Kansas City, Mo.

It has received the encomiums of Thomas

Bailey Aldrich, John J. Ingalls and others for

its beauty of expression and dramatic qualities.

“Invocation,” an April idyl; “The Sea-shell;”

and “Mountain Born” sing of the love of nature.

“In the Conservatory;” “My Summer Heart;”

and “Tired of the Storm” hint of sorrow and

unrest and longing. Then in 1886, “Compensation”

was written. “Irma’s Love For The

King” is a favorite; also, “ `Sold’–A Picture,”

written for her daughter, “yes, but she never


“The Sorrowful Stone” Mrs. Stockton

considers her best.

“The story without a suspicion of rhyme,

And dim with the mists of the morning of Time,

Is told of a goddess, who, wandering alone,

Did go and sit down on the Sorrowful Stone.

We find our Gethsemane somewhere,

though late;

The Angel of Shadows

throws open the gate.

We creep with our burden of pain,

to atone,

For all of life’s ills,

to the Sorrowful Stone.

Above is the vault of the pitiless stars;

The trees stretch their arms all blackened

with scars;

The gales of lost Paradise are faintly


To where we sit down on the Sorrowful


“From a Poem `Vagaries’ ” warns of * * *

–the product of the age and clime,

We do too much! grow old before our


Yet–would we stray to Morning Hills


Unlearn sad prophecies, and dream as


Ah, no! with sense of peace the shadows


There droppeth on tired eyes the spell of


We left the dawn long leagues behind, and


Waiting and wistful in the Evening Land!

The patient Nurse of Destiny, at best,

Leads us like children to the needed rest!

A ghostly wind puts out our little light,

And we have bid the busy world “Good Night!”

Mrs. Stockton was married twice. Her

first husband was the father of her two sons,

one of whom, Dr. Henry M. Downs, in his

practice, came often to St. Margaret’s. The

second marriage, as the wife of the late Judge

John S. Stockton, was a very happy one. Last

year, a brother the only surviving member of

her family, died, leaving Mrs. Stockton the

last of a family of five children. The two

sons have also passed into the Great Beyond.

In her younger days, she contributed many

poems and some prose to newspapers and

magazines over the name of Cora M. Downs.

Ex-Gov. St. John appointed her one of the

regents of the University of Kansas.

Her beautiful poem: “In Memoriam” to

Sarah Walter Chandler Coates was her last.

“ `We seem like children,’ she was wont to


`Talking of what we cannot understand,’

And in the dark or daylight, all the way,

Holding so trustfully a Father’s hand.

And this was her religion, not to dwell

On tenets, creeds, or doctrines, but to


On a pure faith, and striving to do well

The simple duties that each hour should



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


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


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.

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. “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 semi-

centennial anniversary.




Bessie May Bellman and June Bellman

Henthorne, her daughter, hail from Winfield.

They write both prose and verse and Mrs.

Henthorne was a reporter for years. Mrs.

Bellman, when a girl, lived five years on a

cattle ranch and to those five lonely years she

credits her habit of introspection, meditation

and writing. Much of her poetry and short

stories are used in platform work.

Red Leaves.

Red leaves–

Aflame in the air, aflame in the trees.

Blue streams, smoky hills–

Gold, gold the sunlight spills–

Red leaves!

Dead Leaves–

A swirl in the air-asleep ‘neath the


Gone every lark and swallow–

Haunting echoes bid me follow–

Dead leaves!

Bessie May Bellman–

Mrs. Henthorne’s “If” is published in a

New York reader.

“If, in a bird-heart, beating ‘neath the gray

There chants a song, no matter what the


If, in a bird-heart happy sunbeams shine,

Why not in mine?

If, in a flower-face, beat down by rain,

The hope of clear skies be in spite of


If, in a flower-face a great hope shine,

Why not in mine?”


One of the few Kansas women to have

a place in “Who’s Who” was the late Amanda

T. Jones of Junction City. She was one of

the most prolific poets of Kansas.

Her “Atlantic” is a story of the rebellion;

“Utah and Other Poems;” “A Prairie Idyl;”

“Flowers and a Weed;” and “Rubaiyat of

Solomon Valley” are volumes of verse. Her

prose: “Children’s Stories,” “Fairy Arrows”

and “The White Blackbird;” “A Psychic

Autobiography,” published in 1908; “Man and

Priest,” a story of psychic detection; “Mother

of Pioneers,” and a novel ready for publication,

“A Daughter of Wall St.”

Miss Jones originated a working women’s

home and patented many inventions, mostly

household necessities.

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Charlotte Frances Wilder, Manhattan, has

been writing half a century and it has won for

her a place in Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris,

“entitled to go down to posterity, her life-

work preserved as information for future

generations.” She has written “Land of The Rising

Sun,” “Sister Ridenour’s Sacrifice,” “Christmas

Cheer In All Lands,” “Easter Gladness,”

“Mission Ships,” “The Child’s Own Book” and

“The Wonderful Story of Jesus.” Her essays,

alone, would make a volume, original and

interesting. She has written for the press since

sixteen years of age and has been a Bible

teacher forty years.


Osawatomie claims Anna L. January, the

author of “Historic Souvenir of Osawatomie,

Kansas,” “John Brown Battle Grounds,” “Calvin

Monument,” and “Lookout and Park;” also,

numerous poems.

Mrs. January is a native of Wilmington,

Ohio, coming to Kansas in 1898. She taught

school three years and in 1901 married D. A.

January of Osawatomie. They have one child,

a son of four years. An active worker in the

Congress of Mothers and interested in temperance

and suffrage work, Mrs. January still

finds time to write many short poems.



Hattie Horner Louthan, a former White

Water, Kansas girl, is the author of five books

and many contributions to newspapers and first

class magazines. After graduation at the Normal

School, Emporia, in 1883, Miss Horner

engaged in teaching and literary work. Ten

years later, she became the wife of Overton

Earl Louthan, who died in 1906.

She is editor of the Great Southwest and

a member of the staff of the Denver Republican.

Her first volume of poems came out in

1885; the next year, “Some Reasons For Our

Choice.” “Not At Home,” a book of travels,

was published in 1889; “Collection of Kansas

Poetry,” in 1891; and “Thoughts Adrift,” in

1902. Her work is versatile; the rhyme easy

flowing and strong.




Georgiana Freeman McCoy, Wichita, has

taught music in Kansas longer than any other

teacher in the state and incidently writes verse.

She remodeled Elizabeth Browning’s “A Drama

of Exile” and wrote the musical setting for

Simon Buchhalter, the Viennese pianist and

composer. A sister, Mary Freeman Startzman,

while living in Fort Scott, wrote a volume of

poems, “Wild Flowers.”

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Eva Morley Murphy of Goodland, recent

candidate for Congress, is author of two books:

“The Miracle on the Smoky and Other Stories,”

and “Lois Morton’s Investment.”

She is a descendant of Nathaniel Perry of

Revolutionary fame, and of Rodger Williams;

an active temperance worker; and one of the

women who made equal suffrage possible in


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Mrs. Sallie F. Toler, Wichita, has written

on every subject from pigs and pole cats to

patriotism. She is the author of several plays and

three vaudeville sketches. A comedy, a racing

romance, “Handicapped;” “Thekla,” a play in

three acts; “On Bird’s Island,” a four-act play;

and “Waking Him Up,” a farce, are played in

stock now.

Mrs. Toler contributes to many papers and

lectures on “The Short Story” and “The Modern



As a 1914 Christmas offering, Margaret

Perkins, a Hutchinson High School teacher,

gave us her volume of beautiful poems. “The

Love Letters of a Norman Princess” is the

love story, in verse, of Hersilie, a ward and

relative of William, The Conqueror, and Eric,

a kinsman of the unfortunate King Harold.

“I thought once, in a dream, that Love

came near

With silken flutter of empurpled wings

That wafted faint, strange fragrance from

the things

Abloom where age and season never


The joy of mating birds was in my ear,

And flamed my path with dancing daffodils

Whose splendor melted into greening hills

Upseeking, like my spirit, to revere.”

* * * * * *

“Before you came, this heart of mine

A fairy garden seemed

With lavender and eglantine;

And lovely lilies gleamed

Above the purple-pansy sod

Where ruthless passion never trod.”

* * * * * *

“If Heaven had been pleased to let you be

A keeper of the sheep, a peasant me,

Within a shepherd’s cottage thatched with


Now might we know the bliss of days


–“We are part of Heaven’s scheme,

You and I:

Child of sunshine and the dew

I was earthly–born as you.

* * * * * *

“Yet my little hour I go,

Troubled maid,

Even where the storm blasts blow,


Confident that from the sod

All things upward wend to God.”

* * * * * *

“Dear heart, the homing hour is here,

The task is done.

Toilers, and they who course the deer

Turn, one by one,

At day’s demise,

Where dwells a deathless glow

In loving eyes.

I hear them hearthward go

To castle, or to cottage on the lea;

But him I love comes never home to me.”

* * * * * *

The peaks that rift the saffron sheen

Of sunset skies

In purple loveliness, when seen

By nearer eyes,

Are bleakly bare.

To brave those boulders gray

No climbers dare.

O, in some future may

This mountain mass of unfulfilled desires

Be unto me as yonder haloed spires!”

* * * * * *

Miss Perkins is the compiler of “Echoes of

Pawnee Rock,” and writes short stories and

poems for the magazines. Some of her verse

is published in Woolard’s “Father.”


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.

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.

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.” 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.” 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


* * * *

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.

* * * *

Sadie E. Lewis, Hutchinson, is the author

of “Hard Times In Kansas” and other verse.

Her daughter, Ida Margaret Glazier, is a poet

and song writer. Mrs Alice McAllily wrote

“Terra-Cotta” and many other books.

Lillian W. Hale, Kansas City, is author

of verse, short stories, and a novel. Another

novel will be ready for publication this autumn.

Lois Oldham Henrici, a one-time Sabetha and

Parsons woman, is the author of “Representative

Women” and many good short stories.

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. “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.

* * * *

Lelia Hardin Bugg, Wichita, has written

“The Prodigal Daughter,” “The People of Our

Parish,” and “Orchids.” Edna Thacher Russ,

also of Wichita, writes short stories and

educational articles.

* * * *

Mrs. E. Hamilton Myers, Englewood, is

a dramatic writer and a poet of rare talents.

Being a musician, much of her verse is used

for songs.

Mrs. Myers contributes to the English

papers. Her first story was published by a

magazine which had accepted writings of her


* * * *

Other than literature proper, we have Mrs.

Lillian M. Mitchner, of Topeka, a scientific

writer; Mrs. Lumina C. R. Smythe, a writer

of verse, also of Topeka, who is co-author with

her late husband in the revised “Flora And

Check List of Kansas.”

Among the clever newspaper women of

the state are Margie Webb Tennal, Sabetha;

Maud C. Thompson, Howard; Frances Garside,

formerly of Atchison, now with the New York

Journal; Mrs. E. E. Kelley, Toronto; Anna

Carlson, Lindsborg; Mrs. Mary Riley, Kansas

City; and Isabel Worrel Ball, a Larned woman,

who bears the distinction of being the only

woman given a seat in the congressional press

gallery. Grace D. Brewer, Girard, has been a

newspaper woman and magazine short story

writer for ten years.

* * * *

Among the early Kansas writers are Clarinda

Howard Nichols, Mrs. A. B. Bartlett,

Lucy B. Armstrong, Sarah Richart, Mrs. Porter

Sherman, and Mary Tenny Gray, all of

Wyandotte and Mrs. C. H. Cushing of Leavenworth.

* * * *

Sara T. D. Robinson, the wife of the first

governor of Kansas, was one of the very first

women writers of the state. Her “Kansas,

Interior And Exterior” was published in 1856 and

went through ten editions up to 1889.


Adams, Mrs. E. M.

Albright, Sara Josephine

Allerton, Ellen Palmer

Aplington, Kate A.

Armstrong, Lucy B.

Arnett, Anna W.

Arnold, Anna E.

Arthur, Elizabeth Barr

Ball, Isabel Warrel

Bartlett, Mrs. A. B.

Bellman, Bessie May

Bennett, Mrs. Johannas

Benton, Jeanette Scott

Black, Eva Bland

Brewer, Grace D.

Brown, May Bellville

Bugg, Leila Hardin

Butler, Mrs. A. B.

Call, Jessie Lewellyn

Carlson, Anna

Champney, Elizabeth

Clark, Esther M.

Congdon, Laura D.

Cornelius, Mary A.

Cowen, Kittie Skidmore

Cushing, Mrs. C. H.

Don Carlos, Louise C.

Finn, Mary H.

Fisher, Dorothy Canfield

Fuhr, Lulu R.

Garside, Frances

Glazier, Ida Margaret

Graham, Effie

Graves, Jennie C.

Gray, Anna Deming

Gray, Mary Tenny

Hale, Lillian W.

Hall, Sharlot M.

Haywood, Edna E.

Henrici, Lois Oldham

Henthorne, June Bellman

Hoover, Cara A. Thomas

Hudson, Mary Worrell

Humphrey, Mary Vance

January, Anna L.

Jarrell, Myra Williams

Jones, Amanda T.

Kelley, Mrs, E. E.

Lewis, Sadie E.

Louthan Hattie Horner

Lynn, Margaret

McAllily, Alice

McArthur, Isabel

McCarter, Margaret Hill

McCoy, Georgiana Freeman

McMillan, Mrs. A. S.

Mitchner, Lillian W.

Murphy, Eva Morley

Myers, Mrs. E. Hamilton

Nichols, Clarinda Howard

Perkins, Margaret

Richart, Sarah

Riley, Mary

Robinson, Sara T. D.

Roby, Marjory

Roby, Sara E.

Russ, Edna Thatcher

Sherman, Mrs. Porter

Smith, Mrs. C. W.

Smythe, Lumina C. R.

Snow, Florence L.

Startzman, Mary Freeman

Stevenson, Margaret

Stockton, Cornelia M.

Tennal, Margie Webb

Thompson, Maude C.

Thorpe, Rose Hartwick

Toler, Sallie F.

Upshaw, Mary E.

Vaughn, Emma Upton

Whitcomb, Jessie Wright

Wilder, Charlotte F.

Wood, Emma Tanner

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