By Helen L. Laird
A brain of Her Own: Helen Connor Laird and family members 1888–1982 captures the general public achievement and inner most soreness of a amazing Wisconsin lady and her family members, whose pursuits and effect prolonged way past the borders of the state. Spanning virtually a century, the historical past speaks to the best way we have been and are: a stridently materialistic country with a deep and protracted religious part.
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A judge of oratorical contests and of the freetrotting and carriage racing events at the Marshﬁeld fair, he taught her how to sharpen a speech and why one animal or team was superior to another. In spite of her enthusiasm for horses and baseball, Helen was no tomboy. She helped her mother with chores at home, helped care for her younger siblings, and practiced the piano dutifully. She was not good with a needle, but neither was her mother. She watched how Mame administered aid, drawing on the limited tools in the black doctor’s bag her father gave her, and the way she opened her purse to those needing that kind of help.
Please write and locate the farm as near as possible. Yours respectfully, Edward Poorman By the time she was twelve, Helen understood that men could be heroic, that men conducted business, that a man in search of property kept his worth to himself. Men achieved while women looked on. Yet, while she and her friend Fanny Cole could not join the boys’ Cuban Cadets club and play soldier, they were invited to play baseball because they could run and hit and didn’t act silly. D. kept riding and carriage horses in the large stable adjacent to his home.
D. was not oﬀering himself free of charge. S. Senate, a prize granted at that time not by popular vote but by vote of the legislature, whose members could be expected to follow the directions of the majority party’s leader. D. a senator. 7 From May until December , Connor, “an expert manipulator of men and measures,”8 worked tirelessly on behalf of Governor La Follette and his programs: to provide for direct primary elections of candidates, to regulate the railroads, to reform taxes. Helen enlisted in the cause, carrying La Follette posters across town and putting them up everywhere, even on the tree in Fanny Cole’s front yard, in spite of the fact that (or perhaps because) the Coles were active Stalwarts.