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Federation of Women's Clubs

An Historical Sketch

of

The Federation of Women's Clubs

of

Oklahoma

of

Indian Territories

1898 - 1908



Submitted by: Scharlene Brumfield



The author of this sketch is indebted for data to Mrs. A. C. Scott, Mrs. J. C. Robberts, and many others. The ex-presidents and president of the Federation have carefully examined and heartily approved the data herein complied.
October 1908. - Mrs. Charles R. Hume.



Addendum. - Through an accident the name of Mrs. T. G. Chambers, of Oklahoma City, Historian, was lost out of the list of officers for 1906-08, its omission not being noticed until after the booklet had come from the press, hence the addendum.



The Federaltion of Women's Clubs
-of-
Oklahoma and Indian Territories
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Organized at Oklahoma City May 24-25, 1898.
Admitted to Feneral Federation June, 1898.
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FEDERATION MOTTO:
"KINDLINESS and HELPFULNESS"
COLORS: GREEN and WHITE. FLOWER: ROSE.
CHARTER CLUBS. MAY 25, 1898.
Philomathea, Oklahoma City, organized Oct. 1891
C. L. S. C., Guthrie, organized Oct. 1891
Coterle Club, Norman, organized Jan. 1894
Tuesday Afternoon, Perry, organized Sept. 1894
Merrie Wives, Purcell, organized Feb. 1895
Current Events, Kingfisher, organized Oct. 1895
Matrons' Magazine, Wynnewood, organized Feb. 1896
San Souci, Oklahoma City, organized Oct. 1896
Browning, Stillwater, Organized Nov. 1896
Athenaeum, El Reno, organized 1897
Cambridge, Guthrie, organized May, 1898
   (Afterwards called Shakespeare.)



ANNUAL MEETINGS
May 17, 1899, at Norman.
     May 15, 1900, at Kingfisher.
          May 21, 1901, at Purcell.
               October 15, 1902, at Shawnee.
                    November 3, 1903, at Ardmore.
                         October 25, 1904, at Guthrie.
                              November 7, 1905, at Oklahoma City.
                                   October 16, 1906, at Lawton.
                                        October 22, 1907, at Enid.
                                             November 3, 1908, Ardmore.
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OFFICERS   OF   OKLAHOMA   AND   INDIAN   TERRITORY
FEDERATION OF WOMEN'S CLUBS.
1898--1900
President............................... Mrs. Selwyn Douglas, Oklahoma City
First Vice President...................................Mrs. D. R. Boyd, Norman
Second Vice President, 1898.......Mrs. E. C. Abernathy, Wynnewood
Second Vice President, 1899.......................Mrs. Chas. Morris, Perry
Recording Secretary, 1898.......................Mrs. Leon Tarr, Kingfisher
Recording Secretary, 1899...................Mrs. Amos Ewing, Kingfisher
Corresponding Secretary, 1898...........Mrs. R. R. Townsend, El Reno
Corresponding Secretary, 1899.............Mrs. C. A. Cox, Wynnewood
Treasurer...................................................Mrs. J. S. Childs, Purcell
Auditor...........................................Mrs. N. W. Mayginnis, Stillwater


1900--1902
President........................Mrs. Selwyn Douglas, Oklahoma City (Deceased)
First Vice President................................Mrs. Eugene Hamilton, Chickasha
(Acting President Aug-Oct., 1902.)
Second Vice President................................Mrs. J. C. Robberts, Kingfisher
Recording Secretary.....................Mrs. Amos Ewing, Kingfisher (Deceased)
Recording Secretary..................................Mrs. J. C. Wilkinson, Kingfisher
Corresponding Secretary, 1900,............Mrs. Caroline Ball, Oklahoma City
Corresponding Secretary, 1901-02, ..Miss Frances Burrows, Oklahoma City
Treasurer..............................................................Mrs. Mary Carr, Pawnee
Auditor......................................................Mrs. Anna Campbell, Watonga
General Federation Secretary.............................Mrs. A. C. Scott, Stillwater



1902-1904
President to May, 1904..................Mrs. J. C. Robberts, Kingfisher
President, from May, 1904....................Mrs. A. C. Scott, Stillwater
First Vice President to Dec. 1903........Mrs. Michael Conlan, Atoka
First Vice President, from Dec. 1903..Mrs. H. C. Potter, Ardmore
Second Vice President............................Mrs. C. R. Miller, El Reno
Recording Secretary............................Mrs. J. M. Adams, Shawnee
Recording Secretary, 1904............Mrs. J. C. Wilkinson, Kingfisher
Corresponding Secretary, 1902...Mrs. J. C. Wilkingson, Kingfisher
Corresponding Secretary, 1903-04..........Mrs. F. A. Belt, Kingfisher
Treasurer..................................................Mrs. L. M. Keys, Hobart
Auditor....................................................Mrs. J. S. Childs, Purcell,
General Federation Secretary................Mrs. L. J. Edwards, Norman
Louisiana Purchase Member..........Mrs. Chas. R. Hume, Anadarko


1904-1906
President...........................................Mrs. A. C. Scott, Stillwater
First Vice President........................Mrs. F. E. Riddle, Chickasha
Second Vice President................Mrs. W. A. Ledbetter, Ardmore
General Federation Secretary......Mrs. T. G. Chambers, Okla. City
Recording Secretary..............................Mrs. P. R. King, Newkirk
Corresponding Secretary..........Mrs. J. Thompson Gray, Stillwater
Treasurer, 1904-05.................................Miss Maud DeCou, ALva
Treasurer, 1906......................................Mrs. G. W. Stevens, Alva
Auditor................................................Mrs. E. M. Clark, Pawnee
Parliamentarian and Time-Keeper....Mrs. C. R. Hume, Anadarko


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HONORARY PRESIDENT

Mrs. J. C. Robberts..................................................................Enid
1906-08
President................................................Mrs. John Threadgill, Oklahoma City
First Vice President..........................................Mrs. Ed M. Catron, Ponca City
Second Vice President............................................Mrs. H. A. Cherry, Lawton
General Federation Secretary, 1906-07.....................Mrs. Fred Marr, Ardmore
General Federation Secretary, 1908........................Mrs. R. F. Turner, Ardmore
Recording Secretary...................................................Mrs. P. R. King, Newkirk
Treasurer...................................................................Mrs. G. W. Stevens, Alva
Auditor........................................................................Mrs. C. O. Woods, Enid
Corresponding Secretary, 1906-07.......................Mrs. O. C. Gilbert, Okla. City
Corresponding Secretary, 1907..Mrs. W. M. Sasher, Oklahoma City (Deceased)
Corresponding Secretary, .....................1907, Mrs. R. R. Fuller, Oklahoma City
Corresponding Secretary, 1908......................................Mrs. R. J. Ray, Lawton
Parliamentarian................................................Mrs. Chas. R. Hume, Anadarko


DELEGATES-AT-LARGE TO FOURTH BIENNIAL, DENVER
JUNE, 1908

Mrs. Selwyn Douglas..............................Oklahoma City
Mrs. Nettie Chappel................................Oklahoma City
Mrs. W. E. Harper..................................Oklahoma City
Mrs. A. C. Scott..............................................Stillwater
Mrs. D. R. Boyd................................................Norman



ALTERNATE-AT-LARGE
Mrs. L. J. Edwards......................................................Norman

DELEGATES-AT-LARGE TO FIFTH BIENNIAL
MILWAUKEE, 1900
Mrs. Selwyn Douglas........................Oklahoma City
Mrs. Henry Overholser....................Oklahoma City
Mrs. A. C. Scott........................................Stillwater
Mrs. L. J. Edwards......................................Norman
Mrs. Geo. Dodson........................................Guthrie

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DELEGATES-AT-LARGE TO SIXTH BIENNIAL
LOS ANGELES, 1902
Mrs. Selwyn Douglas....................Oklahoma City
Mrs. A. C. Scott....................................Stillwater
Mrs. Michael Conlan..................................Atoka
Mrs. Geo. Gardener......................Oklahoma City
Mrs. J. J. Houston...................................Guthrie

DELEGATES FROM INDIVIDUAL CLUBS
Mrs. Geo. Dodson........................................Guthrie
Mrs. J. W. Duke............................................Guthrie
Mrs. A. E. Bullen..............................................Perry
Mrs. Byron Shear..............................Oklahoma City

DELEGATES-AT-LARGE TO THE SEVENTH BIENNIAL,
ST. LOUIS, MAY 17-25, 1904
Mrs. A. C. Scott........................................Stillwater
Mrs. Frank Butts..............................Oklahoma City
Mrs. Horace Speed........................................Guthrie
Mrs. Chas. R. Hume..................................Anadarko
Mrs. W. C. Blanchard.....................................Purcell

DELEGATES FROM INDIVIDUAL CLUBS
Mrs. T. B. Ferguson.............................................Guthrie
Mrs. C. M. Barnes................................................Guthrie
Mrs. W. J. Pettee......................................Oklahoma City
Mrs. M. L. Turner....................................Oklahoma City
Mrs. W. A. Ledbetter..........................................Ardmore
Mrs. F. E. Riddle..............................................Chickasha
Mrs. W. H. French..............................................Chandler
Mrs. Ed L. Dunn........................................Oklahoma City
Mrs. N. M. Carter..................................................Guthrie
Mrs. W. H. Munger..............................................Watonga
Mrs. W. C. Richardson..............................Oklahoma City
Mrs. V. V. Paine....................................................Guthrie
Mrs. Peter Benn..........................................Oklahoma City
Mrs. Jasper Sipes........................................Oklahoma City



ALTERNATES
Mrs. A. H. Blanchard..............................................Purcell
Miss Helen Richardson..............................Oklahoma City

DELEGATES-AT-LARGE TO EIGHTH BIENNIAL
AT ST. PAUL, MINN., MAY 30-JUNE 7, 1906
Mrs. A. C. Scott..........................................Stillwater
Mrs. John Threadgill.........................Oklahoma City
Mrs. J. W. Billings........................................Shawnee
Mrs. Zue A. Bell...............................................Gage

DELEGATES FROM INDIVIDUAL CLUBS
Mrs. F. E. Riddle...............................................Chickasha
Mrs. Mary E. Hart.................................................Guthrie
Mrs. George W. Lieber..............................Oklahoma City
Mrs. C. P. Van Denburg......................................Ardmore

DELEGATES-AT-LARGE TO THE TENTH BIENNIAL
AT BOSTON, MASS. JUNE 22 - JULY 1, 1908.
Mrs. John Threadgill..............................Oklahoma City
Mrs. W. P. Records............................................Lawton
Mrs. Edward McCoy.............................................Tulsa
Mrs. F. E. Riddle............................................Chickasha
Mrs. C. F. Calkins................................................Ponca

DELEGATES FROM INDIVIDUAL CLUBS
Mrs. C. P. Van Denberg..............................Ardmore
Mrs. J. B. A. Robertson..............................Chandler
Mrs. J. M. Aydelotte....................................Shawnee
Mrs. Ed F. Johns......................................Chickasha

CLUBS FEDERATED BEFORE MAY 17, 1899
Ladies Athenaeum, Wynnewood..............Organized September, 1895
Sorosis, Chickasha..................................Organized September, 1896
Alternate Saturday, Pauls Valley................................Organized 1897
Hawthorne, Shawnee......................................Organized August, 1898
Twentieth Century, Oklahoma City..........Organized September, 1898
Clionian, Kingfisher..................................Organized September, 1898
Philomathic, Anadarko................................Organized January, 1899
Nineteenth Century, Watonga......................Organized January, 1899
Acorn, Guthrie..............................................Organized March, 1899
Enid Study.......................................................Organized April, 1899



The pathway to civilization and culture has always been marked by the footprints of the woman pioneer. Her life has been a commingling of labor and love, sorrow and smiles, suffering and strength, all patiently borne because of the rich rewards the future promised.
The true pioneer woman came over in the Mayflower, leaving friends and her all in the home-land; yet bravely establishing a new home on the bleak New England shores, she gave of her very best, of her very life in truth, that this great land might be peopled with the bravest, noblest, purest of her sons and daughters.
All honor to these Puritan mothers, who not only bore all the trails that the fore-fathers had, but bore with them also!
Our pioneer women of Oklahoma were not less brave when they came to the untilled prairies, prepared to endure hardships and privations, upheld only by the bright hopes of the future. They were true club women of "cheerful yesterday's, clever today's, confident tomorrow's."
Naturally they longed for companionship and for an intellectual and spiritual uplift.
From these desires came the clubs of Oklahoma, truly cosmopolitan ones, with women from many states and with many states of mind.
Philomathea, of Oklahoma City, is the pioneer federated club of Oklahoma. It was formed in October, 1891, by twenty-two women, representing seventeen different states of our union and two white-haired ladies from the home of Evangeline in Nova Scotia. Of these charter members only one is now a member of that clubs, Mrs. W. J. Pettee. This club federated with Kansas in 1896 making it the first federated club in Oklahoma. Mrs. Douglas joined November 23, 1891, and was the recognized leader for several years, forceful, yet conservative, inspiring others to lay aside petty affairs and strive only for the best and highest things. The ladies, representing this club, took out a charter for the public library of Oklahoma City and after these books became the property of Carnegie Library, which institution Philomathea, with Mrs. Douglas as leader, helped to establish.
The club women were the founders of the first Humane Society in Oklahoma City, probably the first in Oklahoma.
To speak of club work in Oklahoma necessarily brings before our minds the one whose energy, ability and power of organization not only united the clubs of the two territories into the Federation of Women's Clubs of Oklahoma and Indian Territories, but whose personality and influence were so strong that our Federation soon became favorably known everywhere. Possessed of great strength of character, with a brilliant, broad mind and withal a devout and earnest Christian, it is not strange that she left such a marked impress upon Oklahoma Club life.



Our Federation has cause for congratulation in having had strong women, mentally and morally, for our leaders, differing in many characteristics, yet each has been a strong, safe, sane leader, and withal noble Christians, actively identified with church and philanthropic work.
Philomathea issued the call for the forming of the Women's Federation of Clubs. On May 24, 1898, there gathered in the Presbyterian church, Oklahoma City, twenty-four delegates, from eleven clubs, representing about two hundred club women. (Seven other ladies are enrolled in the front besides these.) The temporary officers were made permanent, Mrs. Selwyn Douglas, Oklahoma City, chairman; Mrs. Jas. J. Houston, Perry, Secretary.
The committee on constitution consisted of Mrs. A. C. Scott, Stillwater, chairman; Mrs. John W. Shartel, Guthrie; Mrs. D. R. Boyd, Norman. On the morning of May 25th the delegates voted to form "a Federation of Women's Clubs of Oklahoma and Indian Territories."
The nominating committee brought in it report, the officers were elected and the committee on constitution reported. So while all the year-books give the date of our organization as May 24, 1898, the formal organization took place on May 25, 1898.
The constitution provided for appointing annually standing committees of three members each, on art, literature, civics and education.
In the organization work they were aided by Mrs. Laura Scammon, president of Missouri Federation, who gave helpful talks on organized club work. The Federation voted to join the General Federation of Women's Clubs and did so promptly, seating their delegates at Denver in June, 1898.
A reception was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Selwyn Douglas, so the social features have always been a part of our Federation life.
The first annual meeting was held May 17 and 18, 1899, at Norman, by invitation of Coterie Club. Mrs. Selwyn DOuglas, president, presiding. Several new clubs were represented there by thirty-five enrolled delegates, all of the charter clubs except one present, and eight others reporting. The program for 1899 lists only eighteen federated clubs, but the year-book shows twenty-two; but one of these, Coterie, Woodward, did not federate until July, 1899.
Mrs. Roland Murdock, of Wichita, and Mrs. S. R. Peters, president of Kansas Social Science Federation, were honored guests and made interesting addresses. Several good papers were read. The first reports were given by standing committees and five minutes given each club for its report. The first thing on program was "Presentation of Credentials and Dues." Mrs. A. C. Scott was chairman of committee on motto, and we are not surprised that she recommended "Kindliness and Helpfulness," which has ever since been our Federation motto. While no record is found of the adoption of colors and flowers, the year-book for 1899 shows the motto, followed by: "Colors, green and white; flower, rose."



A very pleasant reception was given at the home of President and Mrs. D. R. Boyd.
The second annual meeting was held at Kingfisher, May 15, 16 and 17, 1990, by invitation of Current Events and Clionion Clubs Mrs. Selwyn Douglas, president, presiding. One of the main features was the presentation of the gavel by E. D. Brownlee on behalf of the business and professional men of Kingfisher, and his address is recorded in fall in the minutes--the only address ever given before this Federation thus preserved for posterity by being placed in our archives. The gavel has been used since then at every annual session.
Mrs. Belle Stoutenborough, of Plattsmouth, Nebraska, was the honor guest and charmed all by her helpful talks while her frequent assertion that "Mothers are great" touched the motherhearts present.
Roll call showed fifty-two delegates present from twenty-nine clubs. Five minutes were allowed for each local club report and the minutes state that everybody stopped on time practicing the motto printed on program; "Come promptly; think clearly; speak plainly; act wisely; and stop on time."
Several excellent papers were read. Good reports were given from the four departments, and good papers read under these. A committee on revision of Constitution was appointed to report following year, consisting of Mrs. J. J. Houston, Guthrie, chairman; Mrs. J. B. Harris, Chickasha; Mrs. J. A. Mann, Kingfisher.
A delightful reception was given at the home of Mr. and Mrs. J. V. Admire, attended by about two hundred and fifty.
The third annual meeting was held at Purcell, May 21, 22, 23, 1901, by invitation of Merrie Wives and University Clubs, Mrs. Selwyn Douglas, president, presiding. There were listed in the year-book of 1901-02 thirty-six clubs; and we find added to the four standing committees the Bureau of Reciprocity and Traveling Libraries.
Mrs. J. C. Terrell, president of the Texas Federation, and Mrs. Noble Prentis, of Kansas, were guest of honor and rendered efficient aid.
The Traveling Art Gallery was occured for use at this meeting.



The program was a very interesting one, and a fine reception was given at the Masonic Hall. The writer enjoyed very much this, her first Federation, and meeting many new friends--so much so that she has never missed a Federation since.
The Coterie of Norman, gave the first case of books for the traveling library, seventeen other cases were pledged at Purcell, which soon reached twenty cases.
These were placed in charge of Mrs. L. J. Edwards, of Norman.
Considerable time was given to the report of the committee on revision of Constitution, but unfortunately, after all this work was done the revised draft, with all the minutes of the meeting were lost, through the death of the recording secretary. In the revision the time of meeting was changed from May to the fall, making the next Federation year a long one.
Before the Federation met again the Angel of Death had removed from earthly service two of the officers: Ms. Amos Ewing, the recording secretary, died June 20, 1902, and Mrs. Selwyn Douglas, the founder and first president, born Sept. 22, 1851, departed this life August 8, 1902.
The planning for the next Federation then devolved upon the first vice president, Mrs. Eugene Hamilton, of Chickasha, and the second vice president, Mrs. J. C. Robberts of Kingfisher.
The fourth annual meeting was held at Shawnee, Oct. 15, 16 and 17, 1902, by invitation of Hawthorne and Current Literature Clubs, Mrs. Eugene Hamilton, first vice president and acting president, presiding.
The yearbook shows fifty-eight, and the minutes show that forty-five clubs were represented by eighty-six delegates, which with the officers, made ninety-four legal votes cast.
An excellent program was given, but the entire session was saddened by the recent removal of two faithful officers, whose empty chairs, deeply draped, were a constant reminder of the loss the Federation had sustained. The In Memoriam Service was solemn and appropriate, wherein feeling tributes were given by friends and prominent club women in various parts of our land sent their written tributes--some of which were printed later. It seems fitting that here should be inserted a poem written by Mrs. Denison, at the time president of the General Federation:



MRS. SELWYN DOUGLAS
     A noble purpose can not die; though the
silver cord is loosed, she yet lives.

Brave heart, that always sught the light,
Who passed from high to great height,
To her the crown,
To us the night.

No throng is on the path she trod:
But Truth, star-crowned and golden shod,
Walked at her side,
Leading to God.

She passed to silence; but her way
Is ours to tread. The perfect day
Is ours to win;
Leading to God.

She passed to silence; but her way
Is ours to tread. The perfect day
Is ours to win;
Nor may we stay
Our willing feet, while life's brief span
Completes the work her hands began.
--Dimies T. S. Denison, President of General Federaltion
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At the request of the General Federation the vacancy in the Louisiana Purchase Committee, caused by Mrs. Douglas's death was filled by electing Mrs. Chas. R. Hume a member of said committee, to represent the Federation of Women's Clubs of Oklahoma and Indian Territories, at St. Louis, in 1904.



At this Federation for the first and only time the full nominating ballots were tried, and as the writer was chairman of the nominating committee and we had to be out until nearly midnight, counting the scattered votes, losing most of the receptions and concert, she is glad that this method is no longer in vogue.
At a meeting of the Executive Board at Shawnee, March 18 and 19, 1903. Mrs. Robberts, president, presiding, the number of standing committees was increased from four to twenty, and the two bureaus of one each, to three members.
The committees added were: Music, The Home and Domestic Economics, Philanthropy and Reform, Law, Forestry, Civil Service Reform, Press, Legislation, Club Extension, Question Box, Club History Transportation, Credentials, Printing. The office of Parliamentarian and Time-Keeper was Updated at this time, and Mrs. Chas. R. Hume appointed to fill it, being honored by being the only one to hold this office in the old Federation. She was appointed to revise the Constitution, to be acted upon at Ardmore.
The Traveling Library was placed at this time at Anadarko, where it has been cared for ever since.
The fifth annual meeting was held at Ardmore, Nov. 3, 4, 5, and 6, 1903 by invitation of the Ladies of the Leaf, Pierian and Orio CLubs, Mrs. J. C. Robberts, president, presiding. The first evening, after the welcoming addresses, a reception was given at the Elks' hall. We were honored by having with us, the president of the General Federation, Mrs. Denison, whose sweet womanliness won our interest and inspired more zeal in General Federation work so that twenty-two delegates and several visitors went to St. Louis in May, 1904, the largest number ever in attendance at a Biennial from this Federation.
The reciprocity bureau reported forty-two papers. The several new committees reported, and an excellent program was given.
The president asked those present at the organization of our Federation to rise and eleven stood, six of whom had attended every federation.
Eighty-five accredited delegates were present. Sixty clubs reported in two hours' time. Seventy-seven enrolled clubs that year, twenty-seven of which were in Indian Territory; total membership 1,675. Twenty-five clubs joined under Mrs. Roberts' first year.
Among other actions taken at Ardmore the minutes show that the Federation voted that "each delegate be fined fifty cents if late," "and that the convention be opened each meeting with roll call" - these rules were never enforced.
Mrs. Longan, of Kansas City, gave a parliamentary drill.



Several important amendments were made to the Constitution and By-Laws.
The women of the two territories gave $1,000 for two memorial fountains for Mrs. Douglas--one for beauty, one for utility--to be placed upon the library grounds. The delegates were invited to the unveiling to take place a few days later.
Regarding the memorial fountain, unveiled November, 1903, Mrs. Robt. J. Burdette, first vice president of the General Federation, wrote: "the memorial fountain will rightly typify the abundance of her activities, the purity of her purpose and the continual flow of influence that was emanated by her life, made truly great through service."
In December, 1903, ten clubs withdrew from our Federation to help form the Indian Territory Federation, and afterwards seven more withdrew.
A great work was done by Mrs. Robberts in interesting and enlisting new clubs. After one and one-half year's service her health failed so that she had to resign, leaving a record of thirty-five new clubs organized and federated, besides several others already organized joined the Federation during her term, and many joined the General Federation. Oklahoma City, Guthrie and Chickasha organized city Federation, Mrs. A. C. Scott, president, presiding.
The first evening was given to a reception at Carnegie Library, and concert at Masonic Temple.
Mrs. Jas. M. Lewis, Jr., president of Kansas Federation, was a guest of honor.
As usual a fine program was given. Interesting and varied reports were made by several ladies of the Biennial in St. Louis, and the special Louisiana Purchase Day celebration, when Festival Hall at the Exposition was dedicated, altogether giving comprehensive glimpses to those denied these treats.
The banners for local clubs were used first at this meeting, adding much to the convenience and appearance of the seated delegations.
The movement was started to secure a kindergarten instructor for the Oklahoma Teachers' Association.
Mrs. Jas. M. Lewis, Jr., gave a very helpful address.
Fifty-eight clubs reported in one hour and forty-eight minutes, out of the seventy-two clubs enrolled. Seven clubs joined in the six months of Mrs. Scott's presidency. The highest compliment possible was paid to Mrs. Scott when one hundred and twenty-three votes out of one hundred and twenty-five were cast for her as president for ensuing two years.



Mrs. J. C. Robberts, ex-president of the Federation, was elected Honorary President.
Several delightful receptions and drives, with an evening with Hanford at the Opera House, were tendered the delegates.
At this Federation meeting a committee was appointed to appeal to our territorial legislature for temporary provision for the juvenile criminals within our bounds, said committee consisting of the Executive Board, with Mrs. Anna F. Gillette.
The seventh annual meeting was held in Oklahoma City, Nov. 7, 8, 9 and 10, 1905 by invitation of the City Federation, Mrs. A. C. Scott, president, presiding. It was opened with a reception at the Threadgill, several other social funcations marked this meeting. Our guests of honor were Mrs. Sarah Platt Decker, president of the General Federation; Mrs. Jas. M. Lewis, Jr., of Kinsley, Kan., and Mrs. Roland P. Murdock, of Wichita, who added much to the excellent program. Mr. Fred K. Warde, addressed the convention one evening on Shakespeare's women. The Copley prints added to the pleasure and profit of this meeting.
Delegates gave the amount necessary to bring to Enid for the Teachers' Association, Miss Payne, an experienced kindergartener. The result of this was that four more cities added the kindergarten to their public schools.
In contrast with the twenty-four delegates from eleven clubs who seven years before in this city formed the Federation, at the time of this meeting the year-book shows eighty-three clubs with over eighteen hundred members, eleven new clubs having federated this year. There were seated one hundred and twenty-six delegates, making with officers and chairmen of committees, about one hundred and fifty present, the largest number ever enrolled at our Federation.
This year the reports from local clubs were limited to two minutes each, and seventy-four clubs reported in ninety-three minutes, giving more good things than when they had longer time.
The president's address reports the passage of the Federation's bill providing for the care of child criminals.
The delegates were entertained at the Opera House, viewing "Under Southern Skies." A change in Constitution was made so that delegates to the Biennial shall be elected in same manner as the officers, in the odd years.
The eighth annual meeting was held at Lawton, Oct. 16, 17, and 18, 1906 by invitation of the City Federation, Mrs. A. C. Scott, president, presiding. Opened with reception and concert at Chamber of Commerce. As usual a good program was given, and a beautiful address by the president. Considerable time was given to the report of legislative committee, Mrs. John Threadgill, Chairman.



Reported in year-book, eighty-five clubs, eight having disbanded or withdrawn in past two years. Fifty-eight clubs reported in ninety minutes. At the election ninety-seven ballots were cast, and seven officers nominated and elected by ballot in one and a fourth hours.
A fine concert was given at the Opera House, and fine musical numbers interspersed the program, as has ever been the case at our Federations.
An enjoyable drive was given the delegates, showing them the Comanche Indian Training School and Fort Sill, also the Apache settlement, returning by Medicine Bluff.
At the business session it was voted that delegates pay their own expenses at Federations; also that "whenever the president's proclamation is issued declaring statehood: that "this organization shall be called the Federation of Women's Clubs of Oklahoma."
The Times-Journal was made the official organ for this Federation.
The eighth annual meeting was held at Enid, Oct. 22, 23, 24 and 25, 1907, by invitation of the City Federation of Enid, Mrs. John Threadgill, president, presiding. Opened by a reception at Elks' Hall. The prominent feature of this meeting was the presence of Mrs. Emma A. Fox, of Detroit, who gave several excellent parliamentary drills. Excellent musical and literary programs occupied the two evenings, the last being given in the Opera House. The gentlemen of Enid showed marked interest in the gathering by providing an automobile ride, also engraved gold souvenir pins, and finally flowers for the officers the last evening.
The year-book shows number of clubs ninety, withdrawn eight, new clubs federated ten. Sixty clubs reported in one and a half hours. Delegates enrolled one hundred and four.
Some of the committees have been combined, others changed or dropped, two added, making sixteen in year-book.
A shadow was cast by the sudden removal of the corresponding secretary, Mrs. W. M. Sasher, who died August 29, 1907.
The Federation gave full power to the officers to arrange for consolidation with the Indian Territory Federation, and to this work much time and thought has been given by our president, Mrs. Threadgill. We all give great credit to Mrs. Douglas for uniting the two territories in the Federation of Women's Clubs in 1898, but no less credit is due to our present president for untiring efforts to re-unite the forces of the two Federations in 1908-closing thus suspiciously the ten years' history of our Federation. There seems to have been something more than a chance coincidence in the fact that these two presidents had the same birthday, only our present leader's came sixteen years later than our founder's. We now have ninety-two clubs, thirteen new ones having federated during this year. Seventeen are federated with the G. F. W. C. There are 143 papers in the Reciprocity Bureau. The committee on Industrial Conditions and Child Labor has been added to our standing committees. We have been honored by having three of our members placed on three important committees of the General Federation.



This is the first time that the General Federation Art Gallery has been used in our Federation, going to Shawnee, Oklahoma City and Norman.
The brevity of this sketch forbitds giving the full meed of praise to our ex-president and presidnet for most excellent work rendered. Nor can I tell all that has been done and given by our club women.
Suffice it to say that we have helped to secure child-labor legislation in the Constitutional Convention and our president was complimented by having used verbatim the clause sent by her to the convention. We also assisted in obtaining compulsory education for children, the establishing of a reform school, juvenile courts made possible, the pure food commission, the privilege of women to vote at district school elections, establishing horticulture, agriculture and domestic science as part of the public school curriculum. In the first legislature we helped to secure a statue making effective the Constitutional clause on compulsory education. In many ways we have shown the power of concentration, and that club women may be counted upon always on the side of right.
No one can estimate accurately the amount our club women have expended for various civic, philanthropic and literary purposes, but it reaches into the thousands of dollars. Besides time talent and strength beyond computation gladly given.
About twenty libraries have been founded through their influence, many cities beautified and renovated materially and morally, and the power of these women has been proven to be beyond computation in the uplifting of humanity and in the upbuilding of our state.
The thousands of Oklahoma club women are a power in the homes, schools and churches of our state, and may be, if they concentrate their efforts, of untold civic value. They have had no small part in moulding the character of our great new state in her formative period when men and measures make or mar permanently.
They have freely given time, labor, and intellect in co-operating with others in accuring and enforcing laws for the protection of women and children. They have aided in subduing evils in our civic life, in protecting homes and educating the young, and endeavored to establish an Industrial School to reform the incorrigibles. All this proves the right of the club women to exist.



The world today thrills with the widening, broadening, deepening thought of kindly service to others. It believes firmly that life is to be valued as a field of action and that the lives most highly honored must be those that approach nearest to the ideal life of Him "who went about doing good." And this result has come largely through the teachings of our women's clubs. These clubs with women of all faiths, with diversity of gifts and visions, have eliminated sectarian differences, cultivated sympathy, giving broader vision and higher ideals, lifting us above life's petty ills so that we can see what is for mankind's highest good, and seek to be great only through service.
May we ever live in its fullness our Federation motto: "Kindliness and Helpfulness."
               Annette Ross Hume
Anadarko, Oklahoma., October, 1908



IN MEMORIAM
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JULIA SOPHIA COLEMAN DOUGLAS,
Founder and First President of the Federation of Women's
Clubs of Oklahoma and Indian Territories.
Born September 22, 1851, in Cattarugus
County, New York.
Married in 1869 to Mr. Selwyn Douglas, at
Boone, Iowa.
Died August 8, 1902 at Oklahoma City, Okla.
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     A noble woman, gifted with a brilliant mind, a sympathetic
heart, and helpful hand, all consecrated to altruism. She
was a true wife, mother, friend, teacher, leader, and withal,
an earneat Christian, leaving an example for our inspiration.
          The worker falls, but the work goes on.
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MRS. AMOS EWING,
Recording Secretary,
Died June 20th, 1902,
Kingfisher, Okla.
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MRS. W. M. SASHER,
Corresponding Secretary,
Died August 29th, 1907
Oklahoma City, Okla.
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