Sunday, February 12, 2012

TIME MACHINE ... Women Making News!

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March, 1893

(Oelwein Register, Oelwein, Iowa)

A Live Town Founded By A Woman

Elizabeth S. Chadbourne, a Boston elocutionist who studied her profession in the days when *Georgia Cayvan began to prepare for her career, is the leading spirit and founder of Parksley, in Virginia. When Miss Chadbourne first visited and recognized the possibilities of the fertile peninsula which had been practically closed to the world until about five years ago, a single farm house with a station composed the town. Game was left to the city sportsman, soft shell crabs fed the hogs, whose flesh was staple product and food for the peninsula. Now there is a flourishing town with broad streets, pretty houses, and great prospects owned by a stock company, of which Miss Chadbourne is Secretary, Treasurer and largest stockholder. She is also the inside worker who interests people to invest. She understands all kinds of leases, deeds, etc., and can make out an agreement on the spot which all the quibbles of the lawyers cannot circumvent.

*Popular stage actress.


December, 1911

(The Evening Post- Frederick, Md.)


Women Instructed By Just Government League to Learn It.

The State Just Government League has decided upon a song as its "battle hymn." Copies of it have been distributed among the members and they have been instructed by the president, Mrs. Donald R. Hooker, to memorize it, to be sung at all public meetings of the league. It was written by Miss Marie C. Jones of Pocomoke City, Md., who is herself an ardent suffragist.

The hymn is sung to the tune of "Maryland My Maryland." It's general character may be judged by its first stanza, which is as follows:


Oh, listen to the joyful note,

In Maryland, My Maryland!

The women here will surely vote,

In Maryland, My Maryland!

In city, town, and country lea,

The women will be surely free,

And they shall vote, as you shall see,

In Maryland, My Maryland!


July, 1914

In a page one story headlined PLEAD SUFFRAGE CAUSE AT FAIRS - The Frederick News Post reported on ambitious plans at County Fairs around the state including those on the Eastern Shore and at Pocomoke City, where the "Just Government Leagues" would have booths. "Like the wily Mrs. Spider on the lookout for unsuspecting Mr. Fly, the Maryland suffragists are getting ready to spread their net from one end of the state to the other."

Plans for their participation in the County Fairs at Pocomoke City, Salisbury, Cambridge, Easton, and Chestertown were said to be rapidly taking shape by advocates of the suffrage movement, hoping to further their cause, and with the intent to make their activities interesting alike to the farmers and the farmers wives. A feature at some of the fairs, including Pocomoke City, would be a booth gaily decorated with the suffrage colors, purple, green, and white, combined with the Maryland black and gold.

Mrs. Amy Pattison of Easton was the Eastern Shore's organizer and those who knew her best declared, according to the article, "the anti's never had a more determined and resourceful antagonist."


(Pocomoke City News)

March, 1952

A mid-morning blaze in Pocomoke on March 19th broke out in the basement of Feldman's Furniture Store on Market Street consuming all three floors of furniture. The Pocomoke and Snow Hill Fire Departments kept the flames from spreading to adjoining buildings housing Venables Jewlery, J.C. Penny, and Montgomery Ward.

Footnote: Feldman's continued to operate in Pocomoke City for many years at a new location on Front Street.



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