A Mind of Her Own: Helen Connor Laird and Family, 1888-1982 by Helen L. Laird

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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 extraordinary Wisconsin girl and her kin, whose pursuits and impression prolonged way past the borders of the state. Spanning nearly a century, the background speaks to the best way we have been and are: a stridently materialistic country with a deep and protracted non secular part.

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When it rained, which it often did, they dropped awnings to keep themselves dry. The older generation slept in proper bedrooms in massive mahogany beds with chamber pots conveniently and discretely located beneath, and Meaken ironstone bowls and pitchers full of ice-cold, mineral-laden well water were at hand for washing up. In the early s, the Connors’s city house had indoor plumbing; the country house did not. An outhouse and an icehouse, where great chunks of ice were stored in burlap and covered with sawdust, stood not far from the cabin.

Large and loyal congregations supported Lutheran, Catholic, Baptist, Presbyterian, and Episcopalian churches. Everyone belonged to a domination, and everyone knew where everyone belonged. The Roddises belonged to the Episcopalian church, Upham and Connor to the Presbyterian. Anglo-Saxons all, both the Roddises and Upham, who were good friends, competed with Connor for logs and political, social, and financial power. Formally correct in public, they were enemies, and soon everyone in town knew it.

21 On December , , Connor dined with La Follette’s private secretary, Colonel John Hannon, at the Plankinton house in Milwaukee. On January , , Mr. and Mrs. Connor attended the victory celebration at the inaugural ball. D. ”22 On January , Mrs. Connor assisted Mrs. La Follette at an informal reception held at the executive mansion in Madison. Mrs. ”23 In pursuing his personal ambitions, however, he was. On January , the friendship between the Connors and the La Follettes and the spirit of unity in the Half-Breed camp came to an abrupt end.

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