By Helen L. Laird
A brain of Her Own: Helen Connor Laird and relations 1888–1982 captures the general public achievement and deepest discomfort of a striking Wisconsin lady and her relatives, whose pursuits and effect prolonged well 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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E. ” L. Voelker sang an Irish song and became “positively the only German . . ” Unselfconsciously they mocked blacks and immigrants. They were also intensely patriotic. ”2 When Marshﬁeld’s Company A, d Wisconsin Volunteer Regiment, home from the Spanish-American War, mustered out in December , the town provided a three-day “jubilee” celebration with a grand march, reception, speeches by B. F. McMillan (another leading lumberman) and Upham, a duet by songbirds Messrs. D. installed his family in a large, rambling clapboard house4 located in a parklike setting in a community of comfortable houses where the town’s lawyers, doctors, and leading businessmen settled.
D. had been a minor and “safe” member of the Republican Party led by business-oriented Stalwarts Charles F. Pﬁster, John Coit Spooner, and Henry Clay Payne. He attended state conventions, and as chairman of the enormous Eighth Congressional district, which spanned almost all of central and northeastern Wisconsin,1 he supplied the Republican Central Committee with lists of “the doubtful, the careless and the stay at home voters” and lists of superintendents of lumber and mining camps, who could instruct the men on how to vote.
Kraus, William Noll, E. M. Deming, C. S. Vedder, W. A. Pors, Philip Adler, B. F. Wing, K. W. ’s brother Rob were major stockholders— all men who knew how to make things work and how money was made. The city was on the move. In , a brick city hall with a clock tower rose majestically on Maple and Second Streets, and a new $, accredited high school, considered one of the most modern in the state, replaced the old school, formerly housed with the ﬁre department and city hall in a wooden building on Cedar and Second.
A Mind of Her Own: Helen Connor Laird and Family, 1888-1982 (Wisconsin Land and Life) by Helen L. Laird