Oregon City Womans Club
Oregon City Enterprise, April 24, 1908
Through the courtesy of the Editor, the Oregon City Woman's Club will have a column in the Enterprise. Mrs. George A. Harding, Mrs. W. A. White and Mrs. T. E. Beard will be in charge.
The object of the club in this is to tell something of what club women all over our land are accomplishing for the betterment of their fellows, what our State Federation and local clubs are doing, and to present questions of public interest from the Woman's standpoint and call attention from time to time to some of our local needs. The column will be open to all women to present any subject which they deem of interest to women or the public in general.
What Woman's Club Work Means
The organization of women is one of the achievements of the nineteenth century. Up to that time, women's lives had been isolated. They lived as separate individuals.
The prejudice against woman's organizations which was almost universal in 1868, the year in which the first woman's club was founded, has passed away. Today woman's club work is recognized as an important factor in the world's progress.
The Oregon City Woman's Club led the movement to preserve the home of Dr. John McLoughlin and to move the home from Second and Main Streets to the top of Singer's Hill in 1909.
In 1911 the Club dedicated a fountain on the grounds, having spent the prior two years landscaping and improving the property around the house. Sadly, the photograph was not captioned, but those present at this dedication included Jennie Barlow Harding, Sarah Meldrum McCown and Mary Norris according to newspaper coverage of the event.
Through the influence of the club women of the United States public sentiment on many questions has been directed to the right and much good work has been done. So much for generalities. Now a few words about our State work. It was through the influence of Oregon's Federation of Woman's Clubs that we have our State library law, our pure food law and the improved method of transporting the insane. The Federation working jointly with the State Board of Charities and Corrections, had the Child Labor Law passed. That Oregon is to care for the feeble minded is also largely the work of the club women.
The Scholarship Loan Fund for the benefit of young women is of itself a sufficient reason for the existence of the State Federation.
The reports of the individual clubs which forms such an interesting feature of each year's convention proceedings shows that the interests of the club women of our State are legion. Every kind of work is undertaken from the excluding of cows from a village street to the founding of libraries for large cities. Almost every public library in the State had its beginning through the efforts of a woman's club.
We believe there is much that organized women might accomplish here at home and we hope that this column will be freely used by all who have some helpful practical idea and that the setting forth of these thoughts together with calling attention to what organized women are doing may prove an inspiration to the women of Oregon City and Clackamas County to work for the accomplishment of some one of the things which they believe to be for the betterment of our community.
We hope that every woman who reads the president's letter will pass it on to some other woman.
Do not be afraid of the term “Woman's Club;” almost all our women belong to some club, the Grange, the afternoon sewing circle, the Aid societies are all clubs. We want to hear what women are doing in other parts of our County. Our aim is to make this a reciprocity column – an exchange of varied interests.
No matte how homely the subject someone has a suggestion that will benefit someone else. Exchange of thoughts and experiences broadens the minds and interests of women and makes the routine of daily work interesting and less common place.
In view of the plea of the University of Oregon for greater and regular funds with which to meet the growing demands of the Institution in the increasing attendance, and the lack of proper room and teaching facilities; and whereas-
Many of our bright students are lead to centers of learning outside of the State by reason of this lack of room and teaching facilities -
Therefore, Be it resolved, that we, the members of the Woman's Club of Oregon City, do heartily endorse the appropriation bill and that we will use our influence to secure the passage of the same.