Page 110 of 9 Jul 1972 Issue of Oakland Tribune in Oakland, California

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Oakland Tribune (Newspaper) - July 9, 1972, Oakland, California Knave 100 years dealing in happiness no one Ever heard of women s lib Back in 1872 when a group of Oak land women banded to Gether and formed the ladies Relief renowned today As the ladies Home society of of Northern California s philanthropic organizations. Within a few Short years these women were conducting a Home for aged women that eventually blossomed into the Matilda e. Brown Home out on 42nd Street where the lonely find happiness today due to 100 years of perseverance by a Long line of charitable friends of humanity. This is the Centennial year of the ladies Home society but actually it was sparked in 1871 by the great Chi Cago fire and president Ulysses s. Grant s Appeal for clothing medi Cines and Money for the fire s Desti tute victims. Oakland was then a Community of Little More than residents. There were no Street lights Tele phones paved streets or sidewalks. But that did t deter the determined group of Oakland women who went from door to door pleading the cause. The Little group is Well remembered by a great Many present Day Oaklan Ders names such As mrs. A Cole mrs. R. W. Kirkham mrs. G. W. Dam mrs. J. P. Moore mrs. J. W. Dwindle mrs. L. P. Fisher mrs. James Defrei Nery mrs. Vernon Jones mrs. E. G. Mathews mrs. C. T. H. Palmer and mrs. G. C. Potter. After the Chicago emergency these women determined to stay together and help local women children and babies. A Constitution was adopted at the first official meeting on nov. 16, 1871. Mrs. J. P. Moore was elected president. The Board of managers included mrs. S. E. Alden mrs. L. L. Baker mrs. I. Bartlett mrs. G. M. Blake mrs e. S. Carr mrs. R. E. Cole mrs. W. A. Chase mrs. G. W. Dam mrs. James Defremery mrs. V. I. Eastland mrs. Charles w. Howard mrs. A. H. Jayne mrs. Vernon Jones mrs. R. W. Kirkham mrs. J. H. Mcalister mrs. A g. Mathews mrs. J. N. Olney mrs. C. To h. Palmer mrs. N. P. Perine mrs. G. C. Potter mrs. M. M. Wedgewood and mrs. Samuel Woods. Official birth of the society was noted in 1872 when incur portion papers were filed. Fund raising then began in Earnest. The decade was already tagged the Silver 70s, and year after year the Oakland women Laboured for Charity. The Silver 70s blossomed into the elegant is and then the Gay 10s, the torn of the Century Taw no setup and need for ads continue today bade to the tic roller skating was fee ranter Ted so the ladies Relief of that Day took Over the ladies Home society built this Home for aged women in 1882 when it was known As the ladies Relief society skating rink Oakland s largest Hall in those Days and for five Days and evenings a variety of programs were staged featuring the wit and Talent of generous Oaklander. Mrs. Alphonso dam was president at the time. New names listed on the Board of managers included miss Mary Sather miss Jessie Campbell mrs. H. Carlton jr., mrs. A. K. Har Mon mrs. T. B. Simpson mrs. E. J. Van vet mrs. William Webb mrs. F. E. Weston and mrs. John i. Spear. One of the festival s highlights was a moving Canvas with a Panorama of scenery and figures called Panto i in charge was a professor Soffen How and his sister miss flip Kennicker. There was also an evening of to a scotch a Dick ens the spirit of and a grand Calico due to their frenetic fund Rais ing the ladies Relief society eventually built up a nest egg but it was the generosity of Elijah Bigelow that gave the group its big Gest assist. Elijah twice gave the society gifts of land and after several changes of address the women Pur chased the Beckwith place a 10-acre farm on 42nd Street that edged Over to Telegraph Avenue. Now they were Way out in the Here they had cows pigs chickens and a Garden. There was a House on the place that was used for some years residents of the Home helping with the work. Even the Oak land police donated one eighth of their monthly fines. In 1881 gov. George c. Perkins opened a fete in the masonic Han where various churches rivalled at serving dinners for 50 cents. Ina Cool brith was an attraction too. She read one of her poems. More than was realized. When plans were advanced for the building of a new residence on their or. Samuel Merritt offered 91000 if nine others would match the donation. Immediately responding were j. C. Ainsworth Anthony Cna Bot or. And mrs. Charles Crocker Pap it Matilda e. Brown her name speak Lippi Nutu

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