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Sunday, March 01, 2015

8 March 1921, Baker, Montana: Judge Dousman Predicts the Past... er, the Future

Dateline: Baker, Montana — 10 March 1921
The Fallon County Times, p. 1, col. 1, below the fold:
WOMAN'S CLUB MEETING TUESDAY
     The Baker Woman's Club met Tuesday at 3 P. M., March 8th, Mrs. Marks presiding.
     Plans were reported by committee for serving the dinner for the Farmers' Institute, Monday noon, March 14th, and also for the afternoon's entertainment by the Club.
     After attending to other matters of business the Club enjoyed a good program.
     Mrs. Zook gave interesting current events, especially mentioning the important problems to be met by the new administration at Washington.
     Judge C. J. Dousman then gave an excellent talk on Americanization. He dwelt on the broader aspects of real Americanization, not simply naturalization of aliens.
     One duty of true American citizens is not to shun international obligations such as the promotion of world peace. He predicts that within 50 years, there will be an effective world organization* with power to enforce peace and prevent the depredations of one nation upon another.
     He related some of his experiences in admitting aliens to citizenship which was interesting.
     The club members enjoyed Judge Dousman's talk regardless of politics.
     Miss Beatrice Daugherty then delighted the audience with two well-played piano solos. The first number was "I dreamt that I dwelt in Marble Halls" from Balfe's "Bohemian Girl" and gave opportunity for the hearers to appreciate the delicate touch of the pianist shown, especially in the variations effecting rippling waters. The encore was also pleasing, entitled "Valse Caprice" by Spindler.
     The last number on the program was a fine paper on "Dietics" by Mrs. Ed Carey. Much valuable information was given as to food combinations with an appeal for balanced rations—which would enable one to eat less, thus adding to the feeling of well-being and subtracting from the H. C. of L.
     Good coffee and chicken sandwiches served by Mesdames Ladwig, Neveux, Leo Burns and Miss Scott added to the afternoon's program.

Having transcribed the above for my current book project**, I had a sudden craving for Enya's Marble Halls, so off to YouTube I went. I found instead this very lovely piano version of Balfe's composition--a much better fit for our context.


I'm sorry about Spindler's Valse Caprice. There seems to be neither audio nor video version available online. You'll have to do it yourself. The sheet music is in the public domain and is downloadable at the very good price of $Free from several websites. BYO piano.

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*The League of Nations was founded in January 1920, a year before Judge Dousman's talk. WWII happened anyway, so it wasn't as effective as it could have been, after which the United Nations was established in 1945 for the same purpose. The UN doesn't seem to have reached that pinnacle of effectiveness either. Apparently there are always some who just don't want to play nice.

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**My current book project, News: A Krentz & Buss Family Album was, for all intents and purposes, done. Just a few clippings about my Montana-homesteading Great-Aunt Emma, I thought, a simple two-page spread ought to do it. One of those clippings, however, reminded me that she was not alone in Montana... there were cousins. And spouses of cousins, and cousins of spouses. Stuff like that. Well, I realize this is a project that could easily go on ad infinitum, but at the moment I'm hoping I can wrap it up in maybe another fifty pages... seventy-five, tops.

You may have noticed, Great-Aunt Emma isn't even mentioned in the clipping above. I know from other clippings, though, that she was a member of the Woman's Club. She would have been at the meeting. Besides, in just a couple of months, Miss Beatrice Daugherty is going to marry the brother of the soon-to-be second wife of Emma's widower cousin George. And George is my first cousin, twice removed. Really, how can I ignore that?


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  • My Ancestors in Books (a library of resources and notes pertaining to Reverend Samuel Stone, Major General Robert Sedgwick, Elder John Crandall, and other early Americans in the forest where my family tree was grown)
  • The Zahnisers: A History of the Family in America by Kate M. Zahniser and Charles Reed Zahniser (Mercer, Pa. 1906)
  • History of St. James Lutheran Church [full title: A little of this and a little of that in the 141 year (1861-2002) History of St. James Lutheran Church, Reynolds Indiana] by Harold B. Dodge, published at Reynolds, Indiana, 2002; 170 pages.
  • Lisbon, North Dakota 1880-2005 Quasuicentennial, published at Lisbon, North Dakota in 2005; 391 pages.
  • The Paschen and Redd Families of Cass County, Indiana by Alfred Paschen, c. 2005 (Gateway Press, Inc., Baltimore, MD); 322 pages.
  • Sheldon Community History: Sheldon Centennial 1881-1981, published at Sheldon, North Dakota in 1981; 376 pages.
  • Sheldon, North Dakota 1881-2006 - 125th Anniversary: The Queen of the Prairie, published at Sheldon, North Dakota in 2006; 498 pages.
  • A Standard History of White County, Indiana, written under the supervision of W.H. Hamelle, c. 1915 (The Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago and New York).
  • The Roots of Coventry, Connecticut by Betty Brook Messier and Janet Sutherland Aronson, c. 1987 (Coventry 275th Anniversary Committee, Coventry, CT); 206 pages.
  • "Elder John Crandall of Rhode Island and His Descendants" by John Cortland Crandall; New Woodstock, New York, 1949; 797 pages.
  • "The Descendants of Robert Burdick of Rhode Island." Nellie (Willard) Johnson, Pd.B.: H & L Creations, LLC.

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