By Helen L. Laird
A brain of Her Own: Helen Connor Laird and kin 1888–1982 captures the general public achievement and deepest soreness of a notable Wisconsin lady and her relations, whose pursuits and impact 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 kingdom with a deep and protracted religious part.
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Most had never left home before. For them the deep woods and the isolation were terrifying. The pearlhandled revolver Mame kept was not reassuring. ’s white clapboard cottage was comfortable, big enough to accommodate the large family, hired girls and hired man, and guests but not at all ostentatious. D. had a porch constructed around the second ﬂoor “in anticipation of a large number of visitors who were going to be there for some time and the porch was divided into three rooms and it worked out fairly good.
Railroads brought traveling troops of thespians playing the circuit from Chicago to Minneapolis and points further west to the Adler Opera House. Most entertainment was, however, home made. Talented amateurs—readers, singers, violinists, mandolin, guitar and piano players, including Helen’s very attractive aunts—performed for one another in homes and churches and occasionally at the Opera House. ” “Knute” Kinney played a “Svenska klerka . . ” E. E. ” L. Voelker sang an Irish song and became “positively the only German .
That did not put things right between the men. When Sargent opened a blacksmith shop and started to sell furnaces and hot water heating systems, Connor moved in on him, putting in a full line of machinery at the company store and driving Sargent out of business. D. Connor do this to us? ” When an explosion occurred in the liquor room in the basement of the hotel where Sargent had stored the packages left by two strangers who said they were walking to Crandon, and burned the hotel almost killing Mrs.
A Mind of Her Own: Helen Connor Laird and Family, 1888-1982 (Wisconsin Land and Life) by Helen L. Laird