Cowboy Hospitality – Elisabeth Freeman

On Board the Ladies’s Hughes Marketing campaign Practice, 1916

Hughes Marketing campaign Ladies posing with cowboys in Miles Metropolis MT. Elisabeth Freeman, heart proper.

Think about, in case you can, a cross-country–each methods– practice journey with a bunch of elite ladies, stopping a number of instances a day to marketing campaign for the Republican presidential candidate.

OK, you most likely can’t think about as a result of it was 1916 and the Republicans have been the “good guys” in favor of ladies’s suffrage and modest progressive values. (The Celebration of Lincoln and all that…) However by the point you bought to Chicago you may be properly sick of the likes of Mrs. Cornelius Vanderbilt or Mrs. Nelson O’Shaughnessy dripping with jewels and too many miles to go earlier than a relaxation.

However then, you pull as much as Miles Metropolis, Montana, which might not have been on my politically vital cities, and also you hear: “Yip! Yow! Bang! Hurrah! BANG! BANG!” and over 100 cowboys and cowgirls greeting you. In response to Rheta Childe Dorr, an embedded reporter on the Hughes Marketing campaign Practice, “Astonished, and a little bit alarmed, we piled out into the glowing sunshine to be met by a howling, leaping mob of cowboys and cowgirls, actually and really trappers and guides, miners and ranchmen, and a band wearing flannel shirts, chaps and sombreros.”

Miles Metropolis MT cowboy band greeting girl campaigners for Hughes 1916

She continued that the locals “took kindly to speeches” made by “Dr. (Katherine) Davis, Mrs. Raymond Brown, Elisabeth Freeman, Miss Annie Peck, Mrs. William Curtis Demarest, Mrs. Edith Ellicott Smith and others…The cowboys stored their ponies as quiet as attainable on the sting of the gang, and listened carefully, applauding every speaker by waving their hats and yelling. The assembly lasted an hour and a half and no person left earlier than the shut.”

Then got here the leisure: a cowpuncher cabaret “of a few of the most interesting using of unbroken horses, exhibition of bucking broncos and using of untamed steers that the boys might muster. Denver Sherman, champion steer rider did his greatest stunt, using a steer sitting backward together with his legs wound across the animal’s neck. The steer was a plucky one and galloped together with his tail stiffly within the air, bellowing his way of thinking.”


And meals from the L-O chuck wagon, served up by “outdated Butch, a grizzled veteran of the plains (who) has run chuck wagons for thirty years. His biscuits are gentle as feathers, his ‘roast maverick and gravy’ are value going to Montana to eat and his chile colorow, stewed corn and pink peppers, is incomparable.” (see menu)

One other embedded reporter picks up the story, “The ladies had not been within the metropolis half an hour when probably the most enticing of the honest campaigners, Mrs. Eula Harris…obtained a proposal of marriage from probably the most picturesque of the cowboy group. Mrs. Harris is a hanging younger widow, with plenty of golden hair. Corda M. Houghlan, who holds the world’s lasso document, determined when he noticed Mrs. Harris that he needed her for his spouse. ‘I can’t learn and I can’t write’, admitted the tall, swarthy skinned bronco buster, ‘However I can work and I can love.’”

Miriam Teichner, yet one more embedded reporter, wrote: “Miles Metropolis, Mont has robbed the Girl’s Marketing campaign Practice of its coronary heart. Not, you perceive, of its campaigning coronary heart. That’s as sturdy and staunch as ever. However of its private, actually and really coronary heart, the marketing campaign practice has of a certainty been robbed, robbed so indubitably that when at 1:30 yesterday afternoon, it climbed again into its Pullman dwelling, it lifted up its collective voice and wailed in collective anguish: ‘I’ve by no means had such a beautiful time in my life. I’m coming to Miles Metropolis to stay.’”

“We wish to take you again dwelling with us!” cried Miss Elizabeth Freeman because the campaigner shouted goodbye. “We don’t wish to go. You’ll be able to’t vote!” the corporate of mounted poll victors replied. (Keep in mind, in a few of the Western states ladies gained the fitting to vote earlier than the remainder of the nation, particularly in sparsely populated states like Montana.)

Postcard from cowboy Corda to EF

Now right here’s one other little twist on historical past: EF obtained a put up card in November from the lovesick apparently illiterate Corda Houghlan, who will need to have taken a crash course in literacy: “I rec’ed your card a couple of days in the past and can (ship) one other. I intend to make your metropolis a go to about Jan. Bob, my pal can be with me I feel would really like very a lot to ‘C’ you. Please drop me a line, Bye, Corda.” The pal could also be Bob Harmon who writes in a separate postcard Dec. 11, 1916, “Learn your card saying that these photos have been taken on the Truthful Grounds have been good would you please ship me one. This image was taken on the Farre (?) place final 12 months, As a good friend, Bob Harmon c/o H+H Ranch.”

postcard from cowboy to EF

I really like these little particulars of human curiosity, as did readers of the day by day posts of all of those embedded reporters. Actually, how good to convey your personal reporter with you! We might have a way as of late that reporters ought to be goal and perhaps a part of the press pool that travels with the candidate however not essentially partisan. We’re most likely fooling ourselves, however in these days papers have been avowedly political which is why there have been usually competing papers in a city. Binghamton’s personal millionaire Willie Sharpe Kilmer didn’t just like the protection he was getting from the Solar-Bulletin so he began the Binghamton Press. In going via this scrapbook you may inform the partisan protection when reporting {that a} bunch of Democratic rowdies roughed up the “Hughesettes” as they have been known as or taunted the entire marketing campaign practice because the “Golden Particular” due to all the rich ladies on board.

The Ladies’s Marketing campaign Particular was an awesome stunt, the brainchild of Frances Kellor who was to go on to be the primary feminine Cupboard member below FDR. It was the primary time that suffragists campaigned for a celebration candidate as an alternative of for the reason for votes for girls. The concern amongst anti-suffrage politicians was that ladies would change the steadiness of energy with their votes. Because it occurred, most ladies voted the identical manner their households voted and ladies’s votes, or as we are saying, “the gender hole” was not important in elections till not too long ago.

Personally, I’m hoping it’s extensive sufficient to drag us again from the abyss of Republican backlash that’s endangering ladies, and certainly, Mom Earth. Please, register to vote, after which VOTE. Have a look at how exhausting ladies labored to make it occur, not withstanding a nice time in Miles Metropolis MT in 1916.

Entrance of postcard from Corda.

Three articles about Hughes Ladies’s Marketing campaign cease at Miles Metropolis MT 1916, quoted in put up.



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