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SCRANTON, PA., MAY 14, 189C.
Young Womees Clinstian Association.
MRS. l M. QATES, EdKea,
I W. C. A.
How It Was Started and How It Has
WOMAN'S OKK FOR UMAN
Issietsilas and Oihere Talk About ta.
ObJ.et of This Chrintlaa Assoeletloa.
a ad Ita Varf Vraetloal Work aad
Ita Wide Ioflaeaee.
The desire (or combined effort (ur
Special work (or the young women of.
tScrantun had been a crowing one In
tbe hearts of many in the city (or
Pastors, physicians and city officials
bad aeen the need.
TliK IMPETUS FOU ORGANIZA
TION. was given by an address by Miss Nettle
Dunn, the National SecreUry of the
Young Women's Christian Association,
at a meeting arranged through the
kindness o( Mr. T. T. Homey, In T. M.
C. A. hall, April 15, mi. The largo
audience of earnest women, after list
ening to the heartfelt words of the
speaker, unanimously voted to organ
ise and appo.nted a committee to ni-ilce
arrangements tor completing the or
ganization. This committee consisted
of Mesdamcs sftnpson, Saxton, bwan,
Uermnn and Gates, Misses Weitzel,
Qaylord and Drinker. In May a ublie
meeting was held, when pastors, lead
ing business men and lawyers made
strong addresses and friends pledged
financial support. A hoard of man
agers was elected, comi o?ed of the fal
lowing ladles: Mesdames Hippie. Hunt,
Bcott, Green, Hand, Ptorrs, Lathrope,
Btelle, Manness, Kverhart, Derman,
Illalr, Connell, Reynolds, Gates. Miss
Ki'lgl-aum. A place was secured In
June for a ronilns room for girls, nnil
opened by religious exercises, which
over 100 attended.
Classes were opened In the fall and
were largely attended. A bnBement
was fitted up to accommodate some of
these and to use for gymnastic exer
cises. Many social evenings were much en
Joyed by the jrlrls In their first smnll
rooms: nnd the Sundny meetings will
be remembered by many as marking a
new era In tholr lives.
In May, 1SS0, a public anniversnry
was held and a crowded bnns greeted
the new arsociation In itn first snnral
meeting. Dr. A. T. ricrsnn gave an
able Bildreos, and the report of the
president, Mrs. Gates, was listened to
with lntorcst, many expressing sur
prise at what had been accomplished
the first year.
THH I'1?ST SECRETARIES.
Miss Emma Boeder, of Iowa, was the
first general secretary, coming in
Aup.ust. lsss. Ker faltlifu! services for
over two yearn, her rntiiuslnsm, go'iil
Jud.-rment nnd excellent spirit, did
much to stmt the wnrk right, and b ft
Its permanent impress on tho associa
tion. When Miss Reeder was called to tbe
stnte grcretpryshlp of New York, the
board secured Miss Bertha Macurdy, of
W nltheni, ItlusF.,
Eoth of these secretaries were ob
tained through the efforts of Miss
Dunn, who had helped In the organiza
tion, and always felt great Interest In
the Kcrnnton association. Miss Ma
crrdy pave us over four years of t
Votod service and won a large plnce In
the hearts of the girls of Scranton.
Obliged to leave on pceeunt of falling
health, Miss Rachel R. Toiles, of New
York, was culled, a young woman of
culture and ot lovely character.
In lffll new ntianers were taken, op
posite the court bouse square, in a more
central location, with larger and more
convenient rooms, beins the second
floor of a bloc.
PHYSICAL CdTVRE INTRO
DUCED. In the following year another floor
was occupied, fitted up for a gym
nasium. Miss Bertha SUcg was the first
Instructor nnd entered upon the work
with much enlhuslusm. frhe coi;t nmd
in the po.-ltion only one y;ir, ns me de
sired to enter upon an extended course
of study. Miss Lois Shurd'.ow ilien be
came the physical director. She had
Just entered upon her second year of
successful work, having won many
girls to th? association, through the
benefits derived from the exe;clses, and
also by her own personality, when a
severe and protracted Illness obliged
her to give up the work. Miss Juliet
Tenkle kindly ccni.lPted the yerr. Miss
Janet Adams now has charge of the
physical department, nnd has proved
herself an efficient teacher and willing
THE SOUTH SIDE BRANCH.
It was suggested by Miss Anna
Stahlheber In the summer of 1891 that a
room be opened on the South Side, near
the Silk mills, as a noon rest for the
hundreds of girls employed there, A
suitable place was found and Miss
Stahlheber was placed In charge of It.
Jn the fall it was thought best to have
these rooms open evenings as well as
' noons, for classes and for recreation.
Miss Stltt. of Pittsburg, nnd Miss Llb
ble Doersam assisted In this branch
during the fall and winter. But as the
work grew It became necessary to call
a secretary who could give her whole
- time to the South Side work. Miss
Tomktnson, of Michigan, came In Feb
ruary, and the wonderful growth and
Influence of the South Side association
Is due largely to her consecrated life
and earnest efforts. The call to a larger
field In Pittsburg took her from us.
Moquette, Ax minster, Body and Tapestry Brussels, Three
Ply and Ingrains at lowest possible prices.
Nottingham, Tambour, CI uny Brussels, Irish Point, Etc.
Yard goods in Dotted Swiss, Tamboured Muslin, Bros
els and Nottingham-ruffled edge to match.
Portieres, Linoleum, Oil Cloth,
AND WINDOW SHADES,
But a worthy successor was found In
Miss Elisabeth Root, whose labors of
love are appreciated by the South 8lde
THE LUNCH ROOM.
The desire of many girls, employed
in the city and living at a distance, for
a quiet, pleasant lunch room, where
wholesome food could be obtained at
low prices, led the board of managers
to open a lunch room in connection
with the Christian Association. Since
April, 1S92, lunches have been served
dally to hundreds of girls and women,
who have enjoyed the home-cooked
food, the pleasant outlook and friendly
irreetinps. The first matron was Mrs.
Barclay; the present one la Mrs. Knapp.
We are looking forward to the time
when meals may be served at other
hours as well as noon, and to per
manent guests as well as transient
visitors. In fact, when we can live In
OUR OWN HOME,
where girls may find cosy, home-like
rooms and good board at reasonable
prices, with pleasant surroundings;
where strangers, women coming to the
city alone, may find shelter. This new
Y. W. C. A. building will be a home (or
our secretaries and their helpers. It
will be the headquarters for .an en
larged work In all departments of prac
tical Instruction and help. To It many
girls now look forward hopefully; to
It many more will sometime look back
ward thankfully because of what It has
been to their lives.
SOME PERSONAL WORDS.
What do our friends think of the Y.
W. C. A.? Let some of those who know
the work of this association and ap
preciate Its privileges and advantages
speak for themesclves:
A lonely stranger, Beeklng for work:
"With the opening of that door, good
luck came and has followed."
A young girl bringing her hard
earned dollar: "I am so glad I can be a
member, and I want to Join the
A young English girl: "I was so
lonely, nnd grew reckless, but coming
to Y. W. C. A. wns made so welcome. I
look fresh courage."
Another bright girl: "Before I knew
nf this place I was so lonesome; this is
the only place in town where I am at
Some women walking along the street
one day heard one girl say to another,
"The happiest hour I spend during tne
day Is nt Y. W. C. A.." Another woman
was told, "I never spent vA' money I
felt so well pnld for as the gymnasium
fee at the Y. W. C. A."
A pastor said: "The beauty of your
association Is that all classes of girls
from all grades of society and from
various parts of the city come with
equal freedom nnd enjoyment."
One of onr mer-hants told a member
of the board: "Whn it was started I
didn't have much faith in It: but hore
r.fter count me In for Its support. It Is
doing a grand work in much needed
But best of all are the testimonies
tlint many young women have at cur
rnnrns found not only Interested
friends, but the great Friend, and the
Christ has come Into their lives riving
f.icm His peace and fitting them for
useful service to others.
OUR PRESENT FORCE OF WORK
rrv,o rmr.ors nf th Your-e YFomen's
Christian Association are Mrs. E. H.
Ripple, president; Mrs. W. D. K-enneay,
vlee-presidfnt; Mrs. L. M. Gates,
secretary; Miss Hannah Deacon, treaa-
UIThe other members of the board of
managers nre Jiesdames Btelle, Lvei;
hart, Dcrman, Simpson, Hanley, Mat
thews, Brooks, Watts. Lansing, i el
lows, Miss KrlFbuum. 1.,i
n Tniina hnvlmr been suddouly
called home by the death ot her mother,
a new genera! secretary has just been
secured. Mrs. Nellie A. Lowry. of Ohio,
whoso peasant ways and earnest sspiilt
are alrecdy dr.iwing many to her.
jitit Cora Perry Is tho faithful a
utart There are a dozen working
committees, with over one hundred
members But the whole nuniberhip
Is the real working force of the asso
niaiion. and should be Increased from
live hundred to one thousand, for the
ruture success depends upon them.
A FEW FIGURES.
Statistics are dry; and mrh of this
work cannot bo vepoiieu. "'".
facts might be given for the benefit of
those who want something that they
can see. The total attendance r.t our
associations last year was 58,0.6; 3,18
of these for the religious rvlces; 223
young girls In the junior; L.0S7 lunches
were served. Many other Interesting
facts could be given If space permitted.
THE AIM AND INFLUENCE OF THE
V. W. C. A.
The Young Women's Christian Asso
ciation is no longer but little known In
this land of ours, but throughout Its
length and breadth is recognized as a
mighty Christianizing agency.
While It Is primarily and definitely
an association organized for the up
lifting of womanhood, Its Influence ex
tends to all. As Its Divine mission Is to
Inspire In young women a Divine ideal
of character and to cultivate a spiritual
life, the attainment of this object and
the consummation of Its efforts must
exert a potent Influence for good.
To muny, seeing only the many de
partments of an association, it seems
to be but a compact symmetrical or
ganization. But. even as in the hu
man body the life-giving heart is hid
den, so. In this body underneath and
behind all the various departments the
heart the aim of the organization
sends life and energy Into every part.
What Is this aim this purpose? It
is to touch the unevangellxed girl of
our cities and lead them to a knowledge
of the Christ-life, by the loving sym
pathy and helpfulness ot a body of
When a spirit of patient, unselfish.
Christ-like love that believes in the pos
sibilities for good In every soul, that
longs to brng the joy and strength ot
Jesus to those whose lives apart from
Hiin are barrenness and waste, when
such a spirit permeates an organisation
and imnels to action, its Influence Is
boundless, an everwldenlng circle
touching the home, the social and the
civil life of our cities.
Woman's Influence Is felt today In
every avenue ot business life, and If
It always be pure, true and ennobling It
will be as the summer shower purifying
the moral atmosphere.
The Christian woman, trained. Intel
ligent, consecrated, with soul atlamc
with love of truth, and full ot tenderest
pity has under the blessing of God a
mission In society which she has not
yet realized. Indeed, she can make the
world what she will.
Recognizing how much depends on
the character of woman In the home,
In society and in business, the Young
Women's Christian Association seeks
the co-operation of all women In thus
"standing together for a common pur
pose, and that purpose is the realiza
tion of an Ideal and that ideal Is per
fect womanhood." When to woman is
given a lofty purpose, courage to be
true, and a right conception of right
eousness, mother-like Rachel and Mary
will bo multiplied, and to tho teachers
and the business women will come tru
er conceptions of privilege and duty,
and tho aimless daughter of wealth will
be aroused to sympathetic helpfulness.
Tho aim then, of the Scranton associa
tion is to do a spiritual work among
young women. But it recognizes as
well their Intellectual, social and physi
cal needs and furnishes the machinery
whereby all these elements may de
velop. The prize toward which It
reaches Is a perfectly symmetrical wo
manhood in Christ Jesus. Through the
various departments It seeks to give to
all women opportunities to use and de
velop the talent God has given them.
The field Is vast, stretching away at
the feet of every Christian woman It
gleams white for the harvest. Every
where girls are to be won from selfish
ease to toll for others, from Indifference
to deep concern, from despair to Joy,
from sin nnd bondnge to purity and lib
erty In Jesus Christ. Closely allied to
the churches, and founded upon their
evangelical basis. It seeks to co-operate
with the church, looking to it for guid
ance and encouragement.
God has given unto this association
In tho pnat the seal of his Divine bless
ing, and It looks unto Him as the au
thor and linisher of this work, hearing
Him say: "Not by might nor byjower,
but by my Spirit."
OUR Y. W. C. A. BEGINNINGS, . -
(A letter from the first secretory.)
Very gladly do I respond with a few
words for the Association's page of the
"Women's Paper." I shull never forget
the July day In 1SS8 I first entered the
rooms of the Young Women's Christian
Association of Scranton, to become Its
general secretary. I think a more efll
cli.nt nnd devoted board of managers
has never been placed in charge of any
association than was my privilege to
work with during the two years and a
ball' of my stay there. Together we
studied the work and the best ways of
adapting it to the needs of all young
women, for in principles and alms the
association's work has been the same
from the first and those were the days
Our physical department consisted of
two classes a week and nn occasional
health tnlk. Our apparatus consisted
of two dozen dumb bells and Indian
clubs. Miss Delia Evans, our leader,
though in the school room all day.
brought much enthusiasm to the class.
Ihe best regulated "Kvenlng associa
tion collfge" of the present time cannot
bo move appreciated than wns the In
formal class work, w hen teachers, each
with a group of two to five eagor young
women were Bcatterea throughout the
rooms In the study of the common
branc hes. There were classes In Ger
man nnd English literature for Uioeb
who desirsd them, also.
The socials were an Important factor
In the work always, whether the young1
women came together Informally or the
whole association and outside friends
New Year's Day at the rooms when
nembers of the board presided as host
esses, the evenings spent at the homes
of friends, or to enjoy some flower ex
hibit In the conservatory of our state
chairman, were specially bright seasons
in tne lives of many.
The Sunday gospel meetings brought
together many young women, not a few
or wnom nere entered upon the better
life. To these services at times came
girls from the hills beyond the city to
the south. That these more distant
ones might enjoy such meetings oftener
a prayer service was occasionally held
In the home of an interested friend on
the South Hide. Prom this grew the
present branch In that part of the
city. During those early years In the
work In Scranton the College associa
tions near were Invited for n conference
In our city (then the only city work In
the state) which resulted in forming the
State association of Pennsylvania.
The long distance that separates us
has not lessened the Interest with which
I have recorded the growth of both
your loc.il and state work. I pray un
der His leadership, each year shall In
crease the power nnd usefulness of the
Young Women's Christian Association
In your city and state.
Hero up In this great West where In
a single day young women have called
at our headquarters In San Francisco
from Los Angeles and Seattle, fifteen
hundred miles apart, and where girls
are constantly seeking changa of cli
1324 Lackawanna Avenue.
mate and work, there la an unlimited
field for our best endeavor.
SOUTH SIDE BRANCH Y. W. C. A.
Looking back over the past four years
or more, to the time when this associa
tion was organized, I cannot but feel
that the Divine Architect had singled
out this field and centered Ills own
divine skill upon It, and has been rear
ing a vast structure 'all Jeweled and
inlaid with gems, which nre precious,
glorious and eternal, realizing that no
human hand or mind could fashion lives
In a long, low cottage, with spacious
porches, protected by lilac bushes and
strong stone walls, this work began.
It was a dear old place to the score
of girls who Hocked In at the noon hour,
when mills and factories were hushed
for a spelL
Every moment must be Improved,
for In one short half hour all would be
weaving or reeling, with no time to
rest weary brain or tired feet.
Here, girls found true, sympathising
friends. Gospel hymns floated out
upon the breeze, reaching the most
timid ones upon the wall. Here new
thoughts and aspirations were awak
ened, and her many a girl found new
life and new hope. But others came at
other times, and the fire kindled, re
fused to be put out, and the light has
penetrated to the remotest recesses of
the South Side.
The good work has never been lim
ited to membership alone, but the
mingling of the true, earnest and deep
ly spiritual women and girls, who
formed themselves Into this organiza
tion with those about them, has had an
inlluence that can never be estimated.
So well attended were the gospel meet
ings, socials and educational classes,
with Bible work, that It was soon found
necessary to seek a larger home for the
gins, and tne present location was se
cured. It being a new house and ar
ranged for the association work, giving
new privileges; an assembly room,
reading room and library, class rooms,
offices, kitchen, china closet, balls and
All these were greatly needed and an-
Since then faces have grown brighter.
lives more noble and stone by stone
me ureat Architect Is Dollshins- and
placing these parts of the temple He
rears for eternity. Even the juniors
have carried the sweetness of the
Chlrst life into their homes. Into the
schools; yes, even Into foreign lands.
-rnougn apparently slow, a more
marked nnd beautiful develonment of
Christian character I have never seen
man in the Uvea of many of the clrls
of this association, and my heart will
always rebound with gratitude to Him
wno cast my lot In this field for three
and one-half brief years.
And now may I speak of the needs of
the South Side branch?
It has never been self-supporting,
and perhaps never can be, hence It
needs an endowment; it needs to own
its own building; It needs a well
equipped gymnasium; It needs a great
deal of thought and prayer and a great
amount of actual personal work.
Will not some of you who read this
be glad to supply these to one of the
most promising of Holds,, end thus be a
blessing not only to yourself, but to
hundreds of girls in your midst T
"Shed thy mighty Influence abroad
On souls that would their Father's
Make them as holy temples of their
Where dwells forever, calm, adoring
A MESSAGE FROM MISS TOLLES.
The request for a word of greeting
upon ma occasion or publishing the
Woman's Paper Is one to which I gladly
respond. Tne eight months of my con'
nection with the association, as secre
tary, have given me an interest in all
Its affairs which happily may continue
m spue or tno dissolution of that rela
tlanshlp. It Is a pleasure to feel myself
sua a member, entitled to those prlv-
negva oi mernDersnip over which dis
tance caji have no power.
Tho belief wlUch forced Itself upon me
during those months of service, that
uoa intenas me scranton Youna- Wo
men's Christian Association to have a
home or Its own, adequate for its needs,
and worthy of its character as an estab
lished Institution, has by no means
weakened. Jtather, tbe conviction deep
ens that In response to an earnest, svs
tematlo effort upon our part, God will
in some way supply our need. My
greeting then Is the word of David to
Solomon: "Be strong and of good
courage, ana ao it; rear not nor be dis
mayed; for the Lord God. even mv God.
will be with thee; he will not fall thee
nor forsake thee, until thou hast fin
ished all tho work for the service ot the
nous or the Lord."
ItACHEL E. TOLLES.
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