PROMINENT CLUB WOMAN
WRITER WHO DIED YESTERDAY
Mrs. W. A. Callaway
MRS. W. A. CALLAWAY
CLAIMED BY DEATH
WAS PROMINENT AS
ER AND LITERARY WOMAN.
Will Be Conducted
From Residence, 3112 Peabody Ave-
nue, This Afternoon at 5 o'Clock.
A. Callaway, prominent as a writer, social welfare worker and
club woman, died yesterday afternoon at 2 o'clock at St. Paul's
Sanitarium, where she had been ill for several weeks.
Well Known as Writer.
Funeral services will be held from
the residence, 3112 Peabody avenue, this afternoon at 5 o'clock,
being conducted by Robert H. Coleman, assistant to Dr. George
W. Truett, pastor of the First Baptist Church. J. J. Taylor,
Tom C. Gooch, J. C. McNealus, T. E. Cornelius, W. B. Benners
and G. B. Dealey will act as pallbearers. Burial will be in Oakland
Mrs. Callaway is survived by her
husband, W. A. Callaway; her mother, Mrs. M. L. La Moreaux, and
two nieces, Mrs. Goleman Brown of Dallas and Mrs. Sam Crawford
Mrs. Callaway was born in Michigan,
Sept. 25, 1863. She began writing for periodicals when 10 years
of age. Before coming to Texas, Mrs. Callaway, who was at that
time, Mrs. S. Isadore Miner, edited the Battle Creek Health Journal
and was later connected with the Toledo (Ohio) Commercial. She
has been connected with The Dallas News about twenty-five years.
She came to The News as society editor, afterward becoming an
editor of The Weekly News, which later developed into The Semi-Weekly
Farm News, published at Dallas and Galveston.
as editor of the children's page of the Weekly News that she
endeared herself to thousands of children of the State, who have
since grown to manhood and womanhood. Many men and women of Texas,
doubtless, will remember their meetings with "Mr. Big Hat"
and "Miss Big Bonnet" at the State Fair of Texas, where,
for five or six years, the "Cousins" held their annual
meetings. She was married to W. A. Callaway in 1900.
Resolutions by Friends.
Since discontinuing editorial work,
Mrs. Callaway contributed a feature article to the Woman's Page
of The News on Monday of each week. These articles, signed "Pauline
Periwinkle," usually had for their subject, some phase of
civic welfare or matters of particular interest to women.
Mrs. Callaway has been a prominent
figure in the club life of Dallas, having, at one time, served
as president of the City Federation of Women's Clubs. She was
treasurer of the Dallas Rural Welfare Association, a phase of
work in which she has always been interested. She was a member
of the board of directors of the Dallas Public Library Association
and a charter member and an active worker on the board of directors
of the Dallas County Humane Society. She was also an active member
of the Dallas Equal Suffrage Association, having been instrumental
in the organization of the first equal suffrage association formed
in Dallas. At a meeting of the Humane Society yesterday, John
H. Cullom, secretary, was instructed to send a floral offering
in behalf of the organization.
of her death, The News-Journal Employes' Association held a meeting
yesterday afternoon and adopted resolutions on Mrs. Callaway's
death. Several of the members spoke of their acquaintance with
Mrs. Callaway and what her friendship had meant to them. The
resolutions, as adopted, read:
- August 11, 1916,
The Dallas Morning News, p. 4, col. 1-2.
"Whereas, Death has again
invaded our family circle and borne from our midst, one of our
most beloved members; be it
"Resolved, By The News-Journal
Employes' Association, That we, as a body, thus testify to the
grief we feel and the loss we sustain in the death of Mrs. W.
A. Callaway. These written words and this formal resolution,
while seeming to us appropriate, as a record of our feelings,
do not convey the depth of our sorrow. Those who had the good
fortune to know Mrs. Callaway in her social, as well as professional
life, realize that her demise removes from among us, one whose
example was in inspiration, and whose friendship was a boon.
We proffer to the husband and the
relatives, whose loving ministrations softened the pain of her
last days, our tenderest sympathy."
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Passing of Pauline
Story of Useful
by Friend of Noted Author
Many Civic and Literary
Organizations Had Their Inception in Articles by Author, Newspaper
and Pioneer Club Woman Who Contributed to
Woman's Page of Galveston-Dallas News.
By Fannie Segur Foster.
of The Dallas News all over Texas and the great Southwest, and
in those Northern cities where dwelt the friends of her childhood
and girlhood, have missed the leading article on the Woman's
Page of The Monday News and have asked "Where is Pauline
Wrote for Periodicals.
"For over twenty years I have
turned first to that page," said one woman to me, "and
I voice the opinion of many friends, when I say that it has been
my kindergarten, my school, my college, for there every subject
of the day pertaining to the education and enlightenment of women
has been clearly, concisely, and entertainingly set forth and
most of the civic clubs in our town and those for the real betterment
of humanity, all over the state, have had their inception, because
of some suggestion made by Pauline Periwinkle."
S. Isadore Miner, she came to Texas in 1893, when a Michigan
magazine had this to say of her:
Identified with Clubs.
"Mrs. S. Isadore Miner is
one of the brightest of young Michigan writers.
Beginning in childhood, she wrote
for high-class newspapers and magazines, many of her poems having
been published in St. Nicholas and Wide-Awake. For a number
of years, she was an attaché of Good Health, a monthly
magazine published at Battle Creek, but her talents were too
brilliant to be hidden in a country village, and she accepted
an offer upon the staff of the Toledo (Ohio) Commercial, remaining
there a year before branching out into larger work at Dallas,
Texas, where she is now engaged as editorial writer upon The
Dallas News and the Galveston News, both papers being under the
same management. She is an associate member of the Michigan
Woman's Press Club."
Dallas, then, was very different
from Dallas now, and the society column, which was always given
to the woman editors, necessitated many trips to distant suburbs
and brought experiences not always pleasant, but her sense of
humor and her cheerful attitude toward life made even this work
a pleasant game for Pauline Periwinkle.
Mrs. J. C. McNealus, then Mrs.
Virginia Quitman Goffe of the Times Herald, recalls how she and
Mrs. Miner used to work together, wading through the mud of unpaved
streets and frequently standing, soaked with rain, on a corner,
waiting for the bell of the infrequent street car, then drawn
by two sleek mules and stopping anywhere signaled, and for any
length of time the patron needed or wished, for adieus of visits
with the departing friend.
was identified with all of the club and social life of Dallas
in the nineties. She brought youth, strength and enthusiasm
from her Michigan birthplace, and her attractive personality,
constructive energy, and brilliant mind fitted her to lead in
all reforms for the betterment of women; for their mental, moral
and physical advancement, and for the care of those unfortunates
who could not care for themselves.
Aided All Mankind.
Before the Pierian Club of Dallas,
of which she was an honorary member, she first advocated the
establishment of better quarters for women in the city jail and
the installment of a police matron. This was so many years ago,
that the idea of any intercourse with that class of women shocked
many who have since given much time and thought to humanitarianism,
for Pauline Periwinkle pointed out, that in the interest of decency
and humane charity, these unfortunate women should be confined
by themselves and cared for by a woman.
She, it was, who, in 1894, asked
her old friend, Mrs. Rosa L. Segur, of Toledo, Ohio, to organize
Woman Suffrage Associations in Dallas and Fort Worth. This was
done, and the seed sown then, although lying dormant for a time,
sprang to life and flowered with a new generation into the large
associations of today, which were also organized with the assistance
of Mrs. Callaway.
Periwinkle possessed, in a great degree, the insight and practical
brain overcame obstacles and brought together those who could
help each other.
Was Forceful Writer.
She was, first and foremost, in
the establishment in Dallas and Texas of free kindergartens,
playgrounds and scholarships for those worthy of them.
In October, 1893, she organized
the Woman's Congress, which met during the State Fair at Dallas,
when programs were given by the women of Texas on all subjects
in which women were interested. The opening address on Oct.
23 was made by the late Mrs. Sidney Smith, and other well-known
names appearing, were Mrs. W. D. Henderson of Dallas, who talked
on "Women as Educators." Mrs. Nettie Houston Bringhurst
of Bryan, daughter of Sam Houston, whose subject was "The
Penalties of Poetry," and Miss Elizabeth Ney, then of Hempstead,
but later of Austin, the distinguished sculptor and since of
Ney of France, the marshal of the great Napoleon, whose address
bore the title, "Art for Humanity's Sake." Mrs. George
K. Meyer and the late Mrs. Lillie Shaver, then of Campbell, had
as her subject, "Educational Exhibits at Fairs."
Mrs. Virginia Quitman Goffe gave
a résumé of the then famous Mabrick case, making
a plea for the release of the prisoner, and among the musical
numbers given, appear the names of Miss Kate Hunter of Palestine
and Madie Watkin of Dallas, then a tiny girl.
This Woman's Congress met again
in 1894 and gave programs for five days each year, antedating
the State Federation of Clubs.
Pauline Periwinkle was of great assistance to the late Mrs. J.
L. Henry in organizing the Jane Douglas Chapter of the Daughters
of the American Revolution, and with her mother, Mrs. M. L. La
Moreaux, was a charter member of this society.
She was, for some years, president
of the Quero Club of Oak Cliff and directed it to brilliant achievement.
was original and forceful, and her fertile brain always ready
with new subjects for discussion or with a novel and interesting
way of pressing old subjects.
Author of Two Books.
Pauline Periwinkle, believing always
in justice and the equality of the sexes, thought that married
men should also be labeled. Many brilliant and interesting articles
were called forth by her query. "What to call married men"
-- the late Philip Lindsley suggesting "Colonel" (although
he facetiously added "at home he may be only Lieutenant
Colonel"), and G. W. Foster thinking that "Mr."
as coming from Sire, would be a fitting title and that a bachelor
might be termed a "Sigher."
Again, when the agitation of not
allowing married women to teach in the public schools was the
topic of the day. Pauline Periwinkle came to the rescue of the
married women, and one of her correspondents averred that being
married had no more to do with teaching school than having red
hair -- that qualifications alone should count.
Her Children's Page, headed by
Little Mr. Big Hat, and by the pictures of her own baby nieces,
as Little Miss Big Bonnet, was the delight of all children who
read The News. Pauline Periwinkle possessed the tact and knowledge
to interest children always, and her early writings were largely
along these lines.
two books for children were published by the Review and Herald
Publishing Company of Chicago, Toronto, Canada, Atlanta, Ga.,
and Battle Creek, Mich., for which she wrote all of the stories
and poems, fitting them to pictures already printed, but which
she selected. She was very versatile, and during her early years
in Dallas, many people who believed that literary work and domesticity
were far apart, were surprised to know that she made her own
dresses and trimmed her own hats and kept her own house.
Friends Found Her Dependable.
Laughing together about this one
day, she said to me: "Specializing is all right. Every
one should have some one thing in which she excels, but give
me the all-round woman every time, the one who, in an emergency,
can, if her choice of work fails, turn to something else and
make a success of that."
In July, 1900, Mrs. Miner married
William Allen Callaway, formerly a newspaper man, but for many
years, connected with leading life insurance companies. They
made a lengthy tour of Europe, going first to the home of her
ancestors, the Sutherlands of Scotland. While away, Mrs. Callaway's
European letters were the delight of her friends and of the readers
of The News.
Returning to Dallas, Mr. and Mrs.
Callaway built and established a beautiful home, where simple
and cordial hospitality was the rule, and where were reared the
two orphan nieces who found in the uncle and aunt, the parents
they had lost.
Other relatives and many friends
also came and went, and to them all, Mrs. Callaway gave the best
that was in her.
always, each and every friend knew that she could be called upon
at any time, and that she would never be found wanting. She
took into her big heart, too, the friends of her friends and
they needed no other "open sesame" to her affections.
Aided Talent of Young.
Strangers were frequently so impressed
and helped by her writings, that one came upon evidences of their
appreciation in unexpected ways. Walking one day with a young
telephone operator of the Southwestern company, we stopped to
admire some periwinkles growing brilliant and beautiful beyond
a garden wall. Said the young girl: "That is my little sister's
name, Pauline Periwinkle."
"Do you know the writer of
that name?" I asked.
"No," she said. Nor,
did her mother, but the latter had always loved the articles,
and so had named her baby after the author.
Mrs. Callaway was much impressed
by this, and we tried to arrange a meeting between her and the
little namesake, but the removal of the family to East Texas
made this impossible.
many whom Mrs. Callaway helped to find themselves, the most notable
instance is that of the young sculptor, Clyde Chandler.
Friends Were Legion.
Mrs. Callaway saw this little girl,
the daughter of a neighbor, playing in the yard and making tiny
images of clay. At once recognizing her talent, she talked to
the parents about having it developed, and the little girl was
sent to Boston for a year's study. Returning, she taught at
St. Mary's College and later opened a studio with Miss Aunspaugh.
Then, Mrs. Callaway arranged for
her to meet Laredo Taft, which led to his taking Miss Chandler
into his studio, an unusual and coveted honor, and a tribute
to her talent. We all know the rest -- that Miss Chandler, who,
is at present, in Dallas, placing the Sydney Smith memorial fountain
in Fair Park, has been a pride and a joy to her patron, and is
now considered the leading young sculptor of the West.
"I owe to her all that I am
and all that I have done," says Miss Chandler. "She
was the most unselfish person in the world. Her first and her
last thoughts were for others."
friend were legion. Her power to win and to hold them was unquestioned.
The loyalty and devotion which she gave returned again and again
Mrs. W. A. Callaway, Died Aug.
"I consider it a privilege,"
said the friend, who came from another city to be with her at
the end, "to be allowed to lay a cool cloth on her forehead.
What she has been to me, I can never tell."
Mrs. Callaway, undoubtedly, knew
personally, more of the leading women of the State than any other
Had her literary work commenced
to-day, she would, doubtless, have written under her maiden name
-- Isadore Sutherland -- but, her day was the day of nom de plumes
for most women and for some men. She chose, therefore, the prim
little garden flower that stands straight and true and brilliant,
swayed not by the wind, nor wilted by the sun, but with its head
raised proudly and bravely, impervious to the elements.
She was like this flower. She
faced and conquered obstacles and did her duty as she saw it.
It has been said that there is
no place in the world that can not be filled. Commercially,
this may be true, but in the hearts of her friends, there will
never grow another flower so straight and true and brilliant
as "Pauline Periwinkle."
A splendid soul has stepped beyond
The borderland of fate.
To search the myst'ries to be found
Beyond the golden gate.
But well we know her going
Is a journey just begun
To recompense her for the work
She has so nobly done.
We'll miss her from our pathway
With her ever cheering smile,
That made the world seem brighter
And a place more worth the while.
Her courage and her faith in
Has cheered full many a heart.
It's ours to know the loss sustained
When such as she departs.
But in that brighter, happier
Where He has gone before,
We feel and know her happiness
Is held in golden store.
And that the blessing of His
Has fallen to her share,
And in serene contentment
She is happy over there.
-- Florence T. Griswold.
- August 21, 1916,
The Dallas Morning News, p. 4, col. 1-2.
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