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Biographical Sketch of Sara Isadore (Sutherland) Miner Callaway
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PROMINENT CLUB WOMAN AND
WRITER WHO DIED YESTERDAY

Mrs. W. A. Callaway

MRS. W. A. CALLAWAY
CLAIMED BY DEATH

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WAS PROMINENT AS SOCIAL WORK-
ER AND LITERARY WOMAN.

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Funeral Services Will Be Conducted
From Residence, 3112 Peabody Ave-
nue, This Afternoon at 5 o'Clock.

     Mrs. W. 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.
     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 Cemetery.
     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 of Hillsboro.
     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.

Well Known as Writer.

     It was 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.
     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.

Resolutions by Friends.

     Upon learning 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:
     "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."

- August 11, 1916, The Dallas Morning News, p. 4, col. 1-2.
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Passing of Pauline Periwinkle
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Story of Useful Life Told
by Friend of Noted Author

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Many Civic and Literary Organizations Had Their Inception in Articles by Author, Newspaper Writer
and Pioneer Club Woman Who Contributed to
Woman's Page of Galveston-Dallas News.

By Fannie Segur Foster.

     Many readers 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 Periwinkle?"
     "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."

Wrote for Periodicals.

     As Mrs. S. Isadore Miner, she came to Texas in 1893, when a Michigan magazine had this to say of her:
     "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.

Identified with Clubs.

     Mrs. Miner 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.
     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.

Aided All Mankind.

     Pauline Periwinkle possessed, in a great degree, the insight and practical brain overcame obstacles and brought together those who could help each other.
     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 Forceful Writer.

     Her writing 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.
     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.

Author of Two Books.

     In 1890, 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.
     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.

Friends Found Her Dependable.

     Dependable 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.
     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.

Aided Talent of Young.

     Among the many whom Mrs. Callaway helped to find themselves, the most notable instance is that of the young sculptor, Clyde Chandler.
     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."

Friends Were Legion.

     Mrs. Callaway's friend were legion. Her power to win and to hold them was unquestioned. The loyalty and devotion which she gave returned again and again to her.
     "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 newspaper writer.
     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."

IN MEMORIUM.

Mrs. W. A. Callaway, Died Aug. 10, 1916.
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 good
Has cheered full many a heart.
It's ours to know the loss sustained
When such as she departs.

But in that brighter, happier land,
Where He has gone before,
We feel and know her happiness
Is held in golden store.

And that the blessing of His love
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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