Kansas Women in Literature

Author: Nettie Garmer Barker

Anna E. Arnold.

Anna E. Arnold, Cottonwood Falls, Superintendent of Chase County Schools, is a thorough Kansan, and a farm product. She was born at Whiting, Jackson County, but when a very small child, her parents moved to Chase and all her life since has been spent in that county. Until the last few years, she lived on a farm.

She is a graduate of the State University and has taught in the grade and high schools. In 1905, she became a candidate for Superintendent of Schools of Chase County. Her success and her unusual ability as a teacher were rewarded by a two to one majority on a close county ticket. At the second term, she had no opposition and out of 1214 votes cast, she received all but 29. The present year, after four elections, is her seventh continuous year as Superintendent of Chase County. In addition to her official duties, Miss Arnold has written two text-books. Her "Civics and Citizenship" in 1912 was adopted as the state text-book on civil government for use in the public schools of Kansas. It is being used by a large number of womens’ clubs. Many outlines for club work on civic subjects have come from Miss Arnold’s pen. Her second textbook, "A History of Kansas," the first book printed under the new State Publication Law, has also been adopted by the text-book commission.

Miss Arnold is considered one of the foremost educational leaders of the state.

Topeka gives us Anna Deming Gray, a writer of negro dialect stories, stories for children, and some verse. Elizabeth Barr Arthur, has written a number of books, histories of several Kansas counties and some volumes of poems, "Washburn Ballads." Mrs. Sarah E. Roby is a writer of both prose and verse.

A granddaughter, Marjory Roby, has written a number of stories and plays. Eva Bland Black contributes poems and song lyrics to the magazines. She served her apprenticeship as reporter and city editor of the Journal and Evening News of Garnett and as associate editor of the Concordia "Magnet." Mrs. Isabel McArthur is a natural poet and song writer.

She has published one volume of verse, "Every Body Loves a Lover." Her last song, "When The Bloom Is On The Cherry At Sardou" is widely sung. Edna E. Haywood is author of "Fifty Common Birds Around the Capital."

Mrs. Mary A. Cornelius, while a resident of Topeka, wrote four books, "Little Wolf," "Uncle Nathan’s Farm," "The White Flame," and "Why? A Kansas Girl’s Query." Another book is ready for publication. Mrs. Mary Worrall Hudson, wife of the late General J. K. Hudson, former editor of the Topeka Capital, is author of "Two Little Maids And Their Friends," "Esther, The Gentile," and many short stories and poems. Her classic prosepoem: "In The Missouri Woods" is considered her masterpiece. Mrs. Sara Josephine Albright, formerly of Topeka, now of Leavenworth, is a sweet singer of childlife. Her volume of verse, "With The Children" is lullabies and mother-love poems. A book of stories for children will soon be ready for publication.

Jessie Lewellyn Call, deceased, the clever and beautiful daughter of the first Populist governor of Kansas, was a well-known essayist and short story writer. For many years she was one of the editors of the Chicago Inter-Ocean.

Lawrence claims Dorothy Canfield Fisher, a writer of both fiction and text-books and many short stories. She is the author of "Corneille And Racine In England," "English Rhetoric And Composition," "What Shall We Do Now," "Gunhild," "The Squirrel Cage" and "The Montessori Mother." Louise C. Don Carlos has written "A Battle In The Smoke," one of the best Kansas works on fiction. She did special work on the Nashville Tennessee Banner and writes a great deal of magazine verse.

Mrs. Anna W. Arnett, a Lawrence teacher, writes verse and songs. In addition, she has issued a primer, the Kansas text-book and a primary reading chart for which she has a United States patent. Margaret Lynn, one of the faculty of Kansas University, is a writer of short stories and "A Step-Daughter Of The Prairies."

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Mrs. A. B. Butler of Manhattan wrote "The Trial And Condemnation of Jesus Christ From a Lawyer’s Point of View;" a novel, "Ad Astra Per Aspera;" and much newspaper work. Mrs. Elizabeth Champney, a former teacher in the Kansas State Agricultural College, is the author of more than twenty books and many short stories. "Three Vassar Girls Abroad," "Witch Winnie Series," "Dames And Daughters of Colonial Days," "Romance of French Abbeys," Romance of Italian Villas," and "Romance of Imperial Rome" are her most popular works.

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Sadie E. Lewis, Hutchinson, is the author of "Hard Times In Kansas" and other verse. Her daughter, Ida Margaret Glazier, is a poet and song writer. Mrs Alice McAllily wrote "Terra-Cotta" and many other books.

Lillian W. Hale, Kansas City, is author of verse, short stories, and a novel. Another novel will be ready for publication this autumn.

Lois Oldham Henrici, a one-time Sabetha and Parsons woman, is the author of "Representative Women" and many good short stories.

Laura D. Congdon, a Newton pioneer, is a verse and short story writer. Mary H. Finn, Sedgwick, writes beautiful verse and much prose. Jennie C. Graves, Pittsburg, writes poetry and moving picture plays. Mrs. Johannas Bennett, another Pittsburg woman, has written an historical novel, "La Belle San Antone." Florence L. Snow, Neosho Falls, is an artistic and finished writer of verse and prose. She is the author of "The Lamp of Gold." Sharlot M. Hall, Lincoln, writes prose and verse. A volume of poems, "Cactus And Pine," "History of Arizona," "A Woman of the Frontier," "The Price of The Star" and short stories are her important works. Mrs. A. S. McMillan, Lyons, a poetess, song writer and licensed preacher, writes clever verse, much of which has been set to music. "Land Where Dreams Come True" is her best known poem. Kittie Skidmore Cowen, a former Columbus woman, is author of "An Unconditional Surrender," a civil war story. "The Message of Hagar," a study of the Mormon question will be in the press soon. Miss Mary E. Upshaw, McPherson, wrote verse at the age of seven and published her first story at fifteen. She has a book in preparation which she expects to publish at an early date. Jeanette Scott Benton, formerly of Fort Scott, writes short stories novelettes, and stories for children. May Belleville Brown of Salina, has a very clever pen, as has, also Mrs. Lulu R. Fuhr of Meade, the author of "Tenderfoot Tales." Mrs. E. M. Adams, Mound City, writes exquisite verse and in the past, had many short stories to her credit. Mrs. C. W. Smith, Stockton, writes both prose and verse. Cara A. Thomas Hoover, formerly of Halstead, Harvey County, now living in Rialto, California, writes prose and beautiful verse. Rose Hartwick Thorpe, the author of "Curfew Shall Not Ring To-night," was a Kansan in the early sixties. She lived at Wilmington.

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Miss Margaret Stevenson, Olathe, is a writer of books for the blind. She has some short stories, nature and text-books published.

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Lelia Hardin Bugg, Wichita, has written "The Prodigal Daughter," "The People of Our Parish," and "Orchids." Edna Thacher Russ, also of Wichita, writes short stories and educational articles.

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Mrs. E. Hamilton Myers, Englewood, is a dramatic writer and a poet of rare talents. Being a musician, much of her verse is used for songs.

Mrs. Myers contributes to the English papers. Her first story was published by a magazine which had accepted writings of her mother’s.

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Other than literature proper, we have Mrs. Lillian M. Mitchner, of Topeka, a scientific writer; Mrs. Lumina C. R. Smythe, a writer of verse, also of Topeka, who is co-author with her late husband in the revised "Flora And Check List of Kansas."

Among the clever newspaper women of the state are Margie Webb Tennal, Sabetha; Maud C. Thompson, Howard; Frances Garside, formerly of Atchison, now with the New York Journal; Mrs. E. E. Kelley, Toronto; Anna Carlson, Lindsborg; Mrs. Mary Riley, Kansas City; and Isabel Worrel Ball, a Larned woman, who bears the distinction of being the only woman given a seat in the congressional press gallery. Grace D. Brewer, Girard, has been a newspaper woman and magazine short story writer for ten years.

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Among the early Kansas writers are Clarinda Howard Nichols, Mrs. A. B. Bartlett, Lucy B. Armstrong, Sarah Richart, Mrs. Porter Sherman, and Mary Tenny Gray, all of Wyandotte and Mrs. C. H. Cushing of Leavenworth.

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Sara T. D. Robinson, the wife of the first governor of Kansas, was one of the very first women writers of the state. Her "Kansas, Interior And Exterior" was published in 1856 and went through ten editions up to 1889.

INDEX. Adams, Mrs. E. M. Albright, Sara Josephine Allerton, Ellen Palmer Aplington, Kate A. Armstrong, Lucy B. Arnett, Anna W. Arnold, Anna E. Arthur, Elizabeth Barr

Ball, Isabel Warrel Bartlett, Mrs. A. B. Bellman, Bessie May Bennett, Mrs. Johannas Benton, Jeanette Scott Black, Eva Bland Brewer, Grace D. Brown, May Bellville Bugg, Leila Hardin Butler, Mrs. A. B.

Call, Jessie Lewellyn Carlson, Anna Champney, Elizabeth Clark, Esther M. Congdon, Laura D. Cornelius, Mary A. Cowen, Kittie Skidmore Cushing, Mrs. C. H.

Don Carlos, Louise C.

Finn, Mary H. Fisher, Dorothy Canfield Fuhr, Lulu R.

Garside, Frances Glazier, Ida Margaret Graham, Effie Graves, Jennie C. Gray, Anna Deming Gray, Mary Tenny

Hale, Lillian W. Hall, Sharlot M. Haywood, Edna E. Henrici, Lois Oldham Henthorne, June Bellman Hoover, Cara A. Thomas Hudson, Mary Worrell Humphrey, Mary Vance

January, Anna L. Jarrell, Myra Williams Jones, Amanda T.

Kelley, Mrs, E. E.

Lewis, Sadie E. Louthan Hattie Horner Lynn, Margaret

McAllily, Alice McArthur, Isabel McCarter, Margaret Hill McCoy, Georgiana Freeman McMillan, Mrs. A. S. Mitchner, Lillian W. Murphy, Eva Morley Myers, Mrs. E. Hamilton

Nichols, Clarinda Howard

Perkins, Margaret

Richart, Sarah

Riley, Mary Robinson, Sara T. D. Roby, Marjory Roby, Sara E. Russ, Edna Thatcher

Sherman, Mrs. Porter Smith, Mrs. C. W. Smythe, Lumina C. R. Snow, Florence L. Startzman, Mary Freeman Stevenson, Margaret Stockton, Cornelia M.

Tennal, Margie Webb Thompson, Maude C. Thorpe, Rose Hartwick Toler, Sallie F.

Upshaw, Mary E. Vaughn, Emma Upton

Whitcomb, Jessie Wright Wilder, Charlotte F. Wood, Emma Tanner


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Chicago: Nettie Garmer Barker, "Anna E. Arnold.," Kansas Women in Literature in Kansas Women in Literature (New York: The Century Co., 1918), Original Sources, accessed September 30, 2022, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=KPJK3DSH8Q9F29K.

MLA: Barker, Nettie Garmer. "Anna E. Arnold." Kansas Women in Literature, in Kansas Women in Literature, New York, The Century Co., 1918, Original Sources. 30 Sep. 2022. http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=KPJK3DSH8Q9F29K.

Harvard: Barker, NG, 'Anna E. Arnold.' in Kansas Women in Literature. cited in 1918, Kansas Women in Literature, The Century Co., New York. Original Sources, retrieved 30 September 2022, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=KPJK3DSH8Q9F29K.