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April 28, 1960     The Billings County Pioneer
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to dt rd le al in ~g rS, n- h- tn, st, ge th st, BILLINGS COUNTY PIONEER pORTRAITS 'fl~orning's at seven and a typi- cal day ends at mldnig*ht," says iV~rs. Ethel B. Cooley, Minot, who was re-elected as Republican Nat- ional Committee ~Voman from North Dakota at the recent state meeting in Bismarck. Since the election of P~siden~ Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1952, this has become practically a full time job. In addition to maintaining the statewide organization of the Rep- ublican women in the 5,3 counties, its with horses and sleigh for the pra- t irie was covered with two feet of snow. t And it was in this American home ~hat Ethel, the youngest of the ten children, was born June 22, 1888. Mrs. Halcrow was a deeply relig- ious woman, a member of the Meth- odist Episcopal church and the Wo- men's Christian Temperance Union. She took a great interest in public affairs. In 1893 fine family moved to Bo~esmont. From her father Ethel learned the responsibilities tha~t go with government for Mr. Halcrow was a Republican precinct eom- mitteenmn for many years. Her oldeslt brother, John, was a member of the house of Rep- resentatives in the North Dak- ota legislature for more than 20 years. A nephew, Don Hal- crow of Drayton is serving in this same position today. "I was rased to feel that religion and politics were of vital import- anee," recalls Ethel Halcrow Cooley "for my father never missed a Federal patronage requires a great county Republican convention or deal of time and a vast amount of in electing Mrs. Cooley to this high getting to church on Sunday." position for four terms, recognize t her unusual abilities and interests ! which have served the state so well. I Ethel parents. Elizabet~n Cooley's Manson and John Halcrow were married in the Shetland Islands, north of Scotland in 1864. In the hope of securing better advantages for their family, they crossed the Atlantic in May 1873 and arrived at Quebec, Canada. For eight years they lived m Goderich, Ontario where Mr. Halcrow was a contract- or and builder. Then in 1881, lured by the at- tractions of the West, the Halcrow family set out for Dakota Territory with their six children and a num- ber of neighbors. Arriving in Pem- bina, the family spent two weeks there while lumber was being hauled to the farm near Nowesta. On April l'5th, the Halcrows made the trip to their new homestead correspondence, at~e finds. Mrs. Cooley feels .that the position which she has held since 1948 has been highly re- warding because of the contacts she has made with th}e many de- die.ted Republicans throughout the state and nation whose chief concern is in the maintenance of good, sound government and the preservation of our Ameri- can way of llfe as a heritage for our chiletren. She has felt it a privilege to be able to ~help the many persons who have called on hex for assistance and says she onl~v wishes that she could have done more. MI~. Cooley devotes her early m~rnings and her evenings to pol- itical work for she puts in a full day at Radio Station KLPM oper- ated by the Minot Broadcasting Co of which s~e is now president. North IYakota Republican women Mrs. Ethel Cooley, right, cha~ with Mr~ John Nixon and Mrs. Nor- man Brunsdale, center, at the 1956 national Republican convention in San Francisco. She add that she has tried to raise her own children to feel the same way Madeline, Mrs. W. O. S. Su~erland, of Austin. Texas~ is carrying on as a Republican pre- cinct committeeman in Democrat Texas. Dorothy, Mrs. Joseph S. Massee, now of Rochester, Minn, was N~tional Committeewoman for North Dakota Young Republi- cans beforc her marriage, Ethel Cooley's interests have been very much along the agricul- tural lines, having been born and raised on a farm. That wac during t~he days of horse power on four legs rather than in gasoline engines and she dearly loved the horses on their farm. She drove a four horse team in the field, working along with her father and two brothers. Her faf~her was farming 14 quart- er sections, so she figured that a~ the youngest of the eight daugh- ters. she should have been a boy and tried to make up for it by spending most of her time with the horses. T~ey were all her pets and she had no difficuly managing them from the time she was nine Tears old. This farm background mot- teated Ethel Cooley's w~ting as farm edigor for two daily p~pers for the next 25 years. She graduated from the Univ- ersity of North Dakota in 1914. Through. her newsl~per work she was able to help develop programs for more products for farmers to produce under dive~ifl~ttio~a to replace the one crop system of wheat fol- lowing wheat. Most ~acce~d~ from the ~tandpoiz~t of money for the farmers wa~ the lng of certified seed potatoes and sugar beets. The State Seed Department was ~n outcome of her promotional act- ivity, as was the Poultry Improve- ment Board and the National Col- umbia Sheep Show and Sale which was launched in North Dakota, and Mother-Daughter Team Wins National GOP Honor The national conmflttee folks try to outdo each Other in exchanging novel Christmas cards e~h year. This one Which Mrs. Cooley sent out in 1954 is now ~yha~ ~ h~ l~esldent ,Eise~hower's office, for it port- ~e only mother-daughter GOP team of n~t- o~I co.tree woraen in the United States. Riding the elephnnt are Ethel Cooley as the Ee- publican National Committee Woma~ from North Da&ota and her daughter Dorothy who held the same office for the Young EepubUcgn~. In speskh of her husba i John, P/etUred ss the w~ter boy, ~ Cooley said that he was her eommelor always and that she feels she has not done so well without hlm. Mr. Cooley died in 1958. To Attend 4-H Event now carried to other stat~s, i'~~~~i!! V.thel Halcrow and John B :: ey were married in 1917. E~hel was. ! !~!:: !i!!ii ~!: farm editor and her husband was managing editor and a stockholde~ in the Grand Forks Herald. Wi~en ~:~:- :i~~ the paper was sold it] 1930 t,t- ~!~~i!~::~:~iii: :;~iiiiiiii:::~ii!:.!~i::i Cooleys purchased the Radio Sta- :i!i! :i~i :i: i ::~ :~!ii:i i~!~?~i tion KLPM at Minot i: i~ :/:" "~i:'~ i!~ * "i tern North Dakota when busim:sr |~t~l~l~,~ ~:~(::;i::~ was at a low ebb, the Coohv faro-:: ~z~:~;::; ~::~ .~:~:~:~:~;:::~:::::, ::::: Dakota. Mr.ily moved tOcooley servedWatert wn' onS Utl~t~ ~~l~~~~"l~:~':~:~::~ . : :::,:.:-~ repertorial staff, and Mrs. Cooley i Above is North Dakota's 1960 dele- [ inson, and George Bensboof, Jr was farm wrLter for the Watertown i ~ation lo the national 4-H confer-[ Garrison. [once i'~ Washington, D. C Apr.] Public Opinion, 22-28. All are top 4-H members with [ The 4-H program in North Dakota In 1936 the family returned t io~tstand~ng records. ]is carried on by NDAC Extension Minot, resumed their work at KLPM i radio station, continued to Flace] They are (left to right) Carmin] Service. Agsco, Inc Grand Forks, much emphasis on agricultural!Ketterling, Heih James Quick,[is financing the trip for the~.delc- broadcasts and look their positions! Starkweather: Judy Willert, Hank-[ gates. as leaders in civic and state gee-] ernrnent, Mr. Cooley died in 1958. ~k A ~ I I Mrs. Cooley's political activitiesI ~V~C]rV t ~(~[ [~.~"] /O po~sor on a state level in Republican eir- " / eles began back in 1928 as state l,Jk' .' ksh chairman of the IVA ,independontt~warnemar~cs Wor op Voters Assn,). organized on a state~ Mary College conducted by the through Junior High School. Parents Benedictine Sisters of Annunciation Priory on Apple Creek Road, Bis- marck, will sponsor a Modern Math- ematics Workshop, August first through fifth. Professor David A. Page and his colleagues from Uni- versity of Illinois will conduct the) wide basis for the election of George F. Schafer for governor. As first lady of the Republican party in North Dakota for the last twelve years, Ethel Halcrow Coo- ley has won the respect of the citi- zens of the state, not only for her dedication to the political party ot her choice, but also for her con- five day session.' 1 structive assistance in the economic ,Demonstrations will be held withI development of North Dakota. children in the elementary grades Politics Interested Pioneer Mother Mrs. John Halcrow, pioneer mother of Dakota Territory who ea~ne to Pembin~ county in 1881 is shown h~ the living room of her M-room house at Bowesmont. She passed away in 1920, Ethel Cooley of Minor is ane of her seven children living today. The others are Mrs. C. W. Moses (Rabena), Bismarck; Mrs. H. Tisdale {Jessie), Grand Forks; Mrs. A- O. DeFrate {Frances}, Bo~man. Mont.; Mrs. J. G. Moore (Mary), Hollywood, Calif.; Mrs. J. M. Shingler (Nellie), living in the old family home at Boweamont, and Robert who is actively farming at Drayton, One of the promoters of the National Columbia Sheep show, and sale, Ethel Cooley Is shown with Phae Tree Prince, reserve champion Columbia ram, she purchased at the 1945 sale at Minor for $10~. Mr~ Betty Swanson, right, with her husband Carl, retired North Dakota county agent, took Prince to their farm at Altkin, Minn. to head the flock of Coi~mbla ewes they had on shares with Mr~ Cooley. RIGHT CLOTHES ARE AID TO HANDICAPPED Convenient clothing can be an im- portant help to the physically hand- icapped person. This was stressed by individuals afflicted with such difficulties as arthritis, polio, mul- tiple sclerosis and muscular dyst- rol~ In response to questions on clothing design in a survey by the USDA research serviee. In commenting on this informa- t/on, Marian D. Tudor, clothing agent of NDAC Extension Service, s~ys some of these desired features braces. The heavy material in skirts hides the braces and resists damage~ from brace latches. Long time chair patients w~o have become shoat waisted like the separate or skirt and blouse com- bination because R saves alterat- ions. Those who use cruches seem to prefer a close fitting arm-eye rat- her than a loose sleeve, since it stays in place better. Any design feature that allows freedom to reach and work from a sitting position contributes to the comfort and efficienc7 of women in w~eel chairs. including moderately f~ll skirts, open v-necklines with low rolling collars and durable armholes. Liked Roomy, well placed pockets for a!s0 were blouse backs which al keeping eyeglasses, house keys, lew~ freedom, and ~ or full length mectieines and other daily needs front' openings, close at hand are wanted by borne- The handicapped person oRen has specific needs, depending o,n makers who do their owwn house. work even ~hrou~ handicapped. The important thing for the ,handicapped women in selection of clothing, l~rs. Tudor adds, is to choose the design features that will provide the most comfort and ef- feciency for the ~ of handicap of eac~ indivtc~uaL 'l~ne USDA study bears t is out. her physical limitations, Mrs. Tu- dor points out. 'These luclude skirts 2 to 2 yards wide for ample room for movement and comfort for pro- longed sitting. Many find skirts and blouses prao ctical, especially women who wear who are interested in having their children participate should write to the Registrar by May first for further details. As some of the work will deal with accelerated programs it will be desirable to have the children of average or above average ability. Letters have been sent to teach- ers in the parochial and public schools of their area inviting those who may be interested %0 register by May first. Registration will of necessity be limited. Professor Page, the director el the University of Illinois Arithmetic Projects, has taught demonstration classes in over one-hundred fifty schools and is the author and co- author of a number of publications on modern mathematics. RETIREIL~NT NO PROBLEM TO SOME COUPI~ES Although it.s normal o worry about retirement beforehand, wor- ries probably will vanish once the big day arrives, according to Chan. ging Times. the Kipl~nger maga- zine, ~ros!c~Cts ;for Americans planning to retire are that they are will be happier than ever before. The editors of the magazine so! out to find tahe answers to the ma- jor questions faced by persons plan. ning to retire: Will there be enough to live on? Will there be enough to do? Is it better to move or stay at home. An article in the current issue of the magazine details the experie. noes of four couples interviewed. They were chosen because t;be~ were re.presontative of a broad seg- ment of American life; they live on a modest but adequate fixed in- come composed chiefly of social security payments and a company pension plan; they have similar em- ployment background so that their reasons for retirement decisions could be more easily isolated. Two of the couples retired to Florida. Relating t~e stories of the four couples since retirement, the mag- azine concludes that the random sampling is a good omen. AII the cott, ples are busy; none are bored. All are living comfortably on re- t~ement incomes ranging from $400 to $660 a month. Though they ore livin g in different circum- stances, in different locations, all are haPl~y. Probably, the editors state, fl~ere are couples who are miserable when they retire--who can't fl~ink of enough to do. But in its survey, the magazine was unable fo locate any w,ho fit that category. APPLY EARLY FOR SUMMER PARK ~OR~ Persons interested itt obtaining. summer jobs in the National Parks: for 1960 should get their applica, tions in right away, Congressmafl Don Short (R-N. Dak.) advises. Rap. Short emphasized that the jobs are temporary, and employ- ment with lfl~e government is avail. lable to rRen only. Women and ~nen are both emplayed by private con- cessioners. Park jobs wit~ the government include unskilled laborer on trail crews, maintenance crews and blister rust control crews, and cer- tain fire control aid positions, Min- imum age for these positions is 18. Private concessioners offer ~ob$ to men and women in several cat- egories. Of particular interest 1~ women may be positions such as hostess, waitress, sales clerk, cham- bermaid, or kitchen helper. S~hort said complete lnformaUo~ on the jobs may be obtained by writing ~to him, or to ~he Depart- ment of the Interior. Persons writ. ing Congressman Shor~ should send their full names, addresses, |bb preferance.