Fashion Friday featuring the Well-Dressed Women of Warrenville, Celebrating 50 Edition

It’s Fashion Friday again at the Historical Society! Enjoy these Well-Dressed Women of Warrenville from local artist Mildred Baldwin’s popular column from the Warrenville Digests.

These women were featured during 1967, the year that Warrenville incorporated as a city. As we celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the City of Warrenville this year, these women of 1967 are also part of our celebration of Women’s History Month! Read all about these ladies, their families, work and volunteerism in our community!

If you’d like to learn more about Mildred Baldwin, the local artist whose column featured many women of Warrenville, see our earlier blog post here https://warrenvillehistorical.wordpress.com/2013/03/15/womens-history-month-mildred-baldwin/.

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Ninth Annual Cemetery Walk

The Warrenville Historical Society is happy to announce “Dead Men Talking – And Some Women – IX,” which will be held on Sunday, October 16, 2016.  The outdoor 45 minute tours will start every 15 minutes beginning at 6:00p.m. with the last tour at 7:30p.m.  Tours are given on a first come first serve basis.  For those not wishing to walk through the cemetery, a presentation by the interpreters will be given at 5:00p.m. in Trinity Lutheran Church.

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During this year’s event, presentations will be made about those who left a literal mark on our community through street and park names. The rich life stories of the Staffords, the Rogers, Leone Schmidt, the Ferrys, the Mannings, the Macks, and the Galusha will be told by our interpreters.

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Cemetery tours begin at the Warrenville Cemetery, located on the north side of Warrenville road between Curtis and Warren, Warrenville, Illinois.  Luminaries will light the way to lantern-lit gravesites where histories that shaped our community will be told.  Tour admission is free but donations will be accepted and are appreciated.  All donations benefit the Warrenville Historical Society.  Parking is available at Trinity Lutheran Church located at the N/W corner of Curtis and Warrenville Rds. Refreshments will be served at Trinity Lutheran Church after the tours.

 

Hiram E. Leonard Diary, August 10 – 16, 1865

10th Thursday rather a cloudy muddy day I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ tiard & nearly sick.

11th Friday rather more pleasant many set out their grain I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ tiard & about sick.

12th Saturday rather a fine day & many were a stacking grain I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ nearly sick Caroline went home on the stage & cars, Mack stacked the most of my oats.

13th Sunday rather a pleasant day but some cloudy I did my choars went to office & back mowed some weeds & chaored round the house etc was about sick went to office near night came home & went to bed about 9 tiard & nearly sick Mr McNelly came about 4 & brought Caroline Wray & Roxa Coor or Roxa Leroy & her husband, he went back with Mr McNelly & Roxa stayed.

14th Monday rather fine hay weather I did my choars was at the office all day & in evening came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ nearly sick tiard & lonely.

15th Tuesday rather fine hay weather I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed tiard lonely & nearly sick.

16th Wednesday rather fine hay weather I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ tiard & nearly sick.”

Women’s History Month: Mildred Baldwin

As part of our celebration of Women’s History Month, the Historical Society is featuring Mildred Baldwin-Artist (1899-1979), a local woman who made it possible for other women in Warrenville to be celebrated.  Please enjoy learning a little more about this wonderful woman and the others that she featured in her column in upcoming posts.  Her column is also on display in our Art Gallery with an index of the featured women; stop in and look up your grandmother, mother, or even yourself!

As the writer of the famed column “Women of Warrenville” that ran in the Warrenville Digest in the 1960s and early 70s, Mildred Baldwin succeeded in making it possible for at least half of the women of Warrenville at that time to be recognized for who they were and what they had achieved.  The weekly newspaper column consisted of a biographical sketch as well as a fashion design type pencil sketch. The column encouraged the community to appreciate its women and it gave the women a reason to feel good about who they were and their accomplishments.

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Mildred received her art education at the Herron Art Institute, the Academy in Chicago and the Farnsworth School in Sarasota, Florida. As a young woman, Mildred was an advertising manager and fashion artist in Detroit.  After moving to Warrenville, she not only did the weekly column on women, but she also taught art classes in oil, water color, charcoal, and acrylics, as well as offering instruction in commercial art and fashion illustration.  The Warrenville News stated in its September 28, 1961 issue that Mildred was a particularly good teacher for beginners because of her emphasis on the fundamentals of drawing and composition.  She is also remembered for the annual art shows, somewhat like our current “Art on the Prairie,” that she held on her lawn at 28 W 456 Batavia Road in Warrenville.