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Thoma, Harry C. (ed.) / Wisconsin alumnus
Volume 38, Number II (Nov. 1936)

Kessenich, Henrietta Wood
Alumnae aces,   pp. 52-53


Page 53


November, 1936                                                          
                        53
breaking ground in a precarious                                    esting
to learn how she was able to
field which eager advisers informed                                keep so
close to historic fact and to
her was already overcrowded and                                    bring
such warmth to the characters
where, so they said, "Women just                                   A
and events that she drew from stuffy
don't succeed." Less than  three                                   old
books, and we'll pass our dis-
years later, she had nine daily newss                                   
       knw covery on to you.
papers in Wisconsin, Maine, Ne    r    i                                
   begn the bactu  writing
braska, and western New York, she                                  of the
with book of the  Trith
was contributing regularly to a doz-o                                  h
  is   oko      h    rlg
en different magazines-from  the                                   after
seven years of intensive study;
Household to the Nation, and she                                   and for
the last volume, which deals
was oportunninge Equal Rights as maurnalism.        areonthe"mustread"onl
with the closing six months
aging editor. h                                                    of Lincoln's
life, her notes included
                  Today, throughherunsur                                
   ~~~~~~~~300,000 words.These notes she
passed newspaper work, she has be-                                  rrayed
in sequence, making a day-
come not only    a personage in                                    by-day
record of the activities of
Washington, but a real "power b-Lincoln and John Wilkes Booth.
hind the throne" in Puerto Rico,                                   She
studied the lives of all the other
where she serves the chief political   Esther Haven Fonseca, '22   characters-none
of whom are fic-
paper. And she is one of the four     Six murders before midnight  titious-and
wrote biographies of
women reporters who are closest                                    500 to
5,000 words about each one
     to  Mrs  Roosvelt;everyone-it seems, wants    of them.   From  old architectural
passemd
Ruby Black to use her influence with Mrs. Roose-    maps and drawings, familiarizing
herself with the
velt.                                               White house interior
until she knew it as well as she
  She has always taken a lively interest in Theta  knew her own home. Then
she began to write,
Sigma Phi, national journalistic sorority. She has  with understanding, patience,
persistence, and with
been president of the organization, editor of the   faith that somehow people
would be glad to hear
Matrix, and manager of the Woman's National Jour-   the things as she saw
them and told them.
nalistic Register, Inc., and at one time made a survey  Mrs. Morrow's novels
and fictionized biographies
of opportunities for women in journalism,           are on the "must
read" lists in high schools and uni-
  Her husband's name you recognized, of course. He  versities. Lucky are
the students who can have their
was-but these pages concern our                     hrtistoyn          n
   ing     a fascinating and
                                                    an intelligent manner!
 And for us, there's a new
                r  0          0                     Morrow book off the press-The
King's Honor.
  L ET'S talk about Honore' Willsie Morrow. You
didn't know she went to Wisconsin! You who were        Richard Crooks on
Union Series
in the class of 1902, don't you remember Nora Mc-   OTe      17 A  nnual
Cone     Sies   pente by
             howver reearh wrk  nhrhstoicanoelshas  Madso     Januar Annual
CocetSeis sesaioalsenteds byea
Cuen Well, tshen-wasn Honode ithen- but -she hadn't afte y              
               -_ I hdispute asthe
signed her name to a book.                          the Wisconsin Men's Union
willt agin incluee wor
  As Nora McCue, she grew up in Madison and she    r   wn   artists. The
fadiDon Cosac       rssia
loved it for all it had to give to a typical out-door  Male Chorus will return
to its many Madison friends
             bookaftr aothe, se witesman maazin aricls oi the foncurtdime
sincert 193f he the s ucces. B ofila
type of girl. She skated, she sailed her own ice-boat, fo herfort time sne
 1923chen the success of
played baseball, climbed trees, and swam. Later she  their first concert
in Vienna started them on their
used her Wisconsin and her Madison for the back-    world-wide odyssey. 
Under the leadership of the
ground of a story; in Lydia of the Pines we see the  diminutive but dynamic
Serge Jaroff, these thirty-six
university town as she knew it  with the capitol,   "Singing Horsemen
of the Steppes" will give their
the square, the campus, the lake, the Willows,      prora   of Rusan   Musch
Noeme 18th.
  She wrote a "first book" long ago, and Heart of     A group of
artists needing little introduction, The
the Desert is still so popular at public libraries that  New Eng   Sngersawill
alson
you have to make a reservation for it if you hope to  cert-goers for the
fourth time in recent years. This
read it.  Honore' Morrow has gone far since she     delightfully informal
ensemble, led by Cuthbert
wrote that first book, both in the matter of distance  Kelley, will include
a merry yuletide tonic of Christ-
and of success. She has a summer home in Connec-    mas carols in its program
December 2nd.
ticut, and she spends her winters in a Gramercy Park  Richard Crooks, leading
tenor of the Metropolitan
apartment in New York City. The past few years,     Opera Association, will
make his second appearance in
however, research work on her historical novels has  Madison January 14th.
His sensational success, year
taken her to England, and it was from Devon that    after year, has stamped
him beyond dispute as the
she wrote to usolast spring expressing a wish that  American tenor of the
times.
she might some day return for Commencement.           Two artists, known
to Madison music lovers by
  Mrs. Morrow's life is a full one. She produces one  world-wide repute,
will make their first appearances
book after another, she writes many magazine articles  in the concluding
concerts of the series. Bronislaw
on American problems, and at the same time, devotes  Huberman, termed the
"Matchless Polish Violinist,"
herself to her husband, her son and two daughters.  will appear February
16th. Poldi Mildner, pianist
  Mrs. Morrow is perhaps most famous for her Lin-  sensation at the age of
seventeen four years ago, pre-
coln Trilogy,-Forever Free, With Malice Toward      sents the final concert
March 1 6th. Critics now pro-
None, and The Last Full Measure, three outstand-    nounce her more thrilling
than ever, and in addition,
ing contributions to Americana. We found it inter-  a mature and understanding
artist.


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