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Thoma, Harry C. (ed.) / Wisconsin alumnus
Volume 38, Number IX (June 1937)

Kessenich, Henrietta
Who said women were timid souls?,   pp. 342-343


Page 343


June, 1937                                                              
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for scholarship, womanliness, and service to the corm-  of consumer in fact
as well as in theory. Her posi-
munity.                                            tion is a two-way street.
   Until recently when her musical activities crowded  On one side, leading
from the consumer, she ap-
out the athletic, she has played in several AAU bas-  plies the viewpoint
of a practical homemaker to
ketball tournaments, and in two southeast sectional  specific questions that
arise in the business in relation
hockey tournaments as a member of the All-Wash-    to products and promotions.
She takes to women
ington team. She makes use of the Potomac river for  news of product uses,
recipes, menus and a hundred-
swimming and canoeing whenever she can, ice-skates  and-one suggestions of
interest to homemakers.
when there is ice. She is interested in wild flowers,  The other side of
the street, leading to the con-
birds and butterflies, and studies them  when she  sumer, has a continual
flow of traffic, and Mrs. Wol-
roams the Blue Ridge Mountains with the Appalach-  cott finds it all in a
day's work to lecture before a
ian Trail Club. She loves to sew and makes many of  woman's club or a cooking
school, to correspond
her own clothes, besides do-                                            with
customers on many as-
ing countless emergency rip-                                            pects
of homemaking, to pre-
and-button repairs on sym-                                              pare
informative bulletins,
phony tours. She stands on                                              and
to broadcast on the Yan-
her head every morning be-                                              kee
network of New England
fore breakfast.                                                         a
three-times-a-week  radio
   Sylvia Meyer lives  ithe                                             
program of food news.
her parents in a roomy, high-                                           
  Her advisory relationship
ceilinged, old Colonial house                                           with
the corpany has meant
in Georgetown, the oldest                                               a
variety of activities. One
part of Washington. There                                               of
her first jobs was to check
is a dance-room on the second                                           the
instructions-for-use that
floor, and she frequently in-                                           accompanied
 various  food
vites her friends in for an                                             packages
and to make them
evening  of  old-fashioned                                              100%
right. This required
square-dancing. "It is so                                          
    contact with the advertising,
much  more sociable than                                                buying
and packaging depart-
ball-room dancing."  And                                           
    ments.   Preparation of at-
Miss Meyer likes that too.                                              tractive
uses for a number of
  The Meyer family consti-                                              nationally
advertisedfoods
tutes a miniature Wisconsin                                             was
another job. When the
Alumni Club all by itself.                                              First
National Bakery wanted
Sylvia's father, the Hon. H.                                            a
new name for a special line
B. Meyer, a member of the         Imogene Burch Wolcott and announcer   of
breads, Mrs. Wolcott test-
Interstate Commerce Cor-       Her vocation, homemaking; her avocation, bees
 ed various names with wor-
MIS ion-w and- -a- former- pro-f-                                w      
eni  and her re   itin- 0-n con-
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isDrcoafnhdoeaer'Srie-busdyi addyotermaucitmstb
fessor of economics at Wisconsin, is a graduate with  sumer reactions was
a factor in the decision. Thes?
the class of '94, her mother is Alice Carleton Meyer,  jobs have all grown
out of definite needs and ideas.
'98, and her brother, Carleton, graduated in 1924.  Their number is unlimited
and their range is literal-
Another brother is a graduate of George Washington  ly as well as figuratively
from soup to nuts.
University.                                           The home that she guides
as part of her work is a
              fam*ly, remaiing i the ositin  Henie~a  beautiful old Colonial
home on a five acre farm at
                                                   Sharon, Massachusetts,
eighteen miles from Boston.
  IF ever you run into Irnogene B urch Wolcott, '18,1  And what an apple
orchard there is on that farm!
and think to yourself, "At last I'm going to learn  The family she guides
is her husband, Roger Wolcott,
something about that job of hers," you are doomed to  Phi Gamma Delta,
'1 8, who has his own advertising
disappointment.  Mrs. Wolcott doesn't talk about   business in Boston, and
their son, Roger, Jr.
her job. She makes a hobby of bee-keeping and she     Since her graduation,
Imogene Burch Wolcott has
would rather talk about her bees. She can't exactly  managed to crowd in
two trips to Europe and sev-
boast of her income from the honey they produce,   eral to the middlewest,
but she generally stays fairly
but she actually hives them herself when they swarm,  close to New England.
and she is more proud of her ability to do this than   She has written three
books, "What to Talk
-of anything else she does.                        About" and "The
Book of Personality," both pub-
  And she can be mighty proud of her job, one she  lished by G. P. Putnam's
Sons, and "The Blue
created four years ago after working as a consultant  Gingham Cook Book,"
published by Win. Morrow
for a New England chain of 2700 grocery stores and  Z6 Co. That was some
time ago, and her writing con-
markets. She is Director of the Homemakers' Service  tinues day in and day
out. Her manuscripts must be
Department of First National Stores, Incorporated,  classified now, however,
not as books, but as lectures,
with headquarters in Somerville, Mass.-a big title  letters, bulletins, and
radio scripts--enough to fill a
for a big piece of work. When                                        dozen
books.
the department was started, it                                         And
speaking of writing-we
was fitted to practicalities. Mrs.                                   heard
recently that Mary Dupuy
Wolcott is a working housekeep-                                      Bickel
has sold a story to Twen-
er, guiding her own home and                                         t ieth
Century, for Shirley Tern-
family, remaining in the position  Heinriella  Nesseliikh, 116       ple,
called "Forty-five Fathers."


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