Plan State Meet
March 11, 1952
The first meeting of the Maine
Press and Radio Women will be held in April with Miss Ruth Henderson of
Augusta, social editor of the Daily Kennebec Journal, serving as chairman.
Miss Henderson will be assisted by women of the Augusta district, and the
date and place of the meeting will be announced soon.
Miss Frances Hapgood of Portland
is serving as membership recruitment and Miss Charlotte Michaud of Lewiston
, organizer and first president of the Lewiston-Auburn Press Radio Women,
is organizational chairman.
The April session will bring
together for their first joint meeting all of the women writers for press
and radio in the State of Maine.
avril des Press Radio Women du Maine
March 10, 1952
La première assemblée
des Maine Press and Radio Women sera tenue en avril, avec comme chairman
Mlle Ruth Henderson d'Augusta, éditeur social du Daily Kennebec
Journal. Mlle Henderson sera aidée par les membres de district
d'Augusta, la date et l'endroit de la réunion seront annoncés
Mlle Fances Hapgood de Portland
s'occupe de recruter de nouveaux membres , et Mlle Charlotte Michaud de
Lewiston, organisatrice et première présidente de Press Radio
Women de Lewiston-Auburn, est chairman de l'organisation.
La réunion d'avril
ressemblera pour la première fois toutes les femmes écrivians
pour la presse et la radion de l'Etat du Maine.
Items of Interest
[Maine Press Women]
March 15, 1952
Miss Marion Cooper, Past Vice
President of the Lewiston-Auburn Press Radio Women is serving on the committee
of arrangements for the first meeting of the State organization which is
expected to be held at Augusta April 12, Miss Ruth Henderson, Social
Editor of the Daily Kennebec Journal is general chairman of the meeting
which will bring together for organizational purposes all of the women
writers of Maine papers and radio stations. Miss Cooper is director
of publications for the Maine Department of Education.
to Hear Former N.Y. Times Writer
March 20, 1952
Miss Kathleen Cannell, a former
writer for the New York Times will be the speaker at the luncheon and organizational
meeting Maine Press-Radio Women, to be held at the Augusta House, Augusta,
Saturday, April 12. Announcement of this was made, Tuesday, by Miss
Charlotte Michaud of Lewiston, general chairman of the meeting and former
president of the Lewiston-Auburn Press-Radio Women.
American-born, Miss Cannell
was brought up in Paris and was doing editorial work there at the time
of the German invasion in World War II. She was taken prisoner and
was one of the first Americans to be returned to this country on the Gripsholm.
Prior to that time, Miss Cannell
was a fashion editor for the New York Times and a former member of the
editorial staff of the New Yorker magazine. She now makes her home
at Boston and was secured through the kindness of Mrs. Beryl C. Kimball,
president of the New England Press Women's Association.
The Lewiston-Auburn Press-Radio
Women have been organized for three years and are sponsoring the Augusta
Plans to form the State of
Maine organization were made at Poland Spring last June when the L-A group
entertained several New England Women's Press Association representatives.
When NEWPA was founded in
1885 women writers were so few that a New England organization was sufficient.
NEWPA members at the June meeting favored the plans here and also decided
it would be well to organize other States in New England as well.
Maine would be the first to do so and upon its own initiative. Some
of the Maine women already hold membership in the NEWPA.
Miss Ruth Henderson, Augusta,
is chairman of the local committee in charge of arrangements for the April
12 meeting in that city. Others on that committee are: Miss
Ruth T. Clough, Bangor; Miss Marion Cooper, Lewiston; Miss
Virginia McNamara, Gardiner; Mrs. Christine H. Crandall; Hallowell
and Mrs. Bertha T. Welch, Augusta.
On the membership committee
are: Miss Frances Hapgood, Portland, chairman; Mrs. Elizabeth
Kilmire, Bangor; Miss Marguerite Staples, Waterville; Mrs.
Welch, Augusta and Miss Anne Casavant, Biddeford.
Maine Press-Radio Women are
now functioning through an organization committee including Miss Alice
Frost Lord, Dover-Foxcroft; Mrs. Agnes Gibbs, Portland, Miss Yvette Lacroix,
Rumford; Mrs. Ruth Young, Augusta and Miss Michaud, chairman, Luncheon
reservations should be made with Miss Ruth Henderson of Augusta.
Une journaliste bien
connue sera conférencière à Augusta
March 21, 1952
Les femmes ècrivains
pour la presse et la radio qui se réuniront le 12 avril prochain
à l'Augusta House d'Augusta auront, grâce à l'intervention
de Mme Beryl P. Kimball de Boston président de la New England Women's
Press Association le plaisir d'entendre Mlle Kathleen Cannell, éminente
journaliste de Boston comme conférencière invitée.
Mlle Cannell est américaine,
mais elle a été élevée à Paris.
Lors de l'invasion de la France elle ètait rédactrice pour
un des principaux journaux parisiens. Elle fût l'une des premières
américaines à revenir au pays, elle a été chroniqueuse
de modes au New York Times et elle a fait partie du personnel de la rédaction
pour la grande evue le New Yorker.
Mme Kimball sera une invitée
d'honneur de la réunion, elle accompagnera Mme Cannell.
Mlle Ruth Henderson, rédactrice
sociale au Kennebec Journal, d'Augusta, est en charge des arrangements.
March 29, 1952
Miss Kathleen Cannell,
Boston free lance public relations director, will be speaker at one o'clock
luncheon-meeting of Maine Press and Radio Women at Augusta House, April
12. Her background includes editing and writing on fashion, theater,
and dance for magazines, newspapers and syndicates; radio broadcasting
and script writing; publicity and promotion -- in France an the United
States. She was fashion editor in Paris for New York Times 11 years,
for New Yorker magazine two years; contributes to Harper's Bazaar, Reader's
Digest, Christian Science Monitor; is author of Jam Yesterday, and has
two books in preparation. Organized publicity department at Brooklyn
Museum; was commentator for opening show of Elizabeth Arden Couture Salon;
directed radio program in France two years, and has done programs over
many networks in this country.
It was through he efforts of
Mrs. Beryl P. Kimball, president of New England Women's Press Association,
Inc. that we were able to obtain Miss Cannell. It will involve some
expense, so please send one dollar which will entitle you to membership
in Maine Press and Radio Women. Frances Hapgood, Press Herald, Portland,
is membership chairman. Send luncheon reservation to Ruth Henderson,
Kennebec Journal, Augusta, NOW. Her committee planning to make luncheon
pleasant as possible -- early reservations help. Luncheon: $2 plus
Organization of Maine women
was planned last September. At this meeting, we'll do it. We
have nothing to sell; nothing to push. We merely thing we can benefit:
by getting acquainted, and maybe planning something to help ourselves individually
and collectively. We have ideas to submit -- bring some yourselves.
We'll discuss, accept, and reject, at will of those present. All
women who write for press or radio are invited.
These bulletins possible through
voluntary effort of a few, but can't be continued indefinitely, so your
dollar will help -- you'll get plenty in return.
Charlotte Michaud, Chairman
129 Wood St.
Maine Press Women
To Organize In Meeting Today At Augusta
April 4, 1952
Officers of the New England
Press Women's Association will be special guests at the organizational
luncheon meeting of Maine press and radio women at 1 p.m. today in the
Augusta House. These include Mrs. Beryl Kimball, Boston; Mrs. Lila
Hennessey, Lowell, and Mrs. Effie Flood King, president , vice-president,
and parliamentarian, respectively. Miss Kathleen Cannell, Boston
public relations freelance writer, will be the speaker. Miss Cannell
who was in Paris during World War II and who was twice arrested by the
Nazis before being returned to this country aboard the liner Gripsholm,
will tell of her experiences during that time.
Reservations include Mrs.
Jean Murray Fallon, Bangor, Mrs. William Schrumpf, Orono, Mrs. Marion D.
Whooley, Rangeley, Mrs. Helen L. Ripley, Damariscotta, Mrs. Blanche Applebee,
Brunswick, Mrs. Dean F. Chase, Millinocket, Mrs. Helen Batchelder
Shute and Mrs. Lillian Pattee, both of Belfast, Miss Margaret Hanks, Presque
Isle, Miss Emma M. Mahoney, Farmington, Mrs. Blanche W. Brown, Mrs. Grace
Bush and Miss Alice Frost Lord, all of Dover-Foxcroft, Mrs. Marie Colby,
and the Misses Mary Leo and Catherine Connolly, all of Brunswick, Mrs.
John H. Daley, Mrs. Marion Hayden, Mrs. Esther Shaw, Mrs. Margaret Frazier,
Mrs. Christine Crandall and Miss Virginia McNamara, all of Augusta.
Mrs. Bertha Welch, Mrs. Brooks
Hamilton, Mrs. Jean Lahaye, Mrs. Catherine Rice Gallant, and the Misses
Olga Lemke, Ruth Henderson, Ruth Clough and Ruth Hill, all of Augusta;
Mrs. Lawrence Ward and Mrs. Philip Rosenthal, both of Auburn, Mrs. Albert
Rowebotham , Mrs. Agnes Lord, Mrs. Evelyn Wood, Mrs. Eleanor Stone, and
the Misses Charlotte Michaud, Margaret Mitchell, Joan Park, Edith Thayer,
Fernand Chorzempa and Carmen Williams, all of Lewiston.
From Greater Portland will
be Mrs. Agnes Gibbs, Mrs. Mildred H. Kelley, Mrs. Cram Gill, Mrs. Jeannette
Pomeroy, and the Misses Alicia Panages, Faye Marble, Dorothy Hamlin, and
April 4, 1952
Officers of the Maine Press and Radio
Women, elected at its Saturday organizational meeting at the Augusta House,
Augusta , were Miss Charlotte Michaud, Lewiston, president; Miss
Ruth Henderson, Augusta, vice president; Mrs. William Whooley, Auburn
and Rangeley, secretary; Mrs. Agnes Gibbs, Portland, treasurer;
Miss Frances Hapgood, Portland, membership chairman. The state group
will be affiliated with the New England Women's Press Association and Mrs.
Beryl Kimball, Boston, NEWPA president has extended to its members an invitation
to attend the New England group's annual May breakfast at Boston on May
de la NEWPA comme inviteés des Press Radio Women
April 9, 1952
Trois officiers de la New England
Women's Press Association Inc., représeneront cette organisation
à la première réunion annuelle des Maine Press and
Radio Women qui doit se tenir à Augusta samedi.
Ce seront Mme Baryl P. Kimball
la présidente; Mme Lila Hennessey, vice-présidente et Mme
Effie Flood King, parliamentarian. Cetter dernière arrivera
à Augusta vendredi, tandis que les deux autres accompagneront la
conférencière, Mlle Kathleen Canell de Boston. Les
membres de l'organisation du Maine qui demeurent à Portland les
réncontreront à cet endroit et ils se dirigeront vers Augusta
Mlle Cannell, qui a servi
comme rédactrice des modes féminines du New York Times en
France pendant 11 ans, racontera ses expériences pendant l'occupation
nazie de Paris. Ella sera présentée à l'auditoire
par Mme Kimball.
Pendant la session d'affaire
qui suivra le diner, les membres de la presse et de la radio du Maine,
formeront leur organisation adopteront des règlements, èliront
des offciers et formulerot des plans pour l'année.
Mlle Ruth Henderson de Lewiston
est chairman du comité local chargé des arrangements.
Mlle Marion Cooper d'Auburn et Augusta est chairman de nomination.
Mlle Francis Hopgood de Portland aura chargé de l'enregistrement
et Mlle Charlotte Michaud de Lewiston aura chargé de la session
Lewiston Woman Heads
New Maine Press and Radio Group
April 14, 1952
Miss Charlotte Michaud of Lewiston
was elected president, Saturday, when more than 50 Maine women engaged
in press, radio and public relations work formed an organization to be
known as the Maine Press and Radio Women at a luncheon at the Augusta House,
Other officers elected were
Miss Ruth Henderson of Augusta, vice-president; Mrs. Marion D Whooley of
Auburn and Rangeley, secretary; Mrs.. Agnes Gibbs of Portland, treasurer;
and Miss Frances Hapgood of Portland, membership chairman.
Mrs. Beryl Kimball of Boston,
president of the New England Women's Press Association, brought greetings
from the organization, commended the Maine branch on being the first to
organize and expressed the hope that the other New England States would
follow suit. The Maine branch will be affiliated with the New England
Provision for the appointment
of ten area representatives was included in a constitution and bylaws adopted
by the group. Several projects which the organization might sponsor
were proposed, including the awarding of annual citations for outstanding
work by press and radio women, the formation of study groups; and formation
of an educational committee to aid young people desiring to enter press,
radio or public relations work.
Mrs. Kimball invited members
to attend the New England Association's annual May breakfast at Boston,
May 20, and the group received a communication from the Portland club extending
use of its facilities to all members.
Miss Kathleen Cannell, former
Paris fashion editor for the New York Times and the New Yorker magazine,
recounted most interestingly her experiences in Paris when that city was
taken over by the Germans.
When the occupation was imminent
and the Times staff began planning to leave the city, Miss Cannell elected
to remain for a while longer and go to Biarritz with the Parisian dressmakers,
with whom she worked closely, but her friends began to disappear, including
the dressmakers, and soon it became impossible to leave.
Thus from the window of her
strategically located apartment, she saw the whole exodus of the French
people and the entrance of the German Army.
No harm came to the Americans
left in Paris, said Miss Cannell, since it was declared an open city, although
there was strict rationing of food and heat and no one but the Germans
was allowed on the streets after 6 P.M. For a while it was like living
in a vacuum, she commented.
When another Times representative
arrived from Berlin, the Paris office was reopened; then he was recalled
and Miss Cannell kept the office open with the help of one girl secretary.
Thus it was that she moved out of the fashion field, achieving a
long cherished ambition.
The speaker had the unique
experience of being the only woman to attend German press conferences with
correspondents from 45 countries.
Miss Cannell's account of
being arrested by the Germans had many laughable aspects. The arrest
came at the end of a hard, tiring day, and Miss Cannell, knowing it was
a mistake to show any sign of conciliation to the arresting trio, high-handedly
refused to accompany them until she had eaten her supper. Understandingly
this type of treatment perfectly, the trio meekly waited and even helped
her pack clothes and blankets for what proved to be a fairly brief questioning
and over-night imprisonment.
Quite a while afterward,
Miss Cannell learned that the arrest had been a mistake. She had
been listed merely as "Cannell" among the Times employees and the Germans
were under the impression she was a man.
Following her talk, the speaker
was presented a Maine pack basket filled with Maine canned goods.
50 Women Convene At
Augusta Maine Press, Radio Organize
Numerous women of the Guy Gannett
Newspapers and Radio Stations are members of the new Maine Press and Radio
Miss Charlotte Michaud, Lewiston-Auburn
representative of the Sunday Telegram, was elected president of the organization,
an affiliate of the New England Woman's Press Association.
More than 50 women associated
with press, radio and public relations met at the Augusta House to organize
the group April 13.
Others elected were Miss
Ruth Henderson, Augusta Kennebec Journal reporter, vice president;
Mrs. Marion D. Hooley, Rangeley, co-editor of the Rangeley Record, secretary;
Mrs. Agnes Gibbs, Radio Station WCSH, treasurer, and Miss Frances Hapgood,
Press Herald society department, membership chairman.
Miss Kathleen Cannell, Boston,
former fashion editor of the New York Times, Paris edition, and the New
Yorker staff, gave an account of her experiences when Paris was taken over
by the Germans.
Mrs. Beryl Kimball, Boston
president of NEWPA, announced that the Maine branch was the first to organize
and expressed the hope that other New England states would follow suit.
Miss Henderson was mistress
of ceremonies. Miss Michaud conducted the business session.
The place cards, depicting
Miss Penstock and Miss Microphone, symbols of the press and radio women's
professions, carried the design originated by Mrs. Christine Crandall of
Hallowell. Paul S. Plumer Jr., Hallowell, assisted in the design
and Theodore Bunker of Augusta brought out the completed drawing.
Serving on the local committee
in charge of arrangements were: Miss Ruth Henderson, general chairman;
Miss Virginia McNamara, Mrs. Christine Crandall, Miss Ruth T. Clough, Mrs.
Bertha T. Welch and Miss Marion Cooper.
Miss Michaud heads the organizational
This organization was the parent group for today's Maine Media Women.
These materials courtesy of the archives of the Maine Women Writers Library,
Westbrook, Maine. Typesetting by Bridget T. Robbins.