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Susie Wallace Girls
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TitleSusie Wallace Girls
DescriptionPages of notes taken by Knox College Professor of Sociology, J. Howell Atwood from an interview with Mrs. Eva Solomon. These notes detail the history and activities of the Susie Wallace Girls, a social club for African American young women in Galesburg, Illinois. The history and activities of the club is detailed and a list of club members is given. Atwood conducted extensive research from 1930-1960 about the Galesburg African American community.
Subject (LCSH)African American women -- Societies and clubs
Named PersonSolomon, Eva; Shoots, Harriet; Williams, Ruby; McGill, Bernice;
CreatorAtwood, Jesse Howell;
IdentifierJ. Howell Atwood Manuscript Collection (box 8)
CollectionStruggle and Progress-African Americans in Knox County, Illinois (Knox College)
Date Digital2010-04-23
TranscriptMrs. Eva Solomon (1)
Susie Wallace Girls

Phyllis Wh. wanted a
jr club to feed into its
ranks desirable girls.
Harriet Shoots org. them[?]
Jan 29, 1931 at house of
Pres. of P.W. was Ruby Will-
iams. 16 girls present.
Named for the dist. pres.
at that time - a lady in
Springfield Ill.
They are under the by-laws
& supervision of P.W. club.

1st Pres. was Bernice Mc
Gill. In Mar 1931 they won 1st at Cent Dist meeting
in Monmouth for essay on Camp

Susie W. Girls

life & 3rd in piano. 1st in
Arts & Crafts -- for having a
prayer book 100 yrs. old (in 1931).
Raise money thru entertainments
-- mainly plays presented by
their members. Harriet
Shoots was their supervisor
until she had a serious
motor accident. Miss Maggie
Milburn (asst. sup.) & Mrs.
Alice Ogden carried on the
supervision until 1934. Then
Florence Fletcher was elected
sup & Dorothy Brown asst.
In 1935 Florence F. reelected
sup & Catherine Lewis asst.
Girls attend the convention

S. Wallace G. (3)

of the Nat'l Assn of
Colored Girls. In 1934 they voted
to hold the Dist. convention at
Camp Cheektawaka in 1935.
Repeated in Aug 1936. (60 del.)
Voted to hold them here regularly.
There is water (Lake Storey) &
a cabin plus tents.
The girls study parl. law,
etiquette, educational
drills & Bible drills which
carry prizes. Meet 2 times
a month. Elect officers
2 times a yr. They use the
club woman's prayer
"Keep us, O God, from pettiness.
Let us be large in thought
word and deed. Let us be
done with fault-finding and
leave off self-seeking. May
we put away pretenses and


meet each other face
to face -- without self-pity
& without prejudice. May we
never be hasty in judgment
and always generous. Teach
us to put into action our
better impulses. Straight-
forward and unafraid.
Make us grow calm, serene
& gentle. Grant that we
may realize that it is the
little things that create
differences, that in the big
things of life we are one and
may we strive to touch and
know the great common
heart of us all & O Lord, let
us not forget to be kind."

S.W. Girls (15)

Pres. Members.

Bernice[?] McGill
Dorothela McGill
Marylin Harvey
Wanda Wheeler
Ila Rogers
Emelyne[?] Williams
May Elsie Duffy
Lucile Wilder
Hortense Webb
Edna Berry
Thelma Brown
Wanda Mace Nelson
Artie Milburn
Dollie Woodson
Leah Milburn
Dorothy Puckett
Sarah Grant
Laura Thierry

Age classificatn was about
16 to 20. Have furnished 2
dist. presidents. Have held
other dist. offices.
Physical Descriptionhandwritten on 8.5 x 5.25 (half) sheet
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