Then & Now

Casady Junior first to undertake transcribing 50 Years Behind the Fitting Room Door!

Brief first meeting during Pajama Walk-A-Thon Week 2017

Setting up summer schedule to review Prologue, Chapters-1-3 during
Walk-A-thon Day Break

"50 years behind the fitting room door"  Then and Now Project

Mrs. Marolyn Stout contacted the Casady Service-Learning Program to request help with a book she wanted to publish about her 50 years in retail in OKC.   Mrs. Stout is creating "50 Years Behind the Fitting Room Door" chapters and providing the handwritten manuscripts to teen typist who will transfer chapters to an online self-publishing program, PRESSBOOKS courtesy of the Village Library, Youth Adult Program.  Teens involved in the project will learn how to use the program as they type the story in verse being created by Mrs. Stout.

The Casady Service-Learning Program connected with Miss Elizabeth Wright, Young Adult Librarian at the Village Library in OKC, Mrs. Finley, Casady's English Department Head, proofreader of the first book by Mrs. Stout and MD English teacher, Mr. Blayze Hembree as resources and volunteer recruiters for the creation of the online book.  

Mrs. Stout provided the first couple of chapters the first week in May.   A publication date expected for the book is Mrs. Stout's 90th birthday on October 24, 2018.

Below other service-learning experiences featuring Mrs Marolyn Stout, resident of Brookdale, Statesmen's Club, Independent Living.

Storycorps interview with Marolyn Stout:

Marolyn with an "o", Then & Now

Ananya B. transposed blog entries into e-book and regular book for Marolyn with

Shutterfly  A copy of the book is part of the S-L library @ Casady School.


Then & Now Project, Books connecting history to elders' life stories
This book represents a collaboration between Jordan Richards, Casady School Class of 2014, Marolyn Stout, "age 86, still learning new tricks, like the IPAD,"  Ananya Bhaktaram, Casady Class of 2017 who will continue the 'Then and Now' project during the school year 2014-2015, and Carmen Clay'74, Director of Service-Learning at Casady School.  Jordan aspired to be a biographer of a depiction of an era he had come to love; the late 20's, and early 30's.  Ananya and Carmen helped Jordan's first draft become an E-book that brings history alive through the experiences of Marolyn with an "O".          

Jordan & Marolyn met at a Casady Chapel service, May, 2013 
after Marolyn's talk on Memorial Day through the Decades

Marolyn Stout 86, a published poet at age 9, met and bonded with Jordan, finding camaraderie and creativity in the same era that bred Marolyn with an "O", whose mother painted the world to baby Marolyn  through daily readings of nursery rhymes. " I always write in verse, sometimes better, sometimes worse, from a young age I was guided by verse."

Chapter 1- Chicago- Marolyn with an "O"

The life of Marolyn with an" O" began on a nippy chilly late October morn, October 24, 1927. " I was born in Henrotin Hospital in downtown Chicago. The city was in the midst of Prohibition, Speakeasies, the Gangland era of Al Capone, prior to the Valentine's Day Massacre."

"Along with front page crime often the Chicago Tribune ran stories of the Ziegfeld follies and Marilyn Miller ; Marilyn with an "I". She was excitingly costumed and danced her way from New York to the Chicago stage, and she was the 20's dancing rage."

Radio was in its infancy. Silent films were pushed away by talking films.  As chatter waged war on the silent film, the scene was quieter in a suburb off the North Shore, Rogers Park, in a lace curtained Lunt Avenue apartment. For 5 long years Polly and Bill Donnelly, nearly thirty, had prayed for a child to complete their life. "I arrived 7 lbs. 6oz.  The labor had been long."  

Birth Announcements by mail. Phone calls too expensive

Telegrams delivered by young men on bikes

Marolyn often thinks of that day in the words of a song from decades later, by the Carpenters. "On the day that you were born the angels got together. And decided to create a dream come true.   "I was prayed for, precious and heaven sent." 

On leaving the hospital, after a 10 day  stay,  it was discovered the multiple spellings of the name Marolyn on her certificates of birth (hospital, doctor, county). Her condition as a colicky, kicking, screaming baby had taken precedence over the multiple spellings of her name.  Albert Einstein suffered from colic, perhaps colic is a forerunner of genius in those that have it!   Marolyn's parents changed formulas from time to time, but how long would it last?  Finally 5 months plus, the crying fits had passsed, there were moments of peaceful sleeping and long wonderful naps. 

Pictures of Marolyn with her aunts

Her parents could finally concentrate on rectifying the spelling of the name the child would keep.  "From 2 childless aunts, Mary and Carolyn, the spelling was set.  Ms. Miller, and decades later Ms. Monroe, kept the "I "and I kept my   'O". 

Chapter 2:  Boston, Ages 2-3 

 Return to Chicago age 4

At age two, just before the Valentine’s Day  Massacre, Marolyn's father was transferred, and off to Boston they went. A whole new world opened up to Marolyn.  She was asked to be a part of a family friend's thesis related to reciting passages from memory.  Miss Lillian Reifenstein was conducting a study on how young a child might memorize and recite "pieces" she was too young to read.  They were called "pieces" because they all came on individual pieces of paper.  Between ages two and three, Marolyn recited her first "piece."                                                                 

Now Miss Clara,
Point your toe.

Look at me
And point it so.

For you know
I learned to dance
In the country known as France.

In 1930, a week before Halloween, Marolyn turned three years old. Children carried jack o lanterns, not trick-or-treat bags. Marolyn saw many costumes for the first time, such as ghosts and goblins. People of all ages in cut-out bed sheets as ghosts running down the streets.  Marolyn joined the throngs of kids enjoying Halloween. 

During war time years, in the decades that follow, treats were not sweet; sugar was rationed, but there was an abundance of popcorn and salty treats.  In her mid 80's, in 2013, Marolyn and her friends still celebrate Halloween. 

Little Marolyn actually lived in Watertown, a suburb of Boston.  The only time she remembers going  down into the city of Boston was when there was a parade and she waved at President Calvin Coolidge as he passed by in his Presidential car. 

Marolyn's miniature music box,
reproduction of an early 1930's radio plays the
tune "Yesterday." 

Marolyn's father was transferred back to to Chicago when Marolyn was 4 years old.  She loved being back by Lake Michigan.  Although she had to give-up her lessons with Ms. Reifenstein, she found a new passion, RADIO. 

Marolyn listened to WGN. WGN referred to the Chicago Tribune called the "World's Greatest Newspaper."  The Tribune currently owns 23 TV stations and cable network WGN America along with the Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, and other newspapers.          

Every day at noon, 4-year old Marolyn listened to "The National Farm and Home Hour".  Marolyn heard, " It is a beautiful day in Chicago." and when she looked out her window, she often saw gray skies, a dusting of white snow coated with black coal soot as coal was used for heating and for the nearby elevated trains that were her father's way of commuting to downtown Chicago.  On the radio, in the afternoons, Marolyn looked forward to "Little Orphan Annie" and when Kate Smith came on singing her theme "When the moon comes over the mountain."    These lyrics announced the time of her Daddy returning home.

If 4-year old Marolyn was very good, she stayed  up and listened to the broadcast of Amos 'n' Andy, a radio and later a television sitcom set in 1920-1950's in Manhattan's historic Harlem. The original radio show was created, written and voiced by two white actors, Freeman Gosden and Charles Correll, who played a number of different characters including the infamous "Kingfish."  The radio shows also brought warm memories of her Daddy dining on his favorite "Broiled lamb chops and mint green jelly". Marolyn's family was fortunate not to have been directly affected by the "The Great Depression Years".

Chapter 3: The Oklahoma Move Ages 5-8 (Tulsa-OKC)

At the age of 5, Marolyn and her parents moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma known then as the "Oil Capital of the World." 
Marolyn's grandparents had resided in Tulsa since 1911. Her father took a position with Mid-Continent Petroleum Company leaving the United States Rubber Company.

From ages 5-8 Marolyn had a beautiful life in Tulsa (with one year spent in Oklahoma City when her father was on a year long assignment).  She discovered that the cities were poles apart (in teaching methods). Oklahoma City teaching only printing and remaining with one teacher, in one classroom all day.  Tulsa taught cursive writing with a rotation of teachers and classrooms daily. 

Marolyn was excited to have an auditorium teacher and a stage where Marolyn could pursue her early interest in reciting and finally acting on the stage.  At age 8, came her father's tragic and untimely death following a tonsillectomy.  No miracle drugs such as penicillin to cope with his post-op infection and pneumonia. 

Marolyn and her mother moved into her grandparents, James and Alice Morrison's large Tulsa home.  The house had a detached garage and servants quarters where a black couple who helped with household chores, laundry and lawn care, lived adjacent to the garage.  

Marolyn's life was very different living in her grandparents home; her precious Grandmother blind and her Grandfather an alcoholic. Alcohol problems were common among the early day successful oilmen.  

Marolyn had so wanted after her father's death to be in a school play, to be cast as "The Princess" in a play to be premiered on the auditorium stage at Tulsa's Lincoln Grade School, located at 15th and Peoria Avenue, what is now a part of Tulsa's Cherry Street. But it was not meant to be, Marolyn had memorized all the lines but the white satin and lace princess costume was for a smaller, slender, little girl (no elastic as yet in the waistline of the garment).

Marolyn was cast as "the Woodland Owl" with huge ugly brown crepe paper wings and her one often repeated line "hoot, hoot,hoot, tawit, tawit,tawoo"  Marolyn to this day has a wonderful owl collection.

Chapter 4:  Poetry published "Then and Now" Age 9 and in her 80's

In the months that followed her theatrical disappointment, Marolyn began to write poetry.  At age 9, her first poem, "My Dog" was published in a National children's magazine, WEE Wisdom,  the January 1937 issue. 

The Tulsa Tribune, a local evening newspaper ran an article concerning the poem. A few years earlier, there had been the Lindbergh kidnapping, still in the minds of many. Following the newspaper article, Marolyn's mother received a threatening letter demanding a $500 ransom or Marolyn would be kidnapped.

Marolyn's mother knowing that she would never stop writing requested only that she, "Please never be published again."  

Marolyn kept her promise until after the age of 80. At age 86, as in three previous years, her poetry appeared again in the 39th annual Oklahoma Conference on "Aging Senior Poetry Contest" Book.

Chapter 5:  Marolyn & Shirley Temple, Daughters of The Great Depression

In the light of the recent death of Shirley Temple Black, Marolyn reflected on the fact that she and Shirley Temple, were "Daughters of the Great Depression Era" born six months apart in age, 1927-1928. 

 Marolyn loved tap dancing as did Shirley.  Marolyn's favorite Shirley Temple movie was "Baby Take A Bow."  Marolyn had a special Shirley Temple doll and her mother bought her many Shirley Temple Dresses, Books, and Paper Dolls.  Marolyn danced early and now enjoys dancing late in her 80's.  At age 8, the night before her father's death, at a dance recital, on the stage of Tulsa's Convention Hall, she wore a green shamrock trimed costume best remembered for its itchy-scratchy-green petticoat.  It was a night of Great Excitement.  The following day, one of Great Loss and Pain.  She enjoys Line Dancing and Zumba Gold.  On a recent Saint Patrick's Day Program at the Statesmen, a retirement community where Marolyn currently lives, she wore a Shamrock Necklace during a performance with her dance group.

Marolyn once wrote a 'fan letter" to Shirley enclosing a small blank card and asking for her autograph in return. She remembers the joy of  receiving Shirley's precious autograph.

Common denominators in Marolyn and Shirley's lives were the depression soup lines, terrible unemployment and then came the "New Deal," government projects  initiated by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, such as the WPA (Works Progress Administration) and the CCC (Civilian Conservation Corps).  A quote of the time was “Give a man a dole and  you save his body and destroy his spirit. Give him a job and you save both body and  spirit”.

The "New Deal Projects" allowed for a "hand up" during the great depression which began in 1929. 25% of the US population was unemployed, hungry, and without hope. The programs instituted changes that energized the economy and created an equilibrium that helped meet the needs of American citizens.  

Ike Franklin in a picture of the CCC
One "New Deal" program that the state of Oklahoma benefited much from was the WPA,  a work-relief program that employed more than 8.5 million people with an average salary of $41.57 a month. One of the WPA's programs, in Tulsa, led to the construction of buildings using native stone and rock. Among the National Programs created by the WPA were National Foundation for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Out of the economic chaos emerged the New Deal Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC). Its goal was conservation of natural resources and the salvage of young men and their future. The CCC provided jobs and a means of escaping the poverty that was plaguing the nation during this period of time.  

Marolyn reflects with her friend, Ike Franklin, at the Statesman about his job with the CCC. “He was toughened up by his work with the CCC which got him ready for the navy. The men of this era feel that young men haven’t been toughened in the same way today. Ike stated, "The CCC toughened me when they sent me from Kansas to Oregon to saw trees at age 17".

Chapter 6: Early Post-Depression Years -Late 30's - Early 40's- Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941

Marolyn's love for stage  and radio acting continued from grade school into junior high.  Marolyn vividly remembers Sunday, December 7, 1941, as the Day of Infamy, the attack on Pearl Harbor. 

Marolyn was in the ninth grade and had felt greatly honored to be asked to do ingĂ©nue roles with an adult repertoire theatre, a group called "Stage Mart."  On Sunday, December 7th, she was on rehearsals of the upcoming production of a "Christmas Carol."  Marolyn was cast as the Crachitt's eldest daughter.  As they rehearsed, a radio softly played in the background with the news report that the USS Oklahoma had been hit. Nine torpedoes struck the hull and the vessel was sinking.  One of the men in the cast gasped at the news.  His brother was serving aboard  the USS Oklahoma and lost his life that day.  

Always a believer in the phrase, "History repeats itself, Then and Now,"  Marolyn recalled her work with the Tulsa's long gone, Stage Mart.  

72 years later, Marolyn volunteered for 'Boot Camp"'with her beloved Oklahoma City "Jewel Box Theater" as they were doing "A Christmas Carol", a unique, updated version.  The Jewel Box Boot Camp included, observing try-outs, a rehearsal, and appearing on opening night in a "I survived Boot Camp" t-shirt.

Chapter 7: The World War II Years & "The Greatest Generation"

The young men who fought for freedom worldwide during World War II had been toughened up during their teenage years by government programs such as the CCC and the WPA.  These young men were called, "The Greatest Generation, which describes the generation of men and women who grew up in the United States during the Great Depression, fought in World War II, and those who on the "War's Home Front made a decisive material contribution to the war effort.  The generation is also known as the G.I. (Government Issued) Generation.

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Marolyn at age "Sweet 16" in a wartime
"photo booth"
While the men were fighting on the war front, on the home front, Marolyn and her family experienced rationing of meat, sugar, shoes, tires, and gasoline.  In addition to the  United States government issued ration stamps, it was important that all citizens bought War Savings Stamps.  People filled a book with $18.75 of war stamps issued by the United States Post Office Department. When the book was filled, it could be exchanged for a War Savings Bond that was to be  redeemed at maturity for $25. "That was a lot of money in those days."  
During Marolyn's high school war years, she promoted the sale of war stamps on  a Saturday Morning Radio show, the name of which was changed from "Children's Radio Theater" to "The Commando Kids Theater". Each listener was urged to buy a weekly War Stamp, worth .25 cents, which Marolyn stated on the air "This is your admission to the Commando Kids Theater." 

High School Graduation Time
Marolyn with an orchid in her hair, a gift
ordered by a young serving overseas in the 101st Airborne division
Marolyn had started radio broadcasting at age 12 and was on the air from 6th grade through her junior year in college. During war times, Marolyn's high school years, she continued to act on stage.  The summer of 1945, following Marolyn's high school graduation, atomic bombs were dropped in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan.  Spring of 1945 ended the War in Europe. Sadly, President Roosevelt died a few months before the "Greatest Generation" brought our nation victorious from the Wars on all fronts.

It was amazing how many men were immediately released from service and able to begin their post-war college education with the GI Bill. Fifteen million service men and women came as veterans out of World War II. By the time the GI Bill kicked in fully, America’s universities were jammed with vets.
Chapter 8:  Peace and the Post War World

The first year after the war, the University of Tulsa campus classrooms were crowded and classes were also being held in temporary Quonset huts, once so valuable on war time bases, and in nearby church buildings.

Early Auditions for KWS, Fall 1945

The Speech Department at Tulsa University decided that  ''radio was no longer an art, but a business". Marolyn majored in Radio Production and minored in Speech Education. 

The University of Tulsa campus was chosen by millionaire W.G. Skelly (KWGS) as the site for a new future FM radio station, KWGS. The early shows aired locally first and expanded to larger markets later.  Mr. Skelly gave a generous gift revamping the original station site in the basement of TU's Kendall Hall.
Center Piece at KWGS reunion decades after its founding 
Marlyn's college years: Radio, Theatre Performances
and sorority life

Marolyn left Tulsa University after three years and the eras of Marolyn Stout began. 

Chapter 9:  The many eras of Marolyn's life now long gone, "Then and Now"

The eras of Marolyn with an "O" progressed from student to marriage to her beloved husband, Bob, 60 years married at the time of his death in 2008, to motherhood and daughters Suzanne and Barbara. 


Marolyn is also a proud grandmother and great-grandmother. 

A recent four generation picture, Daughter Suzy,
   Great-grandson,  Zane, and Grandson, Danny and two
views of Zane

Marolyn's only two grandchildren, Danny and Stacey, now in their early forty's shown in high school and college 

It was always "a sweet time" on the set 
Marolyn, from her childhood years in radio to the 1950's in Television, made commercials selling furniture, appliances and cars.  Her commercials continued and at age 65, Marolyn and Bob made  testimonials in a statewide campaign for "Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Plan 65 of Oklahoma."  Marolyn also became "Senior Scene Correspondent" for three years of
Early Morning TV-9 with Kerry Robertson. 

Recognition for 7 years for Cancer Survivors Fashion

Marolyn was involved in volunteerism and community enrichment with the Brownies and Girl Scouts, the PTA, civic groups, cancer survivor groups, and her beloved sorority, CHI OMEGA (whose forever symbol is the wise owl). 

On with the show
Show written, models ready
Marolyn worked for over 50 years in the "Fascinating Field of ashion.  She was a store maager, buyer, always in sales and produced what is still being described as memorable seasonal fashion shows for group meetings at country clubs and churches.  Marolyn retired from fashion at age 84.

Member of this church over 55 years
Marolyn, at age 86, continues to be active in her role as a United Methodist Woman, strongly influenced by her blind grandmother's early teachings,, for whom Marolyn read scriptures that have influenced her throughout her life.   "For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord.  They are plans for Good and not for Evil, to give you a future and a hope.  In these days, when you pray, I will listen.  You will find me when you seek me, if you look for me in earnest."  Jeremiah 29:12

Marolyn reflects on her wedding pictures and those of her daughters, now ages 65 and 60, Marolyn remembers the words of a favorite college professor, "Aim high, the star can be bright and beautiful." 

From childhood, another quote forever in her heart remains, "What you are to be, you are now becoming."  An interest in childhood, in writing, has truly lasted a life time.

Marolyn has taken us on a reflective journey of a life in the "Best of Times and the Worst of Times". Marolyn considers life at almost 87, as a resident of the Statesman Club, Senior Living Community of 160 elders in Oklahoma City among the very "Best of Times."

If spelled with an I, a claim to fame, even a house hold name like "Marilyn Miller" or "Marilyn Monroe", she might have been. But in her later years she learned, "It is never too late to be what you might have been."  Marolyn with an "O" is working  now on a future book of her life and career in fashion. 

The late William Shakespeare wrote, "All the world's a stage," and Marolyn with an "O" has been cast in many roles throughout her life time, none played more proudly than grandmother and great-grandmother. 

Recent Words of appreciation from grandchildren and great-grandchild



To Marolyn on Mother's Day

Just a note to let you know how much we treasure your generosity of time and your total dedication and creativity to every thing we do together.  You personify joy for life and life long learning connected to unselfish giving.  Jordan's and my life have been made richer because we have been part of you path this year.  Jordan should send his finish product to us, not in a link form to an e-book, but a word document, which I will copy here, as soon as he sends it to me, for you to review.

Thank you for the memories we did together and the ones we will create next year.  You are a blessing to us all.

A student heard about the May pole and wants to bring the idea for a possible activity at Camp Casady this summer.  His name is Johnny L.  you met him at Study Hall.  See your influence, just like the energizer bunny, keeps on going!

Today it is the Month of May-The Year 2014

I find rather thought provoking that in my  "Senior Periodicals" for the "Month of May" no mention of "May Poles", "May Baskets" or "May Day"?  

Do note that "May was officially proclaimed; nationwide, "Older Americans Month" in 1963 honoring those age 65 and older.  The state of Oklahoma will however hold its "39th Annual" OK Conference on Aging" on May 20-22 in Norman.  May 20 "Senior Day"- all events are "Free of Charge" to those age 60 and older.  While AARP welcomes all to join its ranks for Publications Discounts and Benefits at age 50!

No doubt about it, at age 86, I may with all certainty proclaim myself as "Older-Aging and American Retired Person!

Born in 1927, I was one of " The Great Depression Children".  The "Official Day of the Market Crash" was October 24, 1929-My Second Birthday!
In that Era, I remember my Daddy returning home from "His corporate office in the Downtown Chicago Loop" taking me on his lap and turning to the "Page with all the Numbers"- The Stock Market Reports' instead of First Reading Me the "Funnies." The "day's figures" came First, "before" Little Orphan Annie and Daddy Warbuck's Adventures!  That winter the lines outside of "Soup Kitchens" all over our Land Became Long and "Brother can you spare a Dime?" a Familiar Phrase!

In the Era of My Childhood that followed I came to know My Elders well - A Sad Story to Tell!  Following the Death of My Daddy- from a simple Tonsil Surgery- an infection- and Miracle Drugs like Penicillin-not as yet to be! At age eight, my grieving Mother and I came to dwell in the beautiful Tulsa home of my Grandparents.  My Grandfather, an alcoholic-a problem with which many successful, early day oilmen had to cope- My Grandmother, was at the Mayo Clinic termed "legally blind" after two unsuccessful eye surgeries.  They said there was no Hope!!

My childhood blended into the Era of my "early teen years"- "Pearl Harbor" and World War II - Today at 86-I observe the "Greatest Generation"- In the 1940's we and our Elders- all who fought brought our Country "- Proudly and Victoriously thorough WWII.  On the "home front", I sadly remember we viewed daily the newspaper's long list of "Oklahoma's Casualty News":  We Teens and Elders understood "Ration Stamps" full well-From Sugar to Shoes-Rationed Tires and Gas-Many Stories to Share - of that Era now so Long Past!

With Peace there came the Post-War Era.  My college years-Then Marriage-The Roles of Wife and Mother-Volunteer Years-Career Years-Grandmother-Great-Grandmother-Widow-Where did the Eras All Go?  I see again this "Month of May," will there be some who still think of Baskets Today? I can still so vividly recall- "My own two Little Girls." My working always with their "Brownies and Scout Troops" Making "May Baskets'-Construction Paper-Cut and Fold-Jars of thick Paste-Wondering will the Handles Hold? The wilting 
white Spireas and Daffodils of Gold-always working in haste and my words as we cleaned-up our meeting place- I can still hear Myself say, "Remember We are Going to Leave this Place Better than We Found it Today"!

Now Dear Lord- In this my "Eldest Aging ERA"- Today, in the Beautiful Month of May-My Place is Your Beautiful Blooming Planet Earth - My nightly Prayer Lord, if I may, ask for Strength that I may "Leave this Place Better than I Found it Today"!

Marolyn Donnelly Stout, 2014 National Older Americans Month


April meeting: Brainstorming Book Choices and Book Layout

Sustainability of Then and Now Project


Basketball's March Madness-Lenten Ashes and Prayer, A Saint Patrick's Irish Fling-Chilly and Gray Day First Day of Spring!    Time for early Spring Cleaning-meaning-Dust I must.

Hold the soft cloth in my aging 86th year old blue vein hand to dust a four generation picture in a gold Victorian frame once thought quite grand.

The Youngest Generation, My Mother, Born in 1898, Nearly Four.

The Other Three Generations Of Women- Those That Came Before.

A Precious, Vivid, Visual Reminder That March Is Also

"National Women's History Month"

 For in March 1857- I Read- It All Began Indeed-With Women- New York Factory Workers- Poorly Paid- Working Long Hours In Deplorable Conditions- United They Arose- Became Bold We Are Told, And Thus The Fight For Women's Rights Began.  

It was well over a century later by Presidential Proclamation in the year 1987, the month of March will annually be celebrated as National Women's History Month.

I look in the frame at the Faces of the Women who Came Before Me.  They wanted to be Stronger, Better Educated, Wives and Mothers.  They chose to attend "Female Institutes" the Forerunners of Universities, thus Teaching was also a profession they chose.  They gave their voices to the causes of Temperance and Sobriety (the WCTU) Women's Suffrage was their big cause (Ever Pushing for Women's Voting Rights) and as Methodist Women they heard the financial need, the early missionary call as women in the mission field off to China went (Encouraging the Women not to Bind their Babies Feet)  In other words, Bibles some well hidden, were also sent!

As we come to TODAY, our nation trains women in the Military to serve proudly wherever duty may demand and women serve as Pastors in churches throughout our vast land. The Women who followed in my own family became Teachers - Store Keepers- Bankers-a Social Worker and one with a Medical Degree.

Now, Equal Pay for Equal Work for women that according to the "statistics", I shall not live to see.  But "The Glass Ceiling"- though not shattered totally
Today, I see the Cracks grow ever wide.

We As Women Must Take Great Pride
For With Faith In God, Dedication And Dignity
We Continue A Force Of Change And Strength Throughout All History.

Marolyn Donnelly Stout, 2014 National Women's History Month







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 "Why are grown up people's faces wrinkled like a lot of prunes?
Money, money, that's what chases them
around like crazy loons.
I think they make a big mistake...
Wealth and happiness that counts
are free to all in large amounts!
There's millions worth of golden sunbeams
That everybody can possess.
Among the wildwood of your happy childhood
Where you were Jills and Jacks
In raggy britches there's a lot of riches
On which you don't pay any income tax."


The pages below seem separated but they're memories so I think it would be cool to put it in a book like flashes of consciousnesses. tell me your opinions on this.  Mrs. Stout I hope you likes them. My Condolences about Shirley Temple.

The WPA allowed for a hand up during the great depression along with the CCC. These programs Marolyn remembers fondly as she still talks with her friend at the statesman about his job at the CCC. “He was toughened up when he joined the navy” the men of his era feel that young men haven’t been toughened in the same way. He says the CCC has toughened him when they sent him to Oregon to saw trees. It provided jobs and a means of escaping the poverty that was plaguing the nation during this period of time.


 When the atomic bomb was dropped Marolyn had just graduated from high school. She was going to a reunion in a car and had stopped at a hotel in Missouri. When she heard the bomb had been dropped. She was relieved at the preservation of the life of her friends and she thought of mass destruction. She was amazed at how many men that were immediately released. The first year after the war the campus was crowded and classes were being held in Quonset huts. These buildings were used heavily as barracks in multiple fronts of World War 2 and had been re-purposed into buildings. They popped up in multiple places with so many men coming back from the military wanting to take petroleum engineering courses. 1945 the year radio was no longer an art but a business.

Marolyns first Halloween

Marolyn was in Boston at age 3 with a drastic change from Chicago and its concrete to the new surroundings actually possessing a yard with grass. In 1930 people were possessing jack o lanterns not bags and she saw many costumes for the first time, Such as ghosts and goblins. With many people in cut sheets as ghosts running down the road. In just a few short years she would be joining the thralls of kids

During the wartime Halloween treats were more popcorn or salty treats due to the sugar rationing.

Meaningful things in Marolyn’s life included these fond memories from her past.

 Open with awaiting to be written.

Music: close to you by the carpenters

Sound effects: the wail of a newborn

Oct 24 1927

Henrotin hospital

Chicago Illinois

 Signs of the times: 

Gangland: speakeasies vice bootleggers gangs. 

Radio was in its infancy

Silent films were pushed away for talking films 

Ziegfield entertainer to Chicago Marilyn Miller  

Lights headlines many a Chicago news paper 

Polly and Bill Donnelly Marolyn each had a childless sister
Mary and Carolyn confusion was born that early autumn day 

Had three birth certificates with all three names spelled incorrectly 

Every baby had a silk bound baby book 

Telegrams from western union were sent out to alert familys

 Her name has been spelled 3 different ways. 

Unique to note that she was colic 6 months that she cried.

Albert Einstein suffered from colic “perhaps colic is a forerunner of genius in those that have it”

 A few well chosen words for the many stages of life

What you are to be you are now becoming. (on her 3rd birthday she was taken as a study for memory)

Never underestimate the power of a woman

Aim high the star can be bright and beautiful.

To be womanly always and discouraged never

Its never to late to be what you might have been

On December the seventh she was in rehearsal for an adult repertory theater production of a Christmas carol

Her drama teacher was directing her. He did stage mart she was playing in the 9th grade junior high and felt honored to do the ingenue roles then the radio was softly was in the back ground the USS Oklahoma had been hit as 9 torpedoes struck the hull and sunk and one of the men gasped as his brother was serving on the Oklahoma.


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Calendar for 2014 January - Marolyn's Calendar

Due to weather and other matters, we only met twice in January February: No meetings until February 21 due to weather and other concerns.  Pictures in Marolyn's calendar are of moments shared together in 2013
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2013 in review, Jordan's Calendar

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Pictures from discussion sessions

February 2014

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January 2014

First Session





January Second Session



24-Hour Play November

A Co-Director




November Session






October  Session 3




October Session Two





October Session One





The Beginning, May 2013


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