An array of pessimists proclaimed loud and long that women in the political world would mean, disrupting the so-called sacred orders by casting feminine headgear into the arena of partisan politics. This could be interpreted as the death sound of glorious womanhood. The howlers should have tried to acquaint themselves with Mrs. Edna Herr Bucklin.
Mrs. Bucklin, whose home is in Brazil, is recognized as one of the Republican women leaders in the state of Indiana, and she is not unknown in Washington. The Bucklin household continues intact, as Mr. Bucklin, of the First National Bank and the couple’s four children, Rosemary and Jean and the twin sons, James and Kenneth, are well-cared for. The family has two lovely homes--one in town and the other in the country. The political lady is still the background of the family life, notwithstanding her activities outside her four walls.
When the delightful visit with Mrs. Bucklin was enjoyed by the Terre Haute Star newspaper writer, Nora Ball Ragsdale, Mrs. Bucklin and her family were winding up a happy summer at Pennyroyal, their summer home. She was found to be first of all, a charming woman, a gracious hostess, a most companionable wife, and certainly a capable mother. Because of all her accomplishments and achievements, she is a valuable asset to any cause—political or otherwise.
If there’s one thing Mrs. Bucklin dislikes to do, it is to discuss herself. When asked of her civic and political activities, she said, “Oh, do come into the house. I want to show you something,” leading the way to the most interesting exhibit of over 400 butterflies, which were captured and preserved at Pennyroyal.
Sometime later, when the conservation threatened to be turned on her, she initiated a walk along the trail. Pennyroyal lies five or six miles outside of Brazil; it is a 40-acre tract of woodland, hills and vales, with a stream flowing through and a pool or two looking suspiciously like some old swimming holes. The trail followed the creek, and each new turn revealed some unexpected and beautiful natural wonder.
Following the stroll beside the quiet, lazy stream, Mrs. Bucklin remarked, “You must see the guest room.” Within a stone’s throw from the family’s cottage is located a most fascinating, one-room log cabin---this is the guest room. It was perfectly furnished with details to compliment the cabin.
We returned to the cottage, enjoying tea served by the Bucklin daughters; then the hostess permitted questioning about herself and her work outside her home. This work began long ago when she enlisted in club service and women’s suffrage.
“Oh, yes, I shall be interested in the fall election,” she declared. “I’m always interested, of course, in the welfare of my town, my state, and my country. I shouldn’t be surprised if I am not actively interested. It is most important that women throw themselves whole-hearted into the political game. United we can accomplish anything we undertake.”
She has the idea that women who have operated homes on allowances, incomes, budgets, or whatever the plan…should be real financiers.
Researched by Robert Hostetler
Source: The Brazil Daily Times – September 15, 1925
Submitted: Jo Ann Pell –Clay County Genealogy Library, Center Point, Indiana