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HFA Has a New Centenarian!
Clara Hasbrouck celebrated her 100th birthday on January 4. Fittingly, she is the widow of another HFA centenarian, Brig. Gen. Sherman V. Hasbrouck (see the May 2002 newsletter), who lived to 103. Born Clara Rosellen in Lewiston, Illinois, she married her first husband, Dr. William E. Morthland, in 1947. The couple settled in Galva, Illinois and had two daughters, Susan and Sarah. Clara developed an interest in flying; and after a surprise gift of a Cessna 180 from her husband in 1960, she earned pilot’s licenses in the U.S. and Jamaica, and used the plane for recreational flying here and in the Caribbean. She became a successful corporate accountant, holding various positions over the years as assistant treasurer and office manager. Later she had a thriving personal accounting business, handling up to a dozen trust funds until her late eighties.
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Olive Scott Halladay Hasbrouck – Prominent Leader in Suffragette Movement First Woman’s March on Washington, D.C.
We continue to celebrate the centennial of the 19th Amendment providing women with the right to vote. The Hasbrouck name has a prominent place in the Women’s Suffrage Movement that advocated for the amendment. The subject of this article was not a Hasbrouck by birth, but with her married name she made the news.
Olive Scott Halladay was born to Charles and Sarah (Adams) on April 7, 1875 in the Chestnut Hill section of Boston, MA. On January 22, 1902 she married Captain Raymond Delancey Hasbrouck (Hasbrouck genealogy index G-727 or 7-1200 on computer version) at the Unitarian Chapel in Brookline, MA – the same church where Theodore Roosevelt and Alice Lee were married. Raymond was uncle to Olive Hasbrouck, the silent film star who was profiled in the May 2005 and 2006 issues of the HFA Journal………..
The Washington Post gives this Feb 8, 1913 humorous account: “A baby who says ‘Votes for Women’ was the chief attraction at suffrage headquarters yesterday. The women left their work to play with Jan Hasbrouck, the two-year-old son of Mrs. Raymond D. Hasbrouck, one of the suffragist leaders. ‘What’s your name little boy?’ asked one of the suffragists. ‘Votes for Women,’ came back the answer in clear and distinct tones.” The Philadelphia Inquirer goes on to say, “The women learned today a new way of spreading their propaganda when Jan Hasbrouck, 2-year-old son of Mrs. Raymond Hasbrouck, answered the request for his name by replying, ‘votes for women.’ They are the only word he knows. The women immediately decided to teach their babies these first words before any others, ‘to begin their lives properly.’” …….
Read the full article on Olive Halladay Hasbrouck, download HFA Journal for Sept. 2020
Dr. Lydia Sayer Hasbrouck – Earnest Advocate of Woman’s Suffrage
Lydia Sayer Hasbrouck was the fifth of eight children born to Benjamin and Rebecca (Forshee) Sayer on December 20, 1827 in Warwick, New York. From early childhood she displayed a fierce independence that would characterize the remainder of her life. She became a reformer, a physician, an editor – and the first American woman to hold elected office!
Lydia adopted the radical form of dress known as the bloomer or reform dress – an adaptation of Turkish pantaloons with shortened skirt. She was devastated when as a young woman she was refused admittance to nearby S. S. Seward Institute for her mode of dress. In her own words, “As I left…I fairly bathed my soul in an agony of tears and silent prayers. … I registered a vow that I would stand or fall in the battle for women’s physical, political and educational freedom and equality.” It was her view that women could not hope for equality or compete in a man’s world while encumbered by the heavy, impractical, restrictive Victorian dress of the day.
To learn more about Lydia Sayer Hasbrouck and other stories, download HFA Journal for June 2020