Saturday, May 25, 2019

Improved Work Conditions for the Sales Ladies

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During her political career, Martha Hughes Cannon was instrumental in making a number of positive changes for the state. What did she do to improve working conditions for sales ladies?
  1. Shortened the work week
  2. Stores must provide chairs for their sales ladies
  3. Two 15 minute breaks
  4. Employee discounts
Yesterday’s answer:
B   Racing her automobile
From the life of Hilda Erickson:   In 1908 I purchased my first automobile, a Stoddard Dayton. Later, I owned a Stutz, a Hupmobile, three Chevies, and five Fords. I was president of the Tooele Stake Primary from 1910 to 1922, and I traveled hundreds of miles through snowdrifts, sand, and mud while visiting Primaries around the county. I also served twenty-five years as Relief Society president. I must confess that I was a fast driver. I used to race the train to Wendover, and I never came in second.
During the Great Depression, I served as secretary of the Grantsville Farm Loan Association. I did a lot of in-depth clerical work for them and got to make long car trips visiting farmers all over Tooele County. I drove my cars until 1953 when a depressing letter arrived from the State of Utah advising me that since I had reached my ninety-fourth birthday, I should stop driving. I can tell you that I was riled, but from then on I traveled as a passenger.
Lesson Committee, Museum Memories-Daughters of Utah Pioneers, (Salt Lake City, Talon Printing, 2010), 2: 20.

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