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?
- Shortened the work week
- Stores must provide chairs for their sales ladies
- Two 15 minute breaks
- Employee discounts
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.