|Camden Courier-Post - January 10, 1928|
SELF-GOVERNMENT, RELIGION BACKBONE OF REFORMATORY FOR WOMEN, DECLARES HEAD
Mrs. Mather, prominent club woman, is regent of the Nassau Chapter, Daughter of the American Revolution, and takes an active part in the Camden Woman’s Club. Mrs. Mather makes her home in Merchantville.
The cooperative government system and the religious life of the New Jersey State Reformatory for Women form the backbone of the institution, according to Miss Cordelia Lounsberry, who spoke before the Camden Woman’s Club, at a meeting in the clubhouse, 636 Linden Street, yesterday afternoon.
Miss Lounsberry is the superintendent of the institution situated at Clinton.
Ranging in age from 16 to 60, women from all parts of the state are committed to the reformatory for any charge from misdemeanor to first-degree murder, Miss Lounsberry explained.
“We regard the work in the institution educational from a physical as well as a mental standpoint,” the superintendent continued. “Through our cooperative system we teach the women ideals of honor and fairness and the system has proved more effective than any I have ever seen exercised in schools and colleges.”
“Religious services conducted in the chapel of the church each Sunday have a great influence on the majority of the women,” Miss Lounsberry stated.
The superintendent also declared important as part of the institutions work the domestic service course where the women are taught cooking, sewing, cleaning, as well as outdoor work.
Sixty percent of the women committed to the institution are feeble-minded and rightly belong in other institutions which are too crowded to care for them,” Miss Lounsberry stated.
Mrs. A. Hanes Lippincott, president, was in the chair for the business session, when first reading of the revision of by-laws in the club constitution was heard.
The Art Department, under the chairmanship of Hugh M. Condie, is arranging the next regular meeting of the club scheduled for Monday, January 23.
Mrs. Thomas Flockhart, chairmen of Art of the New Jersey Federation of Woman’s Clubs, will be the principal speaker and works of several prominent artists will be on exhibit.
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