Lately, since my involvement with FWIC and Addie and the staff at the homestead, I’ve been knee-deep in reading and googling and wall-to-wall history about the WI and Mrs. Hoodless. I kinda wish now that I had studied history formally at school, way back when.
Oh well, no time for “coulda/woulda/shoulda” and no time like the present to start a scrapbook of the bits and pieces I find about my new heroine, Adelaide Hunter Hoodless and anything to do with the WI.
The article linked to the image below describes the purchase of the Hoodless Homestead. I think Ms. Wilson (no relation!) may have taken some poetic licence when she describes Addie’s walk to school:
It was here that Addie Hunter was born and romped about, skipped across the road to the barn, down to the spring in the willows, and walked the mile and a quarter to school.
The closing paragraph is almost prophetic for it ties into the theme Planting Seeds of Change for next year’s Triennial convention in June.
Already many WI members from Canada and other parts of the world have journeyed to the cairn erected by the Brant County Women’s Institutes to commemorate the birthplace. How much more interesting will be the Adelaide Hunter Hoodless Museum, where one can imagine she sees the domestic circle where the seeds for the enrichment of rural homes around the world were nurtured – the vision of a woman born in this humble farm home 100 years ago.
Women’s Institute is a local, provincial, national and international organization that promotes women, families and communities. Our goal is to empower women to make a difference.
The idea to form a national group was first considered in 1912. In 1914, however, when the war began the idea was abandoned. At the war’s end, Miss Mary MacIsaac, Superintendent of Alberta Women’s Institute, revived the idea. She realized the importance of organizing the rural women of Canada so they might speak as one voice for needed reforms, and the value of co-ordinating provincial groups for a more consistent organization. In February 1919, representatives of the provinces met in Winnipeg, Manitoba, to form the Federated Women’s Institutes of Canada.