[Minneapolis]: . 6 5/8" x 4 7/8". Group photograph of twenty-two members of the Minneapolis Relief Society, taken in 1918. Relief Society, organized in 1842 by Joseph Smith, is an organization of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, made up of all adult women who belong to this church. The organization was created to increase the self-reliance of women, widen their talents and knowledge, strengthen families and reach out to those in need of assistance. Light edgewear. Contemporary ink script on verso reads "Relief Society of the Minneapolis Branch," followed by a listing of the subjects of the photograph.
Alice Bell, the newly-elected president, is in the front row beside the past president, Julia Coburn. Described as "indomitable" and "a grand woman who could do anything," Bell was to serve as branch president for twenty-five years. As of 1990, a letter written by Bell in 1930 for the "Jubilee Box" (a time-capsule project organized by the Minneapolis Relief Society and opened in 1980) was read aloud every year at the Society's Christmas party. Bell called her branch "a small band of active workers, but united in love and harmony."
Top row: Eleanor [sic for Elnora] Johnson, Irene G. Presser, Julia M. Freel, Mary A. M. Swenson, A. Eaton, Emily Teitze [sic for Titze], E. Kelsie.
Middle row: Mary B. Van Raalte, Francis [sic] R. Fronius, Hansina Oyne [Oryne?], Hilma Carlson, Sec't & Treas., Mary Jasie, Maria E. Halmberg, Francis [sic] C. Bigelow.
Bottom Row: Carol A. Banks, M.E. Golden, Lydia Kunz, Julius Hoerlyck [Catherina, Mrs. Julius Hoerlyck], Alice Bell, President, Julia Cobourn [sic for Coburn], 1st coun, Laura Z. Morris, Edna May Freeman.
The book Minnesota Mormons: A History of the Minneapolis Minnesota Stake by Fayone B. Willes (1990, Minneapolis Minnesota Stake), in which a copy of this photograph appears, was consulted for information on Alice Bell, the Minneapolis Relief Society, and the date of the photograph. Item #58029