By Edith Guerrier
The tale of the lifestyles and several other careers of Edith Guerrier, who embodied the beliefs of the "New girls" in turn-of-the century the USA
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26 Guerrier was indeed losing ground, and his daughter was beginning to lose patience with him. " Her final admonition was, "One helpful thing which I will suggest would be to try to think what you can do to please others rather than what others can do to please you. " It is interesting to note that this last piece of advice was also the moral of a story, "Ai and the Three Armadillos," one of six animal stories in her children's book, Wanderfolk in Wonderland, illustrated by Edith Brown and published in 1903.
She also developed some small reputation as an illustrator, her first published drawings appearing in a periodical called The Churchman in 1899, and later in children's books. In 1907 she became interested in pottery and was chiefly responsible for the development of the Paul Revere Pottery, serving as its director, as well as the director of the school of ceramics that grew up around it, until she died. The pottery, which had been operating at ever-increasing losses for many years, finally closed its doors in 1942.
These groups caught the interest of Helen Osborne Storrow, a member of the Board of Managers of the North Bennet Street Industrial School and the philanthropic wife of the wealthy Boston lawyer and civic leader, James Jackson Storrow. Especially interested in the Saturday Evening Girls, as they were called, she continued her support as they moved from high school into the working world, funding many of their activities, including summer vacations at a rented farm in the Plymouth Woods and then at a camp at Wingaersheek Beach in West Gloucester, which she purchased.
An independent woman: the autobiography of Edith Guerrier by Edith Guerrier