A woman 20th-century Minnesotans knew as Mrs. Walter Judd, the Minneapolis congressman's wife, emerges in a revealing new book as Miriam Barber Judd, a person of talent, faith, passion and the unfulfilled potential that was once the customary consignment of wives of famous men.
Carpenter deserves credit for an honest compilation that includes the lows as well as the highs in her parents' lives. The book will nicely contribute to history's understanding of Walter Judd's public career, including his service in the U.S. House from 1942 to 1962. But I believe the book's greater value lies in the vivid, at times painful picture it paints of restrictive mid-20th century gender roles and expectations of political wives.
Miriam Judd dutifully but not always joyfully followed her husband as his career as a medical missionary-cum-politician took her first to China, then Minneapolis and finally Washington D.C. She struggled to cope with his long absenses and inattention. She found an outlet for her own abilities in church and volunteer work, including a number of leadership posts in the YWCA.
One cannot read her letters without admiring her resilience and goodness -- and without wondering what heights Miriam Barber Judd might have climbed if she had been born 50 years later.
Haley Hinrichs, a 19-year-old college student from Goodhue, Minn., was crowned the 63rd Princess Kay of the Milky Way at the Minnesota State Fair on Wednesday night. Hinrichs represents Goodhue County, in southeastern Minnesota.
Small mistakes continue to bedevil and ultimately wreck the Twins. Wednesday, a baserunning gaffe cost a run, a failure to turn a double play provided the Tigers an extra out, and Detroit took advantage.