Woman of the Century/Anna A. Gordon
ANNA A. CORDON. GORDON, Miss Anna A., author and temperance worker, born in Boston, Mass., 21st July, 1853. Miss Gordon studied for years in the Newton high school and in Mount Holyoke Seminary. She went to Europe in 1875 and spent a year with her sister, Mrs. Alice Gordon Guhck, the founder of the College for Girls in San Sebastian, Spain. Miss Anna has fine musical talents. She was studying the organ in Boston, in 1877, when she was introduced to Miss Will. ml, who was holding meetings, on D. L. Moody's invitation, in connection with his Boston tabernacle. Miss Gordon was a member of the Congregational Church, and she became organist in Miss Willard's daily gospel meeting. Miss Willard promptly recognized her abilities, and for years these two zealous women have worked in the same field. Miss Gordon has served as Miss Willard's private secretary, as superintendent of juvenile work for the World's Woman's Christian Temperance Union, and as associate national superintendent of the same department. As a speaker to children she excels, having a winsome presence, graceful bearing, great earnestness, sincere consecration and something to say. She has put her methods to the proof by conducting juvenile organizations for years in Evanston, Ill., where she lives with Miss Willard and her mother in their " Rest Cottage " home. Miss Gordon is an excellent writer and has a charming gift of verse-writing, both humorous and pathetic. She also composes music that is in large request among white-ribboners. She has furnished to the children her "Marching Songs." of which 300,000 copies have been sold, and a second series, with the same title, reached an edition of 50.000 in a few months. She has prepared the "Songs of the Young Women's Christian Temperance Union" for the "Y's," and on invitation of the National Woman's Christian Temperance Union now has in hand a hymnal for that great society. Her book of " (Questions Answered" is a complete manual of juvenile temperance work, and her "Prohibition Programme " is a delightful evening entertainment, by means of which the Band of Hope "puts money in its purse," while her droll "collection speech," in rhyme, has been used a thousand times. All of these have been given to the Women's Temperance Publishing House, Chicago. She has published a "White Ribbon Birth-day Book." Miss Gordon has traveled with Miss Willard an average of 10,000 miles a year, and in 1883 went with her to every State and Territory, making a trip of about 30,000 miles and assisting in twenty State and Territorial conventions. Public-schools. Sunday-schools, summer Chautauquas, conventions, all have heard her plans and pleas for the temperance cause. Miss Gordon is a notable housekeeper, after the choicest New England pattern ; a famous financier, so that her chief never carries a purse or looks after a bill: and as a mere item in her daily duties she turns off an amount of correspondence that would be occupation enough for the average private secretary.