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Woman of the Century/Euphemia Wilson Pitblado

PITBLADO, Mrs. Euphemia Wilson, was born in Edinburgh, Scotland. Her father was a lawyer and was of the same family as Prof. John Wilson, better known as "Christopher North" Her mother was a near relative of Dr. Dick, the christian philosopher and astronomer. She received her education in Edinburgh and in Winnington Hall, near the old city of Chester, England. In that college all the students w ere obliged to Study French and converse in it during school hours, that they might speak it fluently. She received there a thorough musical and vocal education and the opportunity of hearing classical music. Afterwards, EUPHEMIA WILSON PITBLADO A woman of the century (page 584 crop).jpgEUPHEMIA WILSON PITBLADO. in this country, she got up, and often participated in, concerts, and at one time was leader of a choir. Mrs. Pitblado was a student in the Chautauqua school for several years. She also studied drawing and painting, but had not much time for the development of that talent. Her home in Edinburgh having been broken up after the death of her father, she came to America to live with her oldest sister, the wife of a Presbyterian minister. Here she became the wife of Rev. C. B. Pitblado, D.D., of the Methodist Episcopal Church. She had previously become a member of that church and was greatly interested in its services, especially those in which women might speak, having been deprived of that privilege in the Presbyterian Church, the church of her father. She engaged with her husband in evangelistic work, and has led his meetings and supplied his pulpit. She helped in the inquiry meetings of the Boston Tabernacle, in response to a call from Rev. D. L. Moody for such christian workers. When the woman's crusade was inaugurated, she was ready to work with the Woman's Christian Temperance Union, and has been an active member ever since of that organization. While her husband was pastor of a church in Manchester, N. H., a great temprance wave passed through the State, and Mrs. Pitblado was invited to give temperance addresses in many towns and villages, and she organized the Woman's Christian Temperance Union of Nashua, N. H., with about sixty members. She always believed in the right of a sister with her brother to equal opportunities for education and work, and to that end she has advocated the advancement of women in every department of life. In their behalf she has spoken before conventions of the Woman's Christian Temperance Union, woman's suffrage associations, woman's foreign missionary societies and before the legislature in the capitol in Hartford, Conn., and she has been sent a delegate to the annual Woman's Christian Temperance Union convention in New York, the annual Woman's Foreign Missionary Society in Lowell and Boston, Mass., and to the National Woman Suffrage Association in Washington, D. C. She has contributed articles from time to time to several papers on that and other related topics, besides giving addresses before clubs and societies. She is a member of the executive committee of the New England Woman Suffrage Association and an honorary member of the Campello, Mass., League, of which she was the first president. She is a member of the National American Woman Suffrage Association. She is a charter member of the Woman's Educational and Industrial Union of Providence, R. I., where her husband was at one time stationed. She has had five children, two only of whom are living.