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by Todd Waters, aka “The Chiro-Picker” – SpinalColumnRadio featured blogger
Mabel Palmer. She’s known as “The First Lady of Chiropractic,” but do we really know that much about her???
There’s a particular chapter in her book Stepping Stones entitled “A Soliloquy” that I like. It’s a personal account of her family life living on 828 Brady Street. When reading it, it becomes very apparent she was a devoted wife and mother — while being equally devoted to the school and students of the PSC. She would open her home to room and board students and teach classes, so much so that her displaced family would find themselves in the backyard pitching a tent. That’s dedication!
She called herself “The Hurry Lady” because she was always rushing off to complete series of countless tasks.
…Then I came across an old photo postcard that featured Mabel as the President of the Quota Club 1927.
Dedicated antique collectors like myself are always on the lookout for clues, large and small, that might lead to more information about our finds and ultimately… more finds. As the ChiroPicker even the smallest of information breadcrumbs can direct me to some interesting treasures — such was the case with Mabel’s involvement with the Quota Club.
It wasn’t long before I stumbled across one of those impossibly long-framed photos — you know the ones that show off a large group of people.
As disappointing as cold cases can be, they always have the potential of “warming up” — and that is exactly what happened. A few days ago I came across an article that recently appeared on a Google search. The article came from the Davenport Library and was entitled “‘Quietly Utilizing Our Total Ability’: The Davenport Quota Club”. Along with the article, I was excited to see an unfamilar photo of Mabel listing her as the Quota Club International president along with a Quota Club group shot taken during one of the years of her leadership. After requesting an enlargement of the photo from the Davenport Library, I scanned the faces of the group of women and was able to immediately, without a doubt, spot Mabel. (Luckily she was not wearing a hat). So, with my now confidently identified Mabel photo in hand, I went to my other Quota Club photo to compare it side by side with my “Mabel candidate.” After cross-checking her various features (shape of nose, chin, neck, hands and legs)…
I am now confident that I have found Mabel in BOTH photos!
Davenport’s branch of the Quota Club “was the first club to have a local objective – the encouragement and promotion of the underprivileged girl through interest and co-operation of Quotarians.”
‘Til next time. — CP
The DC Angle:
“We want to follow in the footsteps of Mabel….”
There is a shift occurring within the Chiropractic profession. This change is — and has been — taking place at a gradual and steady pace, and as it continues to gain momentum, it is apparent that it will be the impetus and the driving force that will propel our noble profession to incredible new heights. This phenomenon is the propulsion and rise of the amount of women going into chiropractic. This shift has propelled a small group of very inspiring and powerful group of women to come together and create The LCW (League of Chiropractic Women) — to support, empower and create the future leaders of our profession. We want to follow in the footsteps of Mabel Palmer and bring our profession’s focus back to subluxation detection and correction; and give women purpose and a success system that speaks to them from a feminine spirit. To join the League you can go to our website www.lcwomen.com and gather all the details of all our events, conference calls, and support systems we have created for all women that love and support ChiropracTIC!
Dr. Patty Ribley is passionate about finding new ways to support and empower women in chiropractic to find their passion and purpose in life. She is a co-founder and co-president of The League of Chiropractic Women and practices alongside her chiropracTOR husband, Larry, in Tampa, Florida where she focuses on caring for families, children, and pregnant women.
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