“Walter M. Krows contracted the construction of his home on a West Seattle lot overlooking Elliott Bay and downtown Seattle. It was completed in 1904, and on June 1 of that year, he and Mabel, surrounded by friends and family, were married in the parlor. They lived in their home for over 50 years. Growing in their garden was a white rose bush, established from slips of the roses Mrs. Krows carried at her wedding.
On February 20, 1913, Mabel Krows invited 11 of her friends to meet for organizing Daughters of the Nile. Mabel’s 11 friends enthusiastically supported her in her desire to create an organization that promoted high ideas for women, serve the community and provided social context for lasting friendships. It was later that these women decided to expand their group to 22 women, that we now call the Founders, they were intelligent, modern, forward thinking women who possessed profound organizational skill. They accomplished within months the foundation of the organization, which functions today on their original guidelines, ideas and principals. These ladies also realized that in order to succeed at anything they must have a purpose.
Their first aim was to find someone to write a ritual. Noble Charles Fastus Whaley, a man in his early seventies, was asked and consented. As he wrote, he often met with the ladies to read what he had
written. He had a fine voice and read with much feeling giving encouragement to those present. Because of the great age difference between him and the club members, he called them “daughters” and, in
respect, they called him Uncle Charles. Noble Whaley’s picture is in the Daughters of the Nile ritual, which is the only honor he ever received.
In 1913, this time in history the ladies wore high-button shoes, long dresses in the daytime, pinched waist and they all had long hair carefully twisted on top of their heads, fastened with big bone hairpins.
These were all intelligent women, energetic women, living in a time where women stayed at home. They were not interested in politics, as they could not vote. They needed something constructive in their lives, as all women do. We know now that their achievement was due to their determination to succeed with the idea of forming a group of women of dignity with a purpose.
When life is over it is what you leave behind that counts. They have left a beautiful legacy.”
Please share your enthusiasm about Daughters of the Nile with your family and friends and let them know what Daughters of the Nile is and what we do for the Shriners Hospitals for Children®.
Excerpts taken from the “1913-2013 Celebrating 100 Years of Daughters of the Nile History.” Sorry this book is no longer available for purchase. Perhaps someone at your Temple may have one, if you would like to gather additional information.
Eleanor Green, PSQ, Supreme Pr. Recorder, has available for purchase “1913 Early Years” for $3.00 and, also, a small Nile History for $7.00. Your Temple’s Pr. Recorder should have the Nile History. If you would like to order, please email PSQ Eleanor at [email protected]
Nile love & Hugs
Nancy Markham, PQ
Isis Temple No. 41, Evansville, Indiana
Supreme Temple Membership and Public Relations Committee