Biographical Database of NAWSA Suffragists, 1890-1920

Biography of Gladys May Pease Minard, 1887-1939

By Al Bernardo, librarian, North Dakota State University

Gladys May Pease was born on January 16, 1887, in Racine, Wisconsin. She later moved with her family to North Dakota, and by 1903 was working as a teacher in New England, ND. In the fall of 1907, she graduated from North Dakota Agricultural College in Fargo, where she met Archibald E. Minard, a member of the faculty. Pease and Minard married on September 2, 1908, in Fargo, at the home of her mother, Mrs. John Prindle. The Minards had four children: Edwin Lincoln, Lois Chute, David, and Sarah Doolittle.

Gladys was active in a number of women's clubs in Fargo, including the Fortnightly Club, Fine Arts Club, and Kill Kare Club. A paper she gave for the Fortnightly Club, titled "Music as a Social Factor," was excerpted in the January 27, 1912 issue of The Fargo Forum and Daily Republican. The following year, her paper, "Socialism in the Home," merited mention in the club activity section of The Evening Times of Grand Forks, ND. In 1916, the name "Miss Gladys Minard" appeared in the Forum and Daily Republican as one of a group of women interested in the new Woman's Party of the Congressional Union for Woman Suffrage, and later the same year she served on the committee for a Suffrage Doll Bazaar fundraiser. She was also a member of the Fargo branch of the Votes for Women League of North Dakota.

In addition to her club and suffrage activities, Gladys Minard worked with the Women's Committee of the Council of National Defense during World War I, and later served as the president of both the North Dakota Agricultural College Women's Club, and the Daughters of the Dakota Pioneers. Gladys May (Pease) Minard died on December 23, 1939, in Fargo, and is buried at Mound Cemetery in Racine, WI.


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