League of Women friends
A group of nine Casper women who worked together on local political issues in the early 1960s met for coffee and conversation Aug. 5. Newspaper clippings and articles plus a list showing about 50 active members from 1963 filled poster displays and sparked conversation about the issues the old friends had worked on together. “We’re just laughing ourselves silly over these clippings Audrey still has from ’63 and ’64,” said Ann Seese. “We really do go way back.” The group recalled “The Biggie” when their work resulted in Casper moving from a town form of city government to a city manager. “Yes,” they agreed, “it would not happen without us.” The group passed petitions to make it happen. There was no health department, only a health officer. So the league advocated for and worked on developing a public health department complete with public nursing. They wrote a booklet on how city government worked … complete with contacts. They advocated successfully for school crossing guards. They worked on a revision of election laws, addressed city zoning regulations and compiled the first voter guides. They even developed a consensus on what to do about China. “I think we were very lucky because we were able to fill a niche that was open during that particular time,” one of them said. The party’s hostess, Audrey Cotherman, said there was an editorial during that period saying the League of Women Voters were the most trusted lobbyists in the state because they studied the issues and weren’t paid to take a side. “Edith is in her 90s. The rest of us are in our 80s,” Cotherman said. “But there’s a little life left in these old girls,” she chuckled. Front row, left to right: Edith Hoffman, Jerre Jones, Lois Boyd and Ann Seese. Back row: Jane Clemons, Inge Kutchins, Audrey Cotherman, Mary Hales and Gladys Gras. Not pictured: Joy Weis and Doris Hlava.