Jeanne L'Strange Cappel

Jeanne L'Strange Cappel
An older woman in profile, wearing a turban-style hat and glasses
Jeanne S. Cappel, from a 1926 newspaper
Born
Jeanne Marie Strange

May 10, 1873
Dundas, Minnesota
DiedSeptember 27, 1949
Los Angeles, California
Other namesWa-be-no O-pee-chee, Wabena Opechee, Jennie Strange Rolson
OccupationWriter, teacher, playground director, clubwoman
Notable work
Chippewa Tales (1930)

Jeanne L'Strange Cappel (May 10, 1873 – September 27, 1949), also known as Jennie Strange Rolson, Wa-be-no O-pee-chee, and Wabena Opechee, was an American writer, educator, and clubwoman, author of Chippewa Tales (1928).

Early life

Jeanne Marie Strange was born in Dundas, Minnesota, the daughter of Edward Strange (1842–1908) and Laura (or Lauraette) Sargent Strange (1846–1937).[1] She was described as being a member of the Chippewa (Ojibwe) people,[2][3] and recalled a Chippewa grandmother in her presentations.[4] She graduated from the University of Southern California.[5][6]

Career

Cappel was a physical education teacher and playground director in Los Angeles.[7] She wrote two volumes of Chippewa Tales (1928, 1930), retellings of traditional stories,[8] and The Mother You Gave Me (1941), a novel, with Beatrice Phillips Cole.[9] She was a founding member[10][11] and president of the American Indian Woman's History and Art Club,[12][13][14] and wrote, directed, and acted in a play, Out of the Past, performed by the club in 1933.[15] The club required active members to have Indian ancestry.[16]

Cappel gave lectures on American Indian lore to community groups and at a Campfire Girls camp,[17] sometimes in costume,[18][19][20] and sometimes with her son to accompany her.[21] "The Indian tales deal so much with things in nature," she explained of her work. "They not only give a practical suggestion that is real education for the child mind, but they also afford the imagination a delightful impetus."[22]

Cappel was also active with the Dickens Fellowship,[23][24] and the Los Angeles branch of the National League of American Pen Women.[25][26] She was reported to be "the first woman of her ancestry to become a Daughter of the American Revolution".[27]

Personal life

Jennie Strange married Richard O. Rolson in 1891; they had a son, Robert Earl Rolson (1893–1986), and moved to California, where they divorced. She married Albert Cappel in 1916, in Los Angeles.[28] He died in 1937. She lived in Laguna Beach in her later years,[29] and died in 1949, aged 76 years, in Los Angeles. Her gravesite is in Inglewood Park Cemetery.[7]

References

  1. ^ "Mrs. Lauraetta Strange". The Redondo Reflex. 1937-04-09. p. 7. Retrieved 2021-08-19 – via Newspapers.com.
  2. ^ McClintock, Ruth (1929-02-22). "Women's Club News". Los Angeles Evening Express. p. 16. Retrieved 2021-08-19 – via Newspapers.com.
  3. ^ "Indian Program Delights Drama Group in Club". The Los Angeles Times. 1929-02-24. p. 38. Retrieved 2021-08-19 – via Newspapers.com.
  4. ^ "Wild Flowers Are Topic For Meeting". Santa Ana Register. 1939-03-21. p. 7. Retrieved 2021-08-19 – via Newspapers.com.
  5. ^ "Indian Music, Lore Reviewed". The Pomona Progress Bulletin. 1934-05-12. p. 12. Retrieved 2021-08-19 – via Newspapers.com.
  6. ^ "Indian Legends Will be Told at Luncheon of Claremont Women". The Pomona Progress Bulletin. 1932-01-25. p. 6. Retrieved 2021-08-19 – via Newspapers.com.
  7. ^ a b "Obituary for Jeanne S. Cappel (Aged 76)". The Los Angeles Times. 1949-09-30. p. 19. Retrieved 2021-08-19 – via Newspapers.com.
  8. ^ Office, Library of Congress Copyright (June 1928). Catalog of Copyright Entries. U.S. Government Printing Office. p. 563.
  9. ^ "Untitled brief item". Monrovia News-Post. 1941-05-15. p. 5. Retrieved 2021-08-19 – via Newspapers.com.
  10. ^ "Indian Women Unite in Club". The Los Angeles Times. 1927-03-20. p. 75. Retrieved 2021-08-19 – via Newspapers.com.
  11. ^ Lindsey, Estelle Lawton (1928-04-16). "American Indian Woman's Club Will Give Kindness to Animals Program Tonight". Los Angeles Evening Express. p. 9. Retrieved 2021-08-19 – via Newspapers.com.
  12. ^ "Tells Reader about Indian Book". Los Angeles Evening Post-Record. 1928-12-27. p. 3. Retrieved 2021-08-19 – via Newspapers.com.
  13. ^ "Indian Club to Have New Official Group". Los Angeles Evening Post-Record. 1932-06-24. p. 4. Retrieved 2021-08-19 – via Newspapers.com.
  14. ^ "Indian Heads of Clubs Send Xmas Greeting". Ukiah Republican Press. 1946-12-25. p. 4. Retrieved 2021-08-19 – via Newspapers.com.
  15. ^ "Indian Art Club to Give Pageant". Los Angeles Evening Post-Record. 1933-04-26. p. 5. Retrieved 2021-08-19 – via Newspapers.com.
  16. ^ "Indian Club Names Leaders". Los Angeles Evening Post-Record. 1930-07-18. p. 10. Retrieved 2021-08-19 – via Newspapers.com.
  17. ^ "Girls' Camp Near Sea is Held Ideal". The Pasadena Post. 1928-07-09. p. 9. Retrieved 2021-08-19 – via Newspapers.com.
  18. ^ "Interesting News of Clubs and Clubwomen". San Bernardino Sun. November 15, 1940. p. 18. Retrieved August 18, 2021 – via California Digital Newspaper Collection.
  19. ^ "D.A.R." The Los Angeles Times. 1933-04-02. p. 42. Retrieved 2021-08-19 – via Newspapers.com.
  20. ^ "Indian Lore Theme for Civic Club". Monrovia News-Post. 1943-01-30. p. 3. Retrieved 2021-08-19 – via Newspapers.com.
  21. ^ "Indian Woman Tells Legends to C.A.R." The Highland Park News-Herald. 1934-02-08. p. 3. Retrieved 2021-08-19 – via Newspapers.com.
  22. ^ Price, Gertrude M. (1926-06-07). "Save Indian Legends for Child". Los Angeles Evening Post-Record. p. 2. Retrieved 2021-08-19 – via Newspapers.com.
  23. ^ "Dickens Fellowship to Hold Meeting". Daily News. October 6, 1944. p. 28. Retrieved August 18, 2021 – via California Digital Newspaper Collection.
  24. ^ "Dickens Club to Meet". Daily News. p. 22. Retrieved August 18, 2021 – via California Digital Newspaper Collection.
  25. ^ "Penwomen Set Contest". The Los Angeles Times. 1935-08-06. p. 34. Retrieved 2021-08-19 – via Newspapers.com.
  26. ^ "Early Birds". The Los Angeles Times. 1942-04-29. p. 38. Retrieved 2021-08-19 – via Newspapers.com.
  27. ^ "Gaviota Chapter Meets". The Long Beach Sun. 1932-01-13. p. 5. Retrieved 2021-08-19 – via Newspapers.com.
  28. ^ "Quietly Married". Los Angeles Evening Post-Record. 1916-07-05. p. 7. Retrieved 2021-08-19 – via Newspapers.com.
  29. ^ "Untitled brief item". Santa Ana Register. 1939-03-25. p. 4. Retrieved 2021-08-19 – via Newspapers.com.

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photograph of Jeanne S. Cappel, from a 1926 newspaper.