Dora Alexander Talley, 73, our beloved National President,
died Wednesday afternoon, February 25, 1953 in St. Francis Hospital, Miami
Beach, Florida. Her death was attributed to cerebral hemorrhage.
Mrs. Talley was a noted humanitarian. The entire fraternal
system has lost a great pioneer and dynamic leader. The Woodmen Circle
has lost a friend and its guide of the last 42 years.
Dora Alexander was born November 14, 1879, near Russellville, Alabama,
the daughter of James Douglas and Nancy Elizabeth Alexander. Her
father, of Scotch-Irish descent, was born on the Douglas plantation in
Alabama, a portion of which was later included in the Muscle Shoals project.
The old Douglas home remains on its original site. The family experienced
the vicissitudes of the reconstruction period in the South, which followed
the Civil War; and from these experiences of want and hardship, she no
doubt developed the qualities of self-reliance, independence, and self-assurance,
which have contributed to making her a national figure in the fraternal
In 1880 the Alexander family moved to Garland, Dallas Co., Texas, where this
talented daughter grew into womanhood. Her childhood days were happy,
busy ones. When out of school, she assisted her mother with household
duties and the care of her young brothers and sister. She received
her education in the rural and normal schools of Texas; and at the age
of sixteen, largely through the influence of her father, who himself had
been a teacher, entered the teaching profession and taught for a number
of years in the Garland High and other Dallas County schools.
In the later years of his life, Mr. Alexander became active and
interested in the Woodmen of the World. His belief in fraternalism
and his loyal devotion to it greatly influenced his daughter, who had a
profound respect for her father's opinions and ideals.
Her activities, which began in the local Grove, soon attracted favorable
attention among the members of the Woodmen Circle. In 1909 and again
in 1911 she was elected delegate from her local grove to the state convention.
At the state meeting in 1911 she was made delegate to the national convention,
which met that year in Rochester, New York. Here she was unanimously
elected Supreme.....end of article missing