by Tomilynn W. McManus, PHQ, PSG

Ethel T. Wead Mick was born March 9, 1881, in Atlantic, Iowa, to William Henry Wead and Elizabeth Delight Hutchinson Wead, the youngest child in a family of two brothers and one sister. Her family was a closely knit one and very religious. Her mother read Bible stories nightly to her children and often referred to the Book of Job, stating her hope that her daughters would become as "fair as the daughters of Job." This influence eventually resulted in the founding of the International Order of Job's Daughters. While attending the Creighton Medical College in Omaha, Ethel Wead met William Henry Mick, a fellow medical student and they were married in May 1904. They had two daughters: Ethel and Ruth. Mrs. Mick's hobbies included singing, oil painting, china painting, reading, traveling, and participating in several different fraternal and civic clubs. Mrs. Mick passed away on February 21, 1957, at Shaker Heights, Cleveland, Ohio, and is buried in Omaha, Nebraska.

Mrs. Mick's gift to us, our beautiful International Order of Job's Daughters, brings to each member the joy and opportunity of working within the Masonic family as young women. And, our gratitude to Mrs. Mick for creating this organization is measured by the manner in which we strive to represent the ideas and teachings of our Order in our daily lives. Thank you, Mrs. Mick, for creating our wonderful Order. Your vision has made my life full, and your dream has come true time and time again as young women robed in white gather together to "Open the Gates of the Bethel".

"A Tribute to Mrs. Mick" was written in 1986, and published in the Supreme News Exchange (Special Issue: IOJD History), March 1990. The photograph of Mrs. Mick is from a postcard available from the Supreme Guardian Council office.


by Tomilynn W. McManus, PHQ, PSG

and Susan M. Goolsby, MM, Executive Manager

The International Center for Job's Daughters, situated in Papillion, Nebraska, is the official headquarters of the International Order of Job's Daughters and the site of the Mick Memorial Room and the offices of the Executive Manager. Much of the year the suburban landscaped setting is ablaze with flowers and shrubs in the symbolic colors of purple and white. Prominently displayed in the outdoor flag plaza are the national banners of the United States, Canada, Australia, Brazil and the Philippines, representing the countries of the Job's Daughters' world.  A walkway composed of memorial bricks in honor of events and individuals was added to the flag plaza in 1998.

The Mick Memorial Room, dedicated on March 9, 1969, provides a showcase for memorabilia from the early years of the Order as well as personal mementos of the Order's founder, Mrs. Ethel T. Wead Mick.

As the administrative officer of the International Order of Job's Daughters, the Executive Manager assists over 30 committees of the Supreme Guardian Council in disseminating policies and procedures to the membership, provides supplies and services to 1200 Bethels, and maintains the business records of the Supreme Guardian Council.

The HIKE Fund (Hearing Impaired Kid's Endowment), a charitable organization that provides assistive devices to hearing-impaired children, is the official philanthropic project of the International Order of Job's Daughters. The Fund was started in 1985 and is one of the few charitable endeavors solely supported by a youth organization.

Information regarding all aspects of the International Order of Job's Daughters, including the location of Bethels, and the services of The HIKE Fund, should be addressed to the Executive Manager, International Center for Job's Daughters, 233 West 6th Street, Papillion, Nebraska, 68046, USA.

A Dream Come True

Through the leadership of Supreme Guardian Mrs. Velma E. Wilson and Associate Supreme Guardian Mr. Richard C. Bruner, the Supreme Guardian Council embraced the idea of establishing a Memorial Room as a means by which to display International Order of Job's Daughters' memorabilia. The room was made possible by monetary donations from members and adults throughout the world. On March 9, 1969, Mrs. Wilson's dream became a reality with the formal dedication of the Mick Memorial Room.

Amidst the splendor of purple carpeting, richly upholstered furniture and glistening white cabinets, an impressive collection of memorabilia provides a historical perspective of the International Order of Job's Daughters with special recognition to the dedication of the early workers of the Order.

The Ethel T. Wead Mick Fund was established to receive donations for preserving the room, and the Board of Trustees of the Supreme Guardian Council oversees contributions and modifications to the room.

Items of special interest on display in the Mick Memorial Room, include:

The Mick Memorial Room is open to visitors Monday-Friday, 8:30am to 5:00pm, and at other times by special arrangement with the Executive Manager. The International Center for Job's Daughters is located at 233 West 6th Street, Papillion, Nebraska 68046 (Telephone: (402) 592-7987; Fax: (402) 592-2177).

The brochure "International Center for Job's Daughters" was updated in 1993 by the authors and copies are available to visitors to the International Center for Job's Daughters. The photograph of the International Center is from a postcard available from the Supreme Guardian Council office. The Mick Memorial Room photograph is the property of T. McManus.


From the 1934 original writings of Mr. Mattrup Jensen, PASG, and

Edited by PSG Tomilynn W. McManus in May 2000

The birth of the Job’s Daughters’ Flag was on August 22, 1934, in the City of Portland, Oregon, USA at which time the Supreme Guardian Council held their Annual Session.  The presiding officers at this meeting were Mrs. Ida B. Smith, from San Francisco, California, Supreme Guardian, and Mr. Guy O. Henderson of Chicago, Illinois, Associate Supreme Guardian.  At this session, THIS FLAG was adopted unanimously as the Official Job’s Daughters’ Flag.

May this emblem, through the ages, For our Daughters wave on high;

Ever upward, onward striving, ‘Til love shall rule in earth and sky.

The designer of this flag was Mr. Mattrup Jensen, PAGG of California, Past Associate Supreme Guardian.  In History of  Flag, he has written the following.

“One day while sitting in my office, I looked up at the picture of George Washington, which hung upon the wall, just above my desk.  On one corner of the frame there was fastened a small flag of the United States of America; on the other, a small flag of Denmark. The thought came to me, that both of these flags were not created or designed by chance, but that the color, cross, stripes and the very field, stood for something quite definite.  Following this thought it occurred to me that the organization of Job’s Daughters should have a flag that was truly emblematical of the Order… I immediately stepped to my drafting table and proceeded to design such a flag. 

First, I made the field or background of purple; the basic color of the Order…second, I placed the triangle, the insignia of the Order, containing the likeness of the three daughters of Job…on the purple field, the width of a stripe from the standard, and the width of a stripe from the top and bottom of the flag.  Third, I placed three white stripes, the second basic color of the Order, on the field of purple; one stripe emanating from each of the three points of the triangle, making five stripes starting at the triangle.  This completed the arrangement; giving us a flag composed of three white stripes, five stripes emanating from the triangle and seven stripes in all, across the entire width.  I present it to the “Fairest in all the Land’, and may it lead our Daughters upward and onward, that their influence may be the means of promoting and preserving the highest ideals of life.

This text was taken from an original copy of Mr. Jensen’s printed document entitled, “Birth of Job’s Daughters’ Flag” published in 1934 and edited for the Web by Tomilynn W. McManus. 


By Tomilynn W. McManus, PHQ, PSG

In 1995, SG Judith Bavister asked me to chair a special ‘committee of one’ to bring attention to our continuing celebration of “75 Years of Job’s Daughters” by focusing on important dates in our history.  The dates that I selected all took place between October 1920 and May 1921 and throughout our history have been designated as ‘benchmarks’ in the development of our Order.  [We have now passed the 80th anniversary of these dates and it might be well to remember that these important occasions can be celebrated any year in which we want to set aside a few moments to reflect upon the history of our Order.]

My first  ‘History Highlight’ featured the date of October 20, 1920, the date of the first council meeting of the Order of Job’s Daughters called by our founder, Mrs. Ethel T. Wead Mick.  To bring attention to the importance of this date, I encouraged Bethel and Grand Guardian Councils to schedule a special event to generate a renewed enthusiasm for our Order.

I selected January 9, 1921 as the second ‘History Highlight’ because this was the date of the first executive council meeting and it is when the selection of officers took place.  To commemorate the selection of these first council positions, I suggested Bethels expand the number of individuals involved in working on their councils, and encourage the formation of ‘special’ committees drawing upon the talent and expertise of those adults working in our Bethel and Grand Guardian Councils.

The third ‘History Highlight’ brought attention to May 6, 1921.  It was on this date in Omaha, Nebraska, that a meeting was held where the first officers were installed and then conducted their first initiation.  To honor this special event in our history, I suggested that all Bethels schedule an initiation, participate in another Bethel’s initiation, or, at least, attend an initiation and celebrate the joy of this occasion.

Each of these ‘History Highlights’ was distributed by the Supreme Guardian Council Office in a timely manner to the general mailing list.  I know of three areas of our IOJD world where the dates recognized in my ‘History Highlights’ were honored.  Bethel No. 15 in Caxias do Sul, Brasil, presented a demonstration of our Order in another city where the IOJD is not yet located; the Grand Guardian Council of Queensland, Australia, scheduled a re-enactment of the first Ritual; and the Grand Guardian Council of Washington held a Promotional Rally and Future Vision meeting.

I enjoyed writing the ‘History Highlights’.  The opportunity for an individual to have her talents so precisely matched to the job at hand is often overlooked.  This task was well-suited to my expertise, I performed it with much delight and satisfaction, and I am grateful that our Supreme Guardian offered me this opportunity to share my knowledge of the history of our Order.



By Irma Swoboda (Mrs. R. W. Jacobsen)

Edited by Tomilynn W. McManus, PHQ, PSG

Dear Job’s Daughters everywhere:

            A few days ago, while looking up the definition and description of the musical instrument known as a recorder, I came upon the first dictionary definition:  “one who sets down in writing or the like, for the purpose of preserving.”

            Since I was the first Recorder of Bethel 1 of Job’s Daughters, the thought came to me that it might be useful and interesting to those who follow me to do just that about the memories I have of the time this organization first came into being. 

            I shall never forget that wintry Saturday night in January 1921 when my mother and dad returned home from attending their meetings at the Masonic Temple and found me still up, studying for a school examination.  They were excited and enthusiastic about their visit over their coffee cups after the meeting with Dr. and Mrs. Mick, who had announced that evening that they felt they were ready with the organization they had been working on, to be called Job’s Daughters, for girls with Masonic affiliation.

            The DeMolays had been organized for the sons of Masons not long before, and now the Micks, who had two lovely daughters, were hopeful that their girls and others like them could also share in similar ritualistic work.  So the Micks, themselves, had set about creating such an organization.

            I had never been in a Masonic Temple before, but arrived there that first Saturday morning with a signed petition in my hand, along with several other girls who rode up in the elevator with me, all shy and giggly about the unknown prospect ahead.  It was rather a small group of us who came for that very first meeting with Mrs. Mick in the Eastern Star room, and since we were not as precocious as youngsters are today, we were visibly impressed and awed by its formality and rich atmosphere.

            Mrs. Mick explained the organization itself, read portions of the ritual from typewritten sheets, told us about the offices and the choir, and about the robes for which money would have to be raised.  A concert, planned for June, was to be a money-making project which would not only bring in needed funds but would also publicize this new organization, the first of its kind for young girls in the Masonic family.

            After the election of officers, we returned the following Saturday morning, for this was to be our regular meeting day, with parts quite well memorized.  Then began the task of learning our positions on the floor and how we were to conduct ourselves.

            As Mrs. Mick and the Guardian Council or visiting parents listened to the words of the ritual spoken aloud, changes were suggested almost weekly, different songs were tried out and their arrangement in the ritual changed; and I am afraid there were days when we young officers felt quite frustrated and close to discouragement at having to change what we had already worked so hard to memorize.  I know from my own experience that many encouraging words and some prodding took place on the part of  many parents during that revision time to keep up our lagging enthusiasm and interest.

            When it came to the marches, if we had not been so deadly serious about them, it would probably have been almost hilariously funny to watch us trying to follow the intricate patterns on the floor. You see, there was no Bethel of any kind in existence anywhere for us to visit and observe.  Whatever we worked out, no matter how ragged it was; it still was actually the very first beginning, and oh, how hard we tried to be proper and dignified and absolutely correct.  Council Members or parents stood at strategic corners to make sure we angled our corners sharply, that we crossed lines at proper intervals, and otherwise helped to set our feet in the right directions.  And from time to time, the marches, too were changed!

            While we were memorizing and marching, and marching and memorizing, several of our mothers met together with patterns and cheesecloth to work out an appropriate robe.  I can remember standing for my mother while she draped material on me, using my father’s bathrobe cord over the cheesecloth as she fussed for the right effect.  When a pattern had been agreed upon, our mothers made our robes of white voile, which seemed quite elegant to us in those days; drapery cord, with tassels sewed to each end, was used for the ties.  The Queen’s and Princesses’ capes were made of purple velvet later worn over heavy white satin robes, and with these they wore dainty crowns.  The rest of us wore polished cotton slips under our robes, and whenever we sat down and then stood up, the voile clung to the slip, so that each officer was instructed to smooth out the skirt of the one ahead of her when we stood up to march.  Oh, those robes were a far cry from the beautiful roes of today!

            The first officers were given their obligations by Mrs. Mick; later these first officers conducted an initiation for the choir members.  Finally on March 19 of that same year, after just six weeks of intense rehearsals and a drive to bring in a large group of Masonic affiliated girls to share the honor of being charter members of Bethel 1, the first formal meeting and initiation were held.

            As the weeks went by, a recognizable smoothness developed, especially in each initiation, and we took pride in the result and in the performance, so that those early days of revisions and discouragement were soon forgotten.  We had created a beautiful, dignified, meaningful pattern for ourselves and other Bethels that were being organized, who visited our Bethel to observe us.  Always there is pride and satisfaction in accomplishment, and we had this in large measure.

            I have made no attempt to duplicate the history of the “mechanics” behind the founding of Job’s Daughters.  That story has been well and carefully documented elsewhere.  I have only tried to “preserve in writing” the impressions of a young schoolgirl who quite unknowingly was given an opportunity to be a participant and an officer in an event that made important history in the larger family of Masonry…my confidence in the Order itself, and its potential for enriching the lives of the thousands of girls who have shared the lessons from the story of Job and his daughters, remains undiminished.

            By dramatizing this classic story, thousands of girls all over the world are now and will ever be reminded throughout their lives that they were, “the fairest in all the land.”


 Irma Swoboda (Mrs. R. W. Jacobsen)

First Recorder, Bethel 1, Omaha

A recollection of the beginning of Bethel 1 (Omaha) as written by their first Recorder, Irma Swoboda, was first published in the Supreme News Exchange (SNE) in 1978.   While I was Editor, the above excerpts from the original article were published in the March 1990 Special Issue on History.


This collection of original writings by Mrs. Mick was researched and

distributed to Bethels in January 2003 by Tomilynn W. McManus


(Mrs. Ethel T. Wead Mick wrote this prayer in 1938 and gave it at the 18th meeting
of the Supreme Guardian Council, Washington, D.C.)

Heavenly Father, we have followed Thee
Throughout this changeable year
Kindly progress, light on our pathway
Bringing comfort with cheer.

May the members that are added
To Job's Daughters' encircled chain
Grow stronger in friendship's links
And forever remain.

May the wisdom we have given,
Hours our guardians have spent
Reflect wholesomeness in our Daughters,
Bringing peace with content.

May the Great God of Time
Whose undying love we all know
Observe with guidance
Wherever Job's Daughters go.

These things we all ask in Thy name.

(Excerpt from a poem by Ethel T. Wead Mick published in Suggestive Ideas,
a collection of original writings by Mrs. Mick, with an introduction by her husband.)

There is something that maketh a Bethel
Out of four walls, ceremony, and prayer.
A something that seeth a garden
In these little Buds of Promise rare.

That tuneth Job's Daughers heart to a purpose
And maketh all hearts as one;
That smiles when the sky is gray
And smiles when the sky is blue.

Without it no garden hath fragrance
Though it hold the wide world's bloom,
Without it a palace is a prison
With cells for banqueting rooms.

This something, that halloweth sorrow
And taketh the sting from care.
This something that maketh a Bethel
Is forbearance, patience and prayer.

(Excerpt from a promotional message by Ethel T. Wead Mick, printed
in the 1922 Annual Proceedings of the Supreme Guardian Council.)

Because it is a Fraternal Order? - Not Altogether. There is more.
Right companionship, to be able to know yourself by knowing others.
Assisting the Daughters in selecting the correct literature and music.
Mingling together of girls of different aims and ambitions, inspires one to higher ideals.
In union there is strength.
The ability to express one's self in public.
The discovery of unknown talents and traits.
Anticipating the wants of others, laying aside self and rendering service that makes the world better for ourselves and others

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Comments welcome - send them to: mcmanust@earthlink.net  Written 10/17/96. Updated 1/03.