Editor’s Note: As a new addition to the Scroll, we decided to take a look at old articles and viewpoints written in previous editions of the Scroll. These articles are published as they were with minor edits for clarity and then another article is written on the same subject with today’s viewpoints and styles.


Editor’s Note: This article was written by Hannah Steele.

Disclaimer: The article was altered from it’s original version for clarification.

The prosperity of the nation depends upon the health and morals of its citizens; the health and morals of the people depend mainly upon the food they eat and the homes they live in.

In early pioneer days all the wants of daily life were supplied in the home, and the young people aided in raising and making all that was required in the home. They knew the use and value of every article.

With improvement and change, daughters were not taught to use their hands and to develop a knowledge of home life.

Women do not pay enough attention to work at home. They guess when they should know; they have good luck or bad luck, where they should have uniformity.

Many of us, especially the young girls, despise housekeeping because of its uncertainty. We claim we would love to cook if we knew how it would come out. It becomes monotonous simply because we do not progress but each day cook what we had the day before.

Very much of the friction of the home life; the irritability, the hasty word, the imaginary slights, the depression of spirits and “blues” are due to errors in the diet. The fretfulness of the little child, the quarrelsomeness of the older child may be in part due to the food which is not suited to the age or individual.

Many of us, especially the young girls, despise housekeeping because of its uncertainty. We claim we would love to cook if we knew how it would come out. It becomes monotonous simply because we do not progress but each day cook what we had the day before.

Outside of the home how many quarrels and hard words that make enemies for a lifetime may be traced to a poor breakfast, one that was poorly prepared or prepared from a material unsuited for the individual. When the stomach is overloaded and the food taken is not nutritious, it is impossible to be otherwise than irritable and ugly tempered.

How many divorces are obtained because in the first place the wife neglected home duties, failed to cook well and keep neat clean house, one that was looked at as a pleasure to enter when tired from a long day’s work.

To a certain extent, the mother is to blame for the wild oats her son sows. In the goodness of her heart, she has given her child too much rich food, too much meat, rich gravies, mince pies, fruit cake. She gives her boy food highly seasoned, hot with pepper and spices, all of which produces bad blood and an irritation of the entire system.

Foods too highly seasoned causes an unnatural thirst in the body that leads to a desire for something hotter than seasoning.

In other cases, the food is not cooked so as to be relishable or nourishing and consequently the hunger is not satisfied and a constant craving is experienced. The required strength is not secured so it is sought in the demand; the habit of drink is soon affixed; due to a woman’s lack of knowledge of foods.

Why should daughters begin as their mothers began and experiment all their lives and when become as old as their mothers are now, know no more than their mothers knew? What improvement would there be? I hold every girl rich or poor should study “Domestic Science” for little does she know what will be required of her or how soon she will become mistress of a home. A fortune may be lost in a day, and even the wealthy girl must know the “how” in order to direct others.


Editors note: This article contains some opinions of the writer.

Times are constantly changing, and advancements are taking place in today’s society. Take a look back in 2007, just 10 years ago: iPhones were brand new, and now they are at everyone’s fingertips, literally. But try over 100 years ago. Has it really changed all that much?

In 1905, there were still political protests throughout the world and technology was advancing at a exponential rate. Even divorce was happening in America, for reasons stated in the November 1905 Student Rays article.

So what exactly has changed in 100 years?

In the 1905 article, it explains divorce was high because some men felt women did not know their proper place in the home, especially in the kitchen. Women were not confident in their cooking skills, and were not feeding their men proper meals to sustain them through their long days at work.

Times sure have changed, especially where women feel like they belong, which is not always in the home.

Kade Wood, a junior studying recreational management said he thinks in modern times there are no specific gender roles.

“I don’t believe that women need to always in be in the kitchen or always in the home,” Wood said.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, 47 percent of U.S. workers are women.

Maybe this sudden courage of where women belong came from the women in 1905? Have they inspired us?

Whitney Wood, a junior studying exercise physiology said she believes the women in the early 1900’s really “stepped up and worked,” and helped change the perspective of women not being able to work and do anything.

The number of women in the workforce increased exponentially during World War I. According to the website “Striking Women,” in the start of 1914, there were 3.2 million women in employment, but this rose to 5 million by 1918. Women have been working for quite some time now while still finding time to be a mom.

“I don’t believe that women need to always in be in the kitchen or always in the home.”

Kade Wood

junior studying recreational management

Whitney Wood is not only a wife, but also a mother to a busy 15-month-old; she is also pregnant with their second child, all while working 40-45 hours a week.

But times have changed, and Whitney Wood believes society is more accepting of working women. Tyrel Wood, a BYU-Idaho alumnus, said he admires women and their ability to multi-task.

“Some women are able to work to help provide, continue to nurture the home and family, prepare meals for family, and keep an orderly house,” Tyrel Wood said. “That is a tough thing to do, but women can manage to do it.”

If more women are working, what is the main cause of divorce? Is it food that is not being cooked properly? Or women not knowing exactly what to cook according to the November 1905 Scroll article?

According to lovetoknow.com the top reasons for divorce are: Infidelity, money and lack of communication. Nowhere listed was, “lack of women knowing how to cook.”

Divorce is quite common. According to wf-lawyers.com every 13 seconds a marriage leads to divorce.

That falls in line with what Refinery29.com has reported, saying 50 percent of all marriages end in divorce.

Although times may be constantly changing, it might be more constant than we think. Divorce has been happening, though the  reasons might be different. Time does not change the outcome of divorce.