Bridges, LaDaw (1907-1993) | Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center
La Daw Bridges was born La Daw Wainscott on November 13, 1907 in Macon County, Missouri. La Daw moved to Southern Illinois in 1931 after graduating from the University of Missouri. She served as the home extension supervisor for Jackson, Johnson and Williamson counties, and was a leader on local 4-H clubs. She married A. Frank Bridges in 1934. LaDaw was the third person to receive a master of arts degree in home economics from Southern Illinois University in 1955. She went on to teach home economics at Murphysburo, Elkville and Hurst-Bush high schools. She founded and directed the volunteer program at Anna State Hospital, and served as a lecturer in health education at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. Mr. and Mrs. Bridges had one child, R. Barton Bridges, and remained married until LaDaw's death on June 18, 1993.
During World War II Mrs. Bridges regularly sent letters to former Carbondale Community High School athletes who were serving their country. Later, during the Vietnam War, LaDaw organized a group called H.O.M.E. (Honor Our Men's Efforts). The group was comprised of 8-10 Carbondale area women, most of whom were mothers of servicemen. H.O.M.E. sent out biweekly newsletters and Christmas presents to Carbondale area military personnel from 1967-1972.
The LaDaw Bridges Collection
The H.O.M.E. Collection
LaDaw Wainscott Bridges Obituary, The Southern Illinoisian, June 20, 1993.