Article submitted by: Martha Ann Wilson-Geisler
Early Day Settlers Growth Rapid During Past 10 YearsIt has been ten years since the natal day of the "Early Day Settlers".In constructing a name for this worthy organization the endeavor was to select a name which would express, as nearly as possible, the desire and hopes of those believing that they themselves, or any member of their families to be an early day settler. Hence the name "Early Day Settlers."This was done when an old-fashioned get-together, "reminiscent of the early days, was held Wednesday evening, February 21, in the home of Mr. and Mrs. R. O. Seeds, 419 N. Division, when Mrs. Seeds, assisted by Miss Inis Davis, and Mrs. W. W. Willson, entertained guests; Mr. and Mrs. D. H. Herbert, Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Overstreet, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Caning, Mrs. Lottie Fisher, Mrs. E. V. Gummow, Mrs. Nellie Horsley, Mrs. Lulu Emory, Miss Wilma Seeds, Joe Bennett, Owen Acton, Henry Gooch, C. E. Smith, and Victor Purcell.For the 7:30 supper, two long tables were covered with old-fashioned table-cloths, and arranged with appropriate flowers, while lighted by coal-oil lamps.Each family brought a dish of "old-fashioned" food, and the menu consisted of: biscuits, cornbread, beans and ham-hocks, greens, kraut, hard-boiled eggs, and for dessert we had jelly-layer cake, and stewed fruit, with coffee. Mr. Overstreet asked the blessing. Following the supper pictures were taken of the group.The remainder of the evening was spent in reminiscences of early days. And a highlight of the evening was in visiting the antique room of Mrs. Seeds home and enjoying the many lovely things displayed there. Music was furnished by Joe Bennett and Victor Purcell, violins; and Mrs. Willson, piano.It was decided to hold another meeting at Highland Hall, March 22.This meeting was to be open to all early day settlers.A committee was appointed to have charge of arrangements including Fred Canning, C. E. Smith, Mrs. R. O. Seeds, Miss Inis Davis; and Joe Bennett, entertainment.Following this first meeting of the Early Day Settlers, twenty-six other organizations were notified, and some thirty families contacted and invited. Each were to bring sandwiches, cookies or doughnuts, and coffee to be furnished. As we were starting form "scratch" everyone was expected to "take care of one's self."The response was especially gratifying, when on the evening of March 22, 1961," A group of fifty-five met Thursday evening at Highland Hall for an organization meeting of the Early Settlers "Club". Officers elected included, Frank Schallenberg, president; Mrs. R. O. Seeds, secretary; Mrs. Fred Canning, treasurer; Joe Bennett, publicity chairman; J. W. Overstreet, Chaplain.Following a business meeting group singing. "America" was led by Mrs. Virgil Gambill. Prayer was offered by R. O. Seeds.
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