Club Minutes: Mutual Improvement Association, 1912-1916

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Bound 201-page ledger containing original, handwritten minutes from December 6, 1912 to October 19, 1916 for the Mutual Improvement Association society located in Sandy Spring, Maryland. The Mutual Improvement Association has met continuously since May 1, 1857.

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call upon her. Ellen Stabler read a short poem entitled, “A Seed”, -

A wonderous thing is a seed, The one thing deathless forever! Forever old and forever new The one thing changeless, - entirely true, Tis fickle and faithless never. Plant love, and blessings will bloom, Plant hate, and hate will grow. The blossom that proves what sort of thing Is the seed that to-day you sow.”

Eliz. T. Stabler told us she had used rolled cracker crumbs, satisfactorily, as a substitute for several eggs in making pumpkin pies. She also gave the creed of “The Watkins Man”, whose agents take orders for Remedies, Extracts, and Spices, and bring the goods to the customer. The Watkins men say in part, - “I believe in you; myself; the good I sell and the firm I work for. I believe truth is an asset, - I believe in sunshine, fresh air, spinach, applesauce, butter, milk, laughter, babies, women and men. I believe in hands that work, brains that think and hearts that love.”

Fannie B. Snowden told us of Edison’s “Insomnia Squad”, whose leader thinks most people sleep and eat too much. He does not really need 5 hrs. absolute rest in 24, but usually takes that much, and his body seems to be sufficiently sustained on about half the food an ordinary man desires. His health rules are, - “No booze. If you use coffee dilute it freely with milk. Don’t take any more food than you need to keep going. Your system has plenty of work without being asked to dispose of superfluous fuel. See that you have plenty of fresh air. When you go to bed, do not take your troubles with you. But the thing you must have is a job that interests you, a job full of variety and action, which is your life and your play, your present and your future.” - - - - - A question about keeping peppers brought forth the information, they remain good for

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some time if placed under a strong brine.

Mary P. T. Jackson made a plea for “The Red Cross Society”, which forwards any and all munitions of mercy and healing to the sick and wounded soldiers, or to the thousands of needy refugees in Europe.

Fanny B. Snowden suggested that the name of Mary Nichols be placed on our waiting list.

Reference was made to a memorial Service to be held by the “Social Service League” as a tribute of appreciation and gratitude to the late Martha Holland for her munificent gift to that admirable charity.

The Asso. approved but no definite action was taken.

Adjourned to Knollton at a date in the 11th month, to be fixed by the hostess.

Mary Bentley Thomas, Sec’y.

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Memorial of Martha A. Holland

read at the Homewood Meeting 5-3-1917

“Many changes have taken place in “The Association during the past four years. Several of our members have passed to the land beyond. We lament the sacred ties that bound as in loving intercourse, we fill in the numbers, but the places in our hearts are still kept for those who have gone. Our dear friend Martha A. Holland had been a member for many years and we miss her kind affectionate words, she seemed always to think the best of her fellow mortals. A relative of hers once told the writer – she had never known her sister to do an unkind action, nor to speak an unkind word.

Her who life was one of loving devotion to those around her and her goodness to the poor will long be remembered. The most beautiful of her charities was a bequest of $5000 to the Social Service League. In accepting this generous and timely aid the gratitude of the League was expressed in the following words – “The members of the “Social Service League” find renewed inspiration for their growing work in the fact that one living as worthily as did Martha A. Holland, so highly appreciated the Leagues services to homeless children and to the needy

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sick irrespective of color, creed or condition.

The Social Service League accepts this bequest of Martha A. Holland as a sacred trust, linking our labors to the living sympathies of the spiritual world, and it regards the bequest as a quiet, but impressive call to more generous devotion and increased efficiency on the part of all who would work for the welfare of our needy neighbors.”

F. B. Snowden

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CHAS. G. STOTT & CO. 1310 NEW YORK AVE. WASHINGTON. D.C. TO DUPLICATE THIS BOOK ORDER NO. 76 3/4 Record

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