Club Minutes: Mutual Improvement Association, 1927



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MT. AIRY September 28th, 1927 843 Meeting

The 843d meeting of the Mutual Improvement Association was called to order by Elise Hutton, past hostess, on 9-28-1927, at Mt. Airy the home of Rebecca T. Miller.

The minutes of the last meeting at this place were read.

The minutes of the last meeting were read and approved as read.

The Treasurer, Mary Tilton, reported $12.90 in the treasury. She also reported $31.75 collected on the Social Service Drive, and was asked to send thirty dollars on to the League.

Next meeeting place "The Briars."

"Ambition "I'd like to be a could-be If I could not be an are, for a could-be is a may-be With a chance of touching par. I'd rather be a has-been Than a might-have-been by far, For a might-have-been has never been, But a has-been was an are."

She also told us of some bargains in peonies and iris and gave notice of a Peace Conference at Richmond, Ind., October 17th. Donations for the W.C.T.U. Fountain are still being accepted. Then a scrap entitled "When Mother washed his neck."

Helen Shoemaker told of some World War Pigeons that are still in the Service.

Annie Kirk an article on the weather. Question. Is this a suitable time to plant currant bushes? Yes, the ground should be rich.

Marianna Miller read from the old minute book of meetings at Prospect Hill, Mr. Pleasant and Ashland in 1869.

Mary Nichols read from the Mentor of Christopher Columbus's indomitable courage, but he evidently lacked a good peppy business manager.

Alice Farquhar a monologue given in excellent fashion.

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Lucy Moore said she had second hand air-tight stoves and a sausage grinder for sale. She told of selling white pine seedlings 2 to 6 feet tall.

Fanny Iddings read some more of the very interesting old letter written by her grandmother in 1817.

Mary Brooke's sentiment "Thank God every morning that you have something to do, and must do it." Question. Are keifer pears scarce? Yes? Alice Tuson has some to give away.

Amy Hutton - the collapse of a modern parent who was beaten by the experts.

Mary Magruder told several jokes.

Miss Ball's selection "The Pessimist".

Elizabeth Stabler - an article on the extent of Motor Bus Service, also one on the Grape Cure. She made an appeal for clothing to send to Leland Mississippi, and announced that the sewings will start soon.

Alice Tyson told a good joke on herself, her nephew telling her "Thee'd have made a grand mother for boys".

Ethel Adams spoke of the usefulness of many birds, and of the mocking bird fighting away the sparrows and starlings. She has two new tires on hand, one of which she will sell for $6.00.

Margaret Moore brought love from Estelle Moore, and thanks for the note sent her by the Association. --(Mary Magruder brought a message from Mary Scott who sent her love and said they were very comfortably situated.) Her selection was an article on Lindburg, who had done more than will ever be known. He has shown us that we are better morally and spiritually than we had thought.

Rebecca Stabler -- on speaking gently-- All should cultivate plaeasant voices and manners.

Elise Hutton read of the work and money put in Sunday Editions of newspapers. Question: What is the appearance of a copper-head snake? The answers to this question confirmed her opinion that the snake she had met and killed was really a copper-head.

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Those present but without contribution were; Anna Hickoc, Helen Lea, Sarah Kirs, Nannie Reese and Irene Miller.

No committees had brought reports. Education and Resolutions being without chairmen.

No unfinished business.

County Federation - Marianna Miller, the Director, told of a meeting of the Executive Board, asked that a chairman of International Relations be appointed. This was left until the next meeting. "Maryland News" wants Club items, send all such to Mrs. True.

State Federation, Margaret Jones read several communications. No action taken.

New Business. Rebecca Stabler said she felt that she should resign as she is leaving the Neighborhood, and let some one else have her place. The resignation was accepted with regret and her name was again placed on the waiting list. The Secretary was asked to notify Rose Gilpin who is next on the list that she is a member of the Association.

The meeting adjourned.

Margaret Elgar Sherman Jones. Secretary

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THE BRIERS November 3rd, 1927 844th Meeting.

The 844th meeting of the Mutual Improvement Assocation met on 11-3-1927 at The Briers, the home of Margaret Jones. If the Sec'y is not allowed to write of the delicious luncheon served she will mention the beautiful dahlias that decorated the tables and the whole house.

The meeting was called to order by Margaret Bancroft, and Edith Green was asked to serve as Secretary in place of the Hostess.

The minutes of the last meeting at this place were read, and the minutes of the last meeting read and approved.

Mary Tilton gave the Treasurer's report; Balance forward for Social Service $31.75 Rec'd for Social Service 5.00 Total $36.75 Paid out Social Service 35.00 Bal 1.75

Balance on hand in club account $12.90

No receipts or disbursments in this account.

The next meeting of the Assocaiton will be held at The Maples.

The Sentiment of the Hostess: "When you are right, stand up for it, No matter if the Heavens fall, If you lose every friend you have, God will raise up others who will be better."

Mary Brooke, a joke, How a Professor found a new use for the word "But".

Anna Nesbitt, read of two little glands in our bodies which keep the heart and other muscles alert and rule the human traits.

Mary Nichols read an article from the Mentor telling of the treasurers and antiques of the Wayside Inn recently acquired by Henry Ford who does not wish it to be museum but a place of cheer and hospitality.

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Mrs. Alcock, President of the State Federation, hopes we would take her into our Circle. She thought the women of the Association must have a wonderful backing and asked how we had kept together so many years.

Helen Hallowell read from a pamphlet she had found at Yearly Meeting concerning compulsory Military Training in so many schools.

Alice Farquhar, an interesting article of the launching of the first Iron Steamboat invented by Captain John Elgar in York Pa. 101 years ago.

Elise Hutton - an amusing account of the trials of an artist. Question: What is the price of old hams? Sixty cents per pound.

Mrs. Hax - expressed appreciation at being with us and told two jokes.

Amy Hutton read of an old man who had a cinder in his eye and when the Hospital failed him, a lady on the street removed it with a handkerchief and a lead pencil.

Emily Massey - In the future one of the many new wonders will be that our houses will be wired for music by telephone.

Mrs. Brown urged us to help with the Endowment Fund of the State Federation.

Mary Robison felt so disappointed and down cast to find that the Association is not the oldest Society of Woman's Club in the Uniited States.

Lettie Farquhar: Does a Lemon Vervena have to be kept in the cellar in winter? No. It can be kept in the room with other plants,

Mrs. Henry Howard, a clipping which prophesied that before very long, men would be carrying vanity cases and women wearing trousers.

Margaret Moore: - a sketch of the romance of Annie Laurie who was born December 16th, 1683, the graceful blue-eyed daughter of Sir Robert Laurie of Dumfrieshire, Scotland. The music and words of the song are by Lady John Scott.

Helen Moore, several jokes.

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