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 - NEW W. C. T. U. ORGANIZATION. Six Societies...
NEW W. C. T. U. ORGANIZATION. Six Societies Represented and Officers Elected—Carrie O'Neal Won in Oratorical Contest. There was a good attendance yesterday at the eotmty W. C. T. U. convention, which was held in the Congregational church. There are eight unions in the county, and of these six were represented. Traverse City Union, j Willard Union and Minoro V. W. C. T. i L"., all of Traverse City, and Fife Lake, \Villiamsburg- and Old Mission. Kingsley and Interlochen failed to send delegates, but the other three outside the city were represented by twenty members. Reports showed the societies to ; be in good working condition and the interest among all is on the gain. At the morning meeting Mrs. .1. W. Travis was made temporary chairman and Mrs. P. J. Curtis temporary secretary and otilcers were elected as follows: President—Mrs. J. W. Travis. Secretary—Mrs. P. J. Curtis. Treasurer—Miss Alberta Carpenter. The presidents of the various unions constitute.the vice presidents. After the business of the meeting was concluded Mrs. L. Roberts and Mrs. King conducted a mother's conference, which was generally participated in, and proved oue of the most helpful features of the convention. The afternoon program opened with devotional exercises conducted by Mrs. E. L. Kellogg. Mrs. R. A. Campbell of Northpot, district secretary, was introduced and spoke briefly, after which Mrs. Pray of Williamsburg, read an interesting paper on franchise that provoked an animated discussion. • The responsibilities of fathers was eloquently touched upon by Mrs. Wood of Traverse City, and this also called out a discussion. The greatest needs of the new union were brought up and discussed freely, and the program concluded with a forceful arguer.ient on the need of the curfew bell in town and state, by Mrs P. J. Curtis. Excellent Evening Program. The Oratorial Prize Contest, in the Congregational church last evening 1 , was attended by a moderately iu.rge, and appreciative audience. The exercises were opened by the singing of America, in which a!: were invited to join, and prayer by Rev. (,. S. Northrup. A quartet, composed of Frank Parks, Dr. Snyder, Ralph Haslett und l-'rea Hunter, rendered a very pleasing selection, ''Onward and Upward." Mrs Travis gave an interesting talk on the work of the W. C. T. L'. She spoke of the good accomplished in the past and encouraged the workers to hope for still more in the future. "The Bird with a Broken Pinion" was charmingly sung by Miss Benedict. Miss Carrie O'Neal was the first speaker in the Prize Contest, and gave, in a tuching manner, a pathetic recitation, entitled "The Martyred Mother." She was followed by Miss Minnie Oviatt, who spoke a dialect selection, "Billy's First and Last Drink of Lager.'' Miss Oviatt held the close attention oT the audience. Elmer Brown recited "The Polish Hoy" in a very interesting way. Miss Annie Oviatt recited a selection entitled "When I am weak, then I am strong." Miss Oviatt has considerrule talent and recited in an original manner. "A Picture" was very nicely spoken by Miss Willoughby of Old Mission. Miss Winifred Pratt was the last speaker in the contest and gave a very interesting dialect entitled, '-Faithful Persimmons." \Vhilc the judges were deliberating, Moselle Bennett recited and was enthusiastically encored. Mrs. N. 10. Strong also gave a recitation which was well appreciated. Mr. LJolly was greeted by applause. He recited a comic selection and responded with Eugene Field's poem, ".lust Before Christmas." Prof. Horn gave the verdict of the judges, which gave the prix.e, a silver cup, to Miss Carrie O'Neal. ' Is sheriff All of the participants did g-ood work j efforts were highly appre- and their elated.

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  1. Traverse City Record-Eagle,
  2. 23 Sep 1897, Thu,
  3. Page 3

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