The Mason City Globe-Gazette from Mason City, Iowa on January 12, 1943 · Page 15
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The Mason City Globe-Gazette from Mason City, Iowa · Page 15

Mason City, Iowa
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Tuesday, January 12, 1943
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M A S O N C I T Y G L O B E - G A Z E T T E ' S MASON CITY, IOWA, TUESDAY, JANUARY 12, 1943 FarmersProduce; HaveFun,Too Community Club Has Met for 32 Years North Iowa and southern Minnesota's farmers are producing Food for Freedom-but they have fun, too. Despite long hours in the fields -- a n d they're getting longer as the number of hands to do, the work get fewer -- farm folks still find time to enjoy life. * * * There are no evident boundary lines but our fertile farm lands are divided into communities, nevertheless. The communities do not necessarily center around a town, either. Sometimes the families which belong to the same threshing ring form a community. Sometimes it's a school district which determines the boundaries. Sometimes it's something even less tangible. ·¥ * * A case in point is the comm u n i t y southeast of Mason City which formed the Pleasant LOOK INSIDE FOR-Fun For All at Meeting of Club Club Went to North Iowa Fair--Page 2 _v-Hanford Aid in Same Region--Page 2 --V-Santa Claus Had Two Bags--Page 3 V-Kay Is Favorite With Everyone--Page 6 Ladies Serve Food for Farmers--Page 9 V Club Started in Corset Dept.--Page 9 Recitations Too--Page II --v-Girls Have Fun--Page 12 --V-Kissed the Bride--Page 14 Ridge club 32 years ago this month. The club has met regularly every other Friday since, with only an occasional meeting missed, and has elected officers twice a year in each of the 32. "And how do you account for the continued existence of the club?'' the FARM editor asked Mrs. James Pedelty, 104 Fifth street northeast, one of the charter members of the club * * * "That's easy," she replied. "The Dean, Hogg and Stevens families are now in the fourth generation on the same farms; the PcdeHy, Diercfcs, Renshaw and Wagner families are in the third generation." * * ¥ With a smile, she called attention also to the model by-laws under which the club has oper- -No. 25 in Series on North Iowa and Southern Minnesota Farms- FARM Goes to Party Pleasant Ridge Club Meets at Will Poppen Home ated since ils organization. Mrs. Pedelty was on the committee which drafted them. She recalled that the committee met at the H. E. Rugg home the Sunday afternoon following t h e preliminary organization meeting at the A. L. Mossman home. The committee included Mr. Rugg, Mrs. PcdeHy, Mrs. Frank Renshaw, Clinton Johnson and Mrs. Arthur Dean. * * ¥ That they were model bylaws was attested by the fact that the county agent, Roy O'Donnell, on Dec. 15. 1916, asked permission to use the by-laws as a pattern for other clubs in the county. * * * The by-laws included the following: "The club shall be devoted to literary, agricultural and social interests. "The meeting of the club shall be held in alphabetical order at the homes of the members once in two weeks from the last meeting in October to the last meeting in April; the remainder of the year the club will hold its meetings once in four weeks. The program shall begin at 9 o'clock. "Election of officers shall occur semi-annually. All election of officers shall be by ballot. All other questions of importance --I-oek photo, Kayenny engraving FARM goes to a party this time. The editor and photographer were invited to the Will Poppen farm for the Christmas meeting of the Pleasant Ridge club which includes 20 farm families living south and southeast of Mason City. The picture is one that met the eyes of the editor ami photographer as they stepped out after parking the car in the farmyard. It shows onlv a few of the cars which were parked in the yard, however for behind the lighted windows of the farmhouse the rooms were full of people having fun. The inside pages of this issue of FARM tell the story shall be decided by ballot unless! MADE TO THE EFFECT THAT otherwise arranged for. "The membership of the club shall be limited to 20 families. In case of vacancy new members may be received by a -li vote of the membership. Membership shall be terminated by failure to entertain. "Members when placed on I lie program shall act or furnish a substitute. "Refreshments shall not consist of more than five articles. "Each family shall pay 10 cents a month in support of the club. "Debates of club members can never be held with either religion or politics as the subject of discussion." Amendments to the by-Jaws are "signs of the times:" MAY 14, 1920--"AN AMENDMENT TO BY-LAW NO. 8 WAS THE REFRESHMENTS SHALL CONSIST OF NOT MOKE THAN THREE ARTICLES, ONE OF THEM TO BE A BEVERAGE." (This motion was originally passed April 19, 1918, during the war.) * * * By April 8, 1921,-children of charter members were growing up: "Senior members of the family only shall be allowed to vote on any question. Twenty families shall be the limit of the membership of the club, except in the event of the marriage of a son or daughter of a club member, said party and the wife or husband automatically become members of the club as a separate family, providing they remain in the community and reside on a farm. When a club member moves from the neigh- borhood he automatically ceasei to be a member, unless otherwise provided for. (Elasticilv is one oC the virtues of the bylaws.) When candidates are presented for membership their names shall be tabled lor lour weeks before being voted upon." June 0, 1316--"Mrs. Pedelty presented the club an invitation from Mrs. Conway to join the Civic League. Motion was made and carried that we join." * * * Sept. 29, 1916 -- "A suggestion was made that we remember Mr. and Mrs. Walter Fraiisham in some way during their time of trouble. It was finalJy decided to make them a present of S10 as a token of our sympathy in their time of affliction." (The F r a n s h a m home had burned.) March 30, 1917--"The following patriotic program given-"Roll Call--Patriotic q u o t a - tions. "Song--club--'America.' " P a p e r -- ' W a s h i n g t o n , tun Statesman,' Scott Wagner. "P a p e r--'Abraham Lincoln, His Ideals,' Mrs. Alice Ezra. "Discussion--'Military Tro'in- ing, How and When in Our Country;' three minute talks by Burton Woodward, T. E. Wagner, Irwin Johnson, G. If. Mc- "Song--club--'The Star Span-

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