The Mason City Globe-Gazette from Mason City, Iowa on January 12, 1943 · Page 23
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The Mason City Globe-Gazette from Mason City, Iowa · Page 23

Mason City, Iowa
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Tuesday, January 12, 1943
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MASON CITY GLOBE-GAZETTE THE Devoted to the Interests of Feminine Members of the Form Family Wife FOOD FOR FARMERS After All They Shouldn't Be Limited to Production End Practically every set of minutes of the meetings of the Pleasant Ridge club for many years has closed with these words: "At the close of the meeting delicious refreshments were served by the hostess and the club adjourned to meet in two weeks with Mr. and Mrs. . . . . . " The last meeting was no exception, as the picture dearly shows. Preparing Food For Farmers, (they certainly shouldn't be limited just to the production end) left to right around the table, are Mrs. Earl Dean, Mrs. Irwin Johnson, Mrs. Elgar Haight, Mrs. William Poppen, the --T.ock photo, Kayenay cngravinp hostess; Miss Wilma Popppn, her daughter, and Mrs. Robert Sclmrtx. Incidentally, the club's bylaws limit the menu to three articles, one of them a beverage. Seemingly that bylaw was suspended for the Christmas party. In any event, the picture shows fruit gelatine, several kinds of cake and sandwiches. (Look at that panfull!) In addition, there were coffee, soda pop and candy. Ordinarily, an oyster supper would have been scheduled for the Christmas meeting but it was discontinued this year because of the war. Club Originated in Corset Dept. P. R. C. Met Social Need of Farm Wives (EDITOR'S N'OTE: M r s . Frank Renshaw, one of the organizers of the Pleasant Ridge club, some time ago prepared a paper on the origin or the social club. Permission was granted to use this information in this issue of FARM and it is reprinted exactly as written by Sirs. Renshaw). By MRS. HELEN RENSIIAW The origin of the Pleasant Rdige club dates back to a certain day, exact date unknown, in the month of January, 1911, in the corset department of the Damon-lgou store. This may seem a rash statement at first but all doubls will be wiped away when the actual facts are laid bare. First on the scene we find Mrs. T. E. Wagiier wildly searching for "something" that would give her the appearance ot grace and ivillowness. While thus engaged she espied Mrs. Arthur Dean and Mrs. Fred Hill in a nearby department. Hastily summoning them to her side she excitedly called their attention to the latest corset models and told them of the wonderful transformation it would bring about. * ·¥ * Mrs. Hill was not easily enthused and remarked that it didn't matter a great deal about the latest model as there were no social gatherings in this community to appreciate such a transformation anyway. Mrs. Dean, however, was of a more optimistic turn of mind and said, "Let's organize a club. It will be great and I am sure w£ can do it." Mrs. Wagner approved instantly and completed her purchase at once, deciding upon the strongest and most improved model in stock, thinking of the admiring and envious glances cast her way at "club." ·f }r v . Mrs. Hill finally fell for the club idea thinking, no doubt, of the wonderful opportunity it would afford her lo give those mgs an extra beating and also lo display her skill in the culinary tine. She suggested they three meet at her house the following week to further their plans. At this meting your humble historian was present but merely as an audience. She not having reached the age ot wisdom, it was scarcely fitting that she be allowed, a voice in anything of such vast importance. At this time the ladies decided that every family within Sailors Flirt With Eggs MALTA, (IP)--American sailors here are learning the best way of making a hit with girl friends. Instead of the usual bo* of candy, the best social entree is a hardboiled egg or a liam sandwich. "You can do wonders with those items,' 1 said one young sailor. n certain radius should be invited to the initial meeting, regardless of age, race, color or creed, and given an opportunity to join it they so desired. This was carried out to the letter. * * * They also decided to hold an open meeting in two weeks and in the meantime talk "club" (o everyone, so it was not long until all knew of the project on foot and it was greeted with much enthusiasm. Mr. and Mrs. A. L,. Mossman invited the ladies to bold their initial meeting at their place. This invitation was gladly accepted and it proved a very successful meeting. Nearly everyone in the community was present and all were given an' opportunity v to become charter members which the majority did. Mr. Mossman was made president and Mrs. Dean, secretary. A committee was appointed to draft by-laws. So it was only a short time before the club was in full swing, supported by a strong set of laws, able officers and the remaining members ready to put their right shoulders lo the wheel and boost. * * * Doubtless the success of the club is more or less due to the fact of its being well founded, and carried on in a business-* like way, having high ideals and aims, approving only of the best and seeking to broaden and better community life, thus leaving no room for petty feelings and unpleas- . ant differences. To be sure, there have been different opinions and sometimes very "seV ones, but in the end majority ruled as it always should and those who lost came up smiling, proving true to our motto: "Pull together." Due (o the fact that the part of the neighborhood where Mrs. Dean lived was known as Pleasant Ridge, the name was suggested for the club and was heartily approved of and has really proven very significant of the club's quality: "Pleasant" pertaining lo the nature of its members and the joy of being a member; "Ridge""*"siynifying its prominence in the community and surrounding country. Trie state of Iowa ranks first in country clubs. Cerro Gordn county ranks first in Iowa and P. R. C. is the second oldest club in the counly and h;is never been defeated in any competitive test in which it lias entered * * * Then here's to those Infly shoppers three, Who thought of a club that would include you and me. And here's to thai club called the P. R. c. It's a worthwhile club anil always will be. Oilman to Lecture at Mexico University AMES--Dr. Henry Oilman of the Iowa State college chemistry department left for Mexico Cily last week to deliver a series E lectures at the National University ot Mexico. Dr. Gihnaii will speak on the subject of chemistry during his two week slay in Mexico Cily.

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