Kossuth County Advance from Algona, Iowa on August 18, 1966 · Page 3
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Kossuth County Advance from Algona, Iowa · Page 3

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AL66NA (Iowa) A&VANC1-3 THURSDAY, AUG. 18, 1966 Tribute given Miss Durant by local club By Onieta Didriksen. The Woman's Federated Club of Algona,. in paying tribute to one of its deceased members, the late Margaret Durant, feel a great loss in their Fine Arts department of which she had been chairman since this club's organization. She was to have given a Fine Arts program at the October meeting. Club work was always dear to the heart of Miss Durant who first became a member of the Algona Federated Woman's group in 1928, and served as program chairman for several years. When, during World War II the local club was discontinued, she became a member of the Burt club, then in 1957 helped to re-organize the present club here. Locally, she gave many fine programs, worked with the Algona public library for displays of different phases of club work, and sponsored school contests in pootry and other creative writing. In 1932 Miss Durant herself, won a district prize in a state poetry contest sponsored by the Iowa Federation. Her prize poem and two others were published in "Silk Of the Corn," the most widely circulated of all the Iowa Federation's Anthologies. Over the years this clubwom- an constantly held offices in. the Sixth district of which Algona is a part. In the 1930's she conducted a series of Book Review programs over Kossuth county, was named district poetry chairman and then became a co-chairman of the poetry division on the state level. She was given complete charge of the Iowa Federation's contests, but never entered a state contest herself after her first award was received. IN 1941 Miss Durant founded the Iowa Division of Chaparral Poets and for ten years was its regent. She was national president of the American Poetry League for three years and her official positions in the National League of American Penwomen included: Presidency of the Waterloo branch; state president; five state area poetry chairman; five state reporter of poetry and general news; and columnist for Iowa. In the League of Penwom- en she was awarded a first prize in prose writing and a second in poetry. In 1943, Miss Durant assisted Agnes V. Flannery of Des Moines in founding Iowa Poetry Week which falls in October and was elected vice-president of that association in which she held an honorary membership for life. She also became active in another group, the North Iowa Writers Club which was organized in 1950 and was active too in the Pen Liners, of Fort Dodge. She was called to speak frequently to writers groups in Minnesota and Nebraska as well as over Iowa. Magazines in which her writings have been published are: Christian Science Monitor, Christian Century, Grade Teacher Sonnet Sequences, American Bard; in addition her columns appeared in top grade newspapers and in several anthologies including state, national, and foreign (England and Italy). IN OCTOBER of 1965 Miss Durant was made an honorary member of the International Academy of Poets and is listed in the Dictionary of International Biography published in London. She edited two anthologies of Iowa poems and one of nationwide poetry and also assisted in compilation of several other collections of verse. Never robust in health, and busy with many things, Margaret Durant also contributed much to community life as well. Site wrote programs for the local high school, religious programs for churches, newspaper articles and programs for the Kossuth County Historical Society, assisted with two church centennials and wrote script for a centennial pageant. She donated books to the local library and also to libraries in other places. Miss Durant's cultural influence will be greatly missed by the Algona Federated Club in which she was an ardent worker, and by the Iowa Federation in which Mrs. Wayne Bonnell of Fort Dodge, State President, had recently selected her to serve as assistant chairman of Creative Writing for 1966-68. Other organizations too, and individuals whose lives have touched hers over the years, will mass a gifted woman who has left bemud her a great heritage. Algona Woman's Federated Club Mrs. J. B. Asa, president I SUGAR \ Q IBs. (WITH $5 GROCERY ORDER) CAMPBELL'S SOUP 6 cans Appetizing Good Groceries YOU CANT BUY BETTER QUALITY. CHARMIN MONARCH TISSUE VINEGAR Ice Cream (WITH BOX OF ICE CREAM CONES) FOLGER'S Coffee 3 1 4 Fine Quality Frozen Foods MR. G. .SKINNER'S ELBOW Save more with Ron & Jack's meats | French Fries WHOLE "*»~ 9'/2 Oz. Pkg. MONARCH JENO'S PIZZA 15 Vi Oz. 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