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Monday, March 16, 2015

Another Meeting of the Woman's Club

My great aunt Emma McArthur was a participant in the program at the Baker Woman's Club meeting on March 29, 1924. The program was reportedly "much enjoyed by all" and was well detailed in the weekly paper so, dear reader, step into my time machine and let us get in on some of that Woman's Club action.

Dateline: Baker, Montana — 3 April 1924
The Fallon County Times, p. 8:

I believe "Tarantelle Mignon" was actually this very lovely piece by French composer Paul Taffanel, Grande Fantaisie sur Mignon, and I do hope the ladies of Baker enjoyed a performance much like this one: 

Maybe Emma McArthur's talk on Modern Kitchen Conveniences included a few words about the Hoosier:

Or the table stove which, sitting on that tablecloth, looks to me like an accident fixin' to happen:

Betty Lentz performed a piece by Beethoven. Rather than "Fuerelife" as stated in the news article, I'm sure it was Fur Elise. If I've found the correct Betty Lentz in the 1920 census of Baker, Montana, she was born about 1912, so she would have been three years older than this young pianist:

I was unable to find anything at all about The Pigmies Parade, not even the first name of composer Preston, but it was also performed at a student recital in Indianapolis in the fall of 1923.

Women's Dress, the subject of Mrs. Blakemore's talk, would probably have been a fun topic in 1924. The ad below was from The Ladies' Home Journal, September 1922 issue:

(But, reader, don't fall for that ad! That is NOT a "PHOTOGRAPH OF HAMILTON CLOTHES ON LIVING FIGURES" as it claims to be! Such blatant baloney casts doubt upon everything I've ever read in The Ladies' Home Journal! Cancel my subscription!)

Musician and composer Dorothy Gaynor Blake published music instruction books for young children. Mary Christopher would have been about nine years old at the time of her performance of In Venice at the Woman's Club meeting. I didn't find In Venice online, but I did find a performance of Blake's Forest Voices by nine-year-old Madeline H. You'll have to use your imagination, but Mary's performance may have gone something like this:

There was nothing at all to be found online about A Perfect Little Lady by Frances Wilson. The search was complicated by the fact that there is a present-day pianist-teacher-writer of the same name. Reader, if you are able to shed any light on A Perfect Little Lady, please do so in the Comments section.

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Our Family in Books: A Bibliography

  • My Ancestors in Books (a library of resources and notes pertaining to Reverend Samuel Stone, Major General Robert Sedgwick, Elder John Crandall, and other early Americans in the forest where my family tree was grown)
  • The Zahnisers: A History of the Family in America by Kate M. Zahniser and Charles Reed Zahniser (Mercer, Pa. 1906)
  • History of St. James Lutheran Church [full title: A little of this and a little of that in the 141 year (1861-2002) History of St. James Lutheran Church, Reynolds Indiana] by Harold B. Dodge, published at Reynolds, Indiana, 2002; 170 pages.
  • Lisbon, North Dakota 1880-2005 Quasuicentennial, published at Lisbon, North Dakota in 2005; 391 pages.
  • The Paschen and Redd Families of Cass County, Indiana by Alfred Paschen, c. 2005 (Gateway Press, Inc., Baltimore, MD); 322 pages.
  • Sheldon Community History: Sheldon Centennial 1881-1981, published at Sheldon, North Dakota in 1981; 376 pages.
  • Sheldon, North Dakota 1881-2006 - 125th Anniversary: The Queen of the Prairie, published at Sheldon, North Dakota in 2006; 498 pages.
  • A Standard History of White County, Indiana, written under the supervision of W.H. Hamelle, c. 1915 (The Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago and New York).
  • The Roots of Coventry, Connecticut by Betty Brook Messier and Janet Sutherland Aronson, c. 1987 (Coventry 275th Anniversary Committee, Coventry, CT); 206 pages.
  • "Elder John Crandall of Rhode Island and His Descendants" by John Cortland Crandall; New Woodstock, New York, 1949; 797 pages.
  • "The Descendants of Robert Burdick of Rhode Island." Nellie (Willard) Johnson, Pd.B.: H & L Creations, LLC.

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