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floors and woodwork, make accessory out of lumber for closets and cupboards. The club also collected pennies for friendship for International Friends. The homemak- ers have also always pushed for recycling long before it became popular. As time passed and the focus of projects changed, so did the membership. The peak membership in the late 40's was 21 women. Today the club has 5 regular members including one charter member - Ruth Matthiae. Our present officers are: Ruth Matthiae - President, Esther Seubert - Vice President, Ann Kramer - Secretary, Frann Cooley - Trea- surer, Mildred Ruplinger - Housing, Energy & Environmental, Ruth Matthiae - Safety, Ann Kramer - Family Health & Nutrition, Esther Seubert - International & Citizenship, Frann Cooley - Public Relations, Ann Kramer - Cultural Arts. Our group is looking for young and old members so this part of Cassel history does not have to die out. CASSEL PROGRESS CLUB Organized on June 28, 1934 by Edith Bangham of Madison and Mrs. Henry Hannemann. First president was Miss Ida Werner. There were 14 members at the beginning. At the 25th anniversary the members included: Mrs. John Lensmire, Mrs. Margaret Buetsch, Mrs. Leo Wadin- ski, Mrs. Herman Hannemann, Mrs. Joe Cassel Progress Homemakers - Top row: Mrs. Tony Joswiak, Mrs. Joe Bantes, Mrs. Alvin Werner, Mrs. Art Hall, Back row: Mrs. Leo Wadinski, Mrs. John Lensmire Sr, Mrs. Herman Hannemann, Mrs. Robert Berens, Mrs. Margaret Buetsch Bantes, Mrs. Anton Joswiak, Mrs. Robert Berens, Mrs. Alvin Werner, Mrs. Agatha Hall, Mrs. Ralph Fernstermaker and Mrs. Pruitt. Interesting features: 1938-Purchased a can sealer 1939-Each member made a quilt block and a quilt was raffled at a dance given by the club, netting the sum of $84.00. 1949-Three of the members gave hear- ing tests to 84 children at the Cassel Parochial School. 1950-Had only 7 members in the Club Play "Quack Doctor" ( to r) Mrs. Joswiak, Mrs. Lensmire, Mrs.Hanneman, Mrs. Berens, Mrs. Wadinski, Mrs. Bantes. Mrs. Buetsch and all were grandmothers. 1951-The only club in the Edgar District who took part in the Legion Homecoming. They had a baseball stunt, a kitchen band and folk dance. 1954-Had a stunt entitled "The Coun- try Doctor" at the Marathon Stunt Night. 1957-Some members helped make a float and rode in the parade for the Marathon Centennial. 1958-Gave demonstrations at the Wisconsin Valley Fair. All members enjoyed attending County Day. BASEBALL IN CASSEL Probably the most influential promoter of baseball in the Town of Cassel was Ray Lemmer. In an interview with Ray, now 84 years of age he recalled how he and George Simonson attended several games of the Chicago Cubs and White Sox. His interest in baseball intensified after seeing how the game was played. He read books on how the game is to be played with instructions for each position. Ray as a youngster played with any team that would give him an opportunity to swing the bat In the late 1920's the sod of a hay field on the William Lang farm was scraped off, a back stop erected and a baseball diamond came into being. Through the efforts of Ray Lemmer a baseball team was organized called the "Cassel Giants," which consisted of Tony Burger Herman Haneman, Phil and Ed Goldbach, Frank and Conrad Gertschen, Rudy and Norbert Dreikosen, William Osterbrink, and others.
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