The town of Texas
VII. 4-H and community organizations, pp. 49-62
TRAPPE RIVER HOMEMAKERS' CLUB The First Twenty Years Our Club was organized on the 29th day of March, 1921, at the home of Mrs. Carl Ulrich. Miss Mary Brady, the first Home Demonstration Agent, presided. The Club was organized by Mrs. Horace J. Wheeler. She was elected President. Vice President was Mrs. Herman Dittmar, Secretary was Mrs. Harold C. Wheeler, and Treasurer was Mrs. Carl Ulrich. The Board of Managers were Mrs. Richard Plautz, Mrs. Emil Schultz, and Mrs. Ernest Kannenburg. Band at the Fair 1925 During the first twenty years, the members had their ups and downs, joys and sorrows. The Club increased and decreased by members moving and passing away. Others resigned for their own reasons. Various plays were popular entertainment. The first of which was given at the Twin Oaks School, with Miss Mary Billington as Director. "The Neighborhood Gossip," a humorous play consisted of eight female charactors. Much to the dismay of the Director, their greatest joy was giggling at the mistakes made by amateur actors. Old fashioned clothes were the costumes. Some were made for sixteen inch waist lines of which they had very few. Mrs. Ben Detert had a blue striped nurses uniform which must have been designed for a very small waist. Poor Mrs. Detert. After breathing with tiny gasps all evening, finally she became so excited, and breathed a sigh, and her memorized lines escaped through the accidental opening in the front of her dress. Mrs. Detert in dismay exclaimed, "Now it's all out". The first Club picnic was held at the Trappe River, across from Neal Hashers home. Ice cream was made by some of the members of the Club. Right after the precious refreshments were loaded on a milk wagon, the horse ran away. It was captured before any damage was done. After the ice cream was safely delivered, it was discovered the corks had been omitted on the tops of the old fashioned freezers that had holes in the covers and salt had gotten into the ice cream. Wakelyn McNeil, the first County Agent, after having a helping, refused Mrs. Wheelers urgent invitation for another. Having had showers on the younger ladies of the Club, they decided to have a shower for the older ones, beyond the stage of stork visits. The party took place in honor of Mrs. Ulrich, Mrs. Strassman, Mrs. Wheeler, Mrs. Kreager, and Mrs. Roedex The ladies were very much surprised when they received many useful gifts. Entertaining and being entertained by neighboring clubs were always a pleasure. From birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, fairs, holidays, picnics, community singing, as well as regular meetings, were well attended. Lessons and demonstrations to improve your home, community, and family health were eagerly attended. Early days found the County Home or Farm Agent at the meetings. Mrs. Bonnie Williams is the Home Economist now with ten others preceding her. There are lessons on every type of homemaking and management held at the Court House frequently. These are available to interested members. Homemakers are often at schools and community activities lending a helping hand and frequently give funds to the stricken and needy.
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