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Colby, Wisconsin centennial

Sketches of pioneers,   pp. 18-127

Page 108

On March 3, 1947, eleven avid gardeners of Colby met at
the Home of Mabel Neumeister for an afternoon tea, and there
discussed the need for a garden club in the city. Soon after,
the Blue Sky Garden Club was organized with Mable Neumei-
ster as President; Emma Zillmer, Vice President; Gertrude
Schemmer, Secretary-Treasurer; and Bertha Jackson, Publicity
Chm. and Club Photographer. Other charter members included
Minnie Payne, Madelyn Gries, Lena Fleischauer, Ella Schwier-
ske, Rena Bauer, Verna Salter and Nola Dessloch. At present,
Nola Dessloch, is the only charter member still a member of
the club.
First meetings and flower shows were held at the various
schools and since 1953 have been held at the City Hall, which
dedicated at that time with the club taking part in the dedica-
tion program. Della Marsh, poet of the club, read her composi-
tion, "Gardens." A copy of the painting of Edgar Degas was
presented to the Library.
Their projects included 225 spruce transplants in several
neat hedge rows across the fronqt of the city dump and plant-
ing of flowering crabapple trees along the roadside leading to
the high school.
The following members have served the club as President:
Irma Coates, Pauline Justman, Lydia Frome, Gertrude Schem-
mer, Margaret Steinwand, Alma Skoog, Edna Dins, Ethel Ben-
der and Zona Boettcher.
DID     YOU      KNOW     ...
Mr. and Mrs. Nathan Dessloch is the third generation to be
living in the house of Henry Welsch, Sr.
Picture taken in Aug. 1960 in the garden of Mrs. Anthony L. Schemmer, who was president of the club

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