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Smith, Toni; Wedemeyer, Martha (ed.) / Tea and service : 100 year history of the Port Washington Woman's Club
(1998)

History of Woman's Club


In 1908, Mrs. Turner expressed a wish that the Club erect a
drinking fountain, and a few years later a fountain fund was
established when the club voted to spend up to $200.00 for a fountain
which was to be "an ornament to the city and a lasting monument to
the club."
In addition to service the community, the Club promoted the
educational and cultural development of members. The Club
sponsored its first trip in 1909, when members visited Layton Art
Gallery, traveling to Milwaukee on a special railroad car.
Meanwhile, the library had been moved to the basement of
the Court House. One half of the yearly salary of the librarian,
amounting to $150.00, was paid by the Club, with the balance paid by
the city. The Club's commitment to the growth of the library was
expressed in the annual report of the secretary for 1910-1911, which
stated:
I am sure that we feel that the year's work has been one of much
profit and pleasure, and I wonder if all of us have not had Utopian
dreams of our Reading Room transformed into a stately building
and called the Public Library-the grounds beautified through the
efforts of our Civics Committee, and a granite fountain placed there
as a lasting memorial to our Port Washington Woman's Club.


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