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Club Notes

Published: Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013 11:23 a.m. CDT

Olive Jane Lamb

Chapter of Questers

Olive Jane Lamb Chapter of Questers met in the home of Joanne Becker on Nov. 14. Ten members answered role and each told about their latest outings or family events. The minutes and the treasurer’s reports were approved.

President Linda Kirchhoff gave an update of the chapters part in the Halloween Night at the Museum. The chapter will decorate the country school at the museum for the Christmas Open House on Dec. 7 and 8. A discussion was held on what community Christmas projects the club wished to support. It was voted to contribute to two local community projects.  The chapter will also do a personal project during the holiday season.

Ms. Becker gave an informative program on the history of hankies. She started her collection by going to Goodwill and sales. The purpose of her collection was to make a butterfly handkerchief quilt for her granddaughter. She showed how the hankies were folded and stitched. She displayed her finished quilt so the members could see the wide variety of colors and fabric used. Hankies dated back to the 1600’s and were carried by English Royalty. The upper class carried hankies of silk. White hankies were also used as a sign of surrender.  One of the first uses was for removing make-up.  Hankies can be used for flirting or as a means of adding color to a man’s suit. She concluded her program by reading “Dad’s Red Hanky.”

The evening concluded with refreshments served by the hostess.

Spirit of ‘76 Questers

The Spirit of ‘76 Questers met Wednesday, Oct. 30, at the home of Betty Newell.

Following a tour of the Newell home, President Rita Reinheimer led the business meeting. Reinheimer reported on the Fall Questers Area meeting which she and Beverly Curtis attended. There were two programs, one on Czechoslovakia pottery and another on a couple being on the Oregon Trail.

The treasurer’s report was given followed by roll call. Eight members and one guest attended, including Mary Loc, Curtis, Barb Pherigo, Pam Andrews, Newell, Reinheinmer, Gayle Berryhill, Betty Snook and guest Bonita Templeton.

Members voted to donate $10 to St. Nick’s and to give a donation to both the Valle Drive-In and Capitol II Theater.

Loc is leaving and was presented with a farewell gift — a Barbie doll to add to her collection.

A successful Halloween evening at the museum was discussed. Lelah Main announced the museum had about 100 visitors. Spirit of ‘76 decorated one room with spiders and contributed lights. A committee was selected to decorate for Christmas.

Main presented a program titled, “Celluloid, the Granddaddy of Plastics.” It was first produced more than 100 years ago by John Wesley Hyatt, who became interested in an ad offering money for a substitute for ivory. He invented celluloid nitrate and went on to invent celluloid, which became important as a cheap substance for dental ware. It was used for collar buttons, combs, toys and dresser sets.

Main then displayed many celluloid items, including Easter eggs, carnival dolls, Christmas reindeer, photo album covers, combs, toothbrushes, manicure sets and dresser mirrors.

Refreshments were then served by the hostess.

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