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Union County Genealogical Society

Union County Genealogical Society met Monday, Aug. 27, at Gibson Memorial Library.

Preceding the business meeting, Brenda DeVore, member of Iowa Mormon Trail Association and director of Prairie Trails Museum of Wayne County, gave an informative power point presentation on the history of the Iowa portion of the Mormon Trail. DeVore explained in early 1846, between 2,500 and 3,000 followers of Brigham Young, left Nauvoo, Illinois, to avoid persecution and threats of violence. Their exodus included 500 wagons and their journey across southern Iowa took 120 days, averaging 2 miles per day. They wintered in what is today Council Bluffs, leaving there April 5, 1847, and arriving in Salt Lake City, Utah, 107 days later. DeVore handed out brochures mapping out the trail taken by these Mormons and also a brochure on Prairie Trails Museum of Wayne County which has a display depicting their journey.

President Tessa Hull called the business meeting to order at 6:45 p.m. Twelve members were in attendance. It was reported the society currently has 51 members.

The website committee reported Shirley Carey has completed cemetery records for Calvary Cemetery and is now working on Prairie Lawn Cemetery. 

Kathy reported on a query she received requesting family information for Jack Hoenstet, year of birth 1961 and year of death 1970. 

Members were reminded of Iowa Genealogical Society’s Fall Conference on “Unearthing Your Roots,” which will be held Oct. 12-13 in Des Moines.

The next lunch and learn will be Wednesday, Sept. 19. Roger will be the facilitator and the topic will be on the research tool Ancestry. The session will begin at 11:30 a.m. and will be held in the genealogy room at the library.

Kathy presented information on pioneer certificates. She explained in order to qualify for this certificate, an individual must be related by direct line to a Union County pioneer with a verifiable Union County residence in 1875 or before. Price of the certificate was discussed. A decision finalizing the charge for the certificate was tabled until Kathy can further investigate the cost of suitable paper, printing and postage for the certificates.

Kathy volunteered to store two boxes of old voter registration cards. She displayed the book, “Pioneer Families of Yale Valley, Washington and surrounding areas” by Mary Helen (Laughlin) Rice, which will be added to the library’s genealogy collection.

Hull reported the society would not be selling tickets for the cemetery walk this year. The society’s contribution would be providing research.

The society agreed to participate in the Amazon Smile Program. Roger will take care of the necessary paperwork.

The First Saturday Workshop for September will be Sept. 8 with a presentation by Linda Greethurst of Iowa Genealogical Society on “Sick Trees: How to Prune Yours Back.”  The hour-long presentation will begin at noon.

The next meeting will be 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 24, in the genealogy room at the library. Jane Briley will present the program on the steps needed to join DAR.

The meeting adjourned at 7:55 p.m.

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Afton Federated Garden Club

Members of the Afton Federated Garden Club met Friday, Aug. 10, at Afton Community Center. President Shirley Wallace called the meeting to order at 1:40 pm with members repeating the Pledge of Allegiance and the Club Collect. Roll call was answered by 12 members.

Minutes of the August meeting were read from the newspaper. Motion to accept the minutes as read was made by Gwen Sandeman and seconded by Sandy Rollings.

The treasurer’s report given. Marilyn Larimore made a motion to accept the report, seconded by Audrey McDowell.

Iris Smith gave the committee report for the Union County Fair floral show. Six members brought flowers. There were a total of 150 entries from 32 exhibitors and eight children’s exhibits. It was agreed Sandy Gossman did a good job of explaining how she judged entries. It was discussed if HM should receive a participation ribbon. For 2019, placement of exhibits will be changed. Also, members need to be sure “Youth” is written on their exhibits. There wasn’t a ways and means report

Location for the annual fall luncheon was discussed and the club voted 11 a.m. Oct. 12 at Afton. It was decided to keep inviting the regular garden clubs and master gardeners. The club discussed inviting members from Orient, Greenfield, Lenox and Bevington. It was decided to invite Judy Hayes – Diamond Elderberry Farm from Grant City, Missouri, if she is available. Centerpieces and placemats were discussed.

It was set up for 3 p.m. Oct. 5 to help Judy Harman clean up her yard – bring gloves, rakes, shears, etc.

Members voted to pass the changes to Article 4 to reimburse the president for attending Iowa state meeting. The president will need to present receipts for lodging, travel (IRS rates) and registration.

Wallace passed around information on a new Narcissus cultivar for National Garden Clubs Inc. She suggested it might be better if we ordered as a club, rather than individually due to postage and handling.

Members thanked Jane Nicholas for sharing her flowers.

Next meeting will be at noon Sept. 14 for the annual picnic at Afton City Park with the meeting following. Larimore will get the chicken and everyone is to bring a covered dish and table service. Judy Weese will bring drinks and cups. Loretta will be hostess.

The meeting adjourned at 3:25 p.m. with Larimore making a motion to adjourn, seconded by Beth McGrath. All repeated the Conservation Pledge. 

Mike Boulton gave a very interesting presentation on the benefits of raising chickens. Boulton has been a poultry judge since 1992, concentrating on 4-H members and stressing the condition of their chickens. Boulton gave four reasons people have chickens – eggs, meat, enjoyment and showing. He told us about his experiences of showing at the state fair. Boulton talked about the changes in why people raise chickens – not so much for the money aspect now as it was in the depression era when almost every town had a hatchery or produce station. Boulton brought magazines and pictures showing the different breeds of chickens and colors of their eggs. He told us that Leghorns make the best layers. Boulton told the group that eggs have a protective coating and shouldn’t be washed until you use them. Place eggs with small point down in cartons. He recommended Murray McMurray Hatchery for more information.

Delicious refreshments were served by Larimore and Sandeman.

Ginny Quick took the minutes as Monica Huddleson was unable to attend.

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Beta Sigma Phi

Iowa Alpha Sigma Master Chapter met in regular session Thursday evening, Aug. 23, at the Pizza Ranch with Norma Putnam as hostess. After participating in a Beginning Day exercise, the Beta Sigma Phi grace was repeated and members enjoyed dinner and visiting.

The business meeting was called to order with the opening ritual. Roll call was answered with individual’s sleeping ability, and minutes of the previous meeting were read and approved. There were no official communications.

Cheryl McClure expressed appreciation for attentions during her family’s recent loss. Patricia Fils gave the treasurer’s report and Marilyn Larimore reported on her latest contact with Homestead. The next meeting will be Sept. 13 at Martha McAuley’s home. President Loretta Kelly read an excerpt from the book of Beta Sigma Phi regarding conventions, and there being no further business, also read from “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff” about how negative thinking can affect moods concluding that mental peace cannot happen unless we cut off our negative chains of thought.

The meeting was turned over to the hostess for the program, which covered “sleep myths” and various solutions to help you fall asleep if you have trouble unwinding at the end of the day. She also reviewed the various kinds of water available on the market; discussing what we need, what is hype and what is reality. The evening ended with the closing ritual and Mizpah.

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Ladies Lakeshore Auxiliary

Ladies Lakeshore Auxiliary met Aug. 22.

Canasta winners were Rose Blakesley, first; Gwen Sandeman, second; and Sharon Gile, third.

Janice Munsterm won the door prize.

Mary Kline hosted cards and chatter Wednesday, Aug. 29.

Canasta winners were Linda Clark, first; Marilyn Larimore, second; and Penni Nauman, third.

Sandeman won the door prize.

Loretta Kelly will host cards and chatter Wednesday, Sept. 5.

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