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15 Years of Membership Books (1932-1947)
Tallawanda Garden Club
- from 1932 to 1947
This collection was the property of Mrs. Jean (Bradbury) Witherby. The collection originally belonged to Jean's mother, Naomi Bradbury.
Jean's daughter, Naomi (Witherby) Fea shared this collection with the Darrtown website, in August 2009.
Tallawanda Garden Club Membership (1932-1947)
The following list of club members was compiled from the membership books that are displayed in the photograph above.
PLEASE NOTE that some duplication is probable, as the record-keeping varied through the years. Some years the member were listed by their personal (first) names and other years they were listed by their married names. Also, nicknames may have been used (for example, Martha and Mattie Booth may be the same person).
Allstatter, Mrs. Nelle
Alstatter, Mrs. Harry
Booth, Miss Martha
Booth, Miss Mattie
Bradbury, Miss Minnie
Bradbury, Mrs. Harry
Bradbury, Mrs. Naomi
Bryant, Mrs. Howard
Bufler, Mrs. Bess
Bufler, Mrs. Wm.
Buhi, Mrs. Bertha
Buhi, Mrs. Wm.
Clark, Mrs. Dean
Decker, Mrs. Fred
Gongales, Mrs. Louise
Harris, Mrs. Arthur
Harris, Mrs. James
Harris, Mrs. Nelle
Kolb, Miss Ella
Kramer, Mrs. Bertha
Laughlin, Mrs. Luella
Marshall, Mrs. Della
Marshall, Mrs. Frank
Mathews, Mrs. Allene
McVicker, Mrs. C.D.
McVicker, Mrs. Edith
McVicker, Mrs. Kathryn
McVicker, Mrs. Mary Hansel
Mee, Mrs. Bette
Mee, Mrs. Helen
Mee, Mrs. R. K.
Mendenhall, Mrs. C.E.
Mendenhall, Mrs. Hattie
Ramsey, Mrs. Anna
Ramsey, Mrs. Wm.
Shaw, Mrs. Abigail
Shaw, Mrs. John
Smith, Mrs. Johnson
Smith, Mrs. Lucie
Smith, Mrs. Nettie
Stork, Mrs. Edna
Wheeler, Mrs. Emar
Wheeler, Mrs. J.B.
Wiley, Mrs. Hazel
Wiley, Mrs. Louis
Tallawanda Garden Club "Roll Call Responses"
and "Program Topics" (1932-1947)
Each membership book included specific roll call responses and program topics. The majority of items addressed by the club included the typical gardening subjects. However, some items (selected and listed below) warrant special emphasis, as they provide insight to the life and times of Darrtown, in the 1930's and 1940's.
Roll Call Responses:
> Quotations from Famous Authors
> Patriotic Sayings
> House Cleaning Hints
> What I Call a Good Neighbor
> My Success with a Package of Seeds
> Storing Vegetables
> How I Got Rid of Moles
> My Favorite Radio Show
> Prominent Mothers
> My Most Embarrassing Moment
> Favorite Mother Goose Rhymes
> Canning Suggestions
> Hints on Raising Chickens
> Foods We Like Best From Our Lockers
> Storage of Winter Bulbs
> Medicinal Plants
> Planting Peony Roots
> Garden Pests and Remedies
> Armistice Day
> Debate: "Is a Married Woman's Place in the Home and Garden - or in Outside Activities?"
> Early History of Milford Township
> Flower Show at the Darrtown School House
> Electricity: Throwing the Switch
> Reading vs. Radio
> Benefits of Radio
> Plant and Seed Exchange
> Family Party - K. of P. Hall
ABOVE: Garden Club's 25th Anniversary
SEATED (L-R): The first three ladies are unidentified; then, Kate McVicker and Maria Davis. The last three are unidentified.
STANDING (L-R): Anne Ramsey (some people think this may be Nelle Davis), unknown, Helen Mee. The next two are unknown; then Martha Booth (perhaps). Number eight is unknown. Then, Abigail Shaw, Irene Mendenhall, Clara Bryant, Florence Decker, and Margaret Steele.
The image and the information above appeared in the July 6-12, 2007 edition of the Oxford Press. Mrs. Melvin (Jean Steele) Derickson contributed this newspaper article, when she attended the Darrtown Gathering at the Hitching Post on April 18, 2009. If you can identify any of those shown above or if you can offer additional information about this group, please contact the Darrtown.com webmaster.
Note: March 11, 2014: Sue Clark reported that the second woman from the left, in the front row, is Bertha Buhi - who was the mother of Thelma (Buhi) Clark - who was Sue's mother.
Tallawanda Garden Club celebrates 25th anniversary
Contents of the 1946-47 Garden Club brochure
The following two images show the contents of a 1946-47 tri-fold brochure printed by the Tallawanda Garden Club.
Contents of the 1952 Talawanda Garden Club membership book
The following slide show contains 19 images that show the contents of the 1952-53 membership book. Kirk Mee III donated this book to the Darrtown website on May 16, 2015. Kirk found the membership book among artifacts that belonged to his mother, Mrs. Kirk (Bette) Mee II.
Contents of the 1952 Talawanda Garden Club membership book
ABOVE: Shown above - left to right:
FRONT ROW (seated): Nellie Teckman, Kathryn (Kyger) McVicker, Anna Ramsey, and Ella Kolb.
SECOND ROW: Bette Mee, Myrtle Jewell, Allene Matthews, Josephine Graf, Mary Cory, and Luella Bohlander.
THIRD ROW: Virginia Skidmore, Emma Rowekamp, Gladys Keller, Jean (Bradbury) Witherby, and Florence Decker.
The above photo was contributed in late July 2009 by Naomi (Witherby) Fea, daughter of Mrs. Charles (Jean) Witherby. Persons in the above photograph were identified by handwritten notes on the back of the original photograph - which presumably were written by Jean Witherby.
The notes on the back of the photo also included the date (1953) and the phrase "Grey Gables," which may be a reference to the location of the meeting. If you can provide information about the "Grey Gables," please contact the Darrtown.com webmaster.
Talawanda Garden Club conducts meeting
ABOVE: left to right:
Front Row: Carrie Bowers, Mabel Beiser, Kathryn McVicker, and Florence Decker
Back Row: Myrtle Jewell, Mary Beal, Mabel Teckman, Emma Rowekamp, Grace Alexander, Hazel Abbott, Allene Mathews, Audrey Brooks, Pearl Howald, Irene Mendenhall, Mary Decker, JoAnn Coombs, and Thelma Clark.
The above photo was contributed in May, 2012 by Donna Gallagher, daughter of Mrs. Paul (Mrytle) Jewell.
Persons in the above photograph were identified by handwritten notes on the back of the original photograph.
The photograph was dated June 13, 1963.
The image at the right shows eight Tallawanda Garden Club membership books that were the property of Mrs. Myrtle Jewell. The books were contributed by Myrtle's daugher, Donna (Jewell) Gallagher, in May 2012. These books are from the years:
More Talawanda Garden Club membership books...
The books have a similar format; the officers of the year are listed and then each monthly meeting is listed on a separate page with the names of persons who served as the hostesses and persons who were in charge of the program.
The membership list includes the following names:
Carolyn Braley: Asst. VP (1986) (1987)
Audrey Brooks: Asst. Secr. (1984)
Nelle Davis: President (1968-69) (1969-70) (1970-71) (1972) (1973)
Renee Flint: VP (1984) / President (1986) (1987)
Irene Hansel: Asst. Secr. (1968-69) (1969-70) (1970-71) (1972) (1973) (1984)
Marie Jasbring: VP (1987)
Myrtle Jewell: Secr. (1984) (1986) (1987)
Ida Mae Lemmons
Allene Mathews: VP (1968-69) (1969-70) (1970-71) (1972) (1973) / President (1984)
Olive MIller: Treas. (1986) (1987)
Mary A. Nichol
Mary E. Nichol
Sarah Jane Nichol
Georgia Wills: Treas. (1968-69) (1969-70) (1970-71) (1972) (1973) (1984)
Josephine Witherby: Secr. (1968-69) (1969-70) (1970-71) (1972) (1973)
Update to this page; February 19, 2018:
According to the following email that was received today from Valerie Elliot, the Smith HIstory manager at the Oxford branch of the Lane Public Library, the Progressive Club used two "L's" when spelling the word Tallawanda. Hence, the spelling of said word has been changed on this page.
On 2/19/18, 10:34 AM Valerie Elliottv.firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
Wow--what a great online resource for Darrtown history! I learned a lot even in a rushed read of the topics.
References to two clubs reminded me that Smith Library has some minutes of the Tallawanda Progressive Club and the Tallawanda Garden Club from the 1920s to early 1930s. You might want to correct the spelling on the website. Both groups used the double "L" spelling. It was the Talawanda School District that later dropped one "L" from the name. The creek was officially spelled with two "L"s.
Thanks for keeping us on the email list!
Valerie E. Elliott, Manager
Smith Library of Regional History
The Lane Libraries
441 S. Locust St.
Oxford, OH 45056
Phone: (513) 523-3035, ext. 1225
Fax: (513) 523-6661