contributed by Jon Kime
Before and after World War II the area residence of Polk Township, northwest of Urbana, near Cheney, had a club called the "We-Need-Ja Club". "They met twice a month, whole families gathered for a noon meal. After dinner the men returned home or played cards. The women had a meeting then sewed for the hostess, dish towels, carpet rags, etc" The History of Benton County, 1988, page 250 part of an article by Laura Hicks.
My Great Grandmother, Fannie Brumwell Williams,was a part of this club. The club made a baby blanket for me when I was born in 1947. I still have it. Some of the members were: Fannie Williams, Gertie Sand, Lucy Roll, Ilene Roll, Fanella Langham, Olive McKinley, Laura Hicks, Eleanor Rodgers, Dorthy Richart, Mrs A L Hillard, Mrs Smith and Mrs Ferguson. With apologies for those, my mother could not recall their names any more and those we omitted.