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Clubs and Organizations
of Harrison County

Harrison County Iowa History


While researching my ancestry in Harrison County, I discovered many obituaries and gravestones included the acronyms or names of clubs and organizations, with which I was not familiar.� Here is a partial guide to some of the organizations active in Harrison County, both past and present, which may help other researchers as well as provide some insight to the lifestyles of the people over the years. -- Jackie Longman Swindle


A.L. � American Legion � The American Legion, a national organization of former servicemen, was originally founded after the Civil War, but gained prominence at the end of World War I.� The principal duty of the Legion is to aid former veterans and act as a service organization.�

The first step in the organization of the Logan Post of the American Legion, the first in the county, was taken on July 25, 1919 at a meeting of returned U.S. Servicemen held on the courthouse lawn.� Harold N. Graves was selected as chairman of the meeting.� Walter I. Wolfe was chosen to apply for and receive the charter when issued.� Charter members were Fred W. Stern, Theron Arthur, Ralph Owens, Irwin Huffaker, Walter I. Wolfe, Paul Goddard, Ingwert Jones, J.H. Boyd, Charles Huber, Harry Dunlavy, Ben Sterns, Harold Graves, Addison Harvey, Charles Kennedy, and John Hills.� Walter I. Wofe was the first post commander, Ben Stearns, Vice commander, Theron Arthur, adjutant, Addison Harvey, finance officer and Rex Finley, historian.� In May 1929 arrangements were made to place a forty-five foot steel flag pole in the city park.� Theron Arthur broke ground for the monument.� A brick and steel support was used bearing a bronze plate reading �In memory of our departed comrades, Logan Post No 118.�� It was dedicated on Memorial Day.� The first flag used was given to the post by Mrs. Sherm Dungan � the flag used on her son�s coffin.� In 1930 the Logan post was renamed Lemuel R. Bolter Jr. Post No. 118 in memory of the son of the donor of the Legion building, C.A. Bolter.� Walter I. Wofe was awarded a life membership in the American Legion for his long years of service as post adjutant.�

����������� The Dunlap Post was chartered about 1920 and Dr. R.G. Moore became the first Commander, followed by Dr. Riechelt and Paul Davie.� The Constitution and Charter for the Dunlap Chapter of the American Legion Auxiliary were granted on January 9, 1923.�


A.L.A. � American Legion Auxiliary � Service Organization � The charter of the American Legion Auxiliary Unit No. 118 was granted April 28, 1922 with twenty-two charter members.� Mrs. M.W. Wilson who became the first president, called the first meeting.� There were three Gold Star Mothers in the charter membership:� Mrs. Henry Miller, Mrs. Ella Dungan and Mrs. C.A. Harvey.� It has been the custom every year to prepare the wreaths and flowers for Memorial Day and to help in the memorial services annually at the cemetery.� The group is in charge of the sale of poppies and has also assisted in many community activities.�

����������� Unit of Weiss Post No. 143 � Woodbine American Legion Auxiliary was organized in 1922, chartered April 22, 1923.� Weiss Post and unit were named in memory of Charles Louis Weiss, a member of Co. M 168th Infantry, the Rainbow Division, killed in action July 14th, 1918.


AMERICAN WAR DADS � The Logan Chapter of the American War Dads was chartered during the early part of World War II and functioned very actively until the late forties.� They assisted members of the armed forces and sponsored the establishment of the local V.F.W. Post.


AWM � American War Mothers


BIRTHDAY CLUB � The Birthday Club started as a surprise birthday party for Mrs. Luther Rannells, and it was decided to go on from there.� As each lady has a birthday they meet to help her celebrate the day.


BOYER ROOTERS 4-H CLUB � Formed in 1935 with Howard Nurse as leader and a membership of 12.� It was first called the Boyer Boosters, changed to Boyer Rooters in 1948 when Delbert Seda was named leader.� In 1954 they reorganized again and were granted a charter.�� The club has made an enviable record thru the years, with members receiving many awards.� Some of the Boyer Rooters have shown livestock at the State Fair, Ak-Sar-Ben, Kansas City and the Chicago Exhibition.� They have attended many county activities such as camps, annual meetings, 4-H Carnivals and have represented Crawford County in State Events.�


BOYER VALLEY SUNSHINE CLUB � Organized in April 1949 at the home of Mrs. Merold Rees with 6 members.� An active group of ladies, who have completed a number of service projects for the town and community.


BOY SCOUTS �Boy Scouts was organized in 1921 with Wm. L. Yeaman as Scoutmaster and Theron Arthur as assistant Scoutmaster.� Wheeler Curtis was the first boy from Logan to become an Eagle Scout.� An Explorer Scout group was organized in the 1950�s with Dr. Floyd Sarff and Howard Cox in charge.� Cub Scouts became a reality for Logan on May 19, 1948 at the community hall with Carl Burbridge as Scoutmaster, Russell Jacobsen as assistant, and Russell McKay, Edwaed Wood, and Rv. Clark Howard on the committee.� There were three dens with Mrs. Dorothy Waddle, Mrs. V.F. Pearsall, and Mrs. Claude Matthews as den mothers.�


BUNCO CLUB � Began in 1937 at the home of Mrs. Bill Merritt.� The Club met twice a month and recognized each others� birthdays.


BUSY NEIGHBORS CLUB � Founded December 30, 1955 at the home of Mrs. Clarence Kroll.�


CATHOLIC DAUGHTERS OF AMERICA � Organized February 18, 1917 with 49 members.� The motto �Unity and Charity� carried out by the Dunlap chapter thru the years, celebrating the 50th Anniversary in April, 1967 where three charter members were honored:� Mrs. Ed Houston, Mrs. Inez Hatterman and Mrs. Katherine Burke.�


CHATTERING DOZEN CLUB � Organized at the home of Mrs. Gene Ward, October 18, 1961.� This active group of young women sponsored many projects through the years.� Notable of their projects was initiating the foreign exchange student program for Dunlap.� American Field Service started in 1964 with the cooperation of all the clubs, churches, lodges and the community.� The first student was Luis Alvarez from Argentina.�


CHAUTAUQUA � Chautauqua is a word seldom heard today.� It was a lyceum course of amusement and intelligent and enlightening lectures by world-famous men and women who came to Harrison County every summer from 1910 through the mid-1920s.� Some of the outstanding persons to appear on Woodbine�s Chautauqua stage were William Jennings Bryan and his daughter Ruth, John Phillip Sousa and his band, Bishop Robert McIntire, and Governor James W. Folk.� Also featured were famous authors, governors, senators, congressmen and well-known columnists.� People were entertained by bands, opera singers, famous magicians, and comedians.� The week-long festival was held in a huge circus tent.� The mornings were devoted to children�s entertainment and education; the afternoon and evening performances drew capacity crowds, demonstrating the interest in the shows.�


CHRYSOLITE LODGE No. 420 A.F. & A.M. (Ancient Free and Accepted Masons)� Fraternal Organization worked under dispensation from November 15, 1881 to June 1882 when a charter was granted by the Grand Lodge.� Charter members:� Stephen King, A.W. Ford, A.L. Howey, J.W. Stewart, S.I. King, J.W. Barnhart, A.N. McCoid, John W. Wood, J.E. Evans, N.C. Van Arsdale, J.G. Redinbaugh, D.D. Penrod, William Giddings, J.W. Stocker, E.G. O. Groat, T.M.C. Logan, D.W. Kennedy, and J.J. Peterson.� Thomas Arthur served as Grand Master of the State in 1916.�


DELVERS STUDY CLUB � The name �Delvers� which means �Those who dig� is appropriate for the group which since September 1894 has been acquiring knowledge in fields of music, literature, travel and other assorted subjects.� Founded by ten Logan women, a limit of twenty-four members was set since it was felt that was as many as anyone could handle easily in a home.� Some of the founding members included Mrs. Willis Stern, Mrs. Will Wood, and Mrs. G.H. Harvey.� At its beginning the club had regular study books, a club song and yell, and on occasion, not only had their husbands as guests at special meetings, but inveigled the husbands to take part in programs.


DUNLAP BOOSTER CLUB � Organized April 1, 1961 with 65 members, to promote interest in the development of new business in Dunlap, to make trade promotions more inviting and to work for an improvement in the general appearance of the town.Charter officers were:� Paul Lehan, Dick Randall and Mrs. Lyle Clarey.� The main attraction of their year�s work is the annual July 4th �Old Time Celebration� where everything is locally owned and operated, with all proceeds going for civic betterment of the community.�


DUNLAP KNIGHT RIDERS 4-H CLUB � Organized in November 1962 at the Dunlap City Hall.� The first officers were:� Francis Riester, John Hein, Ken Hein, Andy Riester.� The adult leaders were Robert Brock and Walter Rauterkus.� Yearly features were The Annual Club Tour, Christmas Pot Luck and other activities which help the members learn, associate and mature with their surroundings.


ENTRE NOUS CLUB � An informal study club started in November 1932.� The name means �Among Ourselves� with membership limited to twelve.� The purpose of the group was to broaden the individual viewpoint and outlook upon life.� Each member presented a lesson once a year, on a subject of her choice.� Some of the first members were Miss Maybelle Haley, Miss Inez Brown, Miss Mary Burke and Miss Alice Dixon.� When the club was founded all of the members were teachers.


FARMERS CLUB - There were numerous Farmers Clubs in Harrison County, see the description of the Nelson Hollow Farmer�s Club as a representative sampling.� Minutes of the meetings for many of these clubs appeared in the newspapers at the time.�


FARMERS COOPERATIVE COMPANY� - Begun in Mondamin in 1917, with many farmers as members.� A new elevator was built in 1956 handling many thousands of bushels of corn, soybeans and wheat.


FARMERS HOMEMAKERS CLUB � was organized in May 1922 at the Home of Mrs. Jess Seamans.� As the years went by and many members moved to town, they reorganized in June 1947 at the home of Mrs. Tom Koski and became the FRIENDSHIP CLUB.�


FARMERS� WIVES SOCIETY � was founded in 872 by a few ladies who lived near Mill Creek.� The object of the society was �to create a friendly feeling between the families of their part of the country; to discuss informally those things that come within the province of farmers� wives, in order to break the endless monotony of such a life.�� Simplicity and a kind of �every-day-ness� has marked its form and detail, but it has filled a useful sphere.� The by-laws stated the Lady of the House was to provide tea, butter, biscuits and condiments, and each guest was to bring what she wanted to.


F.L.T. � Friendship, Love & Truth


FOUNTAINBLEAU CLUB � Organized in 1927 and in 1928 became a member of Women�s Federated Club of Iowa.� They took the name of the first settlement in Little Sioux Township.� Interest lagged, membership declined and it soon ceased to exist.


FORTNIGHTLY CLUB � Organized in the 1800s, the club voted in 1900 to sponsor a library in Dunlap.� They arranged for a book depository in the Telephone office, and put on programs in the opera house to raise money for the benefit of this Free Circulation Library.� In 1903 the City Council gave the club consent to build a City Library.� Dale Carnegie offered to duplicate any amount the ladies gave toward it, but later he donated the full amount.� Their interests remained with the library, and they met there every two weeks.� Still flourishing in the 1920s, the club used its dues to buy new books and equipment of the library basement.


4-H CLUB � the youth education branch of the Cooperative Extension Service, a program of the United States Department of Agriculture. The fours H's stand for Head, Heart, Hands, and Health.


G.A.R. � Grand Army of the Republican � Fuller Post organized in 1878, no longer in existence.� The Barnes Post 103 in Mondamin was organized in October 1882, with 17 charter members.� In 1891, 39 members were listed.� The last surviving member died September 1, 1930.


FRIENDLY NEIGHBORS CLUB � Organized in April 1949 at the home of Mrs. Fred Peterson to sponsor service projects.� Charter members included the hostess, Mrs. Russell Bolton, and Mrs. Urban Heller.


GIRL SCOUTS OF AMERICA � Organized in Logan in 1943 sponsored by the Logan Kiwanis Club, Mrs. T.E. Arthur and Mrs. P.J. Morrow were appointed as sponsors and worked with Lucile Latta and Amy Ann Stern as leaders.� Milliman Park was the scene of much of their activity during summer months and the remainder of their weekly meetings were held in the Logan School or at the homes of their sponsors.� Trips were made to many points of interest in southern Iowa and Nebraska.� A summer camp began being held in 1955, first held in the Tourist Park, then at the Marion Maguire farm east of Logan.� Five days of camping activity and one overnight camp for the older girls were on the agenda.�


GOOD TEMPLAR LODGE � Fraternal Organization, organized in 1877, no longer in existence




HILL AND VALLEY CLUB � Organized in 1960 by Mrs. Loyle Ehlers, additional officers included Mrs. Lloyd Caldwell and Mrs. Robert Meeves.�


INDUSTRIAL CLUB � This club began many, many years ago by quilting a quilt for each hostess.� It was usually an all-day meeting with a noon meal.� The first meeting was at the Arch Cook home.� Some of the members have included Miss Tess Pflieger, Mesdames Ed Acton, A.K. Jones, G.E. Nordaker, Menry McDavie, Fank Haas, Inger Nordaker, Wm. Jones, James Hall, Mate Moorhead, Tom Lehan, C.C. Mmore, P.G. Ingersoll, Ed Rogers, Dave Rogers, Dave Moore, Donald Liscomb, R.G. Moore, and James Kirk.


I.O.O.F. � Independent Order of Odd Fellows �

Logan Lodge No. 355 founded October 19, 1876.� Charter members included J.C. Milliman, T.M. C. Logan, J.E. Townsend, Fred Kempel, J. Young, W.H. Eaton.� A hall was provided by quarters leased in the Bacon building on the corner of 7th Street and 3rd Avenue, which was erected in 1899 and a second addition in 1912 at a total cost of $12,000.� Columbia Encampment No. 101 of I.O.O.F. was founded June 2, 1879, charter members were T.M.C. Logan, Fred Kempel, J.C. Milliman, J.V. Evans, A.J. Grow, I.P. Hill, J.N. Young, and Almor Stern. MARY REBEKAH DEGREE No. 141 of I.O.O.F. began October 20, 1887 with thirty members.

I.O.O.F. Lodge No. 78 of Dunlap was instituted Sept 9, 1869 with 5 charter members.� The Lodge owns the building on Iowa Avenue, the ground floor was occupied by the Gamble Store and the Dunlap Pharmacy, with the upper floor used by the Odd Fellows and Rebekahs.� The Rebekah degree was added October 23, 1908.� Charter members were Mr. and Mrs. Acton; Mr. and Mrs. G.F. Haas; Mr. and Mrs. C.E. Reed; Mr. and Mrs. George Thompson,; Mr. and Mrs. C.F. Peters; Bird Jordan, Mrs. Luther Rannells and Mrs. Edgar Rannels, Sr.

I.O.O.F. Lodge No. 405 of Woodbine was chartered in 1880.� Lyman W. White was one of the charter members and was Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Iowa in 1908.�


JAYCEES � Woodbine Jaycees were incorporated March 26, 1971.� Jaycees is a civic organization for young men between the ages of 18 and 35.� Jaycees believe that �Service to Humanity is the Best Work of Life.�� The Jaycees have donated to the Woodbine Rescue Unit, the Woodbine School, and many other causes.�


JAYCEE ETTES � In October 1971 the Woodbine Mrs. Jaycees were organized.� The Jaycee Ettes membership is open to any woman between the ages of 18 and 35.� Their main goals are to make their community a little better place to live and to assist the Jaycees.


JOLLY MAKERS CLUB � Organized at the home of Julia Herman, December 6, 1945, with eight ladies of the neighborhood.� Many pleasant afternoons were spent through the years, making quilts, aprons, etc.�


JUSTA CLUB � Justa Club was started in 1952 by Mrs. Art Vollmer, with 15 members.� The first officers included the founder and Mrs. Merlyn Summerfield.


K & A CLUB � The K and A Club observed their official 50th anniversary in 1980 but its origin is unique in that its real beginning dates back to 1900 when the �Harris Grove Sewing Circle� was organized.� Ladies from the Harris Grove area, which included parts of Union and LaGrange townships belonged to the group.� The purpose of the organization was to help keep up the Harris Grove Church and the minister�s salary.� During the winter the husbands cut wood for the church.� All day meetings were held and dinners were served to the entire group by the hostess at a charge of 25 cents.� Membership dwindled as members moved away.� A number of ladies in the community expressed the desire to join the group if afternoon meetings could be held, so there was a reorganization.� This group was called the Harris Grove Kensington.� In 1916 another reorganization meeting was called, to which all the ladies in the neighborhood were invited.� This group was Harris Grove Ladies� Aid.� Devotions and business were conducted at each meeting.� In 1917 and 1918 work was done for the Red Cross; 1775 different articles were completed.� By this time the Winding Trail Kensington had sprung up.� It had the same problem as other organizations � too few members.� On February 5, 1930, Dollie Gallaher invited the Winding Trail Kensington and the Harris Grove Ladies Aid to her home for an all day meeting.� The two groups united calling themselves the K and A Club.


KIWANIS CLUB � The Kiwanis Club of Logan was organized under sponsorship of the Kiwanis Club of Missouri Valley on November 12, 1940 with twenty-five charter members and the club charter was officially presented on December 13, 1940.� The Logan Kiwanis Club sponsored the Kiwanis Club of Woodbine in 1947.


KLICK and KLATTER CLUB � (minutes of meeting from Logan Herald-Observer, May 21, 1953).� Eleven members and four visitors met at the home of Viola Whiteman.� The meeting was opened by singing Dixie, roll call was answered by first aid hints.� Margaret Olsen gave the devotional.� After a business meeting, contests were held.� After lunch the club adjourned.�


KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS � (K of C) - Catholic men's fraternal benefit society.


KNIGHTS OF PYTHIAS � Fraternal Organization, no longer in existence


L.A.D. � In the 1950s it became quite a task for solicitors from the town to carry on the many charitable drives, so it was decided to incorporate all the drives into one and the L.A.D. (Logan Annual Drive) was begun.� A board of seven members determines the agencies, which are to receive the proceeds and the various allocation to each.� The S.O.S. Club helps with the solicitation.� Agencies that have been served include heart, cancer, polio, Salvation Army, Red Cross, Boy Scouts, Girls Scouts, Iowa Children�s Home, and the Harrison County Mental Association.�


LADIES READING CIRCLE � The oldest chartered social organization in Woodbine.� Organized with eleven members January 13, 1894 at Mrs. H.M. Bostwick�s home.� The constitution stated the object of this society was social enjoyment and intellectual improvement gained by reading current literature, discussion of current topics, and any other subjects the society decided upon.� Originally membership was limited to fifteen married ladies, later single ladies were invited to join.�


LAST MAN�S CLUB � The Last Man�s Club was organized November 11, 1933 at the American Legion Club room.� Theron Arthur was the first president.� Fifty-two World War I veterans were charter members.� All World War I veterans were invited to come to the dinners.� An honor roll was started in 1936 commencing with men who gave their lives during the war, there being eight.� A bottle of wine is the memento with the names of the charter members inscribed on it.�� It is present at each meeting and is to be kept for the last man.� In starting, this organization had one Civil War veteran, S.R. (Tony) Hammitt, and three Spanish American war veterans, B.J. Wood, R.Y. Hyde, and C.A. Stern.


LEGION OF HONOR � Fraternal Organization, no longer in existence


LION�S CLUB � a volunteer organization dedicated to leadership development through community service.


LOGAN-MISSOURI VALLEY GOLF AND COUNTRY CLUB � Organized on September 20, 1946 with the presidents to alternate between Logan and Missouri Valley.� The first active club president was F.W. McDermott of Missouri Valley with P.J. Morrow of Logan as vice president and D.F. Schwertley as secretary-treasurer.� Following the purchase of the Darting farm midway between Logan and Missouri Valley on February 11, 1948, the first and only golf course to be laid out by the Soil Conservation Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture was graded and terraced, and a beautiful golf course and club building built thereon.


LOYAL NEIGHBORS CLUB � Organized in August 1949 at the home of Mrs. Ronald Carmichael with 9 ladies present.�


MERRY MATRONS CLUB � (minutes of meeting from Logan Herald-Observer, May 21, 1953):� Thirteen members and seven visitors met at the home of Doris Jacobsen.� The meeting was opened by singing �Blest Be The Tie That Binds�.� The minutes of the last meeting were read and approved.� The Chaplain read Genesis 6, v. 14-22.� Emma and Sadie received birthday gifts from their secret pals.� Two new members were welcomed.� The contests were won by Marie and Nora.� Everyone enjoyed modeling the homemade hats and having their picture taken.� After a delicious lunch we adjourned.� The meeting was closed by singing �America the Beautiful� and repeating the Lord�s Prayer.�


MODALE MARRIED TEACHER�S CLUB � Organized in 1922 by Cornelia Fensler and became Federated in 1926 under the same name.� It was a study club so became active in the organization of the Modale Library in 1928.� Because of the gas shortage during WWII, they disbanded in 1943 and resumed their meetings again in 1945. After months of discussion, the motion was passed July 16, 1946 to change the name to Modale Federated club making it possible for non-teachers to join.� This club had many projects:� the Commission of the Blind, Community Hospital, planting of trees and shrubs at the Modale Park and Library, scholarships, C.A.R.E., Crippled Children�s Camp, and many more.


NELSON HOLLOW FARMERS� CLUB � Organized in 1913.� At that time there were 12 farmers� Clubs in Harrison County.� The Club consisted of 12 families and honorary members were the presiding ministers and families of the Methodist and Congregational Churches.� The club met once a month at each member�s home in turn for dinner.� The hosts provided meat, potatoes and drink.� The other members furnished the rest of the meal, the menu being made out in advance.� A variable program was held after the meal, usually some music readings, a spiritual thought and discussion of the current events of the day, including Women�s Suffrage, paving of the Lincoln Highway, new farming methods, etc.� Nelson Hollow Farmers Club lasted about 35 years and finally disbanded because other organizations such as 4-H and Farm Bureau came into being and the farmers felt that they could no longer spare most of a day for a social gathering.� In conjunction with Nelson Hollow Farmers� Club there was a strictly �good-times� club formed by the young folks whose parents were members.� It was called �HAPPY HOLLOW CLUB.�� It also met once a month in the evenings at the members� homes, with singing and games in the winter, cookouts and picnics in the summer.�


MWA � Modern Woodmen of America � Fraternal Organization, no longer in existence


NWRC � National Women�s Relief Corps


OBJ CLUB � Oh Be Joyful Club


OES � Order of Eastern Star � Logan Chapter No. 195 was instituted May 14, 1896 with Laura Stern, Frances Harvey, Abbie King, Lena Stone, J.P. Creager, Belle Miller, Ezra Miller, Kate Massie, Ada Mills Dewell, Almor Stern, A.H. Cohen, J.L. Witt, William Elliott, Retta Johnson, Kate Stearns, Lavina Crouch, Amelia Witt, H.M. Creager, Anne L. Van Scoy, Mary Wood, Elda Yates, Frank DuRenn Stearns, W.H. Wood, J.E. Van Scoy, and Ima Arthur as charter members.� Esther Kennedy was Grand Chaplain of the Grand Chapter and district instructor for District 10, receiving the appointment in 1912.� Dr. Charles S. Kennedy held Grand Chapter honors by being appointed Grand Sentinel in 1914 and in 1914 he held the office of Associate Grand Patron.


OLD SETTLERS CLUB � The first meeting was held August 25, 1885 in Magnolia, with crowds gathered in the grove surrounding the school house.� Perhaps the most remarkable meeting ever held in the county was this first gathering of the pioneers of the county to renew friendships and talk over early day hardships.� Hon. Phineas Cadwell was president and Judge King and Judge Ford addressed the meeting.� To fully understand the interest of such a meeting, it must be remembered that Magnlia, from 1853 to 1870, was the only town in the county to speak of.� It was the center of official power, the center of trade and commerce, and it schools and churches were the pride of the county.� Since that time, Old Settlers has been an historic event, a day to anticipate and a day to remember with nostalgia.� Only two years are known to have been missed, one in 1943 because of food and gas rationing in WWII and in 1948 when a polio epidemic was prevalent in the county.� Some of the past presidents of the club include:� 1885 Phineas Cadwell; 1887 Dr. Silas Rice; 1889 Judge D.E. Brainard; 1927, Mary Oliver, 1933, Dr. E.T. Giddings; 1936, O.B. Walker; 1942, D.A. VanCleave; 1943, W.L. Yeaman; 1946, Mrs. Marie Lutts; 1947, Geraldine Brinker; 1949, Elsie Foland; 1950, Howard Seeley; 1951, Kenneth Cutler; 1952, Stoker Earleywine.


PICAYUNE CLUB � Organized at the home of Mrs. Jess Smith in 1935. �The records were destroyed by a fire, so there is no information about its early members or mission.


PIERIAN STUDY CLUB � On October 9, 1907 the Pierian Club was organized at the home of Mrs. Will Johnson (the first president) who resided at 104 E. 10th Street.� Other charter members were Mmes. J.M. Albertson, H.J. Farlow, C.E. Longman, C.F. Luce, J.C. Milliman, Homer Cadwell, J.W. Smith, Almor Stern, I.C. Wood, H.I. Allen, C.S. Cobb, J.H. Johnson, and Miss Harriett Sloan, Mrs. B.I. (LaDuskie) Wood became a member in November 1908, and in 1909 was instrumental in many of the discussions regarding a library for Logan.

P.E.O. � Secret Sisterhood � Chapter DP, PEO was started on March 4, 1907 when Retta Johnson became interested through a friend that was a PEO in another town.� Charter members were Retta Johnson, Margaret VanScoy, Frances Harvey, and Irene Blodgett.� They first met at the home of Retta Johnson with Miss Maud Wilson of Sigourney conducting the meeting and initiating the group.� P.E.O. sponsors the Educational Fund, Cottey College, International Peace Scholarship Fund, and the P.E.O. Foundation.� Loans and scholarships have made it possible for hundreds of students to attend college and receive an education.


PMA � The Parent Music Association has been largely responsible for backing of the music department of the Logan school system.� The chief function of the group to offer financial assistance, so their meeting time was devoted mainly to planning dinners and other money-making projects.� During the 1950s an annual school carnival was held each year with the proceeds being divided between the music and athletic departments.� The PMA had a large part in the success of these entertainments.�


Reb. � Rebekah (see Mary Rebekah Degree No. 141 of I.O.O.F.)


ROYAL HIGHLANDERS � Fraternal Organization, founded in 1900, no longer in existence


RNA � Royal Neighbors of America � Fraternal Organization Royal Neighbor Lodge, Laura Camp No. 255 was chartered February 28, 1896.� Some of the names in the charter include:� Crossley Croutch, Shields, Kirkendall, McClure, Sprinkle, Case, Loss, Wood, Hardy, Hyde, Berry, and Crane.�


S & G CLUB � The club started in 1935 at the home of Mrs. Frank Crandall.� Frank suggested the name of Stitch and Giggle, which stuck.� It began as a quilting group, then was an extension club.


S.O.S. FEDERATED CLUB � Stitch of Study - The S.O.S. Club was organized in October 1936 at a meeting in which members of the regular Federated Club explained the purposes.� Twenty-nine were present at the first meeting, with elected officers Ann Marie Behm, Claudia Cecil, Marguerite Behm, and Eleanor Hammitt.� It was decided to meet in the homes of those who could accommodate so large a group. Throughout the years the S.O.S. Club has lived up to its name as the leading womens group in Logan by lending a helping hand to many worthwhile projects.� They have been responsible for many community projects including suggestions for Christmas decorations, toys for the poor, the swimming pool project, and many others.� Meetings began being held in the Community rooms when it was built.�


S.P.S. CLUB � (minutes of meeting from Logan Herald-Observer, May 21, 1953):� Nine members and three visitors met at the home of LaMoyne Clark.� The meeting opened by singing �Little Brown Church in the Vale�, taking up a collection and roll call was a May basket exchange.� The club gave a donation to the Red Cross.� Two members were appointed to make the new club books.� It was decided the club would go to Omaha for the day on June 9.� Ruth won the door prize.� Everyone joined in a game of charades.� After a delicious lunch the meeting was adjourned.


STITCH & CHAT CLUB � Organized in June 1951, the first officers were Mrs. Walter Malone, Nellie Galland and Mrs. Leon Kepford.


SENIOR WOMEN�S CLUB � Organized originally as the Women�s Federated Club sometime in the 1930�s.� Fannie Longman was a charter member.� Mrs. Lew Ireland was a state officer.� Other early members were Gladys Barnes, Mrs. Charles Huber, Madge Chase, Bonnie Hubbard, and Linnie Hanneman.� The club promoted and accomplished getting the road to the cemetery rocked.� They tried to promote a beautification project.� If they would purchase the trees, shrubs, etc., the W.P.A. workers would have planted them.� This project didn�t materialize, but over the years the club did sponsor a number of successful projects for the betterment of the community.�


UCT � United Commercial Travelers


UNITED WOODMEN � Fraternal Organization, organized 1878, no longer in existence


V.F.W. � Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States � Service Organization � V.F.W. Logan Post 6256 was chartered March 4, 1946 with 33 members.� Adolphus Rolph served as the first Post Commander.� The Post met at various places until December 18, 1955 when the property at 316 E. 6th Street was purchased from O. McKay.� In June 1960 the Post purchased a school house which had been located on the William Heim farm and had it moved to the lot where it was remodeled over a period of time.� The primary objective of the V.F.W. is to perform service for veterans and their dependents.� In addition such programs as community service, youth activities, Voice of Democracy, Americanism, Light-A-Bike campaigns and other worthwhile programs have been sponsored.�


V.F.W. Auxiliary � was started May 5, 1954 and the charter was presented on May 21.� There were twenty-two charter members with Marie (Mrs. Will) Heim elected the first president.� Over the years the Auxiliary has taken active interest in all community affairs, sponsored the annual Easter egg hunt and Halloween party, sponsored the local Girl Scout troops, and presented new flags to them, presented flag etiquette books to all Scout groups, donated to the V.F.W. National Home in Eaton Rapids, Michigan, sent gifts and cards to local servicemen at Christmas, donated to a �sewing machine for Vietnam� fund, and assisted disabled and needy veterans.


WILLOW COFFEE CLUB � Met at the home of Mrs. Paul Smith for the first time in October 1961 with 7 ladies present. �First officers were Mrs. Leonard Melby, Mrs. Ralph Lee and Mrs. Tru Woodard.


WILLOW NEEDLE CRAFT CLUB � Organized in 1935, the 12 members grew to 25 at one time.� They would meet in the home of one of the members and sew for the hostess.


WILLOW VALLEY CLUB � Started in 1934 or 1935, founded by Ida Teague and Francis Herman as a way of giving Commercial Extension lessons.� After the lessons were over, they decided to keep going as a club.� The club had special projects but mostly it was a time for neighbors and friends to get together and enjoy a social afternoon together.


WOODBINE SADDLE CLUB � The Woodbine Community Rough Riders Saddle Club was founded in 1961 by a group of people with a common interest in horses.� The charter officers were Murray Hubbard, Glen Thompson and Lloyd DeForest, with 22 member families the first year.�


WOW � Woodman of World


WRC � Women�s Relief Corps


WCTU � Women�s Temperance Union was an active institution in the county.� They offered prizes in speaking and essay contests in the county.� LITTLE SIOUX WOMEN�S TEMPERANCE UNION � Formed in the 1880s and continued until the 1930s.


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Clubs and Organizations of Harrison County, Iowa was Contributed by Jackie Longman Swindle