Club Minutes: The Neighbors, 1940

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WENDOVER ------- STELLA MOORE ------- JANUARY , 1940.

With heavy snow outside, the Neighbors gathered at Wendover for their first meeting in 1940, and doubly enjoyed the inevitably hearty . always delicious and hereinafter-in-theminutes-of-1940-to-be-taken-for-granted monthly feast which they share together.

Bentley Thomas presiding, the minutes of the 1939 meeting at Wendover were read and those of the preceding December meeting read and approved.

As first business Mrs. Beebe's determined resignation as secretary was accepted with a vote of thanks for her year's highly successful service and on motion of Mrs. Miller, Florence Boeckel was railroaded into office.

In connection with the Community Council report by Mr. Metzger, the following matters were considered and action recorded or taken:

Objections raised to the 50 mile speed limit signs between Ashton and Sandy Springs had been duly laid before the Community Council and a letter sent by that body to the State Roads Commission

In regard to the rehousing project in the County it was announced that Mr. Rust Canby had been appointed to keep the community informed of developments.

On the question of zonine, by motion of Wm. Moore, it was requested that the Community Council be informed that in the opinion of the Neighbors, lots should not be less than one acre and the number of houses permitted on one lot and their distance

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from the road should be regulated.

The recurrent problem of trash disposal, after a suggestion by Dick Janney that it be " kicked around until it got lost; was referred on motion of Mrs. Miller seconded by Mrs. Beebe, to the Community Council.

In response to a request from the Community Council to its affiliated organizations for aid in increasing the Student Loan Fund, the Neighbors, lacking any organization treasury, authorized Mrs. Beavers as school representative, to receive any contributions members desired to make.

The next three places of meeting were announced as

February --- White Birch with the Metzgers March --- Dunrovin with the Beavers April --- Berkley with the Whitlocks

All business being concluded, Stella Moore, to the great interest of her guests read extracts from the memories of Thomas J. Lea written in 1926 when he was 92 years old and recording events and conditions in this community in the early years of his life. The picture emerging from his reminisences, to resketch it briefly, showed a thriving community at Brookeville where the industries included tanning yards, two mills, a shoemakers establishment, lime kilns, a gold mine with a 60 foot shaft, the hulling of clover which was shipped to England, and the extraction of flax seed oil which was hauled to Baltimore.

In the 1840's all of this community was torn by the slavery question. When a slave was sold from the block, stripped to the waist and examined like an animal even to his teeth, three families moved away in protest. Life was hard for everyone which

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may explain a little the harsh treatment of the negroes. The roads were so bad that on one occassion a mule which slipped and fell on the much traveled highway from Laurel to Brookeville was drowned or smothered in the mud. On any journey boys rode along to open gates. All plowing was done with wooden plows, and horses tied in pairs treaded out the wheat. The first thrashing machine brought in 1840, was an event, as was the invention of a double shovel for corn. When a sausage machine, equipped with many knives was purchased it was used by the entire community. Food could not be kept, for there were few ice houses. To transport butter it was necessary to get up before dawn and gather grape leaves with the dew on them, and wrap the butter in them. Everything possible had to be dried and canned and all canning was done by the sun's heat. There were no matches, coals were used instead. Light was from tallow candles, or campher or whale oil lamps. Care of the sick was primitive. A broken leg under the treatment in those days required six months to mend.

But there was some comfort and kindness in life, too. Farmer Gilpin, for example, made it a point to kill enough hogs to have ham on his table every Sunday, and a shoulder every Wednesday and always enough for any stranger who happened by. More than this, he kept a lamp burning in his attic window to guide travelers. The table on which the lamp stood is now owned by William Moore.

Prices in those days were 30¢ a pound for butter, $15 for a heifer and a calf; $1.25 a gallon for kerosene; $1 a cord for wood standing, 45¢ for cutting and cording, and 40 to 75 cents a

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days for workers who boarded themselves.

The questions were:

Mrs. Metzger "Does the Pot of Gold program include rural homes And--hopefully-- "Yes"

Mrs. Rice inquired about the cake flour recommended earlier by Mrs. Beall as "unfailing". Mrs. Beall had to report one failure.

Mrs. Miller announced that Mr. Miller and Mr. Janney had killed 30 rats in her hen house and asked if anyone wanted their services for the price of a movie. No response except from Mr. Miller and Mr. Janney.

Mrs. Beebe On what date are the Annals read And About April 30

Mrs. Beall, Can you have an extension telephone bell And Yes--25 cents a month.

Mrs. Ladson: Why does butter made at this time of year not keep Ans- postponed to avoid breaking the Neighbor's record of always knowing the answer.

The meeting ended happily as always with Mrs. Miller's scraps, the evening's choice bit being "My wife always finds my money" My wife never finds mine-- I keep it in the basket of undarned socks."

Florence Boeckel Secy

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White Birch ------------The Metzgers __________February 1, 1940

Mr. & Mrs. Metzger were hosts to the Neighbors for the 484th meeting which they arranged to have held at Miss Lettie's Inn. The exchange of news and comments before and during supper was particularly enjoyable because of the presence of several old friends as guests, among them Mr. and Mrs. Mortimer Stabler, and Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Thomas. The Inn provided exactly the right room for showing, as the evening's entertainment, a memorable motion picture of the construction of Boulder Dam. The comments which accompanied the pictures brought out the significance of each type of work involved, but no comments or statistics of tone and horse power were needed to deepen the impression made by the pictures themselves. In contrast to current news pictures of man's destruction of man, these it was agreed renewed faith and hope in human intelligence, showing the triumph of the immaterial, imagination, courage, determination - over tremendous material forces.

The business meeting was presided over by Stella Moore in a manner and with an expedition to do honor to her sex. There being no reports of the Community Council or school committee and no new business introduced there was no action to be reported. The next three places of meeting were announced. Owing to the illnes of Capt. Beavers, the March meeting was changed from Dunrovin to the Cedars.

Mrs. Rice inquired about improving the acoustics of the school auditorium. Ans. No hope short of an expenditure of something like $1200

Mrs. Beavers - asked in what year the Neighbors was organized. Ans. 1897

Mrs. (remainder of page is cut off)

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