Women's Christian Temperance Union
of Cairo, Greene County, New York
Volume 1 Secretary's Book
Mrs. Robert Bramfitt

 

Minutes from September 14, 1909 to June 5, 1916, was transcribed in November 2011

by Phyllis Silva-Keith, Cairo Historical Society Member.


Transcribed from the Original Book in the possession of Robert Uzzilia, Town of Cairo Historian


 Newspaper Clipping glued to inside front cover: 

The Cairo Vote on the License

Question

The Vote for 1915 as reviewed by theTown Board was as follows:

Saloon License
For, 301;  against, 231;  majority for 70

Wholesale License
For, 283;  against, 223;  majority for 61

Druggists’ License
For, 299;  against, 208; majority 91

Hotel License
For 292;  against, 224; majority for 68

The total number of valid ballots was 532.

The vote in 1913 was as follows:

Saloon License
For 321;  against 158;  majority for 163

Wholesale License
For 307;  against 150;  majority for 157

Druggists’ License
For 349;  against 111;  majority for 238

Hotel License
For 332;   against 141; majority for 191

The total number of valid ballots voted in 1913 was 479.

The above figures are taken from the Records in the Town Clerks’ Office.  From these figures it will be seen that 53 more persons voted on the excise question this year than two years ago, and also that the majority for saloon licenses this year was 93 less than two years ago, and for hotel license 123 less than two years ago.

Since such a change in the vote has taken place this year without any very great effort , we wonder what might happen to the old town if the temperance forces should really get up and dust two years from now.

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Mrs. Effie Lambert of Seneca Falls N.Y. lectured in the Presbyterian Church Cairo Greene Co N.Y. on September 14, 1909 in the interest of the temperance cause. Subject-a Modern Barbabas.  Mrs Lambert handelled the subject in a masterful manner.  At the close of the lecture, she formed an Auxially of the Womens Christian Temperance Union starting with 16 members and 4 honorary members.  The following officers were elected

President- Mrs Sarah Lucas

Vice President- Miss May Howard

2 Vice President- Mrs W. D. Blaidsdell

Secretary- Mrs Robert Bramfitt

Treasurer- Mrs W. L. Robinson

The meeting adjourned to meet the next morning in the Pres-Manse to instruct the ladies in their new duties.  

Sept. 15  Ladies met with Mrs. Lambert. Ten ladies paid their dues, so we are able at the beginning of our new work to subscribe for two of the temperance papers The Union Signal and Womens Temperance Work.  We decided to meet monthly on the first Tuesday in each month.  

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October 5, 1909  Met-at-Pres-Manse

The newly organized W.C.T.U. met with Mrs. Robert Bramfitt at the the Presbyterian manse.  Meeting opened with devotional exercise led by the President Mrs Sarah Lucas, singing of “Blest be the Tie that Binds” Mrs. Bramfitt at the organ.  The reading of the crusaders psalm and prayer-

The roll was then called, each member responding with a verse of scripture, or a reading about temperance.

Reading of minutes of last meeting was read and approved.

No report from the treasurer.

There being no old business new business was in order.

The President stated the papers subscribed for had come to her and she brought them to pass around among the members and one visitor. The ladies thought it would be well to have a fancy pledge card for each person. The secretary was instructed to send for samples of same.  Greene Co N.Y. is making extra efforts for temperance or no saloon this fall.  And Mr. Isaac Howard being present thought the ladies should go to work to help the cause along so it was thought best to hold a prayer meeting on Tuesday Oct 19 in the Pres. Chapel especially to pray for success at the coming election with a short business meeting at the close to receive ideas concerning the work on election day.  

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October 19.  09

The meeting was held our worthy President leading. Quite a number people present. The exercise consisted mostly in sining and prayer and some remarks.

The business meeting at the close was to consider the W.C.T.U. serving a free lunch on election day but the hour growing late the meeting adjourned to meet on the following Tuesday evening at the residence of Mrs. Moke. 

Tuesday evening 26th-  This meeting was called to lay plans for the free lunch on election day and was very successful. -  Election day dawned and found the lunch consisting of Coffee,  ham sandwiches, crullers and cheese pickles.  This being something new for Cairo, it was not so well patronized but all told there was 40 men came for lunch. There being plenty of food left over, 3 poor families were helped and a lunch sent to the polls for the men on the election board for which they received hearty thanks. Money was contributed and food sold which amounted to 4 which helped to enrich our treasury. 

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Nov 1909  -  No meeting

Dec 1909  -

The December meeting of the Cairo W.C.T.U. met at the home of Mrs. James P. Post.  Devotional meeting was led by the President with reading of the 52 Pslam and Mr. Isaac Howard led in prayer.

Roll call was next on the program. All quoted scripture except Mrs. Post she reading a very good selection subject temperance.

Minutes were read and approved.

No treasurers report.

One new member Mrs. Burr Vaughn.

It was moved and seconded that a vote of thanks be given to Rev. W.L. Robinson for his work and excessive labors in the temperance in Greene Co this fall. Only the Lord can reward him.

Vote of thanks to the chairman & members who worked so hard to make the free lunch a success on election day.  Especially Mrs. W.D. Blaidsdell.

There were five members present-

Meeting then adjourned to meet with Mrs. Isaac Howard- January. 

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January 4  1910

Meeting of the Cairo Ladies W.C.T.U. was held at the home of Mr. & Mrs. Isaac Howard.

8 members present. 3 honorary members.

The meeting was opened with reading the scriptures by the President and prayer by the secretary.  Roll call was next on the program.  All responded with scripture texts except Miss Belts.  Miss E. Belts she reading a short temperance story.

The minutes of the last meeting were read and approved as read. 

The Treasurer reported $7.02 in the treasury.  The President reported a letter from a lady in Hensonville asking our society to do Christian work.  The members discussed at some length of an L.T.L. society to train up our boys and girls  for our future temperance workers.  The trouble so far is we cannot find any one suitable for leader.  The Secretary’s advice would be to pray for a leader to be raised up to lead in this wonderful work.  There being no more business, a motion to adjourn was in order to meet next month with Mrs. W.L. Robinson. 

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February 7- 1910

The meeting of the W.C.T.U. of Cairo was held at the home of Mrs. W.L. Robinson, our Treasurer.  Meeting was opened by the President reading the 91st Psalm. We were led in prayer by Mrs. Robinson.  11 members answered the roll call with verse of scripture and selections.

The Secretary read the minutes of the Jan. meeting which were approved as read.

The Treasurer reported $7.79 in the treasury. 

There being no old business, new was called for.  It was moved that we organize a flower committee to send flowers to the sick and the Secretary was instructed to write for address of the lady who is superintendent of that department to send us a hundred scripture cards.  Which has been done and the cards have arrived.  Mrs. Sarah Lucas chosen Superintendent.  The subject was talked for the society to hold temperance prayer meetings but the ladies thought it best for the two churches just to hold cottage prayer meetings both churches joining.  The ladies

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having charge of this work are Mrs. Sarah Lucas and Mrs. Isaac Howard.  3 prayer meetings have been held and while not largely attended were full of the Holy Ghost and power.

The President was asked to communicate with the County President asking her to meet with us either in March or April to instruct us in the work of the W.C.T.U.

No other business a motion to adjourn to meet with Mrs. Lewis Miller in March.

Two new members joined Mrs. Edwin Barger and Mrs. William Longman.  

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March 1- 1910

The W.C.T.U of Cairo met in their March meeting at the residence of Mrs. Lewis Miller.  Meeting opened with devotional exercises conducted by the President Mrs. Sarah Lucas reciting the 3 Psalm.  Pres. also leading in prayer.  Roll call was next on the program. All answered with scripture texts except the Secretary. 1 member paid their dues.

Flower committee reported 2 bouquets to the sick. A letter was read from Hensonville wishing the ladies to organize a Mothers prayer meeting.  Upon discussing the subject- it was decided not to do so just at present – there being a ladies prayer meeting organized with the ladies of the two churches.  There was much talk of a spiritual nature which was very profitable. It was decided to write to Mrs. Brandon to see if April would suit her to visit our union.  Some temperance literature was distributed.  8 members present.

The meeting was then adjourned to meet with Mrs. Bramfitt in April.  

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April 5, 1910

Meeting of the W.C.T.U. met at the residence of Mrs. Robert Bramfitt.  The society had the pleasure of welcoming the county President Miss E Brandon of Coxsackie as their guest.

Miss Brandon took charge of the meeting and opened the meeting with singing Just as I am without one plea then reading the 146 Psalm. She saying this Psalm was what enthused the ladies of Ohio to start on that wonderful crusade of which the W.C.T.U. was the outgrowth.  Rev R. Bramfitt led in prayer deeming it best to shorten the devotional exercises. Miss Brandon immediately began to talk to us concerning the work of the society saying one especial work was to take up the different departments- of work.  Some one of the society having a special department in charge. Talking themselves and asking others to take part sharing literature to read, thus enlightening all the members. 

She gave a small idea of

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a number of the departments- and leaders were appointed for each one

Mothers meetings              Mrs James Post

Narcotics                             Mrs Blaidsdell

Visitation                             Mrs Ira Tolley

Sunday Observance          Mrs R. Bramfitt

Cigarettes                            Mrs L Miller

White-Ribbon recruits

Work among Seaman & Soldiers

Medical Contests

Reported from the flower committee 10 bouquets- There were 11 members present. One honorary  Our treasurer Mrs Robinson having left Cairo Mr Burr Vaughn elected to fill her place. It was decided to hold the County convention here next- fall in Cairo

Meeting was adjourned with prayer by Mrs Brandon 

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May 3 1910

The May meeting of the W.C.T.U. was held at the home of Mrs Edward Barger.  Meeting was opened by the president reading the Crusaders Psalm (146). Singing blest be the tie that binds. Prayer by Mrs Sarah Lucas.  The roll was then called.  All responded.  11 members present. The minutes of the two last meetings March and April were read and approved.  The President had received a letter from lawyer Austin of Catskill. Containing an anomous letter which he received from some member of our society.  This letter was handed to the Secretary who read both before the society. No one knew who wrote the letter.  Some thinking one and some another. Not anything could be done. But all spoke unfavorably of such letters. Mrs John Fiero being present rad a pamphlet concerning Cider in the home. And giving quite quite a talk along the line of Cider and Alcohol. Meeting was disbanded in  a hurry by an Electrical shower coming up.  Next meeting will be held at the residence of Mrs James Post.  And will be a mothers meeting.  Mrs Post hopes that all will come prepared to take some part 

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June 1910

The June meeting of the W.C.T.U. was held with Mrs James Post-. President in the Chair.  The Devotional exercises was opened by reading the 2 Chapter of 1 Johnfirst 10 versessinging battle cry of the republic prayer by our hostess Mrs Post.  Minutes of May meeting were read and approved.  Roll call was nicely responded to.  14 members present. After all business was attended to. Mrs Post took charge of a Mothers meeting Program consisted of Reading by Miss Eleanor Belts.  Also Mrs Bramfitt and Mrs Post. We were then favored with quite a long address by Mrs George Bulmer which was very much enjoyed by all present.  The society extends a vote of thanks to Mrs Bulmefr for her interesting and painstaking address on this work of the mothers in the home. The Superintendent of the flower department reported 40 bouquets distributed among the sick. The ladies decided to helod a Temperance picnic at the home of Mrs W.D. Blaidsdell the last of June. With this June meeting our meetings will be discontinued through July & August. 

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Close of our first year as a W.C.T.U. Society

Commencement of our second year 

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September – 8 – 1910

Our meeting was called to order with the President Mrs Lucas in the chair.  Meeting was opened by reading one of the psalms and singing blest be the tie that binds this the 8 day of September was observed as a day of prayr for temperance work in greene Co NY

5 ladies lead in fervent pryr for the good of the cause, there wer 12 ladies present all answered with a passage of scripture when the roll was called

Secretary read the minutes of the June meeting which was approved

Treasurer reported dues sent away and in the tresuery 4.94 Secretary reported subscribing for the union Signal for the Society for another year  4 ladies subscribed for the Womans temperance work, the fall convention of the WCTU of Greene Co wil hold its next meeting in Cairo in the pres church the 4 & 5 of October  this matter was brought up and comites formed 

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September 8  continued

Mrs Ira Tolly comittie on music

Miss E Betts  on refreshments

Mrs H Moak  on refreshments

Pres  President acting with this committee

the ladies then Proceeded to the election of officeis

Mrs dora Stevens in the chair

our estimable retiring president retiring

president was again elected 

President            Mrs Sarah Lucas

Vice President   Mrs Helen Moak

                             Miss May Howard

Secretary            Mrs  W D Blaisdell

Treasuier            Mrs Burr Vaughn

Seretary Flower department   Miss E Betts 

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Sept 8  continued

The ladies of the Cairo WCTU held their first annual meeting at Presbyterian Manse with Mrs Bramfitt   with this meeting we celebrated one year of our life as a Temperance Society   we give thanks to our kind Hevenly father for unbroken ranks amongst our little band and we feel we have much to be thankfull for   thankful that Mrs Effie Lambert  came amongst us and that we are organized against this giant Evil Intermperance and it is our prayr that we may hold togather solidly and fight as a unit for gain of the cause   we regret the loss by removal of Rev & Mrs Lisle Robinson but trust that we lose may be someone elssus gaub abd we hope by our next meeting we wil welcome Rev Mr and Mrs Mc Elmin the minister from round top   we now number22 members and 3 honoray members   we sincerely hope all our members will be interested in getting new members  

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Oct   no meeting on account of convention

Nov – 1 – 1910

The Nov meeting of the WCTU met at the home of Mrs W D Blaisdell meeting was called to order With president in the chair  meeting opened with reading the 55 Psalm and prayr by Mrs J Post and singing am I a souldier of the cross with Miss E Betts at the organ.    roll call was next in order nearly all responded with script text

Next reding of the minits of the sep meet   no treasurer report and there being no old business new business was called for, one new member was voted in Mrs William Simkins    there was a bill handed in of 15.0 for feed and stabling horses at  convention which was excepted and the tresuer was requested to pay the same out of the treasury.  The next on the program the ladies of the union proposed giving a free lunch to the electorals on election night     the ladies of the WCTU decided that they should meet with Mrs Bramfitt Nov 15 this to be a department meeting   8 members present one visitor. 

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Nov 15  1910

The ladies of the W.C.T.U. held their first department meeting Nov  15 with Mrs Bramfitt, meeting opened with reading of a chapter from the book exodus by Mrs Bramfitt and repeating the lords prayr and singing one of the new selections that Mrs Bramfitt had selected, then more reading of diferant passages of scripture.  Then Mrs Brfamfitt gave us a very interesting as wel as instructive talk on sabath observance     some of the other ladies gave some very interesting remarks

Singing again then repeated the lords prayr (lords prayr crossed off) ten commandments  then we proceded to the work of appointing choosers   the ladies appointed to choose was Mrs S Lucas  Mrs W D Blaidsdell

Mrs Lucas side                                                                                Mrs B

Mrs Moak                 Mrs Vaughn                                                 Mrs Bramfitt

Mrs Post                   “ E Barger                                                     Mrs Howard

“ Rivenburg              “ Dayton                                                       Miss May Howard

“ Tolly                                                                                              Miss E Bett

“ Palmer                                                                                           Mrs Miller

“ Saulsbery                                                                                       “  Arnold

                                                                                                            “ Bradock

                                                                                                            “ Simpkins

                                                                                                            Miss Rosa Jones

Meeting adjourned til Dec. 6. With Mrs Rivenburg at 2 oclock   8 members present

2 visitors 

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Dec 6 1910  

The ladies of Cairo WCTU met at the home of Mrs Frank Rivenburg  meeting opened with devotional Service by Mrs Rivenburg reading the 91 Pslam and Mrs Lucas our president led in prayr then we sang just as I am with out one plea with Mrs Bramfitt at the organ   rool call was next in order all responded with a verse of Scripture   then the minits of the Nov 15 meeting was read and approved   no trtresuer report  there being no old business nor no new business  only it was talked we should ssend and get some new music for the union but was not decided who should  send for them   then we san onward Christian souldeier   then we adjourned until the first Tuesday in January 3rd to meet with our President Mrs Sarah Lucas   6 members president 

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Jan 3 1911

The ladies of the Cairo WCTU met with our president Mrs Lucas  meeting opened with singing    the president read the 14 chapter St John   Mrs Tolley led in prayr and several of the members followed in prayr as the next Thursday was special prayr day   the president thought best to have a few prayr at the opening of the meeting   the next in order was roll call   all responded verse of scripture   the next reading of the minits of last meeting   there being no motion made they stand as read   the next call for old or unfinished business    no unfinished  only requesting the secretary to send for some singing books which was done   no new business

meeting adjourned  until the 17 of jan at the home of Mrs Barger at two oclock

nine members present and one visitor 

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Jan 17 1911

The ladies of the Cairo branch of the WCTU met with Mrs Barger   Meeting was opened with our president in the chair   the secretary read the 17 chapt of St John and our president led in prayr  the books wer not on hand so could not do eny business   Some of the laides read a few shortpeces from the union Signal subject temperance   4 members present two visitors 

Adjourned to meet with Mrs Moak Feb the 8 at two Oclock 

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Feb 8 1911

The ladies of the Cairo WCTU with Mrs moak   meeting call to order by our president   meeting with Mrs Moak reading the102 psalm  prayr by Mrs Howard and sang all hail the power of jesus name  the next in order was roll call  the secretary in response to her name read a short piece subject what a minister said of the WCTU and as the roll was called each member made same remark on what had been read  next was reading the minutes of the jan 17 meeting   then old or unfinished business was called for   there being weather new business called for

Our president made a motion that we follow the rules better and have better order received some ____ literature for mothers meeting noted in 4 new members  Miss Edna Howard  Miss Rose Jones  Miss Leulla Corine  Mrs G Suttan   meeting adjourned until the 1 of march to meet with Mrs I Howard at 2 Oclock   9 members present  1 visitor   

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March 1 1911

The ladies of the WCTU met with Mrs I Howard

Meeting opened with singing Blest be the tie that binds   Mrs Howard red the fourth chapter of Mark  prayr oferd by Mrs Bramfit   the next in order was roll call most all repeated or read somethingalong the of temperance   the next was reading the minits of the last meeting   then the tresuers report   81 cts in treasury   then  comdes unfinished business   there being non new was called for all the new buisness was to know how many wanted the white ribbon pins   it was decided not to send for them til we meet again   then we adjourned to meet with the Miss Betts the first wensday in April 5th    ten members present 

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April 5 1911

The ladies of the WCTU held their last business meeting with Miss E Betts

Meeting opened with president in the chair   the devotional exercises opened by the reading a portion of scripture by Miss Betts and prayr by the president

Then the roll was called  all responded then the minuits of the last meeting was red and approved   next the treasuers report wich was 81 cts in tresuery   there being no old or unfinished buisness

New buisness was called for  there being non, we adjourned until the 26 April to meet with Mrs Braddock for a Mothers meeting    Seven members present  

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March 22 1922

The ladies of the Cairo WCTU held their third department meeting with Mrs F Tolley   Mrs Tolly took charge of the meeting   Mrs Tolly red some selections from the Scriptures  She also led in prayr   the ladies to follow which some did    then the reading of the minits of the last meeting was called for which was read  and approved    the next Mrs Tolly read a piece on vivisection the subject of our meeting.  There wer some very good remarks on the subject and each lady had something to read on the subject   then one verse of blest be the tie that binds    then our hostess wished to be excused    Mrs Longman gave us some very fine music while our hostes was out   when Mrs Tolly returned she surprised them with refreshment which wa very fine   then we adjourned to meet with Miss Beets April 5th     ten members present  two visitors 

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April 26 1911

The ladies of the Cairo WCTU held a mothers meeting with Mrs F W Braddock with president in the chair  Mrs Post took charge of the meeting   each one read a verse of scripture wich Mrs Post had copied for the occasion   then Mrs Lucas led in prayr   Mrs Post followed with prayr   then Mrs Post read a subject for the mothers meeting   there ther wer some remarks on what had been read   then Mrs Post pase some leaflets to be read for the occasion   then there was some there was some very instructive talk on the subject    thirteen sent for the white ribbon pins  then we adjourned to meet May the 17th with Miss L Miller at three oclock   14 present  

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May 17 1911

The ladies of the Cairo WCTU held a department meeting with Mrs Miller   Subject cigeretts   meeting was opened by the president   Mrs Miller opened the devotional exercises by reading a portion of scripture   Mrs Bramfitt led in prayr   then the roll was called   all responded    then the minits of the last meeting was called which was read and approved    then Mrs Miller took charge of the meeting and read a very interesting subject on cigeretts   also gave each one a leaflet to be read on same subject   Then Mrs Bulmer gave us quite a lecture on the cigerett question   also Mrs Bramfitt gave a talk on the subject of what happened under her observance   then we adjourned to meet with Mrs Barmer june 7 at three oclock   ten members present  1 visitor 

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June 14 1911

The ladies of the Cairo WCTU met with Mrs Isaac Howard

Meeting was called to order with president in the chair Mrs Lucas read a portion of scripture and Miss Tolley led in prayr after wich the meeting opened for business    the secretary report was read and approved   the treasurer reported a balance on hand of $3.91   It was voted to furnish luncheon for the anti salon league convention to be held in the M E church on june 21   plans for the luncheon was immediately made after which Mrs Lucas brought some correspondence before the meeting but no action was taken in regards to it   On motion of Mrs Bulmer a unanimous vote of appreciation was extended to Mrs Bramfitt as is about to leave Cairo    we wish to express to her our appreciation of her interest in and help to our union   the next thing to come before the meeting a discussion of plans for our annual picnic   it was noted to hold our picnic on the lawn of Mr & Mrs W D Blaisdell on Friday afternoon June 25 after which meeting we have to meet with Mrs W D Bliasdell on June 25   8 members present 

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June 25 1911

The ladies of the WCTU met at the home of Mrs W D Blaisdell for a department meeting and picnic    meeting called to order with President in the chair   devotional exercises were led by the secretary reading a portion of the 23rd chapter of Proverbs   Mrs Bulmer led in prayr then we sund one verse of blest be the tie that binds   then the roll was called    nearly all responded with script verse   then the call for the minits of the last meeting  which was read and approved    then Mrs Blaisdell read a short piece on the subject non alcohol or snit narcotic and or nearly each one in the room read a short piece on the subject and then Mrs Bulmer gave us a very interesting as well as instructive talk on the subject non alchohal   we had a very interesting meeting   then we adjourned to the picnic ground to prepare the tables which was quickly done and then all gathered around the tables wich was loaded with everything  

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that was good   all seemed to enjoy their super very much   after all had been filled all went to work with a will and soon had the tables cleared of everything and carried in the dining room   when all was done all gathered in the dining room where we had some music and sang one hymn    after the singing all gave the host and hostes a vote of thanks   then all adjourned for home

18 member present

2 new ones voted voted in 

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September 6 1911

The ladies of the Cairo WCTU held their first meeting of their fall meetings at the home of Mrs W D Blaisdell    meeting opened with Vice President Mrs Moak in the chair   devotional exercises commenced with Mrs Moke Reading Scriptures   prayr by Mrs post after which the meeting was open for business   the first in order was a roll call    nerly all answered with scripture text   Mrs Post read some very interest subjects   the subject being Temper then the minits of the last meeting and picnic was read and approved    then we had some interest talk along the line of temperance   then we wer dismissed with repeating the lords prayr    6 members present

the close of second year    commencement of our third year 

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September 20 1911

The ladies of the WCTU of Cairo held their Annual meeting with Mrs Isaac Howard   meeting opened with the President in the chair.  Devotional exercises commenced with Mrs Howard reading the 5 chapter of Revelation and Mrs dora Stevens led in prayr   after wich meeting was open for business   first on program was roll call   then the minits of the last meeting was called for which was read and approved  treasueres report a balance on hand $8 91 cents  a motion was made and seconded that her report  be axcepted as read   then the next was election of officers  

the first President Mrs Lucas reelected

first Vice President Mrs L Tolly

second Vice President Mrs Bulmer

secretary Mrs W D Blaisdell

treasuerer Mrs B Vaughn

superintendant of flower committee Miss Elnor Betts

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Mrs Bulmer appointed superintendant of sea and souldier work

Mrs Fiero superintendent of sabath observance and it was voted that we have our annual meeting the third Wednesday in September in the future   the the delagates wer appointed for the convention which wer

Mrs Sarah Lucas

Mrs Moak

Mrs L Tolley

Mrs W D Blaisdell

then we adjourned to meet with Mrs Moake the 4 of October

16 members present   received one new member Mrs Harison Jones 

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October 4 1911

The ladies of the Cairo WCTU met with Mrs Moke Oct 4 1911 for a business meeting   meeting called to order with president in the chair   Mrs Moak read the 25 psalm  Mrs Bulmer offered prayr after which the meeting was open for business   the first is roll call   nearly all responded with scripture verse then the minits of the last meeting was called for which was read and approved    then the tresasurer report was called for    the treasurer  was absent there fore no report    then there was a discushon of plans to send for literature to send to each voter in the town   it was voted the the secretary be otherised to draw one dollor from the tresuery and send for the 2 fore said literature which was done, five signed for the Womans Temperance work which has been sent Oct 5th to Mrs Hellen J Anderson care Olean Convention   2 signals sent for

seven members present 

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Nov 1 1911

The ladies of the WCTU of Cairo met with Mrs William Simpkins Nov 1 for a business meeting    meeting called to order with Mrs Post appointed pretem in the chair   Mrs Post read a portion of the second chaper of Habakknk   she also offered prayr    then the meeting was open for business   then the roll was called    all responded with scriptrue verse   then the call for the minits of the last meeting wich was read and approved   then the tresuerer report was called   tresuerer being absent   so no report was given   Mrs Isaac Howard presented a bill of $3.63 cents for literature to be sent to each voter, it was voted that the tresuerer pay to Mrs Isaac Howard the sum of three dollors and sixty three cents, then it was discussed wither we should furnished lunch for the

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men on election night

the motion was made and seconded that we furnish the lunch and then we  planed what each one would furnish and send word to each member that was not there    then we adjourned to meet with Mrs L Miller on Nov 15 at 2.30 Oclock

6 members present 

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Nov 15 1911

The ladies of the Cairo WCTU meet with Mrs L Miller for a department meeting  subject Cigerett   meeting was opened with second vice president in Mrs Bulmer in the chair   devotional exercises commenced with singing prais god from whome all belssings flow   then Mrs Bulmefr read a portion of scripture and offered prayr then the meeting was open for business   the first is roll call    all responded by reading selections of literature subject cigeretts   the minits of of our last meeting

Was called for which was read and approved as read   then the call for tresuerer report was called   tresuerer being absent  there was no report   then cme a call for unfinished business   there being no unfinished business

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New business was called for   the new business was the Sea and souldier work was discussed and was laid over till we can get the paper that has the plan for making them comfort bags   then it was discussed ow we could benefit the boys and young men    it was a good plan to get some literature on cigeretts and have them distribute them   Mrs L Howard took what we had at the last meeting

then we adjourned to meet with Miss E Betts Dec 6 at 2 Oclock

8 members 

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Dec 6 1911

The ladies of the WCTU of Cairo meet with Miss Betts Dec 6 1911 for a business meeting   meeting opened with vice president Mrs Tolly in the chair   Miss Betts offered prayr   then meeting was open for business   the minits was called for wich the secretary read and wer approved as read, then unfinished was called for    there being no unfinished  then we had the treasurer report wich was $7 08 cents  the secretary returned the 1 dollor in money to have been used for literature   then the roll was called    nearly all responded with scripture verse  some read a short piece subject temperance   then we adjourned to meet with Mrs Burr Vaugh the first wesday in Jan 3 at 2 Oclock

9 members present 

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Jan 3 1912

The ladies of the WCTU met with Mrs Burr Vaughn for a suisness meeting   President in the chair  meeting opened with singing then Mrs Vaughn reading the first Psalm and the president offered prayr   then the meeting was open for business   the first in order was in order was the roll call   all responded with Scripture verse and subject Temperance   nesct was the reading of the minits which was approved as read   then tresurer report   there was a motion made and carried that the WCTU invite the Rev Mr Sellman to preach a sermon Feb 18 on Frances Willard Memoral fund day   there was a prayr meeting appointed at Mrs Moaks Thursday afternoon Jan 10  then we adjourned to meet with Mrs Post J 17 at 230 Oclock    then we wer dismissed by the Rev Mr Sleelman   11 members present and two visitors 

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Jan 17 1912

The ladies of the WCTU met with Mrs James Post for a mothers meeting 

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Feb 7 1912

The ladies of the WCTU met with Mrs Burr Vaughn with President in the chair   Meeting opened with singing Blest be the tie that binds followed by scripture reading by Mrs Isaac Howard and prayr by Mrs james Post  then the roll was called and responded to by each member with articles on temperance scripture verses etc  Plans then were discussed for a social to be given on the evening of Feb 16 charging an admittance of ten cents the recepts to be applied on the Frances Willard Memorial Funds   the members of the Frances Willard league to arrange a program to be given at the time and the ladies of the WCTU to furnish refreshments   Mrs Burr Vaughn Mrs F P Haines  Mrs William Simpkins wer 

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wer appointed as soliciting Committee   It was also arranged to accept an invitation from Rev I N Steeman  Pastor of the Presbyterian Church to attend service in a body Sunday evening Feb 18

After singing What a friend we have in Jesus and repeating the benediction the meeting adjourned to meet March 6th

10 members present  2 visitors 

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March 6 1912

The ladies of the Cairo WCTU meet with Mrs C Haines for a business meeting

Meeting opened with president in the chair   the devotional exercises commenced with Mrs Haines reading a part of the 14 chapter of St John and Mrs Lucas offered prayr   then the meeting was open for business   the roll was called each member responded with scripture verse   Mrs Tolley read an itam from the Union Signal   then the minits of the last meeting was read and approved   the treasurer was absent so we had no report   then came the call for unfinished business   the unfinished buisness was sea and souldier work   the it was arranged to meet with Mrs I Howard to make comfort bags

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And it was arrainged that we should serve lunch after work was done   Mrs Haines and Miss Betts wer appointed Soliciting Committee to see about the lunch   the secretary was appointed to se Mrs Bulmer the Superintendent of this work and she did call on her and she said she was not able to attend to it her self on account of sickness   She asked the Secretary to act for her wich she did and did the very best she could 

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March 20 1912

The ladies of the WCTU of Cairo meet with Mrs Moak for a business meeting   Mrs Post was appointed president protem   then devotional exercises commenced with singing Jesus lover of my soul and Mrs Post read the 5 psalm and also offered prayr   then the meeting was open for business    the first was roll call all responded with scripture verse   then the minits was read and approved as read.  Tresurer being absent conscequently we had no report   then the the call for unfinished business only the comfort bags  those not being finished it was decided that they we try and finish them at the next meeting   then it was discussed that we have a supper and charge ten cents    then the secretary was requested to send for the state hand books at five cent a piece  then we adjourned to meet with Mrs W D Blaisdell May 1st 

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May 1st 1912

The ladies of the WCTU of Cairo meet with Mrs W D Blaisdell the first day of May for a business meeting   our worthy president meet with us    meeting was called to order with President  in the chair   devotional exercise commenced by singing blessed assurance with Miss E Betts at the organ   Secretary read the 101 psalm   Mrs Lucas offered prayr then the meeting was open for business   the roll was called all responded with scripture verse except Mrs Post read a short item from UnionSignal   then the minits of the last meeting was read, then we had the tresurers report   there was  _____ in the treasury   the call for unfinished business  there being nounfinished business only the comfort bags  they wer nearly half finished at Mrs Howards   the state hand books wer on hand   the Secretary was requested to send for ½ doz more white ribbons pins, then we closed by repeating the pledge   our president

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wishing no to use the pledge at closing  then the ladies wnt to work with a will to finish the bags before Supper and I think they wer all ready for the machine before supper and Mrs Vaughn very kindly offered to finish stiching them on her machiene   at 5 oclock all adjourned to the dining room and did ample justis to what they found there   proceeds wer a little over two dollars 

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March 15 1912

The ladies of the WCTU of Cairo meet with Mrs James Post for a Mothers meeting   Mrs Post took charge of the meeting   Mrs Post read a portion of scripture and Mrs Bulmer offered prayr   then Mrs Post read a selection from the christian herald   thenthe meeting was open for business or whatever was presented for the meeting   Mrs Steelman was present and gave us a very interesting as well as instructive talk   also Mrs George Bulmer she also gave some very interesting talk on of the subjects that was discused was how children should be brought up and how mothers should make companions of their children their sons as well as daughters and many other useful as as helpful things   then we adjourned to meet the first Wednesday in June   8 members present and 9 visitors 

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June 5 1912

The ladies of the WCTU held their regular business meeting with Mrs Ira Tolley   meeting opened with vice president in the chair   devotional exercises commenced by president reading a portion of scripture and offered prayr which was followed with a few short prayrs   then the meeting was open for business    the roll was called and all responded with scripture verse   then the call for treasure report which was read and approved   then unfinished business was called for there being no unfinished business new business was called for   all the new business there was the secretary made a motion that we pay all debts that was standing aganst this union before we close for our vacation   the motion was made and carried that the treasurer pay all bills standing aganst the union at this…..

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Time   then the picnic was discused   it was decided that we should hold our annal picnic on the lawn at W D Blaisdells   then the soliciting comitty was appanted which was Mrs Burr Vaughn  Mrs William Simpkins Miss E Betts  Mrs Dara Stevens   then the Secretary was requested to send for another half doz state hand books wich was done   then Mrs Howard took the floor   she read the letters about the resons housework for poor and homeless girls and also told us what she had done and what money she had raised and had the promis of more   then our hostess asked to be excused and in a few minits returned with a beautiful lunch which as pertaken of very greatfully   it was very kind of her   then we wer dismissed by repeating the lords prayr   7 members present   close of third year 

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September 10 1912  the commencement of the fourth year

The ladies of the WCTU of Cairo held their last meeting with Mrs Moak  meeting called to order with President in the chair   Mrs Lucas read the second chap Hebrews   she also offord prayr   then we sang  work for the night is coming   the the roll was called then the meeting was open for business   the election of officers was the first on the program   Mrs Bulmer took the chair   the officers wer nominated and the secretary was otherized to cast a ballot for President   then each officer was dully elected

Mrs Bulmer President

Mrs Tolley first vice President

Mrs Moak Sec President

Mrs W D Blaisdell Secretary

Mrs I Howard Assistant

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Mrs Bur Vaughn Tresurer

Miss Betts  Flower Superintendent

Mrs John W Fearo  Sabath Observen

After the election of officers then there was a discussion a bout the convention, who is going and how many

The each paid their dues then we sang Blest be the tie that binds and was then  dismissed with the benediction to meet with Mrs William Simpkins in October at two oclock 

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Oct 2 1912

The ladies of the WCTU of Cairo meet with Mrs Simpkins for a business meeting   As our President was absent Mrs Lucas acted as President protem  Mrs Lucas read the first Pslam and the Rever Mr Robinson offered prayr   then the roll was called   all responded with scripture text   the treasurer was absent so had no report   there being no unfinished business nor no new business we voted in three new members  Mr  Mrs Robinson and Mrs Charles Smith   then the subject was discussed about sending for literature for the fall campaign  it was decided that the Secretary send for three dollars worth and use the money she had on hand and call on the trsurer for the rest which was done

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Then the subject of having a social to raise the money to placed in the treasury in the place of what we used for literature   then the secretary read an account of the annual convention at Windham   then our hostes excused herself and when she returned we wer served tea and cake and then cake and cream was served which we all did ample justis   it was delicious and we all did enjoy it   Mrs Robinson gave $1.00 for literature   Miss Rose gave 50 cts   then we were dismissed   6 members present 

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Nov 6 1912

The ladies of the WCTU held their regular monthly meeting at the home of Mrs E Barger Nov 6   meeting opened with our worthy President in the chair   devotional exercises comenced with sing 1 verse of rescue the perishing

Pres read the 35 psalm and ofered prayr then the meeting was open buisness

the first was roll call   all responded then the secretary read the minits of the last meeting which was approved as read   then the call for tresurer report   tresurer being absent we had no report   no unfinished work   Mrs Barger was appointed superintendent of Soaldiers and Sailors   then the president put the subject before the meeting that we meet only once a month and that should be the first Wednesday in each month   then we adjourned to meet with Mrs J howard Dec 2nd    12 members present 

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Dec 2 1912

The ladies of the Cairo WCTU of Cairo meet with Mrs Isaac Howard for a buisness meeting   meeting called to order with President in chair   devotional exercises began with Pres reading the 5 chap of Thessalonians and she also offered prayr   then the secretary read the minits of the last meeting   the roll was called and nearly all responded with scripture verse   then the tresurers report was called for   tresurer was absent   no report   then Mrs Miller took of the meeting for a short cigerett meeting wich was very interesting   after the cigerett meeting closed the President thought best there should be a comitte appointed    Mrs Burns  Mrs Simpkins   Mrs Blaisdill  Mrs Lucas     Mrs Burns was appointed chairmen of the committee   Miss May Howard took the collection   we closed by repeating the pledge and benediction  9 members present  2 visitors 

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Jan 9th 1913

The ladies of the WCTU of Cairo meet at the parsonage with Rev Mr Mrs Robinson for a buisness and prayr meeting   meeting came to order with president in the chair   devotional exercises began with singing with Mr Robinson the piano   then our president read a portion of scripture and Mr Robinson offered prayr   then the meeting was open for buisness   the first in order was roll call   all responded with scripture verse then the minits of the last meeting was read and approved   no tresurer report   Mrs Tolley received a letter from the county coresponding secretary saying that a gentleman by the name of fanning wished to lecture for the WCTU   it was put befor the meeting voted and carried that the WCTU have Mr Fanning to lecture for them and Mrs Tolley very kindly offered to entertain him over night if some of the sisters would entertain him till time for the meeting

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Then a motion was made and carried that Miss Frances Willards Picture be placed in the Cairo high school   Mrs I Howard was appointedto draw money from the tresury and for it    then the meeting closed to meet with Mrs Bur Vaughn the first Wednesday in Feb at 230 oclock    ten members present and 2 visitors   collection 25cts   then Mr Robinson took charge of the prayr meeting   we had a very interesting as well as profitable meeting   meeting closed with benediction 

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Feb 5 1913

The ladies of the WCTU of Cairo meet with Mrs Bur Vaughn Feb 5 for a buisness meeting, meeting came to order with President Mrs Bulmer in the chair   devotional exercises began with pres reading the 7 chap of Matthew and sang 1 verse of Rescue the perishing   prayr was offered by Mrs Howard   the roll was called all responded with script verse except Miss Betts read an itamm sugject temperence    then the secretary read the minits of the last meeting which was approved as read   then was tresurers report   then call for unfinished buisness  not unfinished buisness  then the subject of sending for the Frances Willards Picture   it was decided that it should be the 4 dollar picture, the the secretary read a postal from our county corisponding secretary that Mr Fanning could come to Cairo the week of April 20 to the 25   the meeting closed with the benediction to meet with Mrs Post March 5 at 230   7 members present  3 visitors 

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March 5 1913

The ladies of the WCTU of Cairo meet with Mrs James Post for a regular buisness meeting  meeting called to order to order with President reading the 46 psalm then prayr was offered    then we sang work for the night is coming   Mrs Post at the piano   then the roll was called   nearly all responded then the secretary read the minits of the last meeting   the next was tresurer report  there was a call for unfinished buisness   the unfinished buisness on hand is about the social and the lecture which was laid on the table till next meeting   there was a discusheon wether moving picture was good for children   there  was a committee appointed to see Mr Herton and see what kindof pictures he has   the ladies appointed are Mrs Bulmer, Mrs James Post, Mrs Tolley, Mrs Lucas, Mrs Simpkins, Mrs Miller

Meeting then adjourned to meet with Mrs F R Haines April 2 at 230 oclock  

Ten members present  1 visitor  we wer dismised with Benediction 

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April 2 1913

The ladies of the WCTU meet with Mrs F R Hines April 2nd at 230   meet opened with our worthy President reading the 20th chapter of Prov   then prayr was offered by Mrs Bulmer   then roll was called   nearly all responded with a verse of scripture   then the secretary read the minits of the last meeting which was approved as read  the call for tresurer report   tresurer was absent so we had no report   then there was the call for unfinished buisness   there being no unfinished buisness   there is is the subject of the social which has been laid over for some future time   then there was a discusion on the book of Mrs Dr Muncie   it was decided that each one put in ten cents apice and that the secretary send for the book and pas it on so all can read it   then we adjourned to meet again May 7 at 230 oclock with Mrs Moak  wer dismised with the benediction  8 members present 

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May 7 1913

The ladies of the WCTU of Cairo met with Mrs Moak for their regular monthly buisness and mothers meeting   meeting clled to order with President in chair   devotional exercises comenced with singing work for the night is coming and Mrs Moak reading a chapt from the bible and Mr Bulmer ofered pryer   then the meeting was open for buisness   then the roll was called all responded then the secretary read the report of the last meeting which is recorded as read  not tresurers report   then the call for unfinished buisness   all thre is the social and that has been laid on the table till next fall   then there was discusion about our notices as Mr Squires has refused to print them in the herald, we should have two or three notices of our monthly meeting ritin out and put in some good place beside in the church

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Then Mrs Post took charge of the mothers meeting   our superintendent Mrs Post invited Mrs Steelman to read a paper that she had prepared for this meeting which was very instructive and interesting   then our President gave a short talk on china   then we adjourned to meet with Mr and Mrs Robinson at the methodist Parsonage June 4 at 230 oclock   7 members present and 5 visitors 

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June 4 1913

The ladies of the WCTU held their regular monthly meeting with Rev and Mrs Robinson June 4 1913.  Meeting came to order with Pres. in chair – The President read a few verses from different chapters from the Bible and sang Work for the Night is Coming with Mrs Robinson at the piano.  The Pres offered prayer and the meeting was opened for business.  The first was roll call to which all responded with a verse of scripture.  The Secretary read the minutes of the previous meeting which was approved as read – Treasurer was absent so there was no report. There was no unfinished business except the comfort bags. Those were laid over until the next meeting in September.  Then the Superintendants had their meeting.  The subjects were interesting and they all did their part well.

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The picnic was discussed and a committee appointed for refreshments and we were dismissed with the benediction.  Our next meeting to be held the 10th of Sept.   10 members present.   Mrs W.D. Blaisdell, Secy 

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Sept 10th 1913

The annual meeting of the WCTU was held at the home of Mrs Helen Moak Wednesday, Sept 10th. Ten members and two visitors were present.

The meeting was called to order and opened with prayer by President Mrs. Bulmer

The roll was called and responded to by members repeating verses of scripture, Mrs Tolley reading letters telling something of the Rescue Workers and reporting that $2.00 has been sent for this good cause.

The Secretary’s report of the June meeting was read and approved. The Treasurers report was read by Mrs Post in the absence of Mrs Vaughn.  Rev. Mr Robinson reported from a letter received disiring a convention in the interest of the Anti-Saloon League to be held in Cairo Sept 22.

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Mr Robinson upon giving a hearty invitation to meet in the Methodist Church it was voted to appoint a committe to arrange for entertaining the delegates Mrs Blaisdell acting as chairman of this committee.

The following officers were elected for the insueing year

Mrs W D Blaisdell   President

Mrs Ira Tolley          1st Vice “

Mrs Sarah Lucas     2nd “      “

Mrs A H Burns         Secretary

Mrs C Smith             Ass. Secy

Mrs Burr Vaughn   Treasurer

Mrs G. Robinson     Organist

Mrs W D Blaisdell, Mrs Ira Tolley, and Mrs Sarah Lucas were appointed delegates to the WCTU Convention to be held at Coxsackir Oct 2-3.

On motion meeting be adjourned and was dismissed by Rev. Robinson to meet the first Wednesday in Oct.     Mrs A H Burns, Sec’y 

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Business meeting called by the president at the home of Mrs Chas. Smith Wednesday afternoon Sept 24th 1913.  Five members present. Meeting called to order followed by devotional exercises led by the President Mrs. Blaisdell. “Yield Not to Tempatation” was sung.  Scripture reading from the 5th chapter of Matthew with an earnest prayer by Mrs. Lucas.

After roll call the Secretary’s report was read and accepted.

On motion, Miss May Howard was appointed as Supt. of Soldiers and Sailors Dept. in place of Mrs Barger and also authorized to send for a part of the necessary supplies to fill the comfort bags which is hoped may be completed in Oct.

It was also voted to have as many boys as possible distribute temperence literature to the voters a few days before and also on election day.

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On account of the severe storm there was a small attendance at the convention of the Law and Order League held in the M.E. Church Sept 22. But as one who was present expressed it “Few in number but good work done” and it is hoped we ma see the good results later.  The Ladies served a delicious dinner which was heartely enjoyed by those present.  Dr. Tower thanking them most cordially for the hospitality shown.

Meeting adjourned to meet in Oct.

                                                                                                Mrs A H Burns,
                                                                                                                 Sec’y  

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Oct 8 1913

The regular meeting of the WCTU was held Oct 8 1913 with Mrs Tolley.

Meeting was opened by singing “Blessed Assurance.”  Reading of the scripture by Mrs Tolley and prayer by Mrs Post

As neither Secretary or Treasurer were present there were no reports.

Mrs Tolley, Mrs Basford, Mrs Blaisdell and Mrs Dayton each agreed to pay one dollar of the twenty dollars to be raised.

Mrs Tolley and Mrs Blaisdell gave a report of the County WCTU Convention. It was decided by those present to use the money in the treasury for the articles needed to fill the comfort bags and if not enough the deficiency to be met by the Union.

Meeting closed by all repeating the Lords Prayer.

                                                                        Mrs. G.E. Robinson
                                                                                    Sec’y Protem 

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Oct 22 1913

The regular meeting of the WCTU was held at the home of Mrs Vaughn Oct 22. The meeting was opened by the President Mrs Blaisdell who read Matt. 22 chapter. Mrs Isaac Howard led in prayer after which Mrs Tolley was elected Sec’y protem. Next the roll call and the report of last meeting was read.

Ten dollars was reported by Mrs Vaughn had been given toward the election fund. Mrs Vaughn read a letter from Miss Brandow, the Co Supt, saying the Union could have the pledged money from Mr. Fanning’s meeting.

Meeting closed with the Lords Prayer. Seven members present.

                                                                                    Carrie E. Tolley
                                                                                         Sec. protem 

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(Nov 18 1913)

The regular meeting of the WCTU was held at the home of Mrs H Simpkins Nov 18th. Meeting was opened by the Pres. Mrs Blaisdell who read from John 14th chapter.  Mrs Howard led in prayer.  Mrs Robinson was appointed sec. protem.  There were 8 members present.  Minutes of las meeting were read and approved.  Mrs Robinson reported $13.50 left from Election fund.

Remarks made by Mrs Bulmer and Mrs Howard.  Report of the Worlds Convention by Mrs Brasford.  Motion made and carried that we give Mrs Brasford for her fine report. Mrs Bulmer gave report of the eeting in Plymouth and also received a vote of thanks.  Collection 32 cents. Motion carried that the $13.50 be kept for campaign purposes two years later.

Meeting closed by repeating the pledge.  Next meeting to be held Dec 3 with Mrs Basford at Round Top.

                                                                                    Mrs G Robinson
                                                                                           Sec. protem 

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(Dec 3 1913)

The Womens Christian Temperance Union met this Third Day of December at the home of Mrs C. H. Basford for the regular business meeting.

Meeting called to order by President Mrs. Wesley Blaisdell.

Onward Christian Soldiers sung.  A portion of scripture read by President and Prayer offered by Rev. Mr. Basford.  Roll call of officers and members repsonded with passages of Scripture as follows:  Mrs. Blaisdell, Mrs. Isaac Howard, Mrs. Helen Moak, Mrs. Julia Arnold, Mrs. Harrison Jones, Mrs. Geo. Bulmer, Mrs Dora Stevens, Mrs. C. H. Basford, Mrs. Grant E. Robinson, Miss Eleanor Betts, Miss Rose Jones, Mrs. James Post, Mrs. Wm. Simpkins, Mrs. C. M. Smith.  We were _____ to have with us as visitors Mrs. Barry, Mrs. Whitbeck, Mrs. Overbaugh, Miss Richards and Mr. Ira Tolley.  Minutes of last meeting read and approved.

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Recitation by Mrs. Whitbeck.

Motion regularly made and seconded and carried that we give a rising vote of thanks to Mrs. Whitbeck and also Mrs Barry for playing organ.  Report of Worlds Convention W.C.T.U. by Mrs. Basford which was very interesting and encouraging.  She also read to us a portion of Mrs. Armour’s wonderful address then recited a peom entitled “The White White Ribbon.”  A motion regularly made seconded and carried that we give Mrs. Basford a rising vote of thanks.

Motion regularly made, seconded and carried that we pay bill of $6.31.

It was then reported that there was no money to meet this bill.  Motion regularly made seconded and carried that we borrow from Campaign Fund.

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Remarks by Mr. Tolley suggesting that we take up a collection which we did at once realizing about $5.50 which left us only a little short of necessary amount.  Motion regularly made seconded and carried that we invite the visiting ladies to join the Union.  They did not decide to do so at present.  Mrs. H. Jones paid her yearly dues.  Motion regularly made seconded and carried that notice of W.C.T.U. meetings be published in Cairo Herald and that Mrs. Bulmer present same.  Next meeting to be held Jan 7 1914 at the home of Mrs Isaac Howards.  All repeated The Lords Prayer and sang God be with you till we meet again.  Meeting ordered closed by President.

                                                                        Mrs. C. M. Smith
                                                                        Asst. Secretary 

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(Jan 7 1914)

Regular meeting of W.C.T.U. met with Mrs Isaac Howard Jan 7, 1914.  Devotional meeting opened with scripture reading by Mrs. Chas. Smith and prayer by Mrs. Howard.  Minutes of last meeting read and approved.  Mrs. Tolley read letter from Miss Andrus, Sec’y of National W.C.T.U. 

Box of comfort bags reported as sent by parcelpost but not heard from.  By request of President as letter was read by the Secretary from Miss Ella Boole telling of much good work done in 1913 and urging a further and greater effort by every W.C.T. U. member during the coming year.  A most interesting report was given by Mrs. Basford of the great and successful convention of the Anti-Saloon League at Columbus.  Large crowds of people including many Legislators were present to hear the speech of Sen. Hobsen of Alabama and also that of the Ex Gov of Tennesee.  An article was read by Mrs. Howard telling of the efforts being put forth by Mr. Anderson at Albany for local option in the cities.

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A committee was appointed consisting of the officers of our Union to arrange for the program and necessary arrangements for the 15 of Jan which has been designated as a National Constitutional Prohibition Day.

After singing a hymn the meeting adjourned

                                                                                    Belle Burns
                                                                                       Secretary

On the evening of Jan 15, 1914 in the prayer room of the Methodist Church was observed as a time set apart by all White Ribboners for prayer for victory in this campaign and a special program as follows:

Scripture reading 146 Psalm          Rev. Robinson

Prayer                                                Rev. I. N. Steelman

Chorus           by girls of the Frances Willard League

Address         “                                                      “

Address                                             Rev. O. Edglow

Duet – Some Glad Day -                 Dorothy Tolley – Mattie Burns

Proclamation read by                       Mrs. A. H. Burns

Address                                             Dr. Geo. Bulmer

“            “                                            Rev. Grant Robinson

Several hymns were sung and each address was interesting and helpful.        (over)

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Thanks was extended to all who so heartily responded to the committee who had it in charge, and also to those who in any way helped to make this meeting a success.

                                                                                                Mrs. A. H. Burns
                                                                                                            Sec’y 

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(Jan 21 1914)

Regular meeting of the W.C.T.U. was held at the home of Mrs. Arnold, at Purling, Jan 21 1914.

Meeting was opened by singing, “Rescue the perishing,” followed with scripture reading by the President, Mrs. Blaisdell, and prayer by Mrs. Bulmer.  Eight members responded to the roll call.  Minutes of last meeting read.  An article read by Mrs. Tolley, remarks by Mrs. Bulmer, and a most interesting  paper by Mrs Basford were listened to and enjoyed by all present.  The Secretary was authorized to write to the W.C.T.U. Headquarters to obtain information in regard to the comfort bags.  Miss Warner favored us by reciting a poem and one was also read by Mrs. Arnold.  We were very glad to welcome as visitors, seven ladies from Purling.  At the close of our meeting our hostess had served to us most delicious refreshments.  Meeting adjourned to meet Feb 4th with Miss Eleanor Betts.

                                                                                    Mrs. A. H. Burns
                                                                                    Secretary 

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(Feb 4 1914)

Meeting of the W.C.T.U. at Miss Betts Feb 4 1914

Meeting opened with singing “Yield not to Temptation” followed by prayer by Rev. Basford. 

Roll call and responses

Minutes of former meeting read and approved.

Communications from the Kings Co. Hdqtrs stated that the comfort bags were received o.k.  No old or new business.  An article was given by Miss Eleanor Betts concerning the Flower Mission and responded to by Mrs. Bulmer.  Text cards were distributed and read by various members.  Quiz department was conducted by Miss E Betts was was responded to in concert by the members.  Motion made by Mrs Bulmer that the Club send flower post cards to the sick - carried. As it has been suggested that flowers be sent to the sick, Mrs Basford remarked that the sum necessary for payment of flowers be used for subscription copies

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Of the Union Signal and sent by the Union for use in the Community, rather than expended for flowers.

Mrs. Bulmer made some very interesting remarks concerning cigarette smoking, also the movement in the Club Federation in response to requests from W.C.T.U. for reforms in Woman’s immodest apparel of the present day.  Motion made by Mrs. Basford that 100 Floral Mission Cards be ordered for use in the Union, also that floral cards be sent to day to the sick as affectionate greetings from this order.  Interesting incident by Mrs. Basford, also a poem (by Ella Wheeler Wilcox) which was rendered in a pleasing manner and appreciated by those present.  A contribution was received followed by remarks by Rev. Basford in response to a general equest by members.  As there was no futher business the meeting was closed by singing “Jesus, Saviour, Pilot me,” followed by benediction by Rev. Basford.

                                                                                    Dora M. Stevens Sec. protem 

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(Feb 18 1914)

The regular meeting of the W.C.T.U. was held at the home of Mrs. Robinson Feb 18 1914.  Devotional meeting opened with scripture reading by Mrs. Charles Smith followed with prayer by Mrs. Moak.

Minutes of last meeting were read and approved.  A letter was read from Mrs. Savella Martin, Supt. of Sabbath Observance, asking that enclosed blanks be filled and returned in the Fall with our yearly report.

Mrs. Dora Stevens reported flower mission cards mailed to those who were ill.

Arrangements were made for a supper to be served by the ladies of the W.C.T.U. to the Boy Scouts.  Mrs Miller was appointed chairman of a committee for that purpose.  As there were no further business, those present assisted one of their members (who had recently met with a loss of much of her bedding by fire) tie a comfortable.  Meeting adjourned.

                                                                                                Mrs. A. H. Burns
                                                                                                            Sec’y 

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(April 15 1914)

The regular meeting of the W.C.T.U. was held at the home of Mrs. Moak April 15 1914.  Devotional meeting led by Mrs Blaisdell who read John 16: 1-10 – Prayer by Mrs. Lucas.  Roll call answered to by members.  Minutes of last meeting read and approved.  Card read from Co Supt. of Dept of Mercy urging us to have such a dept and hold a meeting with interest of our mute friends.  Literature on the same distributed. 

Mrs. Post opened the “Mothers Meeting” by reading a selection on the censoship of the Popular Songs which are being sung by our children.  Mrs Bulmer gave a talk on the popular style of dress, and told of the protests being made against the disgusting fashions of the time, telling of the death of many infants owing to the dress of the time and the fall of many a girl and boy through the dress and dance of our time.  Mothers are res[ponsibile for these things and should train their children for purity and respect of womanhood.  Motion made and unanousously carried that

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The W.C.T.U. approve of the censorship of the popular Songs, and are will to go on record that the harmful, nasty songs should be denied the privilege of copyright.  Collection 33 cts.

Closing with Lords Prayer.

                                                                                                Mrs J Post, Sec protem 

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(April 29th, 1914)

A meeting of the W.C.T.U. at the home of Miss Eleanor Betts, April 29th, 1914.

Opened by singing “Nearer My God to Thee.” Scripture reading by Pres., 107 Pslam followed with earnest prayer by Rev. G.E. Robinson. Response to roll call by Members present, literature received urging us to work for the Dept. of Sabbath Observance- collection 25c.  Motion made and carried that 41c be sent to make the am’t of $2.00 for Frances Willard Memorial and $1.59 to be sent to the Co-Treasurer for the Prohibition Fund.

Meeting adjourned by singing “Yield Not to Temptation.” 

92       May 13, 1914

The regular meeting of the W.C.T.U. was held at thehome of Mrs Isaac Howard.  Meeting opened with scriptiure reading John 15 1-10 by the President, Mrs. Blaisdell-  Mrs Howard offered prayer-  Mrs Tolley was appointed Secretary pro tem.  At roll call, Miss Betts, Mrs Blaisdell, Mrs Moak, Mrs Howard, Miss May Howard and Mrs Tolley answered with reading articles, Bible verses, and discussion of articles read. Minutes of last meeting read and approved. Collection 30cts- Meeting closed with repeating the Lords Prayer- Next meeting to be with Mrs Tolley.

                                                                                                Mrs. Ira Tolley
                                                                                                        -         Sec. pro tem  - 

93       May 27, 1914

A Department meeting on “Purity” was held at the home of Mrs Tolley.  After Scripture reading, prayer was offered by nearly all present.  Mrs Post was appointed secretary pro-tem.  Mrs Tolley read an article on the importance of training our children to be pure and the responsibility resting on parents & teachers.  Mrs Post read from a leaflet, a Physician’s investigation of certain conditions which are a menace to our family life.  Mrs. Bulmer gave a very interesting talk on the young men our girls ought to marry and the purity we ought to demand of our young men.  And we should urge our young people to tell mother everything.  Mrs. Blaisdell read of “The White Slave Traffic.”  This part of the meeting closed with singing  “Whiter than Snow.” Reading of minutes of last meeting for information.  Next meeting to be with Mrs. Blaisdell

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In June at which the “Boy Scouts” were to be invited and have a talk by Rev. G. E. Robinson.  Refreshments served.  Collection 27 cents. Minutes of this meeting read and approved.

                                                                                    Mrs. J. P. Post
                                                                                                Sec. Pro Tem

June               The annual Picnic was held at the Chapel of Presbterian Church.  The “Boy Scouts” were present and Rev. G.E. Robinson made our address. 

Sept 9, 1914

The Annual Meeting of the W.C.T.U. was held at the home of Rev. G.E. Robinson.  Meeting opened with Scripture Reading by Mrs. Blaisdell and prayer offered by Mrs. Bulmer. 

Secretary & Treasurer not being present-there were no reports.  Rev. G. E. Robinson, Mrs. Robinson, Mrs. Blaisdell, Mrs. Tolley, Mrs Bulmer, Mrs Post responded at Roll Call – also Mrs Coffin who was a visitor. 

Annual Report Blank was filled out.  Dues paid by Mrs. Post-Mrs Blaisdell-Miss Rose Jones – Mrs Tolley – Rev. G.E. Robinson and Mrs. Robinson.  Collection was 41 cts. 

Rev. Robinson gave the W.C.T.U. thanks for what they had done for the “Boy Scouts” and made a proposition that they make “Comfort Bags” for the Scouts to go with their suits.  Motion made, seconded and carried to accept the above

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Proposition – these bags to be planned by Mrs. Robinson.

Rev G E Robinson was called to the chair for election of officers.

The following were nominated

For President           Mrs Wesley Blaisdell

“ 1st Vice “                Mrs Ira Tolley

“ 2nd Vice “                Mrs Helen Moak

“  Secretary              Mrs J P Post

“ Treas                       “  B. W. Vaughn

“  Organist                “  G E Robinson

Motion made that the Sec’y cast Ballot for above – except organist –

Such Ballot was cast.

Then motion made and carried for Sec’y to cast ballot for Mrs. Robinson for Organist.  Such Ballot was cast and the above were declared elected.

Plans for winter work discussed.  Minutes read and approved.

Closed with hymn- Lords Prayer.

                                                                                                Mrs. J. P. Post
                                                                                                Secy. Pro Tem 

97       Oct. 7, 1914

Meeting was held at Mrs. Blaisdells.

A quorum not being present – no business was transacted.

A short devotional service was held, the Pres. reading Prov. 27: 1-19. Prayer by Mrs Bulmer. Song “Must Jesus Bear the Cross Alone”

Report of County Convention was read by Mrs. Blaisdell.

Talk by Mrs Bulmer on Prohibition of Liqior in West Va.  Attention was called to the constitution which called for a meeting twice a month, first and third weeks.  Miss Bulmer told of work in the union to which she belongs in N.J. suggesting some new plans.  

98       Oct 21

The regular meeting was held at the home of Mrs. J. P. Post.  The Scripture was read by Mrs. Blaisdell and prayer was offered by Mrs. Howard.

5 present at Roll Call and one visitor. 

Minutes of last meeting read and approved.  Treasurer report of last years work read by Sec’y accepted as read.

Decided to make the next meeting a work meeting.  Mrs. Robinson appointed Com. To purchase all materials and supplies for the Comfort Bags for Scouts, these necessary articles to be paid for out of the Treasury.  Dues were paid by Mrs. I. Howard, Mrs. Dayton, Mrs. Miller, and Mrs. Lucas.  Collection 30 cts.

                                                                                                Mrs. J. P. Post, Sec’y 

99       Nov. 4

Meeting of the W.C.T.U. was held at Mrs. Wm. Simpkins.

The Devotional meeting consisted of singing “Nearer My God to Thee.”  Scripture reading John 1: 1-16. By Mrs. Blaisdell.  Prayer by Mrs. Lucas.  Nine members responded at Roll Call and three visitors were present.

Minutes of last meeting read and approved. Treas. Report read again for information.  Comfort Bags for Scouts explained and sample shown.

Decided to send postal cards to inform members of meetings.

Discussion of having room for regular meeting.  Dues paid by Mrs Simpkins, E. A. Betts, Edna Howard and Mrs. Moak.

Collection 28c. Motion made to take 10c for postals sent.

The following Supts. Were appointed.

Sabbath Observance – Mrs. Bulmer

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Mothers Meeting – Mrs. Burns

Flower Com. Visitation – Mrs Moak

Purity – Mrs. Tolley

Anti-Narcotic & Cigarette – Mrs. Simpkins

Mercy & Help – Mrs Miller

Report of Rev. Comstock address at Medusa given by Mrs. Post.

Suggestion made to have a supper for Boy Scouts and their fathers.

Meeting closed with the Lords Prayer. 

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Dec 9 (1914)

A work meeting was held at Mrs. G. E. Robinson’s. No regular meeting was held, but the following resolution was passed to be placed on our minutes, a copy to be sent to Mrs. Blaisdell and the resolution to be published in the Cairo Herald.

“It is with deep sorrow, we mention the heavenbound journey of our fellow worker and brother, Wesley Blaisdell.  We believe God has called him out of his supreme love.  We cannot wish

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him back in our poor fellowship but we hereby acknowledge his unfailing devotion to our great cause, and we extend our heartfelt sympathy to his wife, our sister Mrs. Blaisdell and her family.”

101  Jan 7, (1915)

The Union met with Mrs. Robinson to finish the “Scout Bags.”  No regular meeting held, but a reason of prayer was observed during which all the members present took part asking the Father’s blessing on the Union Meeting being held.

101  Feb 3, 1915

Regular meeting of the W.C.T.U. held with Mrs. Moaks.

As the President, Mrs. Blaisdell was absent, the meeting was opened by Mrs. Tolley who read a short selection from Acts.  Followed by prayer by each one present.  We sang “Something for Jesus,”  Miss Moak presiding at

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the piano.

Minutes of the last meeting read and Mrs. Robinson appointed Sec. pro-tem.

A communication was read by Mrs. Tolley, asking us to try to get new members.  25 new members in Greene Co wold bring up the membership to 107.

Motion made and seconded and carried that we take one dollar from the treasury to pay for five copies of minutes of the State Convention.  Motion made and carried that Mrs. MacKay be voted in as a new member.

Collection taken 35c.

                                                                                                Mrs. Robinson Sec pro tem 

103     Feb. 17, 1915

Meeting of the W.C.T.U. at the home of Mrs. L. A. Miller.

7 members and 2 visitors present, who responded to their names at roll call by verses of scripture.

Motion made and carried that the resignation of Mrs. Vaughn, as treasurer, be accepted.

Motion made and carried that Mrs. James Post be elected Treasurer to fill that vacancy.

Mrs. Earle’s name was proposed for membership and by an unanimous vote she was accepted and welcomed as a member of the union.

Mrs. Mackay kindly consented to act as Supt. of the Mercy and Help Dept. and the next meeting was appointed at her home.

Collection 40cts.

After repeating the “Lord’s Prayer” – meeting adjourned.

                                                                                                Mrs. A. H. Burns, Sec. pro. tem. 

104     Mar 3 (1915)

The W.C.T.U. met with Mrs. MacKay. After devotional service, the “Dept. of Mercy and Help” was brought before the society by a responive service led by Mrs. MacKay.  Discussion of same followed.

Rev. Wm. Mackay gave a talk on temperance work in different states.

The following Com. Was appointed to make plans for finishing bags for Scouts and for supper for them and their fathers.

Mrs. L.  A. Miller

Mrs. H. Moak

Mrs. A. H. Bruns

Miss E. A. Betts

Paid Mrs. Tolley $1.00 for Con. Ministries.  Minutes of last meeting read and approved.

Collection 35cts.

Closed with prayer. 

105     April 14, 1915

The W.C.T.U. held a “Sabbath Observance” meeting at the home of Mrs. Earle.  Mrs. Moak 2nd V. Pres.  led the devotional service – reading the 96 Ps. And prayer was offered by Mrs. Bulmer.

The following names were proposed and the person duly elected to membership.

Mrs. Mary Allerton

Mrs. H. D. Chase

Mrs  Richmond

Mrs. Wm. Howard

Mrs. S. E. Cozine Jr.

Miss Marjory Dean.

Mrs. Burns paid $9.03 from “The Frances Willard League” as they felt they must disband – so many moving away.

Motion made and carried that all the members of the League be written to and asked to join the W.C.T.U. The purchasing of paper and envelopes with W.C.T.C. on was discussed.

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Decided to hold a “Mothers Meeting at Mrs. Burns Apr. 29.

Collection 65cts.

Following the above business, the Dept Meeting was ably conducted by the Supt. of Sabbath Observance, Mrs. Bulmer, who brought forcibly to our mind “Remember the Sabbath Day and keep it holy.”  A discussion of the subject followed Mrs. Bulmer’s talk.

15 members responded to the Roll Call. Closed by singing “Blest be the Tie that Binds” and repeating the Benediction.

                                                                                    Mrs. J. P. Post, Sec’y

Mrs. Burns could not have meeting when planned.  

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The W.C.T.U. met May 5th at the home of Mrs. B. W. Vaughn.

Mrs. Blaisdell led the devotional service, reading the 47th Ps.  Mrs. I. Howard offered prayer.

10 members responded to the Roll Call.  Minutes of last meeting read and accepted.  Treas.report for several months read.

Motion made and carried that stationery for the Union be purchased.  Motion made and carried that the Sec’y pay for the same when finished.

The Sec’y was asked to write for particulars in regard to icde-water foutain.  Motion made & carried that the Treas. Pay Mrs. Blaisdell $1.80 which she had advanced to Co. Treas. And also $2.45 paid for Testaments for Comfort Bags – same paid.

Mrs. Bulmer talked on the victory Temperance was having in many places

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giving the example of the King of England and Kaiser.  Colleges not allowed to have liquor at their dinners.

Suggestions as to what could be done in Cairo.

Collections            53cts

Rec’d from Mrs. Blaisdell for stationery 25cts.  Next meeting to be with Mrs. Moak.

Closed with Lords Prayer.

                                                                                                Mrs. Jas. P. Post,
                                                                                                               Sec’y. 

109     May 19 (1915)

The W.C.T.U. met at Mrs. Moaks.  Mrs. Tolley Vice-Pres in chair.

Prayer was offered by Mrs. Moak.

Sec’ys report read and accepted. Treasurers report showed $8.91 in her hands.

Society voted to give $2.00 for Lillian M. Stevens Memorial Fund.

Discussion of having Temperance lecture for a mass meeting, was held.  Society voted to pay 30cts towards the laundering of tableclothes from Boy Scouts supper.

Society also ordered the Treasurer to send $3.00 to Rev. O. R. Miller for N.Y. Civic League.

The Rev Mr. Mackay led the society in a circle of prayer in which all took part.  Singing “Yield not to Temptation” Mrs Simpkins then took chrge of meeting conducting the Dept of “Anti-Narcotics and Cigarettes.”

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She asked Mr. Mackay to offer prayer then leaflets on the subject were read by all.  Mrs. Bulmer talked on the alarming increase of smoking among our boys.

Rev. Mr. MacKay then gave a very interesting and instructive talk on the W.C.T.U. work he had known. Practical suggestions made:  meetings and socials having the business men present.  Facts brought before them.  Information to use.  Socials every month.  Popular meetings contrasting expanses in wet and dry territory.  Lectures from W.C.T.U. Anti-Saloon League – etc.

The following com. Appointed to arrange for lecture.

Mrs. Jas. Post, Mrs. Mackay, Mrs. Chase and Mrs. Earle.

Collection $1.00.  Dues from Rev. Mackay, Mrs. Chase and Mrs. Arnold, Tolley & Moak.  Vote of thanks to Mr. Mackay.  Benediction by Rev. Mackay. 

111     June 2nd (1915)

A Purity Meeting was held at the home of Mrs. Tolley.

Opened the service singing “Nearer My God to Thee.”

Mrs. Tolley read selections from 1 Cor and Ps. 51: 7-10

Prayer by Mrs. Mackay followed by nearly all in a circle of prayer.

Leaflets on many phases of “Purity” read by all.  Talk by Mrs. Bulmer on being careful of our children.

Minutes of last meeting read and accepted.

12 responded at Roll Call and 2 visitors were presdent.

Urging of dues being paid early in year.  Report on drinking founbtain read.  Dues paid by Mrs. Allerton.

Decided to hold a Mother’s Meeting and Picnic at Mrs. Blaisdells last Wed. in June. Com. Mrs. Burns, Pearl Moak. 

112     July 2nd (1915)

July 2nd   Because of rain the picnic was postponed until Friday, then it was held at the home of Mrs. Blaisdell, and the Mother’s Meeting was held at the same time.  This was conducted by Mrs. A. H. Burns, Supt. of Mother’s Dept.  The following program was carried out.

A Mother’s Prayer, read by Mrs. Burns.  The importance of Mother’s Meetings read by Mrs. Blaisdell.

“Mothers get busy”, a criticism on the conduct of high school boys and girls, and an appeal for old-fashioned  standards both in school and the home, was given by Mrs. Post.  Mrs. McKay read a poem b y E. A. Wilcox. “Good Enough for Mother” was read by Miss Betts.  Mrs. Howard recited “Boyhood Days.”  “The Graciousness of Tactfulness “ was

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read by Mrs. Moak.

“Tired Dawn” Miss Ida Bonesteel read in place of Mrs. Tolley.

Mrs. Isaac Howard read “A Story of Four Headaches.”

“Lord Speak Again” a poem was read by Miss Martha Burns.

Mrs. McKay gave a talk on “Canned Goods” full of inters and instruction.

Closed by singing “Blest be the Tie”   There was a good attendance, and the meeting – picnic which followed was much enjoyed by all. 

114     Sept. 8 1915

The annual meeting was held at the M.E. Parsonage.

Mrs. Tolley led the Devotional moments asking Mrs. Chase to offer prayer, after which she read the 108 Ps.  14 responded to Roll Call, and there were several visitors present.  The Com. on mass meeting reported securing Rev. ?. J. Tower as lecturer for the evening of Sept. 29th.  Meeting to be held on Presby lawn or in the church.  Notices were given of National, State and County Conventions.  5 new subscriptions were rec’d for Womans Temperance work, from shower at State Con.  The Sec’ys and Treasurer reports for year were read and accepted.  The election of officers was the next item of business.

Mrs. Chase was nominated for the Presidency but refused to accept,

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So after many declining, the following persons were elected.

President                  Mrs. Wm. McKay

1 Vice Pres.              Mrs. Ira Tolley

2nd Vice Pres           Mrs. Helen Moak

Sec’y                          Mrs. Jas P Post

Treas.                         Mrs. Wm. Earle

At the close of the meeting, Mrs. Earle declined to serve as Treas. leaving that office vacant till thenext meeting.  After the business session, Mr. Lancheart of N.Y. City – sang “Stand up for Prohibition” and gave a talk on Temperance in the countries at War, and reminded the sittuation in our own land.  He also warned us of the Social Paracites, that are trying to capture our young women.  In the course of his talk – he asked this question – Why do anything that doesn’t do you good, even if it shouldn’t do you harm?

A note of thanks was given Mr. Lancheart

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for  his interesting and instructive talk.

The collection was 48cts.

Five paid their dues. 

Oct 6, 1915

The Union met with the new President Mrs. Wm. McKay.

Devotional service was led by the hostess reading the 121st Ps. A report of the County Con. Which met at Prattsville, was given by Mrs. McKay & Mrs. Tolley. 

Mrs. Was followed by a Prayer Circle in which all joined.  12 members responded at Roll Call, and 2 visitors were present.  Sec’y report read and accepted.  Treas. report approved.

All expenses in connection with the lecture of Mr. Towers ordered paid, also money for “American Issue.”  Mrs. S. E. Cozine, Junior was

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Elected Treasurer.

Next meeting appointed at Mrs. Moak’s.  Letter read asking for mone for “Frances Willard Open Door” in Chicago.  Decided to leave action till later.

Rev. Wm. Mackay told of new work in town for No-License campaign, and exhibited posters.

Mrs. Dayton & Miller paid dues.  Collection 82cts.

Closed with Benediction. 

Oct. 20, 1915

The Union met with Mrs. Moak.  Mrs. McKay offered prayer. Singing of the 25th Ps. After which nearly all present offered prayer.  Mr. McKay made a report on the movie picture film – decided to take no action at present.  He also spoke of the wonderful

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Power of prayer, and gave a report of work in progress for the no-license campaign.

Decided to meet at the Presby Chapel to direct envelopes to voters, the next day.

Collection 46cts.

Sec’y & Treas. report read and approved.

Mrs. Dayton suggested special prayer that the voters will keep and read the literature sent them.

Next meeting to be with Mrs. Arnold – Purling.  9 members present.

Benediction. 

119     Nov. 3, 1915

The W.C.T.U. met with Mrs. Arnold at Purling.

Mrs. Mackay opened the meeting by reading Prov. 34, and offered prayer.

We then sang “It’s a long way to Prohibition, but we will get there yet we know; we’ll never stop working; we’ll never despair;  It’s nil desperandim; for our hearts are right there.”

Rev. H. D.Chase gave a talk giving many ideas for encouragement, though the “no-license” measure was defeated in our town.  The majority for license very much smaller than two years ago.  A permanent organiztion of campaign men as “Good Citizenship League” to be

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Formed.  Signs of moral stiffening toward asignments given by in public places.

The minutes of last meeting read and accepted.

11 members responded at Roll Call.  Several visitors were present.

This was followed by prayer offered by Rev. and Mrs. Chase.

In motion, it was voted to prepare a Sunshine Box for Mrs. Earle.  Contributions to be taken to Mrs. Moak on Sat.  Decided to have the same Depts. as last year with the same Supts.   For the present:

Sabbath Observance                     Mrs. Bulmer

Mothers Meeting                           Mrs. Burns

Flower Com. & Visitation             Mrs. Moak

Purity                                                Mrs. Tolley

Anti-Narcotic & Cigarette             Mrs. Simpkins

Mercy & Help                                  Mrs. Mackay

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The medal Contest Dept. was added to our Union with Mrs. Chase as Supt.

The next meeting to be an evening one at the home of Rev. & Mrs. Chase.  The members of the Good Citizenship League to be invited.  Com. on refreshments

For same:

Mrs. Burns, Post, Lucas and Tolley.

On motion a rising vote of thanks given to Mr. Tolley for his kindness in sending team and wagon to take the Union to the meeting, and also a vote of thanks to Mrs. Arnold for the delicious refreshments and hospitality.

After singing – Rev. Chase dismissed us with the benediction.

Offering 68 cts. 

122     Nov. 17, 1915

The W.C.T.U. held a Social and Special meeting at the M. E. Parsonage.  The meeting opened by singing, “The Good Time Coming.”

Mrs. Mackay read the 1st PS.

Prayer was offerd by Rev. Chase.

Singing “No-License if Our Theme.”  Minutes of the last meeting were read and approved.

18 members responded at Roll Call.  Decided to send Postal Cards to Mrs. Bulmer.

Next meeting to be with Mrs. Miller Dec. 1.  Then followed a talk by Rev. Wm. Mackay on “Why We Lost the Temperance Vote.”  Unless we had a big majority, it would be hard to hold the territory won.  Must have big Victory.  Education necessary.  Community to stand by the vote, so we “stay put” when we go dry.”

Singing “The Light of Truth is Breaking.”  Prayer by Mrs. Isaac Howard. 

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Rev. Mr. Chase then gave a few words:  “What we id carried conviction, as we did not have a heated campaign.”  Results of the recdent election were read from the American Issue” by Mr. Van Dyke.  Singing – “Hold the Fortfor No-License.”  Then followed a social time during which Mrs. Chase gave a very humerous and also instructive reading, which gained for us several new members.

The following joined as Honorary Members paying their dues and signing the Pledge.  Mr. W.C. Van Dyke, Jas. P. Post, I Howard, L.A. Miller.

The following signed the pledge as active members:  Mrs. Nellie Stevens, Miss Pearl Moak, Mrs. Herbert Salisbury. 

124     Dec 1, 1915

The W.C.T.U. met at the home of Mrs. Lewis Miller.

Opened with singing “The Good Time Coming”  Prayer was offered by several.

Mrs. Mackay read the 23rd Ps.  A talk was given by Mrs. Bulmer, which was interesting and helpful, and we were glad to have her with us and have hear once more.   One thing she emphasized was, we should study our Bibles more.

Singing – “A Bold Determined Band.”  Sec’y report was then read and approved.

The following bills wer ordered to be paid by the Treasurer.

Song Books to Mrs. Chase                                   50cts

Flowers for Mrs. Earle                                          75cts

Post boards for invitations                                  25cts

Plates and Napkins for social                              25cts

Coffee, Sugar, and Crullers at E.A. Haines      84cts

Mrs. Cross was rec’d as member.

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14 responded at Roll Call.

Mrs. Salisbury and Mrs. S. E. Cozine, Jr.  paid dues.

In motion, decided that Mrs. Chase find out about an Ent. To be given soon.  Motion made and carried that we send 20cts for “The Shadow of the Bottle,” a book highly recommended.

Offering 43 cts

Next meeting to be with Mrs. Moak in the afternoon.

Song. The World is Glowing Bright.”

Benediction prayer by Mrs. Bulmer. 

126     Dec 15, 1915

The regular meeting of the W.C.T.U. was held at the home of Mrs. Moak.

Opened by Mrs. Mackay reading Luke 2-1

Prayer by Mrs. Chase.

5 responded at Roll Call.

Motion made and carried that $1.00 be sent County Treas. for Annual Report.  Motion carred that $1.75 be paid Rev. Chase fro flowers he secured for Mrs. Blaisdell’s Mother’s funeral.

Mrs. Chase to arrange further about it.  Talked of having refreshments between ent. And watch meeting.  Mrs. Chase and Mrs. Tolley Com. to plan for whole Ent.  Rev. Chase and Rev. Mackay Com. on advertising.   Decided to charge 15c for Ent etc.

1st meeting for 1916 at Mrs. Mackay’s.  Closed with prayer by Mrs. Moak.

Collection 30cts. 

127     Jan. 5, 1916

The Union met with Mrs. Mackay.  Mrs. Bulmer had charge of the meeting and opened by singing “My Country Tis of Thee.”  This was followed by a responsive service from Dept. of Mercy and Help.

Prayer by Mrs. Lucas followed.  “Rescue the Pershing” was sung.  Minutes of last meeting read and approved.  9 responded at Roll Call.  Motion carried for Sec’y to purchse a new record book.

Mrs. Bulmer talked on one duty toward our young men in regard to the cigarette evil.

Then followed a session of prayer.  Nearly all taking part.

Song, Yield Not to Temptation.

The col. 39cts

Next meeting to be followed by a Social Evening at Mrs. Miller’s home Jan. 19.

Com. on eats – Miss E. A. Betts, Mrs. S. E. Cozine, Jr.  Com. on Ent. Mrs. Tolley – Mrs. Chase.

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At the close of the meeting the hostess served tea and cake which was much enjoyed by all.

                                                                                                Mrs. Jas. Post
                                                                                                            Sec’y. 

129     Cairo W.C.T.U. Honoray Members

Rev. Robert Bramfitt

“       W. L. Robinson

Mr. Isaac Howard

“      W. D. Blaisdell 

130     Cairo W.C.T.U. Members Names  1909 – 1910

Mrs.   1          W.D. Blaisdell

“          2          Dora Stevens

“          3          K. Moak

“          4          Isaac Howard

“          5          L. Arnold

“          6          R. L. Vangelden

“          7          James Post

“          8          Frank Rosenburg

“          9          C. VanOrden

“          10       Ira L. Tolley

“          11       Sarah Lucas

“          12       W. L. Robinson

“          13       Robert Bramfitt

“          14       Susan Palmer

“          15       John Sauilsbury

Miss    16       Eleanor Betts

“          17       May L. Howard

Mrs.   18       Louis Miller

“          19       Burr Vaughn

“          20       Maud Freise

“          21       Wm Longman

“          22       Edwin Barger

Mrs.   23       Fiero

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Mrs.   23       John Fiero (listed twice) 

132     1910 – 1911

Cairo W.C.T.U.  Members Names

Mrs.   1          W.D. Blaisdell

“          2          Dora Stevens

“          3          K. Moak

“          4          Isaac Howard

“          5          L. Arnold

“          6          James Post

“          7          Frank Rivenberg

“          8          Charles Van Arden (crossed off)

“          9          Ira L. Tolley

“          10       Sarah Lucas

“          11       Robert Bramfitt      (crossed off)

“          12       Susan Palmer          (crossed off)

“          13       John Saulebery       (crossed off)

Miss    14       Eleanor Betts

“          15       May L. Howard

“          16       Louis Miller

“          17       Burr Vaughn

Miss    18       Maud Fruze

“          19       William Longman

“          20       Edward Barger

“          21       John Fiero

“          22              Braddock    (crossed off)

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Mrs.   22       F. W. Braddock

Mrs.   23       Mrs. S. Dayton

Mrs.   24       William Simpkins

Miss    25       Rosa Jones

Mrs.   26       Isaac Coffin  (crossed out)

Miss    27       Edna Howard

Miss    28       Luella Cozine

Mrs.   29       G. Sutton      (crossed out)

Mrs.   30       G. Bulmer

Mrs.   31       Isabell Burns

Mrs.   32       C. Hains

Mrs.               Harison Jones

Honery Members of Cairo W.C.T.U.

Mrs. W. D. Blaisdell

Rev. Robert Bramfitt

Mr. Isaac Howard 

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Cairo W C T U Members

Names           1911- 1912

Mrs.   1          W. D. Blaisdell

“          2          Dora Stevens

“          3          K. Moak

“          4          Isaac Howard

“          5          L Arnold

“          6          James Post

“          7          Frank Rivenburg

“          8          Ira Tolley

“          9          Sarah Lucas

Miss    10       Elner Betts

Miss    11       May L Howard

“          12       Louis Miller

“          13       Bur Vaughn

“          14       Edward Barger

“          15       Feiro

“          16       F. W. Braddoc

“          17       S. Dayton

“          18       William Simpkins

Miss    19       Rosa Jones

Miss    20       Edna Howard

Miss    21       Luella Cozine

“          22       George Bulmer

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“          23       Isabell Burns

“          24       C. Hains

“          25       Harison Jones

“          26       William Longman 

Honory Members of Cairo W C T U

Mr. W. D. Blaisdell

Mr. Isaac Howard 

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Cairo Membership

Names           W.C.T.U.  1911 – 1912     (2nd listing?)

Mrs.   1          W.D. Blaisdell

“          2          Helen Moak

“          3          Dora Stevens

“          4          Isaac Howard

“          5          L. Arnold

“          6          James Post

“          7          Ira Tolley

“          8          Sarah Lucas

“          9          Louis Miller

“          10       Burr Vaughn

“          11       Edward Barger

“          12       John Feiro

“          13       Harison Jones

“          14       George Bulmer

“          15       F W Bradock

“          16       S Dayton

“          17       William Simpkins

“          18       Frank Rivenburg

Miss    19       Elnor Betts

“          20       May Howard

“          21       Rose Jones

“          22       Edna Howard 

137

Cairo W.C.T.U. Membership (continued from 136)

Mrs     23       Isabell Burns

“          24       C Hains

“          25       Harison Jones (crossed out – duplicate listing)

“          26       William Longman

“          27       Grant Robinson

“          28       Charles Smith

            29       (blank) 

Honory members Cairo W C T U

Mr. Isaac Howard

Mr. Wesley D Blaisdell

Rev Mr Grant Robinson 

138     1912 -            1913

Cairo W. C. T. U. Members Names

Mrs.   1          W. D. Blaisdell

“          2          Helen Moak

“          3          Dora Stevens

“          4          Isaac Howard

“          5          L Arnold

“          6          James Post

“          7          Ira Tolley

“          8          Sarah Lucas

“          9          Louis Miller

“          10       Burr Vaughn

“          11       E Barger

“          12       John Feiro

“          13       Harison Jones

“          14       George Bulmer

“          15       F W Bradock

“          16       S Dayton

“          17       William Simpkins

“          18       Isabell Burns

“          19       C Hains

“          20       Grant Robinson

“          21       Charles Smith

“          22       (blank) 

139

Miss    23       Elnor Betts

“          24       May Howard

“          25       Edna Howard

“          26       Rose Jones

Miss    27       William Longman 

Honery Members

Mr.     1          Isaac Howard

“          2          Wesley D Blaisdell

“          3          Rev Grant Robinson

“          (? Not sure what is written here) 

140

Members of W.C.T.U. for Year beginning

Sept 1913

Mrs James Post

Mrs Ira Tolley

Miss Eleanor Betts

Mrs Sarah Lucas

Mrs Wesley Blaisdell

Miss Rose Jones

Mrs. Helen Moak

Mrs. D. H. Brasford           (crossed out)

Mrs G. Robinson

Mrs A H Burns

Mrs Dora Stevens

Mrs Dayton

Mrs Chas. Smith

Mrs Arnold

Mrs. Vaughn

Mrs Isaac Howard

Miss Edna Howard

Miss May Howard 

Honorary      Rev Grant Robinson

Members      W. D. Blaisdell 

141     (Nov – Feb)

Mrs John Fiero

Mrs L Miller

Mrs Harrison Jones

Mrs Geo. Bulmer

Mrs Wm. Simpkins

Miss Eleanor Betts  (crossed off – duplicate) 

142     (no names listed)

143     (no names listed) 

144

Members of W.C.T.U.       Sept 1914 to May (showing dues paid and attendance)

Mrs.   Wesley Blaisdell

“          Ira Tolley

“          James Post

“          Sarah Lucas

Miss    Eleanor Betts

“          Rose Jones

Mrs     Helen Moak

“          G. Robinson

“          A. H. Burns

“          L. Arnold

“          S. Dayton

“          Isaac Howard

“          B. W. Vaughn

Miss    May Howard

“          Edna Howard

Mrs     John Fiero

“          Harrison Jones

“          L. Miller

“          G. W. Bulmer

“          Wm. Simpkins 

Honorary      Rev. G. Robinson

Members      Wesley Blaisdell 

145     (continuation from page 144 attendance record from Sept 15 to June 1916) 

146     (continuation of members list from 144 & 145 plus dues paid and attendance Feb – June 1915 continuing with 1916 attendance on page 147)

Mrs     Wm Mackay

“          Earle

“          Mary Allerton

“          H. D. Chase

“          Edw. Richmond

“          Wm. Howard

“          S. E. Cozine Jr.

Miss    Marjory Dean (withdrew)

Honorary      Rev Wm. Mackay

                        Rev H.D. Chase

Mrs     Isaac Coffin

Mrs.   Cross

Mrs.   Nellie Stevens

Mrs.   H. Salisbury

Miss    Pearl Moak

Mrs.   Cozine Sr.

Miss    Dell Schermerhorn

Mrs     Claudia Goff

Mrs     C. S. Duncan

“          Edw Barger

“          A. J. Cole

“          Mrs. W. R. Vedder 

147     (shows attendance from Sept 1915 through June 1916 coinsiding with members list on page 146) 

148     Members of Cairo W.C.T.U. 1915 & 1916

Mrs.   W. D. Blaisdell

“          Jas P Post

“          Ira Tolley

“          Helen Moak

“          Julia Arnold

Miss    Rose Jones

“          Eleanor Betts

Mrs     Sarah Lucas

Mrs     Isaac Howard

Miss    May Howard

Mrs     Isaac Coffin

Mrs     Wm Simpkins

“          Sarah Dayton

“          L. A. Miller

Miss    Edna Howard

Mrs     Herbert Salisbury

Mrs     S. E. Cozine Jr

Mrs.   Harrison Jones

Mrs     B W Vaughn

Mrs     S E Cozine Sr.

Miss    Pearl Moak 

149 (continuation)

Honorary Members

Rev. Wm. Mackay

Rev. H. D. Chase

Mr. Isaac Howard

Mr. W. C. Van Dyke

Mr. L Miller

Mr Jas P Post

Lyle Burns

Louis Preston Dayton

Seymour Haines

Sam E Cozine Jr

John Earle

Leonard Allerton

Mr. Richmond

Charley Rivenburg

            Whitehead

Norman M. Howard

Clarence Bulmer

Mr Leonard Cole 

150

Mrs     G W Bulmer

Mrs     Earle

Mrs     Wm. Mackay

Mrs     H D Chase

Mrs     C S Duncan South Cairo

Mrs     Wm Howard           

Mrs     Edw Richmond

Mrs     Claude Goff

Mrs     Mary Allerton

Mrs     Edw Barger

Mrs     A. H. Burns

Mrs     W. R. Vedder

Mrs     A J Cole

Mrs     John Fiero

Mrs     Nellie Stevens

Mrs     F P Haines 

Visitors          Mrs Palmer

                        Miss J. Cooke 

151     Members Sept 1916 – 1917

Mrs     Bulmer

Mrs     Sarah Lucas

Mrs     Sarah Dayton

“          L. A. Miller

“          S. E. Cozine Jr

“          A. H. Burns

“          F. P. Haines

“          I. Howard

Miss    May Howard

“          Edna Howard

“          E. A. Betts

Mrs     B. W. Vaughn

Mrs     Helen Moak

“          W. C. Van Dyeck

Mrs     I. Coffin

“          W. D. Blaisdell

“          Julia Arnold

“          S. E. Cozine Sr.

Miss    Rose Jones

Mrs     Mary Allerton

Mrs N. M. Howard

Mrs J. P. Post 

152     (continuation from page 151 members list)

Miss    Jennie M. Cook

“          Lulu Avery

                        Richmondville, N.Y.

“          Ethel Cozine

Mrs.   L. Bloodgood

“          E. Babcock

“          Ira Tolley


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