Our Past | 1957: Mansfield Girls 4-H Club judges canned peaches, aprons

Selected by Karen Larsen

This article, published in the Feb. 21, 1957 edition of The Waterville Empire-Press, brings us back to the days when canning and sewing were learned by most girls, when polio shots were given at schools and when people had more time for club activities than they do nowadays.



The Girls 4-H Club met in the Grange Hall Monday after school, with 14 members present. The girls judged canned peaches and aprons. Their leader, Mrs. Snell, gave them a talk on judging, stressing things to look for in this part of club work. Refreshments of peaches and cookies were served by Deloris Cavadini and Sharon Wise.

Mrs. Jay Avenell and Mrs. Pat Schmidt were Homemakers Club delegates to the landscaping gardening meeting in the East Wenatchee County Shop Tuesday. Others attending from Mansfield were Mrs. Merril Nordby, Mrs. Huston Gallaher and Mrs. Del Glessner.

The Young Women’s Social Club met with Colleen Black Friday night with 11 members attending. After a session of talking, refreshments were served to Norma Wainscott, Ardith Black, Diane Glessner, Mary Mercer, June McGrath, Doris Kinzel, Betty Kolnick, Shirley Kay Petersen, Pat Hansen and Colleen Black.

Nearly 40 polio shots were given by Dr. Keim at the school Thursday. The children were of school and preschool age. It was the third shot for several. Dr. Keim was accompanied by his wife, the county nurse and two nurses from the office.

Thursday was ladies’ night with the Fishermen’s Club at the Methodist basement, with 24 participating. The men furnished the eats and entertainment. The dinner was clams and wieners with all the trimmings. For entertainment, the men showed movies on Copenhagen and skiing. They also showed some slides on Japan, which were taken by Martin McIntyre, a local boy in the Army there. The men proved themselves to be very good entertainers.

Fifty-six farmers attended the third of a series of meetings, arranged by Al Estep, to hear some of the leading men in various phases of agriculture present their findings in the hope they will help solve many of their problems. C.C. Harsten, W.S.C. Extension soil specialist, was a speaker.

The Douglas County Wheat Growers Association held their annual meeting in the Grange Hall Friday with 100 in attendance. Election of officers was the main item of business. Those chosen were Bill Schmidtman, president; Gene Weimerskirch, first vice president; Bill Buob, second vice president; David Petersen, secretary-treasurer; and Reid Thomsen, executive board member.