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Finding Aid of the Women of Woodcraft Castlewood Circle records, 1900-1938

Douglas County History Research Center
Douglas County Libraries
100 S. Wilcox Street
Castle Rock, Colorado 80104
Phone: 303-688-7730

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Profile Description

Creation: Encoded by Shaun Boyd 2010-11-29
Language: Finding aid is in English

Collection Summary

RepositoryDouglas County Libraries / 100 S. Wilcox St. / Castle Rock, CO 80104 / Phone: 303-688-7730
CreatorWomen of Woodcraft Castlewood Circle #328
TitleWomen of Woodcraft Castlewood Circle records
Dates: 1900-1938
Size.36 cubic ft. (1 box 26 x 13 x 32 cm.)
Abstract:These are the records of Castlewood Circle #328 (Castle Rock, Colorado), Women of Woodcraft, 1900-1938. The records include Minutes, 1900-1938, documenting monthly business, projects, events and concerns; Clerks Record Books, 1900-1930, recording the financial makeup of the society; copies of the Pacific Echo, the newsletter of Women of Woodcraft (later Neighbors of Woodcraft); forms and applications, rule books for the society, and also several copies of Ritual and Service books from 1899-1926.
Collection Number1994.009
Language: English

Arrangement of the Collection

This collection is arranged alphabetically by subject, chronologically within subject headings. The second record carton contains oversized items (plaques and scrapbooks) arranged by size.

Scope and Content

Collection documents the life of Women of Woodcraft, Castlewood Circle No. 328 in Castle Rock, Colo. The records portray the financial and social makeup of the Circle, events they sponsored, and activities they took part in. Includes the Clerk's record books with information about membership, finances, and some biographical information about members. This information includes family members, occupation of the member, address, and date of initiation. Correspondence is mainly form letters from the Grand Circle, Women of Woodcraft, though there are a few letters directly to the Castlewood Circle. The Minutes document monthly meetings. They included information about events the circle sponsored meetings with other local circles, and problems encountered by the circle. There are two copies of the Pacific Echo the newsletter put out by the Women of Woodcraft, these include news from other circles in the organization, though none from Castlewood Circle #328. The records also include a biennial report for 1925-1927, Women of Woodcraft, and bylaws and amendments for the Castlewood Circle #328 for 1901, 1902 and 1913.

Biography / History

1900(Dec. 18) - First meeting of Castlewood Circle #328 (Castle Rock, Colorado). The first officers were: Guardian Neighbor: Lucy L. Jones; Past Guardian: Ada Montgomery; Banker: Rosa Woltzen; Clerk: Neonta Todd; Magician: Mary B. Triplett; Captain of Guards: Stella D. Goodyear; Attendant: Mamie Wolf; Inner Sentinel: Martha Wolfenberger; Outer Sentinel: Charles W. Todd; Managers: Arthur L. Benton, Mary B. Triplett, Ada Montgomery

1901 (Jan.) - A reception given by Stella Goodyear for the benefit of "Woodcraft"; $7.00 was raised.

1903 (Apr. 7) - Castlewood Camp (Castle Rock, Colorado), Woodmen of the World offered Castlewood Circle a rental proposition for their "new hall over the bank." The price would be $3.00 for 2 meetings per month or $5.00 for 4 meetings, plus 25 cents for gas "should our meetings, dances, or entertainments hold later than midnight." These terms were accepted. (Sept. 1) - A committee was created to visit members and urge them to attend meetings regularly. (Sept. 15) - Castlewood Circle #328 was granted a 60 day special dispensation by the Grand Guardian of Women of Woodcraft to try and "arouse members and solicit new ones." (Dec. 1) - Castlewood Circle #328 asked for an extension of the dispensation. (Dec. 15) - The Circle wrote to ask the Grand Guardian for an organizer to "stir us up in general and to fill us with new enthusiasm."

1904 (Mar. 1) - Mrs. Susie Brennan, Women of Woodcraft organizer, spoke at the Castlewood Circle #328 meeting. (Apr. 5) - The Circle gave a joint entertainment (stereopticon and musical) with the Castlewood Camp, Woodmen of the World at Woltzen's Hall.

1906 (Apr. 28) - Castlewood Circle #328 received a communication from the Grand Clerk regarding the "San Francisco disaster." (June 9) - Another communication was received concerning the "San Francisco disaster." The members discussed sending $5.00 to the relief fund, but decided to wait. (Dec. 8) - "Poverty Social" held by the Circle. Committees were: Refreshment: Neighbors Adela Adams, Ellen Potter, and Anna Hillburger; Entertainment: Neighbors Nora Ellison, Daisy E. Burke, and Ethel H. Jones; Advertising: Neighbors Minnie C. Sturdevant, Lucy L. Jones, and Margaret Sharp.

1909 (Oct. 2) - Resolution of Condolence sent to Neighbor Anna C. Colgin.

1913 (May 6) - Mary J. Burke and Lucy L. Jones were elected representative and alternate to the District Convention in Denver, Colorado.

1918 (May) - The Circle voted not to have District Circle meetings.

1919 (July) - The Circle noted that the hall they were renting was in bad condition and decided to speak to Mr. Troutfelter about having it cleaned. (Sept.) - It was noted in the meeting minutes that Mr. Troutfelter had replied that he could not clean the hall.

1920 - The Circle began looking for a new hall in which to hold their meetings. (Nov. 17) - The Circle was unable to locate a hall they could afford. They wrote to Women of Woodcraft to receive a dispensation to hold meetings in members homes until they could secure a hall. The Circle bought a $10.00 bond for the Woodcraft home in California.

1921 (July 19) - The Clerk (Lulu White) reported having had a talk with several neighbors of Arapahoe Circle who wanted Castlewood Circle to rent a hall so that "they might meet with us so we could see their team work. After discussing this it was moved and carried that Castlewood Circle could see no benefit they could derive from such a joint meeting and the Clerk was instructed to write Arapahoe Circle that we would be unable to entertain them at this time."

1922 (Apr. 4) - The Circle received a letter from Neighbor Grace Campion of Denver asking them to make something to be raffled or sold at the next District Convention. The circle replied that they could not contribute because their Circle was too small.

1925 (Dec. 15) - Bills allowed for the month were: To Adela J. Adams for Bankers services for quarter ending Dec. 31,$4.00; To Minnie Sturdevant for Clerks services, $7.50.

1927 (Nov. 15) - The Circle discussed renting Livingston Hall, the Managers were instructed to see Mr. Livingston about the hall and also a piano.

1928 (Jan. 17) - It was decided not to rent Livingston Hall. (July 17) - "Arapahoe Circle of Littleton initiated Ottilie Oltmans into the mysteries of Woodcraft for Castlewood Circle." (Aug. 21) - "It was decided to meet at the I.O.O.F. [International Order of Odd Fellows] hall for a time."

1929 (July 2) - "It was moved and carried that we meet at neighbors homes as we did before we met at the hall."

1930 (May 6) - A communication was received from the Past Grand Guardian, Thurza Wintermeyer, stating that there was to be a joint meeting at Elizabeth, May 16th; Castlewood Circle were to be guests. (Dec. 3) - It was moved and seconded that the Circle donate five dollars to the Fireman's Christmas Fund."

1931 (Aug. 4) - "Our representative to the District Meeting [Emma Misner] gave her report and at this meeting was elected District Manager. The Circle gave her the special honors." (Oct. 2) - "It was moved and carried that the Circle rent Neighbor [Clara B.] Jones' large room for $2.00 per month."

1932 (Apr. 5) - Communication from the Grand Secretary, J.L. Wright, stating that the Grand Circle had forwarded the Benefit Fund warrants to Joseph Burke and Lessie Potter Callahan.

1934 (Feb. 6) - Letters of sympathy were sent to Neighbors Bertha Ellis and Hope Ellis. The Circle decided to pay one months' dues for these members instead of sending flowers for the funeral.

1935 (Aug. 6) - "The Grand Guardian granted us a special dispensation until the first of Jan 1936 for three for a quorum instead of five."

1937 (Feb. 2) - "As Neighbor Clara B. Jones said she intended to drop Woodcraft; it was decided to have the Circle's dishes taken to Neighbor [Adela] Adams for the present time." (June 1) - "The Delegate and Alternate [Helen Shull and Anna Prescott] decided not to attend the District meeting."

1938 (Dec. 6) - This is the last meeting we have minutes for. For the last year of minutes, only three members attended.

Access Terms

Fraternal organizations
Women of Woodcraft. Castlewood Circle #328 (Castle Rock, Colo.)


Access Restrictions

Douglas County History Research Center material is non-circulating, requires staff retrieval and is available by appointment during normal library hours.

Copy Restrictions

The collection is used in the presence of Douglas County History Research Center staff. Some items may be fragile and may only be duplicated with the permission of the Center's staff.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Women of Woodcraft Castlewood Circle Records, Douglas County History Research Center. Douglas County Libraries, Castle Rock, CO.

Acquisition Information

These records were created by the Castlewood Circle #328 (Castle Rock, Colorado) as a result of normal business of the organization, 1900-1938. The records were donated to the Local History Collection-Douglas Public Library District in 1994.

Processing Information

Processed by: Stephanie Ostermann, June 1997 -- Added to Past Perfect by Shaun Boyd and Cataloged by NK 9/2009

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