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Finding Aid of the Cherry Homemakers Club Records, 1925-1994

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

© 2011

Profile Description

Creation: Encoded by Holly Allen-Petersen2011-07-08
Language: Finding aid is in English

Collection Summary

RepositoryDouglas County Libraries / 100 S. Wilcox St. / Castle Rock, CO 80104 / Phone: 303-688-7730
CreatorCherry Homemakers Club
TitleCherry Homemakers Club Records
Dates: 1925-1994
Dates: 1925-1994
Size2 boxes: 1.4 cubic feet
Abstract:This collection contains the records of the Cherry Homemakers Club, 1925-1994. The collection is quite complete until 1982, when the records become less comprehensive. The records include Minutes (called Secretary's Reports in later years), Programs, financial information, correspondence, scrapbooks, ephemera and newspaper clippings. The records give evidence of the interests, goals, and activities of the club and its parent organization, the El Paso County Extension Homemakers Council, El Paso County, Colorado. The Programs have comprehensive information about the activities of the organization, in outline form. They changed names several times over the years, first holding the club's name, then the county extension name, and eventually called handbooks. They have all been filed in folders labeled Programs, as they were called when the club first organized. This was done to maintain the continuity of this information.
Collection Number1996.049
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

This collection documents the interests, governance and growth of the Cherry Homemakers Club and, to an extent, that of the El Paso County Extension Homemakers Council. The records give an accurate and fairly complete portrayal of the financial makeup of the club, its membership, events they sponsored, activities they took part in, and the political and social character of the club. The collection includes information concerning women, the family, and rural life for close to 70 years. Included in the collection are membership lists, guest lists, attendance and dues statistics; these were used to compile the membership list found in the collection. The list is not exhaustive, but contains a sample of membership lists. The Minutes include lists of members, attendance, dues paid, and some yearly president's and treasurer's reports for the club. They also include detailed descriptions of monthly meetings. The Programs include similar information in outline format. They list members of committees, officers, goals, projects and presentations for each meeting. The Programs changed considerably in both content and name over the years of this collection, however they have all been filed in folders labeled Programs, as they were called when the club first organized. This was done to maintain the continuity of this information.

Biography / History

1925 (May 7) - Cherry Homemakers Club organized at the Cherry Valley School, Douglas County, Colorado. Those attending first meeting included: Laura Bayer (Mrs. Henry), Mrs. William Clugy, Mrs. Roy Huston, Olive H. Killin (Mrs. James), Mrs. J.B. King, Mrs. Claude Smith, and Mrs. Frank Smith.

1928 (May 2) - Miss Doris Lamoreaux gave a demonstration on milk and its by-products. The program was called "Milk An Essential Food."

1931 - Membership: 68.

1937 (Sept. 1) - First Achievement Day. Mrs. Thelma Daer of Arapahoe County was the judge.

1939 - Membership: 84.

1943 (May 5) - The program for the month was "What Kind of Peace Do I Want?" Hostesses for the month were: Miss Josephine Doepke, Ruth Engel (Mrs. Earl), Laura Richardson (Mrs. Howard).

1945 - Cherry Homemakers Club published a cookbook which netted over $800. The funds were donated to Boys Town, Cappers' Crippled Children, the Cancer Fund, the Polio Fund, the TB [tuberculosis] Drive, the Heart Fund, and the March of Dimes.

1948 - The Cherry Homemakers Club decided to leave the Douglas County Home Demonstration Council and join the El Paso County Home Demonstration Council.

1953 - The club goals were to: 1. Do my share of the club's work, 2. Do my part in making our club a benefit to our community, 3. Adopt improved practices, 4. Share our extension program with two or more non-club members, 5. Visit new-comers in my community, and 6. Cooperate with other members so that our meetings may benefit all.

1956 - The Cherry Homemakers Club was given the Spring Valley High School to use as their clubhouse.

1961 (Aug. 1) - Demonstration on "Civil Defense, Citizenship, International Relations". The Hostesses were: Mona Davison (Mrs. Gus), and Rena Neughbaur.

1965/1966 - The Spring Valley School was sold and the club moved to Killin's Memorial Chapel.

1966 - Membership: 27.

1968 - Successfully helped to petition county officials to pave and improve Highway 83. The highway was unpaved and had been the site of several accidents.

1970 - 32 lap robes were made and donated to the Veterans' Hospital in Denver, Colorado.

1979 - Membership: 32.

1979 (July 28) - A Flea Market was held by the club in Monument, Colorado. The proceeds were donated to 4-H.

1980 (May 7) - The club by-laws, written in 1929, were revised. The new by-laws separated the offices of secretary and treasurer, added the Pledge of Allegiance to the order of business and changed the vote for new officers from a vote by ballot to a nomination by committee or from the floor.

1984 (Feb. 3) - The club made and delivered a meal to the family of Ginney Ammons, a member who was recovering from surgery.

1984/1985 - The Cherry Homemakers Club received the El Paso County Extension Homemakers Council achievement award.

1986 - Membership: 23.

1986 (Feb. 5) - The cookbook created in 1945 was reproduced. The current members added new recipes and the cookbook was sold for $6.00 per copy. The first printing was 100 copies, all of which were sold in one month.

1990 - The Cherry Homemakers Club received the 1st place award for safety at the El Paso County Cooperative Extension Service's Recognition Day.

1993 - The Cherry Homemakers Club received an award for 40 years of service from the El Paso County Branch of the Colorado Association for Family and Community Education.

Access Terms

Cherry Homemakers Club
Colorado--Douglas County--History.
Colorado--El Paso County--History.
Douglas County Home Demostration Council
El Paso County Extension Homemakers Council
Home economics--Study and teaching--Colorado--History.
Women--Societies and clubs.


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

Cherry Homemakers Club Records, Douglas County History Research Center. Douglas County Libraries, Castle Rock, CO.

Acquisition Information

The records were created through the normal functioning of the Cherry Homemakers Club by the organization's secretaries, officers and members. The records were donated to the Douglas County History Research Center in good order showing methodical record keeping and establishing provenance for the collection.

Processing Information

Processed by Stephanie Ostermann, June 1997.

Related Material

The Douglas County History Research Center also holds the Records of the Friendly Larks, a Douglas County, Colorado, Extension Homemakers Club, and the Castlewood Circle #328 (Castle Rock, Colorado), Women of Woodcraft.

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