Dallas Morning News
April 18, 1909
Unique Dinner Given at St. Jo: Mrs. HARRIET CLONTS Entertains Organization of Pioneer Women of the Town
(Photo of the pioneer women organization)
In St. Jo, Texas, there exists a quaint but informal organization, composed wholly of elderly ladies who have lived in St. Jo for many years, some since the days when the town was a bare settlement, meets annually, selecting as its meeting place the birthday of that member, who becomes hostess for the organization. The cut attached is a group picture taken at one of these enjoyable meetings. The ladies composing the group range from 66 to 87 years and a number of them have lived in St. Jo for upward of thirty years. The members of this unique organization and their ages on Oct. 9, 1908 with their birthdays are: JANE SMITH age 86, MARGARET PHILLIPS 81, Sept. 4; JACQUELINE CHANCEY 80, May 30; RUTH JANE HOWELL, 76, Sept. 22; SALLIE ANN CRAIG, 76, Jan. 16; CHARLOTTE ROSS, 74, Aug. 22; CLARISSA A. PINKERTON, 74, April 18; FRANCES M. WALKER, 69, Oct. 18; CLARA A. DESPAIN, 72, Dec. 30; MYRA HEMPHILL, 67, Nov. 9; HARRIET CLONTS 66, April 16. To these may be added Mrs. SCOTT and Mrs. GANAWAY, both of St. Jo. From this list, it may be seen that on Friday last, April 18, it was due for Mrs. Clonts, affectionately known as Aunt Harriet, to entertain the organization. This she did in a style calculated to cause the club or organization to talk of it until the next meeting. All members were not present, though covers were laid for 20 guests. Those present at Mrs. Clonts’ dinner being Mesdames CLONTS, DESPAIN, HOWELL, CRAIG, WALKER, SMITH and MORAL. Others at the birthday dinner were Mr. and Mrs. E. H. DAVIDSON, Messrs. MCDOWELL, ARTHUR LITTLE, W. R. NUTTING, Miss SALLIE BOWLES, and others. Long, long ago, Mrs. Clonts had planned this successful dinner. “We met at Mrs. Craig’s last,” she said, “and now it’s my turn. We all know how to cook, and I intend doing the cooking myself. All the ladies had lived here for many years, and all were widows but two, but some of them wanted to dance.’ And now Mrs. Clonts’ dinner goes down in the history of the organization as a most successful one, and the members are ready for the next member’s birthday.
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