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  Quest Club Has Symposium on Cape Girardeau History

Body:  A symposium on the City of Cape Girardeau over the years was presented Wednesday at the meeting of the Quest Club of the Missouri Federation of Women's Clubs. Mrs. D. B. Elrod, as moderator, introduced Mrs. John Popp and Mrs. Walter Moeller, who related tales of the early days here.

Mrs. Popp, in describing the early days, told of the growth of the city, and Mrs. Moeller recounted the history of Cape County in detail.   Mrs. Elrod presented a report written by Mrs. D. J. Rush on personal stories from members of old Cape Girardeau families; also she outlined the progress of churches in the city and county.

In conclusion Mrs. Walter Wehking, who had introduced the program, recalled her experiences when the communications media were expanded in the community and she was a performer on the first radio station in the city. She and members of her family played in a band called "The Kempe Kids."

Two blue ribbon awards to the club were announced in the business session presided over by Mrs. Julius Cook, president. Mrs. H. B. Sullivan, reporting on the Ninth District MFWC meeting held last month in Kennett, said that blue ribbons were received in district competition for the yearbook and the scrapbook. The scrapbook was compiled by Mrs. Robert Pitney. Both will be submitted in statewide competition.

Mrs. Cook reported on the MFWC state board meeting held in September in Joplin.

Reminders were issued members on upcoming events: the Southeast Missouri Hospital Auxiliary's Flea Market on Oct. 20; St. Francis Hospital Auxiliary's Fall Festival on Nov. 4; and Scope Clubs' benefit bridge party on Nov. 9.

Mrs. R. M. Stevens of the home life department of the organization, announced that a bus trip for members will be held Oct. 15 to visit Girls' Town near Mountain Grove where the dedication of a new wing will be the event of the day. Girls' Town is supported by the MFWC.

After the meeting was adjourned, Mrs. Cook presided at the tea table. Hostesses were Mrs. R. B. Potashnick and Mrs. E. Victor Williams and the gathering was in the Potashnick home, 1329 Cape Rock Drive.

Source:  Wednesday Club Collection, 1902-1990.
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