Members of Starkville Woman’s Club met today to hear a program on the club’s long history. Several members got into the mood by wearing frocks which were “acceptable attire” back in the 30s, 40s, and 50s.
The hats and gloves were eliminated many years ago and only occasionally does someone wear a dress. It was so nice to roll out of bed and plop a hat on my head without having to give a second thought to my hair.
Carolyn Katz, who has been a member of the club for 60s years, recalled how the club was organized as the first civic club for women in Starkville way back in 1924. She, and her late husband, Ralph, are pictured (above) leaving the temple in Jackson after their wedding. She wore the very same “going away outfit” she wore on her wedding day in February of 1949! How many of you can still get into your “going away” outfit!!
The club played a key role in establishing a library in Oktibbeha County and supporting youth activities including building public swimming pools in Starkville and on the MSU campus. It also sponsored the budding girl scout movement in Starkville.
During World War II, the club established the USO in Starkville. In 1938, it established the first free nursery school in the Cotton Mill District.
Many of the members of the club today joined with their mothers so many decades ago. As the older, native Starkville crowd began to disappear, they began letting in the riff-raff like me.
The club has always had a limit of 40 members and these days we don’t do many hands-on projects, but we do give back to the community in monetary support. Mostly we just look forward to getting together to hear an interesting program and enjoy food and conversation once a month.