On Wednesday, February 27th, the Mason Study Club held their monthly meeting in the Stribling Room at the Mason County Library. The upcoming ham sales was discussed. Hams must be purchased by March 16th for a delivery on March 23rd, in time for Easter.
Judy Branch then introduced Scott Zesch as our guest speaker. Judy and Scott took a few minutes to talk about the Mason Community Kitchen. This is a separate organization from the Food Bank. The Community Kitchen meets once a month to make and then freeze casseroles to be distributed. On average, they distribute approximately 170 meals per month. Then Scott spoke about his current book.
In 2005, Scott was in California doing research on an idea for a book. In the process he discovered that there had been a massacre in 1871 in Los Angeles involving the Chinese immigrants. Little was recorded about this event. Scott decided to discontinue the research on his previous idea and concentrate on this massacre. During the research he discovered several fascinating things. The Chinese immigration to the California coast increased with the Gold Rush in 1849. The mostly Chinese men were business-minded and quickly started a laundry service in the gold fields. By 1870, Los Angeles was a true “wild west” town of 5700 people and had one of the highest murder rates in the nation. The next year the massacre occured. This is the backdrop for his current book, “The Chinatown Wars”.
The Study Club hostesses decorated the Stribling Room with Chinese fans and Chinese attire to go along with Scott’s topic. The accompanying photograph shows Deanna Handlin in the red jacket, Florence Smith has on a 1952 kimono that is from Okinawa, and Gerry Daniel is in the black jacket. The red and black Chinese jackets were on loan from Laura Tallent. Margaret Brown is pictured to the right of Florence. New member Nan Larrimore is to Margaret’s right, then Scott Zesch.
The Study Club wants to thank Scott for his time and enthusiasm.