Members and guests of the Mason Bluebonnet Study Club were treated to a brilliant portrait of the past woven in words, photographs, and maps by guest speaker Dolores Keller at the club’s September 21st meeting. As those attending entered the Richard Eckert Civic Center, they were invited to peruse displays of very old documents and photographs on display in the main meeting room.
Following pledges to the flags and reading of the Club Collect, club president Mary Hemphill introduced the speaker. President Hemphill related that Dolores Keller’s ancestors were among Mason’s earliest settlers.
Ms. Keller distributed a brief outline of her talk to the audience, then began to tell the story of her great grandfather, Jacob Bauer and his family. When Jacob was seven years old, his family came to Texas from Germany with dreams of freedom in a new country. This decision by his family and the long process of first being accepted for the journey, then the long and uncomfortable trip on a ship were evidenced by documents on display. The plan by some German noblemen to bring a group to Texas first began in 1842, but the family did not arrive in Texas until 1847. First settling in Gillespie County, then migrating to Mason County, Jacob Bauer’s family underwent many hardships on the way to a successful life in America. In 1864, he became a U.S. citizen and went on to serve in the military during the Civil War. Ms. Keller related many of the stories of those years illustrated by pictures and documents passed down through her family. Maps of Germany at the time of the family’s departure and early maps of Texas were also displayed as the story was told.
Following the program, president Hemphill called a business session to order. Minutes of the last meeting, a treasurer’s report, and roll call were the first order of business. Members were reminded that the Alamo District of Texas Federation of Women’s Clubs Fall Board Meeting will be held in Cotulla on October 17. The theme will be decorated fans. More information can be obtained from Ms. Hemphill.
Tne October 19th meeting which will be a shelter shower to benefit The Haven, was discussed. A list of needed items was distributed. A hope that the community will want to donated items and attend was expressed by all members. The meeting will be held at 2:00 p.m. in the Richard Eckert Civic Center. Mary Hemphill will be the hostess and a representative of The Haven will speak. The Haven provides a safe place for victims of domestic abuse and helps clients to start a new life. Since those seeking refuge many times leave their abusive circumstances with only the clothes on their backs, there is always a need for basic necessities. Each year, the club tries to make a difference by collecting those needed items and delivering them to the shelter.
A discussion of the need to raise funds for the club’s scholarship program resulted in plans for a combination chili meal and rummage sale to be held in front of Hemphill’s on the square on November 7. In addition, a 42 tournement is in the planning stages to be held in February. All funds raised from these two efforts will benefit Mason graduating seniors.
Hostess Brinda Pape served refreshments to Tanya Lamoreaux, Betty Meyer, Julie Harrison, Mary Hemphill, Mary Carlman, Mary Ellen Merkel, Julie Pepper, Maudi Bergmann, Welda Armour, Anna Gillespie, Mary K. Draper, Al Dreyer, Jutta Dreyer, Rosemary Davis, Jane Hoerster, Carol Jordan, and Dolores Keller.
The Mason Bluebonnet Study Club is a member of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs, an international organization dedicated to community service.