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March 16, 2014

Reflections on the Woman's Club of Mineral Wells

Ok, ok, I know some of you fellows were rather amused by my column a while back - the one telling you not to read. Well, while this column is about women, I hope you will read it and be encouraged by it to assist in the preservation of one of the few grand old ladies left in our town.

 

I know we're all excited about the distinct possibility that the Baker Hotel will be brought back to its original glory, but I am interested in other historic buildings and groups here, as well.

 

One of the most interesting is the grand old lady, the Old Post Office, which now houses the Woman's Club of Mineral Wells. Many of you remember, as kids, that was the Post Office we went to to get mail and send packages, and there are many great photos of the old days there. One is from the A.F. Weaver collection and was taken in 1930. You can see these photos on Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu.  

 

This building a one of several that need the support of the community if it is to continue to be preserved.  It's a beautiful building, and it's an interesting historical feature for our town.

 

Do you know how this great dame came to be preserved? If not, here goes.

 

Early in 1975 a group of local women decided that something needed to be done 

about the Old Post Office and, as well, our town needed a woman's organization for all the gals in town. Thanks to the forming Board of Trustees, the Mineral Wells Woman's Club was organized. These women were Mrs. Mitch (Jean) Bumgardner, Mrs. D. C. (Beatrice) Harris, Mrs. Bill F. (Nancy) Rivers, Mrs. Fay Stewart, Mrs. T.J. (Edna Mae) Honea, and Mrs. James L. (Louanne) Irwin.

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