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March 16, 2014

Reflections on the Woman's Club of Mineral Wells

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You see, this building had been a United States Post Office from 1912 until 1959 when a new facility was built. From 1959 until 1975 the building housed the Boys Club and served as a Civil Defense Shelter, as well as a meeting place for many local groups.

 

A small group of women with very little money but lots of willingness began dedicating time to polishing brass, scrubbing marble floors, repairing plaster, and painting the building known as the Old Post Office.  This caught the eye of the Mineral Wells Index which began reporting weekly on the restoration project.

 

Clubs and civic organizations and supportive husbands began to join the bandwagon, fundraisers were held, and slowly but surely the grand old lady was beautified and reopened as the "Bride's Room."

 

The first function, a Valentine's Day tea, was held on Feb. 20, 1975, and soon groups were scheduling the building for lots of different events. The place was a hit!

 

The Woman's Club, itself, was officially organized on Feb. 3, 1976, and the group continued to endeavor to stimulate community interest in the preservation of the building, both because of its history and because of its beauty and architecture. When the first officers were installed, over 100 people attended the meeting.

 

In 1986 a Texas Historical Marker was placed in front of the building.

 

Today, the 102-year-old building is still looking for support, encouragement and dedication.

 

The Woman's Club of Mineral Wells meets on the first Wednesday of each month at 11:30 a.m. One of the projects of the club, to ensure the continuation of the building, is printing a cookbook with recipes by the members. (I'm going so share a recipe next week!) The cost is $15 for each book. If you would like to help by purchasing a cookbook, or if you would like to donate to the preservation of the building, send a check to Mineral Wells Woman's Club, PO Box 413, Mineral Wells, Texas, 76067.

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