Friday Study Club celebrates 100 years
One of the most interesting events in the history of Cuyuna Range organizations takes place this fall, when the Friday Study Club celebrates the 100th anniversary of its founding.
The Friday Study Club started when a few pioneer women of Crosby deeply felt the need of an organization of women to bring them together in one common interest.
In those early days, there was much charitable work done. The Friday Study Club devoted all its energy and money along that line. After the organization of the Mothers Club (now the Cuyuna Range Women’s Club), which all the FSC members joined, they dropped charitable work and directed their efforts to the founding of a public library.
The first $100 for this purpose was earned by the members of the club through food sales, silver teas and tag days. The Crosby Public Library was established May 1914, starting with 143 books. At this time in 2012, the library contains approximately 45,000 books and is still supported in many ways by the Friday Study Club.
Originally the meetings revolved around a theme, the first program listing “A Year in China.” Other themes included American Literature, English Literature, Japan, The American West, Travel in Scotland and Ireland, International Affairs, and Modern American Women. Themes are no longer followed, but the group continues to meet 12 times a year on Friday afternoons. The 15 members take turns entertaining, and each takes a turn choosing a non-fiction book to read aloud. The motto of the club is “Study without thought is vain; thought without study is dangerous.” Official colors are yellow and white, the favorite poet is Longfellow.
During the 2012-2013 year, the members of the club will read book appropriate to the occasion. Some will read of events at that time, such as the sinking of the Titanic or events leading up to World War I. At the first meeting this year, the reader read a biography of H. W. Longfellow and several of his well-known poems.
Members at this time include Linda Anderson, Peggi Beseres, Doris Carlson, Kaye Gillman, Vernice Grgurich, Joan Hallada, Kay Johnson, Michelle LeMieur, Sally Mann, Phyllis Martin, Jill Mattson, Mina Nystrom, Christine Olson, Laura Roberts and Virginia Skeim.