Martha Washington Questers
The May 17, 2013, meeting of Martha Washington Questers 1032 was held at the home of Gerry Schmidt. Janet Peterson served as co-hostess. The meeting was called to order by president Vicky Ealy. Eight members answered roll call, and the Questers Invocation was recited in union. Treasurer Janet Peterson gave her report. The minutes and the treasurer’s report were approved.
Plans were finalized for the June 20, 2013, outing to the Czech Village and Museum in Cedar Rapids. Ten members plan to make the trip. Vicki was unsure if the group would be able to take in the NewBo Market, as they do not open until 4 p.m. on Thursdays.
It was noted that the S.E. Area Day Committee had gotten together for a group photo by the Log Cabin in Sunset Park in honor of the donation being made to the DAR with the money raised by attendance at Area Days last fall. The money will be used to help make necessary repairs to the cabin.
President Vicki Ealy was thanked by members for her hard work and dedication after serving a four-year term. New officers have been chosen and will begin their duties in August.
Mary Statler gave the program on “Keota Glass,” which is not well known and is hard to recognize, as its pieces are not signed. Keota Glass is also very plain in design, but nevertheless does command a high price. James Harvey Leighton came to Keota from West Virginia, and along with local investors constructed the first plant in 1879. When the Keota operation failed within a year, Leighton moved on to Iowa City, thus producing what is now known as “Iowa City” glass. Mary also touched on Tiffany Glass, which is known for its colorful designs, especially in lamps and small boxes.
Afterward, members enjoyed dessert and conversation while admiring the beautiful flowers in Gerry’s backyard.