Martha Washington Questers
Martha Washington Questers 1032 met April 25, 2014, at the home of Maurine Roberts. Co-hostess was Linda Newlon. The minutes were read by secretary Jane Fehr and approved as read. Janet Peterson gave the treasurer’s report. The report was approved. President Linda Newlon asked that everyone bring their yearbooks to the next meeting so she can update them over the summer.
The group discussed its part in the 175th celebration. Janet Peterson has arranged for the group to have a window downtown to hold a display. The members discussed items to put in the window, and Marilyn volunteered her manikin to be dressed like Martha Washington. Others volunteered tea carts, tea sets, and other items of the era. They will firm up plans at the May meeting.
Plans for the June outing were discussed, and Maurine suggested a trip to Tipton to visit her sister’s log home in the country. Plans will be made for this trip on June 27. Members also discussed a new display at the Herbert Hoover museum in West Branch, which features items from the first ladies, including a ring belonging to Martha Washington. It will be open until Oct. 26, so they will consider going in August or the fall. Linda asked members to be thinking of other programs for next year, which will be discussed at the May meeting. The May meeting will be May 23 at Jane Fehr’s house in rural Wayland, and the co-hostess will be Vicki Ealy.
The program was given by Marilyn Whitenack and was on antique cups and saucers. She had many cups and saucers to share, plus a book called "A Moment in Time," written by Jim and Susan Harran, who have more than 1,500 cups and saucers for sale on eBay. Marilyn gave a little history of tea, telling the group that tea was introduced to America by the British in 1650, and also about the unfortunate incident with tea at the Boston Tea Party in 1773. In 1904, iced tea was introduced at the St. Louis World’s Fair, because it was such a hot day that no one wanted hot tea, so someone poured ice into it and the new drink was born.
Cups and saucers come in many categories. Some are hand-painted, some are glazed, some gilded in gold, some have silver overlays. Common makers include Dresden, Royal Copenhagen, Meissen, and Royal Dalton. The English are noted for their fine china, as are the Japanese. The Russians have created a fine porcelain. The program was conducted with the members sharing some of the cups and saucers that they had brought along.