Hostesses for the club’s November meeting were Leca Dew and Suzanne Bowie. The club met on the patio of Suzanne Bowie, where the fresh air and sunshine felt so good. This way, club members were able to keep masks on and social distance.
Guest speaker was Britt Maxwell (grandson of Nellie and Marion Rogers). Maxwell told of the immigration of his family to this area and surrounding communities. He also had compiled several pages of history and photos of West along with his family. One of the photos he put on the first page is of the Livery Stable on Front Street in 1910, another photo of D. B. Campbell Store/Gas Station and Ellis Drug Store. These were located on the south end of Front Street.
He had pictures of houses and people that were living at that time. Maxwell said he has some audio tapes of relatives just before their passing. Needless to say, he has done a lot of research and is still doing so.
When he left the meeting, he was heading to a cemetery he just recently located and he thinks some of his distant relatives are buried in this location. Two of his children are living in Israel, one in Jerusalem and the other in PSAVAZ.
If you wish any further information, you may get in touch with Maxwell at bmaxwell@gmail,com, facebook.com/britt.maxwell1/ or https://thecosmiccorner.blogspot.com
After the presentation, club members we had some refreshments before getting down to work. The minutes were read and approved and the Treasurer’s report was read and approved. The club discussed the drawing of a painting by Benny Melton. Those who wish to purchase a ticket may do so by contacting any of the West Civic Club members. These tickets will be drawn on Dec. 9 and you will be notified if you have won. Tickets are $5 each or you may purchase 10 tickets for $40.
The club also decided that because of the continuance of the COVD-19 pandemic, the club will not be handing out Christmas baskets as in the past. They will be sending out Christmas cards to those people to let them know club members are praying for them and that hopefully by Easter, the club will be able to put a basket together for each of them.
For information on club membership or to purchase tickets for the drawing, you may call Carol Black.