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84-Lancaster Farming, Saturday, November 12, 1994
Somerset Farm Women Celebrate 60 Years
GAY N. BROWNLEE
Somerset Co. Correspondent
BERLIN (Somerset Co.)
The Somerset County Society of
Farm Women held its 75th Con
vention recently and celebrated its
80th birthday since being founded
by Flora Black of Holland Farms,
near Garrett, in the year 1914.
Black is said to have believed
that farm women didn’t get out
enough socially and that gathering
together once a month would be
something special for them. Her
idea became so popular that Soci
ety of Farm Women was launched.
Later, a memorial recognizing
that it all began in Somerset
County, was placed beside Route
219 near Garrett.
The theme, “Up! Up! And
Away, We Are Eighty Today,”
Annual reports are being given at the Somerset County
Society of Farm Women-75th Convention held in Berlin.
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titled the convention program
booklet for the 130 women who
attended. Included were six past
state presidents, including Luella
Duppstadt and Mary Boyd, Som
erset County; Edith Diehl and
Martee Mentzer, Cumberland
County; Marie Baughman, Franklin
County; and Naomi Bupp, York
Dorothy Strickler, the current
state president, presided over the
installation of new officers: presi
dent, Becky Swallow, Central
City: first vice-president, Nancy
Jackson, Indian Lake; second vice
president, Sandy Wojcik, Cairn
brook; secretary, Shirley Weitzel,
Central City; assistant secretary,
Eleanor Cannoni, Windber; trea
surer, Audrey Gilbert, Jennerstown.
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Swallow succeeds Marion
Sjoberg as county president.
Giving annual reports were
presidents of the 12 county soci
eties, with the exception of Num
ber Nine, which is currently inac
They were Evelyn Hillegass,
Society One; Dorothy Brougher,
Society Two; Josephine Kerin,
Society Three; Nancy Jackson,
Society Four; Frances Werner,
Society Five; Maxine Leventry,
Society Six; Audrey Gilbert, Soci
ety Seven; Anna Jean Ferguson,
Guests are preparing to dine on roast beef at the Somerset
Women 75th Convention.
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Society Eight; Violet Shuster,
Society Ten; Connie Sturtz, Soci
ety Eleven; and Gladys King,
The memorial service was con
ducted by Society Five which had
one deceased member, Betty
Deal, 1921 - 1994. Society Six
also lost one member, Mabel
Miller, 1914 - 1993. Two mem
bers of Society Ten died during
the year. They were Anna C. Kor
manik, 1927 - 1994; and Ruth V.
Anna Glessncr, aged 90 years,
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was honored by Society Two.
A presentation by the Pennsyl
vania state dairy princess Natalie
Welch, was a treat during the
Soloist Jill Pulido sang during
the forenoon session while the
McFarlings provided afternoon
Raye Diehl lead group singing,
accompanied by Frances Ross at
Chaplain Kathryn Miller and
assistant chaplain, Thelma Long,
lead the group in devotions.
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