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Rippey Alice Blue Rebekah Lodge #414 Celebrates Golden Anniversary, November 1956

Jefferson Herald, November 15, 1956: Rippey Alice Blue Rebekah Lodge observed its 50th anniversary Tuesday evening, at a regular meeting. There were 119 present, including visitors from Jefferson, Scranton, Dana, Grand Junction, Churdan, Perry, Farlin, Bagley, Woodward and Des Moines.

 

Jefferson Herald, November 15, 1956

Rippey Rebekahs Celebrate Lodge’s Golden Anniversary

Rippey---Alice Blue Rebekah Lodge observed its 50th anniversary Tuesday evening, at a regular meeting.

                There were 119 present, including visitors from Jefferson, Scranton, Dana, Grand Junction, Churdan, Perry, Farlin, Bagley, Woodward and Des Moines.

                Following the business session of the lodge, Mrs. Mae Welch, secretary of the Rebekah Assembly, presented the lodge a certificate of merit for outstanding achievement and required gain in membership.  This is one of six awarded in the state.

                Also present for the evening was vice president of the assembly, Mrs. Stella Wingert of Des Moines.

                Mrs. Gladys Anderson was in charge of the program.  A piano solo was played by Sandra Thornburgh.  Mrs. Anderson read the early history of the organization of the Rebekah lodge and of the Rippey lodge, which applied for its chapter in November of 1906.

                The lode was named “Alice Blue” in honor of Alice Roosevelt, daughter of Theodore and Mrs. Roosevelt, who at that time occupied the White House.

                The past history of the lodge was preceded by a vocal solo by Eloise Overman, “Auld Lang Syne.”  Mildred Turpin, dressed in a white robe of one of the 50-year members, represented the past, and read the 13 charter names.

                Included were Banyer and Hannah Burk, Dr. H. E. Lovejoy, Miles Morain, Louise Morain, G. W. Turpin, Mabel Turpin, Arch Burk, Martha Burk, Charles Naylor, Rebecca Naylor and Bertha Beaman.

                Mrs. Eva Lovejoy was elected as the first Noble Grand, and a letter was read at this time from Mrs. Lovejoy, the only surviving charter member.  Her secretary was Bertha Beaman.

                Also present at the meeting Tuesday evening were Mrs. Orpha Thompson of Perry, Mrs. Mabel Lofstedt of Grand Junction, Mrs. Mae Lee Laub, Mabyl Martin and Minnie Morain of Rippey and Hattie Burk of Jefferson. Each was presented with a corsage.

                Those who are near 50-year members, but were unable to attend were Agnes Holmes, Mary McDowell and Bertie Stoufer.

                A pageant was given with Alice Grow, Bessie Hiddleson and Maude Anschutz representing friendship, love and truth.  Betty Farley, holding a silver chain of 15 links, represented the present with the number of members added the past year.

                The minutes of the first few lodge meetings were read, along with a list of all members who had joined during the half century.  The lodge held its early meetings in the old IOOF hall, which was replaced by the present one.  Many could recall the creaking outside covered stairway that led to the lodge rooms.

                After the history of the lodge was read, many of the older members reminisced about early social activities such as taffy pulls, watermelon feeds, oyster suppers, etc., and the recall effort it took to go miles to attend meetings in those horse and buggy days.

                The Past Noble Grands circle was organized in 1925, and the first regalia for the lodge was purchased in that year also.

                At the close of the observance program, Eloise Overman sang “Bless This House”, with Mrs. Marjorie Grow at the piano.

                The degree staff, in white formals, presented its drill.  The officers retired in form, after which refreshments were served.

                A three-tiered anniversary cake, baked and decorated in pink and green by the Vice Grand, Vava Monthei, was cut and served.  Mabyl Martin and Nellie Derry poured.