Bio: Rector, Brooks – Farewell Party (Feb 1973)

Transcriber: Stan

Surnames: Rector, Appleyard, Justman, Miller, Diedrich, Luchterhand, Neuman, Brey, Pheisen, Loos, Bowe, Faber, Olson, Johnson

----Source: Tribune/Phonograph (Abbotsford, Clark Co., Wis.) 08 Mar 1973

Miss Brooks Rector, Neillsville, Clark County Home Economist since 1964, was the guest of honor at a farewell party held Sunday in the Greenwood Electric Auditorium. Miss Rector is moving to Waterloo, Iowa.

A large gathering of Clark County homemakers were present for the occasion. Mrs. Melvin Appleyard, county homemakers’ president, mistress of ceremonies, gave a short welcome address, and then introduced Mrs. Merlin Justman, Unity, county vice president.

After a brief commentary, Mrs. Justman presented the program which began with two original poems, “Vi’s Dilemma” by Mrs. Leo Miller, and “Friendships” by Abbotsford-Spencer Chairman, Mrs. James Diedrich.

Mrs. Emil Luchterhand, accompanied by Mrs. Duane Neuman, sang “Brooks, We Shall Miss You,” which was Mrs. Luchterhand’s original words to the tune of “Sweet Betsy of Pike.” The entire group joined in for the second chorus.

Mrs. Appleyard introduced all the past county president who have served Clark County under Miss Rector since 1964. They are Mrs. Francis Brey, Mrs. William Pheisen, Mrs. Gilbert Loos, and Mrs. Ben Bowe, each of whom paid tribute to Miss Rector.

Mrs. Norman Faber, Granton, presented her original song, “Beads of Love,” which she sang in harmony with a pre-taped self-recording of her song. The Clark County Homemakers chorus presented three selections “Simple Melody,” “One Song,” and “Happy Wanderer.”

Mrs. Duane Olson and Mrs. Harry Johnson sang a duet of two songs, “Sing Me a Rainbow” and “May the Good Lord Bless and Keep You”

Miss Rector accepted an engraved plaque, which was presented by past president, Mrs. Gilbert Loos, as a gift from Clark County Homemakers, paying tribute to her years of service.

She was also a recipient of a monetary rose bouquet, with each palisman ribbon rose representing one year of service and the monetary foliage representing each of the homemakers clubs in in Clark County. Miss Rector thanked the group and gave a short resume of nostalgic memories of past years.



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