70 Year History of the A&M Garden Club (Part 4)

1956 – 1966

——–21st year——–

1956-1957: Mrs. Edward [Billie] Madeley – 84 members
– “Through the Ages” – ADVANCED CLUB RATING –
– meeting place: Memorial Student Center, Social Room, 2:30 p m 2nd Fri –
– Billie was the Club’s first Nationally Accredited Master Flower Show Judge.
She was well known as a lecturer on flower arranging and table settings.
She organized “The Little Sprouts,” a junior garden club, which won top state awards for years.
1st VP: Mrs. Tom Taylor
2nd VP: Mrs. R R Lyle
3rd VP: Mrs. Edward F Sauer
Secretary: Mrs. Fred Smith
Treasurer: Mrs. W E Briles
Reporter: Mrs. L S O’Bannon
Historian: Mrs. D Ralph Lee
Corresponding Secretary: Mrs. Arch Burgess
Parliamentarian: Mrs. Marion Pugh
Appt. Members of the Board: Mrs. Carl Landiss, Mrs. J E Roberts, Mrs. R D Lewis

 

Our 18th Annual Flower Show
Theme: “Through the Ages”
Chairman: Mark Lyle
Co-Chairman: Doris Franceschini
Friday, 12 April 1957 4 – 8 p m
Memorial Student Center
A&M College of Texas

 

 

 

 

 

 

———22nd year——-

1957-1958: Mrs. Tom [Vesta] Taylor – 86 members
– “Seeds to Deeds” – ADVANCED CLUB RATING –
– meeting place: Memorial Student Center, Social Room, 2:30 p m 2nd Fri –
– Club won a state award for the cemetery project
1st VP: Mrs. Eddie Baker
2nd VP: Mrs. S P Davis
3rd VP: Mrs. W C Freeman
Secretary: Mrs. J V Perry
Treasurer: Mrs. J G McGuire
Reporter: Mrs. John Ashton
Historian: Mrs. Al B Nelson
Corresponding Secretary: Mrs. R E Patterson
Parliamentarian: Mrs. D W Williams
Appt. Members of the Board: Mrs. Marion Pugh, Mrs. E L Angell, Mrs. Ed Garner
Club had 4 STATE Committee Chairmen:
Homebound & TV – Mrs. Marion Pugh
Visiting Gardens – Mrs. J W Batts Jr.
Workshop and Conferences – Miss Sadie Harfield
Honorary Chairman – Mrs. C B Campbell
Club had 2 DISTRICT Committee Chairmen:
Junior Garden Clubs – Mrs. F M Fuller Jr.
Conservation — Mrs. Eddie Baker

 

Our 20th Annual Spring Flower Show
Theme: “Florarama”
Chairman: Kathryn Davis
Tuesday, 8 May 1958 4 – 8 p m
Memorial Student Center
A&M College of Texas

 

 

 

 

 

 

——–23rd year——–

1958-1959: Mesdames C D [Eleanore] Holland – R L [Belle] Brown – 66 members
– “The World and Your Garden” – ADVANCED CLUB RATING –
– meeting place: Memorial Student Center, Social Room, 2:30 p m 2nd Fri –
– The club hosted the first landscape design school in the nation.

1st VP: Mrs. J V Perry
2nd VP: Mrs. D Ralph Lee
3rd VP: Mrs. C W Pewthers
Secretary: Mrs. Edward F Sauer
Treasurer: Mrs. Barlow Irvin
Reporter: Mrs. J W Mogford
Historian: Mrs. W L Penberthy
Corresponding Secretary: Mrs. Ran Boswell
Club had 4 STATE Committee Chairmen:
Homebound & TV – Mrs. Marion Pugh
Visiting Gardens – Mrs. J W Batts Jr.
Workshop and Conferences – Miss Sadie Harfield
Honorary Chairman – Mrs. C B Campbell
Club had 3 DISTRICT Committee Chairmen:
Junior Garden Clubs – Mrs. Edward Madeley
Conservation — Mrs. Eddie Baker
Budget and Finance – Mrs. Roy Snyder
Judges in the A&M Garden Club
National Judges: Mrs. Stanley Davis, Mrs. A B Nelson, Mrs. Marion Pugh, Mrs. Eddie Baker, Mrs. Ed Madeley, Mrs. Tom Taylor
Junior Judges: Mrs. C C Doak, Mrs. Ralph Lee, Mrs. Mills Walker, Mrs. Fred Hale
Student Judges: Mrs. R R Lyle, Mrs R E Snuggs, Mrs. C B Campbell, Mrs. Carl Williams, Miss Sadie Hatfield

 

Our 21st Annual Flower Show
Theme: “Salute to Texas A&M College”
Chairman: Delia Lee
18-19 April 1959
St. Mary’s Student Center

 

 

 

 

 

 

——–24th year——–

1959-1960: Mrs. John [Helen] Perry – 67 members
– “Civic Beautification Through United Effort” – ADVANCED CLUB RATING –
– meeting place: Memorial Student Center, Social Room, 2:30 p m 2nd Fri –

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Officers of A&M Garden Club 1959-60
Mrs. John Perry, Pres; Mrs. C C Doak, Pauliamentarian; Mrs. Guy Franceschini, 2nd V Pres;
Mrs. Ben Cook, 1st Vice-Pres; Mrs. Robert Bossler, Rec. Secretary; Mrs. Ellis Smith, Treasurer;
Mrs. George Potter, 3rd Vice Pres; and Mrs. F L Thomas, Historian
Not pictured: Mrs. Ran Boswell, Cor. Secretary; Mrs. John Ashton, Reporter.

Appt. Members of the Board: Mrs. C B Campbell, Mrs. R L Brown, Mrs. C C Doak
National Judges members of A&M Garden Club 1959-60: Oralene Baker, Kathryn Davis, Billie Madeley, Moy Nelson, Helen Pugh, Vesta Taylor

 

Our 21st [22nd] Annual Flower Show
Theme: “Adventures in the Arts”
Chairman: Doris Franceschini
Co-Chairman: Henryetta Doak
Thursday, 7 April 1960 4 – 8 p m
Memorial Student Center
A&M College of Texas

 

 

 

 

 

 

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– Award winning yearbook.

——–25th year——–

1960-1961: Mrs. Ben D [Ione] Cook – 73 members
– “Enhancing Beauty in Our Homes and Gardens” – ADVANCED CLUB RATING –
– meeting place: Memorial Student Center, Social Room, 2:30 p m 2nd Fri –
1st VP: Mrs. Ellis H Smith
2nd VP: Mrs. W L Penberthy
3rd VP: Mrs. R L Brown
Secretary: Mrs. M L Calliham
Treasurer: Mrs. C E Gregory
Reporter: Mrs. John Ashton
Historian: Mrs. F L Thomas
Corresponding Secretary: Mrs. Robert Bossler
Parliamentarian: Mrs. John V Perry
Appt. Members of the Board: Mrs. C B Campbell, Mrs. P W Burns, Mrs. Guy Franceschini

– Club decorated Memorial Student Center ballroom for football banquet.

 

Our 23rd Annual Standard Flower Show
Theme: “Sing A Song of Spring”
Chairman: Lollie Penberthy
Co-Chairman: Julia Burns
Thursday, 6 April 1961 4 – 8 p m
Memorial Student Center
A&M College of Texas

 

 

 

 

 

 

—————-SILVER ANNIVERSARY—————

1961-1962: Mrs. Ellis [Grace] Smith – 73 members
– “We bring peace to our lives through plant growing and landscaping around our homes”
– ADVANCED CLUB RATING –
– meeting place: Memorial Student Center, Social Room, 2:30 p m 2nd Fri –
1st VP: Mrs. Guy A Franceschini
2nd VP: Mrs. Layton Gregg
3rd VP: Mrs. M L Calliham
Secretary: Mrs. J K Gladden
Treasurer: Mrs. J K Ward
Reporter: Mrs. John Ashton
Historian: Mrs. H H Williamson
Corresponding Secretary: Mrs. Louis E Lorenz
Parliamentarian: Mrs. Ben D Cook
Appt. Members of the Board: Mrs. C B Campbell, Mrs. George Potter, Mrs. W L Penberthy, Mrs. T R Timm

– Gathered and planted wildflowers seeds in College Station Cemetery.
Two members were awarded Landscape Design certificates – Mrs Ralph Lee and Mrs. Carl Williams.

 

Our 24th Annual Standard Flower Show
Theme: “Those Wonderful Years”
Chairman: Mozelle Gregg
Co-Chairman: Valerie Timm
Thursday, 3 May 1962 4 – 8 p m
Memorial Student Center

 

 

 

 

 

 

——–27th year——–

1962-1963: Mrs. D E [Dorothy] McCrory – 65 members
– “Gardening Can Be Such Fun” – ADVANCED CLUB RATING –
– meeting place: Memorial Student Center, Social Room, 2:30 p m 2nd Fri –
1st VP: Mrs. J K Gladden
2nd VP: Mrs. C W Pewthers and Mrs. C B Campbell
3rd VP: Mrs. Robert Bossler
Secretary: Mrs. W W Spurlock
Treasurer: Mrs. Bill McCune
Reporter: Mrs. John Ashton
Historian: Mrs. Charles Smith
Corresponding Secretary: Mrs. John Langford
Parliamentarian: Mrs. Ellis H Smith
Appt. Members of the Board: Mrs. C B Campbell, Mrs. A B Nelson, Mrs. Ben D Cook

– Trees were planted in Cemetery and in Walton Drive Mini-Park.
These trees are still important to the area.

 

Our 25th Annual Standard Flower Show
Theme: “As You Like It – In Your Home”
Co-Chairman: Lue Pewthers
Co- Chairman: Margaret Campbell
Thursday, 23 May 1963 4 – 8 p m
Memorial Student Center

 

 

 

 

 

 

——–28th year——–

1963-1964: Mrs. J K [Florence] Gladden – 62 members
– “Ability, Action, Enthusiasm, Teamwork” – ADVANCED CLUB RATING –
– meeting place: Memorial Student Center, Social Room, 2:30 p m 2nd Fri –
1st VP: Mrs. B C Jones
2nd VP: Mrs. Carl S Williams
3rd VP: Mrs. Edward F Sauer
Secretary: Mrs. R E Snuggs
Treasurer: Mrs. Ben D Cook
Reporter: Mrs. John Ashton
Historian: Mrs. Ralph Lee
Corresponding Secretary: Mrs. Ellis H Smith
Parliamentarian: Mrs. D E McCrory
Appt. Members of the Board: Mrs. C B Campbell, Mrs. A B Nelson

– Club did therapy work at the Rehabilitation Center.

 

Our 26th Annual Standard Flower Show
Theme: “Time and Place”
Chairman: Wanda Williams

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Wanda Williams 1964

Co-Chairman: Doris Franceschini
Co-Chairman: Jewel Covington
Thursday, 16 April 1964 4 – 8 p m
B’nai B’rith Hillel Foundation Building

 

 

 

 

 

 

——-29th year———

1964-1965: Mrs. Guy A [Doris] Franceschini – 48 members
– “Helping New Gardeners and Newcomers”
– ADVANCED CLUB RATING –
– meeting place: Memorial Student Center, Social Room, 2:30 p m 2nd Fri-
1st VP: Miss Sadie Hatfield
2nd VP: Mrs. Ben D Cook and Mrs. R E Snuggs
3rd VP: Mrs. Carl S Williams
Secretary: Mrs. Ralph Lee
Treasurer: Dr. Sylvia Cover
Reporter: Mrs. John Ashton
Historian: Mrs. Robert Bossler
Corresponding Secretary: Mrs. B C Jones
Parliamentarian: Mrs. J K Gladden
Appt. Members of the Board: Mrs. C B Campbell, Mrs. A B Nelson

– Monthly Horticulture and Design Workshops were initiated.
– The Club’s Constitution and By Laws were revised September 1964.

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Doris Franceschini in one of her favorite spots
on the glassed in patio of her home ca 1965

 

– The second Edition of “Gardening in the College Station Area” was published in 1964.
The fly page reads compiled by the A&M Garden Club, Mrs Guy A Franceschini– President; Mrs R E Snuggs— Chairman of the Horticulture Committee.
Acknowledgments:
The A&M Garden Club wishes to acknowledge and express appreciation to all members who gave of their gardening knowledge in consultant assistance in the compilation of this book.
Special Recognition is Due: Mrs J E Roberts, who compiled the first edition of “Gardening int the College Station Area,” from which much of this material is reprinted. Also for her assistance in revising some of the subject matter.
Mrs Al B Nelson, Exhibition Judge, the American Iris Society, for writing the pages on bearded Iris culture. Mrs J B Covington for writing the pages on Day Lily Culture. Mrs. Covington is a Exhibition Judge of the American Hemerocallis Society. She also served as Awards and Honors Judge, the American Hemerocallis Society 1958-63. Mrs Frederick Lewis for writing the Rose culture pages. Marcia Smith for designing the cover.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our 27th Annual Standard Flower Show
Theme: “Living Color”
Co-Chairman: Ione Cook
Co-Chairman: Inice Snuggs
Tuesday, 13 April 1965 4 – 8 p m
B’nai B’rith Hillel Foundation Building

 

 

 

 

 

 

Awards received from State spring of 1965 for work done in 1964:
Honor Roll Rating
Horticulture Honor Roll
Horticulture Award – Certificate of Merit – First
Television Garden Information Award – First

Awards received from State spring of 1966 for work done in 1965:
Honor Roll Rating
Special Horticulture Citation
Honorable mention for the yearbook

——–30th year——–

1965-1966: Mrs. Guy [Doris] Franceschini – 52 members – HONOR ROLL CLUB –
– “Enhancing the beauty in our Texas homes and gardens to help make America beautiful”
– meeting place: Memorial Student Center, Social Room, 2:30 p m 2nd Fri
1st VP: Mrs. Walter Penberthy
2nd VP: Mrs. William S McCulley, Mrs. Layton Gregg and Mrs. George Draper
3rd VP: Mrs. G T King
Secretary: Mrs. Fred Maurer
Treasurer: Mrs Joe Tucker
Reporter: Mrs. John Ashton
Historian: Mrs. Robert Bossler
Corresponding Secretary: Mrs. Richard A Frederiksen
Parliamentarian: Mrs. J K Gladden
Appt. Members of the Board: Mrs. C B Campbell, Mrs. Ben D Cook, Miss Sadie Hatfield

 

Our 28th Annual Standard Flower Show
Theme “Our Town”
Co-Chairman: Mary McCulley

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Mrs. Wm McCulley [flower show Chair]
& Mrs George Smith look over schedule.

Co-Chairman: Mozelle Gregg
Co-Chairman: Margie Draper
Monday, 15 Nov 1965 4 – 8 p m
Memorial Student Center

 

 

 

 

 

 

photos by Irene Maurer
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Yule Decorations: Mmes. Snugg, Penberthy, Sprigg, Miss Grimes, Mmes. Cook, Baker, Miss Hatfield,
Mmes. Spurlock, Lynch, Jungerman, Patterson, Resprim, Mixon, Bossler.

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Top: Dec Table – Mmes. R E Snuggs, C O Sprigg, Ben Cook, John Ashton
Bottom: A & M Garden Club Pioneer Members
Mmes. John Ashton, R E Paterson, E D Middleton, Howard Berry, R E Snuggs, Robert Bossler

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May Breakfast at Franceschini’s

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May Horticulture Workshop
Conducted by Mrs. Penberthy, the new president

Awards received in spring of 1967 for work done in 1966:
State & District for Honor Roll Club class III,
Yearbook – 1st place with a 99
Radio – public service with Bryan Club and Oaks Club – 1st Place
State also: Honor Roll Rating; Special Horticulture Award –
1966 Civic Beautification Program sponsored by Sears, Roebuck & Co

– Five of the charter members were still active in the club. They were Mrs. C B [Margaret] Campbell, Mrs. Dona Coulter Carnes, Mrs. George [Ruth] Wilcox, Mrs. D W [Madge] Williams, and Miss Sadie Hatfield.


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1966 – 1976 1976 -1986 1986 – 1996 1994-95 1995-96
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