The English Club met Oct. 6 at First Christian Church. Hostesses Anne Lynch and Helen Starkey had decorated the luncheon tables for fall.
They introduced the guest speaker, Mrs. John Hollon. As the Historic Murphy Theatre approaches its 100th year, Mrs. Hollon saw a need for a book to tell its story and the people involved in the beginning years of such a beautiful landmark. As she started with a box of pictures and word got around about the project people identified persons in the photos and gave her more information and more pictures.
The Hollonses son Jeff, has helped with photo work and prepared enlargements which she used to demonstrate some changes to the front of the Murphy building over the years.
A grant from the state has made it possible to repair and restore damages to the lovely grand building both inside and out. And now Jennifer has a great book filled with pictures, people and stories that is lovely to look at and to pass on as a historical record of life in Wilmington. The book was published by Orange Frazer Press and may be purchased at the Historical Center.
New President Jean Singleton conducted a brief business meeting and recognized Daphne Blackburn and Connie Townsend who have birthdays in October.
Others attending were; Donna Barnhart, Sharon Breckel, Joan Burge, Beverly Drapalik, Lois Hackney, Susan Henry, Mildred Hoskins, Nancy Jones, Shirley Katter,
Sue Miars, Barbara Ostemeier, Judy Sargent, Jane Walker, Kitty Werner, Nancy Bernard, Avonelle and Nancy Williams.
The next meeting will be Nov. 3 at First Christian Church and hostesses will be Lois Hackney and Joyce Peters. Lunch will be prepared by McCoy’s Catering.