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    March 2005 marks the 95th birthday of the Woman's Club of Lakeside.  Lakeside has grown and changed dramatically over the past 95 years, but one constant has been the commitment of the women of Lakeside to attain remarkable achievements and make lasting contributions to the community.
    We invite the entire community to celebrate the heritage of excellence created by these women.  The next five months the Museum Memo will share the works of the Woman's Club of Lakeside and introduce you to several of their members.  The years between 1910 and 1920 will be featured this month. 
    Where was Lakeside during this time period?  Lakeside has a rich history dating back to the mid 1800's.  The town site was organized in 1886 at the peak of the land boom. Mostly ranches, there were a few grand homes, a community church, and a beautiful inn and boathouse built by the lake.  This became a well-known vacation spot for the wealthy of Southern California.  Busy times, with the trains arriving 3 times a day in Lakeside, this area was once the main stagecoach stop, westward on the way to San Diego, and East to the Butterfield stage line and on to Yuma.  Most of the population was transient, but those who stayed were trying to build a community.
    One of those people who stayed was Josephine Mansfield, who deserves much of the credit for forming the Woman's Club of Lakeside.  Josephine came from Boston to Lakeside (a culture shock, I am sure) in 1904 with her daughter (Mary Ann Ross, whom you met in last months Museum Memo).  Josephine had been active in her former community in Boston and it didn't take her long to join the Lakeside Improvement Club.  She also had the forethought to know that women need friendship, a chance for learning and expression and culture.
    In 1910, the Woman's Club of Lakeside is born.  March 17, 1910 at the home of Martha Langdon, 8 ladies met to discuss Josephine Mansfield's idea of forming a club.  They elected Mary Ann Ross as President.  They chose the club name (at that time Lakeside Woman's Club), and the purpose would be for mutual helpfulness and sociability, the cultivation of interest in intellectual and civic pursuit.  They voted on bylaws and set the dues at 25 cents, and the motto "The Noblest Motive is the Public Good".
    The clubs first project was to assist with the building of the Lakeside Town Hall in 1911.  1913 the club sponsored a branch of the San Diego County Library, initially housed

in the town hall, later moved to the club house.  During the flood of 1916, they gave over $100 to the flood sufferers, as well as, procuring and distributing supplies.  During the war years the club was active in civil defense programs, food production and conservation, organizing clinics and a Red Cross unit, gardening and garment making.  In 1918, they started the idea of ringing the first "Liberty Bell" for the war effort.  The ladies gathered and prayed in front of the Community Church and the bell was rung at noon.  Thereafter, each day at noon, every Presbyterian Church throughout the United States was tolling its bell for victory.  Peace came and a plaque was placed at the door of the olde church commemorating that First Victory Bell.

March 28 Guest Speaker
And Slide Presentation
Betty McMillen, Vice-President


  Just where is Sherman Heights?  We hear about it on the TV news every now and then.  Our guest speaker for the March 28 meeting will be Louise Torio from Sherman Heights.
  Louise has a slide show of many of the beautiful and also run down and neglected Victorian homes and cottages in her neighborhood.  She and her husband live in an old house and have restored two of them to their former glory.
  Louise is on the Historic Preservation Council and conducts walking tours of Sherman Heights every fourth Sunday.  She is also an advocate for helping folks get a tax reduction with the Mills Act when they restore a historic building.
  Come and enjoy an interesting presentation on the architectural legacy of this old community, many buildings dating back to 1800s and turn of the century. 

Bring a friend!

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