John C. Thompson donated some land in the Spring Coulee townsite on which a church was built about 1907. This church operated under the supervision of the Presbyterian Presbytery until it joined The United Church of Canada in 1925.
The first church board consisted of Henry A. Walter, H. E. Kelley and J.C. Thompson. A few years after the main part of the church was built, an addition for the Sunday School was built at the back and a room upstairs for the Sunday School and Ladies Aid meetings. (Until a Memorial Hall for Clara C. Thompson was built by Ralph, Harlan and Florence Thompson.) The work on this addition was largely contributed by Leo Chapman, Jesse Sherman, and William Wood.
THE LADIES AID
The first Ladies Aid was organized in 1909.
This is a copy of the first meeting:
The ladies of the Presbyterian Church at Spring Coulee met at the home of Mrs. H. E. Kelley for the purpose of organizing a Ladies Aid Society. The following officers were elected: President, Mrs. Henry Walter, Vice President Mrs. Wm. Matson. Secretary and Treasurer Ruth Upton. Social Committee Mrs. Springer, Refreshment Committee Mrs. Roy Matson. A motion was moved and seconded that the sum of twenty live cents should be charged for the members on the first meeting of each month. A meeting was held and Mrs. Bert. Kelley moved and Mrs. Roy Matson seconded that a box social should be held Tuesday January 18th at the church. Adjourned.
The following are copies of a few of the early meetings:
"The ladies Aid of the Presbyterian church met at the home of Mrs. H. E. Kelley, February 4th, 1910. Mrs. Walter, the president occupied the chair. The following were present: Mrs. Roy Matson, Mrs. Marjarison, Mrs. Wm. Matson, Miss Storey, Miss Hazel Walters and Miss Upton. A motion was made by Miss Storey, seconded by Mrs. Roy Matson to hold a Valentine Social at the school house on Monday evening, February 14th."
"The ladies of the Presbyterian church met at the home of Mrs. Wm Matson, February 18th 1910. On account of the severe weather only a small number of members were present. Afternoon visiting followed and after appointing March 4th for the next meeting which was to be held at the home of Mrs. Bert Kelley they departed.
"A Valentine Social was held at the school house, February 21st under the direction of the Ladies Aid Society. Games were played and a short program was rendered. Light refreshments were served. An admission fee of 25 cents was charged which brought a total of $8.75."
The next minutes were for July 17th 1913. There were six members. Evidently this was a reorganization meeting. The next meeting was to be held at the home of Mrs. Herman Johnson. Those present were Mrs. Kelley, Mrs. Brown (probably Mrs. Frank Brown), Mrs Chapman, Mrs. Culp, Mrs. Nelson and Mrs. Beswick.
Other members mentioned as helping with a bazaar were Mrs. Ross, Mrs. Greenwood, and Mrs. Gygi. Members mentioned as being present at a meeting in July, 1913 were: Mrs. H. E Kelley. Mrs. C. H. Kelley, Mrs. Boyd, Mrs. Boettcher, Mrs. Spinger, Mrs. Embry, Mrs. Drinhall, Mrs. Hammit, Mrs Smith (probably Mrs. Leo Smith), Mrs. Ray, Mrs. Rice, Mrs. Roy Matson, Mrs. J. A. Margerison, Mrs. Springer, Hazel Walter, Miss Storey, Mrs. Clara C. Thompson and Mrs. H. A. Walter.
As a comparison with prices today are listed the expenses for a social held in January 1910: 5 dozen cups and saucers, $7.50; 5 dozen teaspoons $1.25; coffee for social 30 cents; sugar 35 cents; I coffee pot $1.00; Total 10.40. And for a social held February 21st; cocoa 25 cents, coffee 35 cents; sugar 25 cents; 100 paper napkins 80 cents; 2 pitchers $1.70.
The bachelors of the community were very liberal as patrons of the Ladies Aid projects to raise money and the Ladies Aid gave a supper in their honor. There was a list of the bachelors and single men but no date. These are the names on the list: Tommie Newton, Ernie Moulton, Clarence Ripley, Marvin Marsden, Joe Marsden, Eric Moody, H. Darby, Wayne Malmberg, Evan Malmberg, Joe Greenwood (the name was Joe on the list but I think it should have been Fred), Claus Fremont, Eddie Lane, Dave Bingham, Pete Matichuk, Wm. Sevier and Tony Kubeck.
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