Martha Washington Questers No. 1032 get a history lesson at their meeting

The Martha Washington Questers No. 1032 met on Aug. 24, at the home of Jan Stiles. Roll was called and the minutes of May and June 2018 were read and approved. A committee was appointed to look into ways that Questers can help the City of Washington.

The committee consists of Jane Fehr, Janet Peterson and Connie Pence. They will report back next month with suggestions.

Leader Virginia Reighard suggested that members all read an article in the Quester Qarterly on P. 10. Secretary Jane Fehr read a thank-you note from Questers International for the gift toward the scholarship fund. They then discussed the Fall Fling in Cedar Rapids/Amana on Oct. 5-6. Virginia reminded members that our reservations must be in by Sept. 22.

Eight members showed an interest in going. The next meeting will be at Jane Fehr?s house with Virginia Reighard as co-hostess.

The program was given by Marilyn Whitenack on her doll collection. She had a wonderful collection of antique dolls which started when a friend gave her two dolls.

She explained that some of the oldest dolls were made in 1812-1830. They were simple wooden dolls called peg dolls. She explained that many dolls were made in Germany throughout the 1800s and 1900s.

Germany had many famous doll makers and Marilyn had several to show. They were beautifully dressed and had heads made of porcelain. During WWI and World War II, Germans were the enemy and because of this many of the dolls were destroyed simply because they were made in Germany.

Many dolls were also made in the United Statesby creators such as Grace Putnam and George Borfeld. Marilyn shared several of her dolls from this era.

Other famous doll manufacturers were madame Alexander dolls and Horeseman dolls and those made by the Ideal Toy Company. Marilyn shared several of these including Raggedy Ann and her Shirley Temple doll. It was a fun and informative meeting.