Women in the Walla Walla Valley have participated in Chapter 12 Daughters of the Pioneers of Washington for three-fourths of a century and with great anticipation plan to celebrate with a diamond anniversary party on Oct. 25.
Reservations to attend the fete must be made by Oct. 23, said member Kathy Garbe. The luncheon will begin at 11:30 a.m. at the Walla Walla Country Club, 1390 Country Club Road.
The luncheon includes chicken crepes and fruit or Cobb salad and a slice of cake.
Only the Cobb salad will be available with late reservations and the $15 fee may be paid at the office window.
Directed by Norb Rossi, a program of music will be performed by Walla Walla High School students.
Stretching from Weston, Athena, Waitsburg, Dayton, Dixie, Touchet, Burbank and Umapine, many women have ancestors who settled here prior to the advent of the railroad in 1870 and statehood in 1889.
DPW Chapter 12 chartered with the state association in Seattle in October 1938. Women in the group have worked with Kirkman House Museum, Fort Walla Walla Museum and the Pioneer Historical Society and most recently with Frenchtown Historical Foundation.
From the beginning they’ve aimed to preserve family genealogy by helping other women find their family roots who believe their ancestors were pioneers in Washington Territory.
They are concerned with preserving local history to perpetuate the spirit and memory of their pioneer ancestors.
Whether pioneers came by ox-pulled wagon, walked, rode horses or traveled by watercraft, they found new homelands.
Since 1998, the group has awarded an annual scholarship to a student from a pioneer family seeking to continue their education at a college or university.
For more details, call Kathy at 394-2493 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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