Last meeting scheduled for Monticello Woman's Club

The Monticello Woman’s Club, a group established in 1893 that helped drive the establishment of the Allerton Public Library, will hold its last meeting May 9 just prior to disbanding. The group held a monthly meeting at the Monticello United Methodist Church on Wednesday, March 21, which is where this photo was taken. Their April meeting will be held at Friendship Hill in Lovington. Those in attendance at last week’s meeting included: Front row – honorary members Jean Stoddard, who joined the group in 1965; and Pat Hutson, who joined in 1950. In the back row (left to right) are Marilyn Benedino, Marion Shure, Marlene Corman, Norma Snoke, Paula Tipsord, Eileen Nixon, Rose Smith, Colleen Vaughan and Madonna Davis.

The Allerton Public Library building, now known as the Monticello Community Building, was completed in 1897 at a cost of $18,000. The Woman’s Club promoted the formation of a stock company to help fund construction. The building, which includes two floors plus a basement, originally housed an 800-seat opera house. The club provided library furnishings and opera house seats, while Mrs. Samuel Allerton donated 2,500 volumes for the new library.

The Woman’s Club was officially established on Feb. 22, 1893 and listed its purpose as “an organization for the promotion of educational, industrial, and social interests of women.”

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