On November 6, the Milford Women’s Club presented a $1,000 check to the Home of the Brave, a homeless shelter for male and female veterans. The funds were collected at their annual card party fund raiser in September.
“We heard a presentation about the Agriculture Museum in Dover, learning about membership, activities and the need for farming tools from the past,” Toni Bergfelder said. “We also learned about items available in the gift shop.” After the presentation of the check to Jessica Finan, Executive Director of Home of the Brave, she explained the mission of the Home of the Brave and what they do for homeless veterans.
The Women’s Club began in 1898 when Mrs. Jonathan Willis invited 60 women to attend a meeting in the Milford Grange Hall to discuss political agendas affecting women of the era. This was at a time when the opinions of women were not considered important when it came to politics. There are reports that many people in Milford believed the club would not last past the first meeting. The day of the first meeting, there was a terrible snowstorm but 13 women braved the weather to attend.
Over the next few years, the club continued to grow, requiring them to move to the Odd Fellows Hall on North Walnut Street. This space also grew too small and the group rented the Milford Classical Academy building. Eventually, the group, which had become known as the Milford New Century Club, purchased the building.
The club’s motto was “Knowledge Comes but Wisdom Lingers” and the women chose the daffodil as their flower. Green and yellow became the official color of the group as well. The women discussed such matters as temperance, education, prison reform, street conditions and women’s rights. The group installed large, cast-iron drinking fountains in North and South Milford. The fountains had a basin for human water consumption as well as a basin at the bottom so that dogs could access the water as well.
Anyone interested in joining the group can attend their monthly meetings which are held at the New Century Club building next door to Avenue Church on Church Street in downtown Milford. The meetings are held on the first Monday of the month.
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