History of La Retama Library

as recorded in minutes of La Retama Club, 1916-1927, compiled by Emma J Koepke, Historian, La Retama Club, 1937


Events concerning La Retama Library as recorded in a notebook of newspaper clippings in the Library files.


November 11, 1915 - La Retama Club gave silver tea in library


April 8, 1916 – Appropriation of $750 for Library for new year asked of city council.


May 28, 1916 – Benefit for La Retama Library at Lyric Theater- La Retama Club in charge.


July 6, 1916 – Public appeal for people to buy books and donate to Library in July


July 20, 1916 – Ice cream sold at band concert at Artesian Park.


August 10, 1916 – La Retama Library destroyed by fire. Loss estimated at $500 – no insurance.


August 17, 1917 – La Retama sold ice cream at Artesian Park.


August 18. 1917 – Rotary Club promised to help Library.


September 1, 1917 – Library opened to Public.


September 14, 1917 – Book reception held at La Retama Library


October 6, 1917 – Library closed for week to be redecorated.


November 17, 1917 - Free will offering taken for Library at tea given by La Retama Club at Episcopal

                               Parish House.


April 13, 1918 – Committee from La Retama Club asked appropriation from newly elected City

                        Council of $500 to assist in maintaining Library.


November 26, 1918 – County Commissioners started fund for Library with $ 200.


November 30, 1918 – La Retama Club closed the Library because of lack of response.


January 6, 1919 – La Retama Library reopened.


January 11, 1919 – Rotary Club pledges to “adopt” Library and finance for one year.


September 14, 1919 – Library practically total loss after storm.

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1919 – Library closed because of storm


Sept. 20, 1920 – Library opened in State Hotel Bldg.


October 6, 1920 - $500 received from Red Cross – aid from Community Service organization


April 29, 1922 – Request meeting with City Council to discuss aid


May 31, 1922 – Library Committee consider closing Library.


October 4, 1922 – City Council gave permission to erect frame building on lot.


October 18, 1922 – Library Committee consider closing Library.


February 28, 1923 – Appreciation expressed to Mrs. Arnold for collecting funds to keep Library open.


October 10, 1923 – Committee appointed to go before City Council to present matter of Library.


January 16, 1924 – Final report of committee is reply from City Council, stating their regret and lack

                             of authority to contribute money to library. Mrs. Spoonts, Mrs. Blanchette and

                             Miss Alice Jones give $50 monthly for a year and other friends pledge support to

                             keep open. Discussion of making it County Library.


March 26, 1924 – Commercial Club asked for help


May 8, 1924 – Reply says it is not possible to help


Dec. 4, 1924 – Meeting held to discuss means of financing library.


Feb. 16-21, 1925 – “Buy a Book Week” Campaign staged by La Retama Club, resulted in enough

                             income for coming year.


March 4, 1925 – Discussion concerning Deeding library to city.


Aprill 22, 1925 – Voted to stand ready to sell to city.


January 1, 1926 – Library moved to Lovenskiold Building


January 20, 1926 – Campaign plans discussed – Luncheon of civic representatives to be held Jan 25


February 17, 1926 – Letters asking for pledge for Library mailed


October 6, 1926 – Bill of sale discussed.


October 27, 1926 – Committee met with City Council – Mayor appointed committee to work on transfer


Jan. 26, 1927 – Revised papers for transfer signed by city attorney


June 22, 1927 – Name of Board of Directors submitted to Council


September 1, 1927 – Library taken over by CITY OF CORPUS CHRISTI.


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            At one of the annual Club Luncheons of La Retama Club the following poem was read as an introduction by the toastmaster, Miss Pearl Crawford:


                                Downward thru the evening twilight

                                In the days that are forgotten,

                                In the unremembered ages,

                                From the heart of stately maiden,

                                From the heart of fair Lorine,

                                Came the beauteous Retama.

                                She was sporting with her neighbors,

                                Swinging in a swing of leisure,

                                Reading poetre and essays,

                                When conscience, long unheeded,

                                Full of energy and courage,

                                Cut the leafy swing asunder,

                                Cut in two her boasted leisure.

                                When Retama found a footing,

                                Near the edge of Big-Sea-Water,

                                In a land of many people,

                                She began to look around her

                                She began to look and wonder.

                                Then stern Duty, ever with her,

                                Whispered to her as she waited,

                                “You can help these people greatly

                                You can give them that called culture.

                                Many books they need to help them.”

                                And Retama’s face grew thoughtful,

                                And Retama’s heart grew wistful,

                                As she pondered o’er her problem,

                                As she dreamed of helping others.

                                So she planned a great reception,

                                And she asked for book donations,

                                Many books Retama wanted,

                                Books of many kinds she needed.

                                Now the people wisely listened,

                                Listened to Retama’s pleading,

                                And from far and near they gathered

                                Bringing gifts to La Retama;

                                Gifts of books and gifts of money,

                                Brought the people to Retama.

                                Then this tall and slender maiden

                                To the shores of Gitchee Gumee,

                                To the shores of Big-Sea-Water,

                                Brought Chautauqua from afar

                                And again the people gathered

                                Bringing with them golden shekels,

                                Shekels that Retama needed

                                For the work that she would do.

                                Many ways Retama labored

                                ‘Till her form grew frail and weary,

                                ‘Till she bent with many burdens.

                                Dinners gave she, chicken dinners,

                                Fed them well to make tham happy,

                                Fed them that they might befriend her

                                With an offering for her work.

                                Teas she gave that brought her silver,

                                Stunts a plenty she performed,

                                Stunts that broughther fame and glory

                                There beside the Big-Sea-Water.

                                Now her friedns had warned her often,

                                Saying oft and oft, repeating,

                                “O, beware of treacherous Fire,

                                Of the Fire that brings destruction.

                                Get insurance for your treasures,

                                Lest the great Fire come and harrass you.”

                                But she heeded not the warningm

                                And the great Fire came at noonday,

                                Bringing sorrow and destruction.

                                Long she brooded o’er the treasures

                                Brooded o’er them, pale and stricken,

                                For Retama loved her treasures,

                                Bending  low with with soft caresses,

                                One by one she sought to save them,

                                Save them from complete destruction.

                                Then the City Fathers heard her

                                Heard her as she worked among them,

                                Heard her as she mourned her losses,

                                By the shining Big-Sea-Water.

                                Rose with dignity and feeling

                                Rose a generaous impulse heeding,

                                And brought heart’s ease to Retama,

                                Brought five hundred golden dollars.


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                                Many winters hath Retama

                                Filled her days with work for others,

                                Filled her heart with love for others,

                                Lighting up the dreary places

                                Like the stars that shine from heaven.

                                She hath lost a few illusions,

                                She hath gained a riched wisdom

                                Wisdom that was born of effort

                                As she worked beside the sea.

                                Now a stately serious maiden,

                                Now a maiden, clear-eyed, wistful,

                                Walks beside Nueces Waters

                                With a heart that understands;

                                By the shores of Gitchee Gumee,

                                By the shining Big-Sea-Water,

                                Walks the maiden La Retama

                                With a heart that understands.





From the minutes of La Retama Club:


                Dec. 17, 1919 – “Miss Nellie Blucher reported for the Library Committee: The committee decided to pack the library books in boxes and store them away. Some of the very best books were to be taken out for use. A record was to be made of this. The books were to be kept by some of the members.”




                Jan. 7, 1920 – “It was decided by the Club to remove the books from the present library. Misses Hill, Crawford, Pearl, Blucher and Miss French agreed to take a bookcase full of books and keep them until they were needed.”


                Jan 14, 1920 – “The Library committee reported that the books had been packed and moved from the Library to the different homes of the Club members. Mrs. Coleman asked that

we let the George Evans School kept two of the bookcases. It was moved by Miss Carroll that we let the school have them. Miss Baker was appointed to make arrangements with the Parent Teachers Association for their removal. Since so many books have disappeared from the Library since the storm it was decided to put a notice into the paper requesting that those who have La Retam books please return them.”


                Jan. 21, 1920 – “Miss Pauline Williams reported that the book cases had been moved from the Library to George Evans school…..Miss Pauline Williams was appointed custodian

of the library books for Miss Marie Blucher during her absence.


                Jan. 28, 1920 – “Miss French reported that Mr. Emmet Coleman had offered to buy some of the bookcases from the Library. It was decided not to sell them. It was moved by Miss French

that we store the bookcases at Mrs. Coley’s. The motion carried.”


                Feb. 25, 1920 – “Miss Pauline Williams reported that the rest of the library bookshad been placed in Miss French’s home.”


                Mar. 3, 1920 – “It was moved by Miss Carroll that we leave the Library fixtures in storage at the Patten Transfer Company.”


                Mar. 17, 1920 – “A communication from the State Library Association was read. The Association requested that the names of the Library trustees be placed on its files.”


                April 28, 1920 – “We were told that Mrs. Hoffman has some books to sell and that she wished La Retama Club to have the first opportunity to buy them. The chairman of the library

committee was asked to thank Mrs. Hoffman and tell that as the library is closed we do not care to purchase books. Miss French and Miss Marie Blucher were appointed to see the Red Cross about

the possibility of getting help from that organization of account of the damage done to the Library by the storm.


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Summer 1920


                June 29, 1920 – “A called business of La Retama Club was held June 29 at the home of Miss Maude French with ten members present.”

                “The purpose for which the meeting was called was to discuss a proposition made by the Community Service regarding re-opening La Retama Library. It was decided that while we

shall appreciate the help we do not care to open the library in the Boy Scout Hall if more desirable quarters can be obtained. Miss Julia Caldwell and Mrs. Coley were appointed a committee

to ask Commissioner Holden if we might have the use of a room in the City hall for the Library free from rent. If so, the club was willing to accept the offer of the Community Service to be responsible for the payment of the librarian’s salary, and to re-open the library.”


                July 15, 1920 – “A business meeting of La Retama Club was held Thursday, July 15th, in the sun parlor of Nueces Hotel for the purpose of discussing the proposition offered by the

Community Service to assist the club in re-opening and maintaining the library for a period of one year.”

                “A unanimous vote was cast in favor of accepting the proposition (given below) details of the agreement to be worked out in the committee composed of members from each organization.”

                “Miss Pauline Williams reported that Mrs. DeRoche had offered to let the library have magazines at the price she herself obtained them.”

                “A temporary committee , Marie Blucher, chairman, Mabel Smith and Nellie Blucher has been appointed to assist the Community Service.”


                Aug. 31, 1920 – “The minutes of the past three meetings, als on the documents relating to the opening of the Library were read and approved.”

                “The chair announced that the temporary library committee of three was made a permanent.”

                “Motion was made and carried instructing Miss Marie Blucher to write the State Library accepting their offer of a hundred books for La Retama Library and agreeing to pay for the transportation.”

                “A discussion followed as to whether the Red Cross has appropriated $500.00 to La Retama Library as partial re-imbursement for the storm damage.”

                ‘The library committee was authorized to buy all reasonable accessories needed for the opening of the Library.”  “The secretary was instructed to request the State Library to send the club a set of books covering our study for the coming year, as the State Library has written that they

could probably do this.”


                Oct. 6, 1920 – “The Red Cross donation of $500.00 has been received and is in the treasury. The president announced a gift of $10.00 from Mr. Alex Weil for the library. The

corresponding reported that she had already written Mr. Weil a note of thanks for his generous gift. This brings the regular library balance to $70.18…..

                “Misses Mabel Smith and Marie Blucher were instructed to see about getting a sign for the Library.”


                Oct. 20, 1920 – “The Librarian gave a report of the work of the library for the first month since its re-opening on September 20. The report follows:


                                Cash on hand                                          $9.00

                                Sale of cards (adult) $7.75

                                                     (child)    1.50


        Fines                                                          .75



Total Receipts

Bill to Gunst’s        $1.15

Bill to Gunst’s        1.60

Library supplies        .25

Money order           2.13

Library supplies      1.16


Balance on hand                                   $12.71

Deposited with Lib Treas.                          9.00


Balance on hand                                     $3.71


Total number of members – 46; adults 31; children 15; reading

Room 28; magazines 25; fiction 87; non-fiction 13; children’s

Books 59.

Total circulation – 45 books.

The Librarian was asked to have the report published.”


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                Nov. 3, 1920 – “The Library committee reported that nothing definite had been accomplished as to getting a sign for the library.”


                Nov. 10, 1920 – “The club authorized the expenditure of a little over eleven dollars from the library fund for four magazines for the library, namely, “The Woman’s Home Companion,” “The American”, “Review of Reviews,” and “St. Nicholas”.

                “The public works committee was instructed to see that proper lighting and heating are provided for the library.”

                “The librarian was authorized to have the library floor scrubbed and the windows washed.”

                “The public works committee was requested to investigate the ownership of some chairs now at the Edward Furman school which are said to be the property of La Retama Library.”


                Nov. 17, 1920 – “The public works committee reported That lights had been installed at the library and that the owner of the building will pay for all light used. The gas connection for the heater has also been made and the heater attached.

                “This committee further reported that forty shelf supports for a bookcase and a filing case for the library book cards, had been ordered from the planning mill.”

                “This committee is also tracing the chairs thought to belong to the library.”


                Dec. 1, 1920 – “The library committee was given permission to order more magazines.”


                Dec. 15, 1920 – “The president announced a gift to the library, Mr. Alexander having paid for a twenty-five cent card with a five-dollar check….

                “It was reported that the chairs at the Edward Furman school that we thought might be ours, were not.”




                Jan. 5, 1921 – “It was reported that books had been donated to the library by Mrs. J. H. Keach, Mrs. H. O. Walker, and Mrs. T. H. Randall. The corresponding secretary was requested

to write notes of thanks to the two women, the librarian having already written to Mr. Keach.”

                “The corresponding secretary reported having written a note of thanks to Mr. Alexander for his gift to the library.”


                Feb. 16, 1921 – “The library committee reported that a sign for La Retama Library for the door had been presented to the library by one of the readers. Brief discussion of signs resulted in the motion to order a side-walk sign from Mr. Leader; this is to be a black background with gold lettering and is to cost $12.00 to be paid from the library treasury. The motion carried.”

                “The most important work of the club during the past year has been the re-opening of La Retama Public Library following its partial destruction by a storm on Sept. 14, 1919. With substantial financial aid from the Community Service organization we were enabled to opened the doors of the

library to the public on Sept. 20, 1920, with Miss Mabel Smith as librarian. About one-half of the books we previously owned were in usable condition and were placed on the shelves. Donations of books by interested people and temporary use of about seventy-five volumes from the State Library, have increased our resources, while a donation of five hundred dollars from the Red Cross is being spent entirely on books and magazines.”


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                March 23, 1921 – “The corresponding secretary, upon motion duly made and carried, was instructed by the president to make formal complaint in writing of the condition of the hall in the building in which La Retama Library is located.”


                April 6, 1921 – “The public works committee was requested to publish a notice in the paper that La Retama Library would appreciate a donation of four comfortable straight chairs.”

                “Motion was made and carried that the librarian be authorized to use whatever sum she needed to buy some children’s books.”


                June 3, 1921 – “La Retama club met in business session on June 3, 1921 in the library rooms, with eight members present. The minutes of the previous were read and approved.

                New business was transacted immediately as there was no old business carried over.

                The following bills were voted paid:


                 June 3, 1921 con’t – Patten Transfer for moving books  $11.00; T. S. James for stains and brushes $6.20; Library fund for express for club books $1.21; Mr. Ludewig $5.00.

                Report of garden party committee; receipts amounted to $98.43 with promises of other donations. It was then voted to authorize the library committee to spend the remaining $97.00 of the Red Cross fund for books. It was reported that $35.00 had been paid to Mr. Donigan for the rent for library room, o the club’s part of the rent has been paid through the middle of September.

                The librarian was authorized to secure the janitor for cleaning the room and to pay him from the library income. iss Maude French was appointed chairman of the July 4th candy sale committee. It was agreed that each member secure promises for donations of candy and report to Miss French.

                The librarian next have her report, the balance carried forward is $17.77.

                A check of $5.00 was received by the club as a donation from Mrs. B. L. Glasscock, this money to be used in fixing up the library rooms.

                The buying of a new librarian’s table was discussed and the library committee was authorized to investigate prices of tables and the prices of the planning mills for making a



                It was reported that certain books had been donated to the library but had never been received. The corresponding secretary was requested to write a note of apology to the

donor for failing to recognize the gift.

                A vote of thanks to the library committee and club members was expressed for assisting in moving the library.”


                Oct. 12, 1921 – “The library committee chairman reported that an insurance policy for one year on $1000.00 had been taken out from Mr. O. H. Johnson, at a cost of $21.60. The bell was ordered paid from the library funds and Miss Koepke, the treasurer, was instructed to take charge of the policy.

                Books to the amount of about $90.00 have been ordered for the library, as well as the magazines.”


                Oct. 26, 1921 – “The library committee chairman announced that Mrs. Steele offers the library the use of some books for an indefinite number of years, with the understanding that the books are not donated to the library and that they must not be circulated. A motion was made and carried that Mrs. Steele’s offer be not accepted and that Mrs. Steele be thanked and explanations given that it is contrary to our custom to accept books under such conditions.”


                Dec. 7, 1921 – “A letter from state librarian about paying transportation charges on documents sent by them, was read, and referred to librarian for recommendation.”


                Dec. 14, 1921 – “The subject of paying postage on bulletins from the state library, was taken up. The librarian felt that we were hardly able to pay the amount asked for. A motion was made and carried that we send $2.00, stating that we hope to be able send more next year.

                A motion was made and carried that the library committee buy for the library three chairs, mend an old ones now at the library, and issue a call for donations of chairs.”

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                Jan. 18, 1922 – “The library committee reported that they would get the new chairs next week.”


                Jan. 25, 1922 – “The library committee reported having purchased four chairs for the library from Jordt Allen for $10.35, cash. One chair has been contributed to the library by Mrs. Pease.


                Feb. 22, 1922 – “Miss Carroll reported the gift of eighteen dollars from the Girls athletic Club which had disbanded. Jordt Allen Furniture C. donated a chair to the library and one from Mrs. Tabor was received last week. Mr. Westervelt donated twenty-five dollars for for use of library

in purchasing books. He requested that some of it be used for books that the preachers might recommend. The corresponding secretary was instructed to write notes of thanks for these



                March 22, 1922 – “Under new business the moving of the library to less expensive quarters in the Red Cross building was discussed, the saving by this in rental being estimated at $10.00 per month. No definite action was taken.

                The library committee was instructed to find out just what The Community Service will be able to do here after for the library.


                April 12, 1922 – “Miss Crawford reported she had met with the Community Service. The decided they could pay the rent for the library only up to May twenty-fifth. Miss  Crawford suggested several ways in which we might be able to keep the library open. An animated discussion followed which resulted in the motion being made and seconded that, we send letters to all clubs and organizations, which we thought might be interested, that the library would be closed unless

we get help. Motion carried.


                April 29, 1922 – “An informal discussion followed in regard to our action concerning the upkeep of the library. The motion that the Public Works Committee and remainder of Library Committee ask the City Council to call a meeting to discuss ways and means, was made and carried.”

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                May 31, 1922 – “The Public Works Committee reported that the Library Committee with representatives from the various organizations had paid the rent for June.

                The Library Committee is as follows: Mabel Smith, Chairman, Jeanette Gunst, Mary Merle Hill, Pearl Crawford. The Public Works Committee reported that the Library Committee has scoured a triangular plot of ground on N. Broadway from the city on which they hoped to erect a library building in the near future.”


                Oct. 4, 1922 – “The report of the Library Committee to interview the City Council and ask if they had any objection to the erection of a frame building for a library on the library lot and that probably the library drive for library funds be continued.”



                Oct. 4, 1922 – Con’t – “In a discussion as a future means of maintaining the library it was reported by Mill Julia Caldwell that of the $360 pledged by other organizations for the support of the library for six months, only $120 had been paid in. Miss Caldwell reported $35 in the library treasury.

The matter of financing our library after Nov. 25th was turned over to the library committee to make recommendations at the next meeting.

                Miss Mabel Smith read the library report for the past twelve months which was exceedingly good.

                A letter was read from Mr. Hand saying he has sent a box of books. The corresponding secretary was instructed to write a note of thanks for these books and same received in

the summer.”


                Oct. 18, 1922 – “Miss Julia Caldwell reported relative to the Library Building Drive and that action was to be deferred pending action of the City Council but that the City Council had not met this week. The Library Committee reported that it was in favor closing the Library Nov. 1st unless same plan for maintaining it for one year could be successfully carried out.”

                Moved by Miss Julia Caldwell that the club accept the report of Library Committee  Carried.”

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                Oct. 25, 1922 – “Miss Pearl Crawford reported on the meeting of the Library Committee held with Miss Mabel Smith which meeting Mrs. Arnold attended. Miss Blucher reported on the meeting of the committee interested in assisting the Library where it was decided to try to raise the $1000 necessary to keep the Library open one year after Nov. 1 immediately after Bond election.”


                Nov. 15, 1922 – “Report of the library committee was given by Miss Hill reported we world have balance of $114.14 after librarian’s salary was paid. Miss Carroll reported the Cosmos Club had given the library $13.00.

                Moved that library continue circulating books with the $120 cash we had subscribed. Carried. Moved that we notified patrons that books can be secured when Mrs. Arnold makes her report. Carried.

                It was suggested that we leave it to library committee to see about the contributions and that we raise the price of library cards to 35 cents for 6 mo. for adults and 15 cents for 6 mo.

for children.

                It was also suggested that we leave it to the library committee to see about new book case.”


                Dec. 6, 1922 – “The library committee reported the magazines were ordered but they had further report to make as to funds collected for library.”


                Dec. 13, 1922 – “Moved we thank Mrs. DeRoche for $8.00 donation to Library Fund for commission on magazines. Carried.  

                Moved Library move from State Hotel to Red Cross Building. Carried.

                Moved Librarian’s salary be raised $35 per month beginning Jan. 1st. Carried.


                Dec. 13, 1922 – con’t – “Moved, we charge 50 cents for  adult library cards for 6 months, 25 cents youth’s cards for 6 months 25 cents tourist’s cards for 3 months, who make a deposit of $2.00, 50 cents tourist’s 6 months cards who have property owner sign for tham. Carried.

                Moved we accept library committee’s budget as outlined in regard to moving to the Red Cross rooms. Carried.”  

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                Jan. 3, 1923 – “President instructed Miss Bell to write a note of thanks to Mr. Keach for books, also a note of of thanks to Mrs. Furman for magazines. Moved Miss Smith be granted leave of absence from library for several months. Carried. Moved that library remain in State Hotel Building. Carried. Moved library committee be instructed to secure a Librarian to take Miss Smith’s

place. Carried.”


                Jan. 17, 1923 – “The library committee was not prepared to give a full report but asked the club in changing librarians to state definite duties for the assistant librarian, such as salary, hours, duties, etc. Moved we sell magazines that are in the way and not needed at the library. Carried.

                Moved that the salary of librarian be left the same. Carried.”


                Jan. 24, 1923 – “A set of twenty-four volume of Dumas was given the club by Mr. I. M. Alexander. Moved a note of thanks be sent to Mr. Alexander. Carried.

                Librarian: The Librarian shall work under the director of the Library Committee.            

    Duties of Librarian:

To have charge of library

To care for and loan books

To catalog books

To collect fines

To supervise  work of Assistant Librarian

Hours of Librarian:

2:30 – 5:30 – Oct. Nov. De. Jan. Feb.

3:00 – 6:00 – Mar. Apr. May June July Aug. Sept.

Salary of Librarian: $35.00 per. month


Monday to Saturday, inclusive

Except on Banking Holidays


Assistant Librarian

Duties of Assistant Librarian

To work at the Library twice each week under the direction of Librarian

To learn library work in detail is not contrary to terms of the agreement for the 

assistant to be left alone in the library a part of the time once a week.


Hours:     2:30 – 5:30 – Oct. Nov. Dec. Jan. Feb.

              3:00 – 6:00 – Mar. Apr. May June July Aug. Sept.


Days:      Wed. and Sat.

               Except on Banking Holidays



                $5.00 per month

                Feb. 28, 1923 – “Discussion: That in some way La Retama

Club express appreciation of Mrs. Arnold’s work in collecting

funds for keeping the Library open. Moved, Mrs. Arnold be in-

vited as a special guest of the Club to attend the next meet-

ing. Carried.”

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                May 5, 1923 Annual Luncheon. Copy from newspaper “The following clever toast was written by Mrs. George Derry and given at the recent La Retama Club luncheon. The “White Elephant”, of course, refers to La Retama Public Library, Which the members of this club have worked so hard to maintain during the past years. The poem was especially appreciated by the members of the club, but will be of interest to everyone.




                                “O, thou White Elephant! As we seest thee,

                                A symbol of drear immensity!

                                Thou whose demands are e’er before us hurled,

                                As though thou wert the master of this world,

                                Didst come to us a small unconquered beast,

                                Whose care through years has been not in the least,

                                A task so small that we thee couldst ignore,

                                But offtimes thy condition we’d deplore,

                                With funds so low no shelter could we find,

                                Though thy welfare was first within our mind;

                                Neither could we master for thee hire,

                                And then thou dost remember the great fire

                                Whose blazing flames and smoldering fumes caused thee

                                For many months an invalid to be.

                                And yet thy hours of peril were not passed.

                                Twice, raging waters flooded all thou hadst,

                                Ah, yes, it downed thee, yet did not drown thee

                                With its wild waves roaring as a mad sea.

                                Twice there were months of wonder and waiting

                                Ere we witnessed thy recuperating.

                                But today we seest thee mighty again,

                                Through efforts of some good women and men,

                                And gratitude to thee we’ll not withhold,

                                For thy service rendered to young and old.

                                King of Ava, Lord of White Elephants, may

                                Call thee to him at the end of this day

                                To bedeck thee with jewels resplendent,

                                O wonderful thou art, White Elephant.”


        &nbsnbsp;       October 3, 1923 – “New Business: The librarian’s report was read by Miss Sarah Caldwell. It was voted that the report be accepted. Carried. Miss Sarah Caldwell made a report for

Miss Smith concerning the Library. A discussion followed about whether the Library should be closed, the issuing of cards, and the replacing of the glass door of the Library which had been broken. Moved that the final settlement of the Library question be deferred until the next meeting and in the meantime each member act as a committee of one to find out what the people want to do with the Library. Carried


                “Moved the librarian be instructed to issue cards for two months and if people wished to pay $.25 for a card good until Dec. 3 (two weeks) they be allowed to do so. Carried.


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                 October 10, 1923 – “Miss Seaton, Chairman of the Public Works Committee reported several suggestions for making money to Maintain the Library, after which a general discussion followed. “Moved that a committee be appointed by the president at her convenience to go before the City Council and present the matter of the Library to them and that the members of the Club work with the committee giving any assistance needed. Carried.


                October 24, 1923 – “Miss Redmond, chairman of a special committee to go before the City Council with matters regarding the Library reported that the committee had not appeared before the council. Miss Redmond suggested that a budget be prepared and presented to the Council. It was moved that Miss Redmond’s report be accepted and that the matter of the Library be presented

to the Council in the best way to get its support in maintaining the Library. Carried.


                October 31, 1923 – “Miss Redmond reported that as yet the matter of financing the Library had not been presented to the Council but that she had spoken to several members and they seemed interested. She requested a meeting of her committee after adjournment of the club.


                November 7, 1923 – “Miss Redmond of the special Committee to go before the Council with regard to the library reported that they had postponed going on account of the absence of the Mayor. She asked that Miss Carroll be added to the committee. The request was granted and Miss Carroll was appointed on the Committee.


                November 14, 1923 – “Mrs. Derry read a report from Miss Redmond saying that she had spoken to the Mayor in regard to receiving money from the City Council. It was decided to leave the

Library open until they could see the council in December.


                November 21, 1923 – “Miss Julia Caldwell reported that the insurance on the library should be paid. It was voted that the Library Treasury be instructed to pay the insurance bill.


                November 28, 1923 – “Miss Redmond reported that the “Special Committee would not go before the council until December when the taxes would be in.


                December 12, 1923 – “The Library question was discussed briefly. Moved that er notify Mr. Donigan that there is doubt of maintaining the Library, but that the library will be kept open

as long as possible. Carried.


                December 19, 1923 – “Moved that Miss Smith use her own judgment about having cards printed for the library. Carried.

                “Suggestions were made as what to do with the magazines when the library is closed.

                “Miss Sarah Caldwell moved that the librarian use money from rent of books to purchase new books. Carried.

                “Moved that the library be closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Carried.


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                January 9, 1924 – “Miss Redmond reported that it was not an opportune time to go before the Council. She asked for suggestions. The president asked that some action be taken before the library is closed. Miss Redmond said she would present a note to the council and get a definite reply.

                “The president instructed the chairman of the Public Works Committee to think of ways to notify the public of the close of the library.

                “Chairman of the Library Committee was asked to work with her committee and find means of disposition of the Library.

                “The librarian’s report was read and accepted.


                January 16, 1924 – “Miss Redmond, chairman of a special committee read her reply from the City Council, stating their regret and lack of authority to contribute money for the maintenance of

the library. Moved that we accept the report. Carried.

                “Miss Sarah Caldwell, chairman of the Library Committee reported the very generous donation of $50.00 per month for a year from Mrs. Spoonts, Mrs. Blanchette and Miss Alice Jones, former members of La Retama Club.

                “Moved and seconded that the club undertake raising additional funds for the maintenance of the library. Carried.

                “The Public Works Committee was asked to the public city of the uses and needs of the library during the remainder of the week.

                “The Library Committee was asked to attend to the matter of  placing the subject of the library before the various organizations of the city.

                “Mrs. Gerhardt, a representative of the Monday club spoke in a very encouraging manner of the interest of that clubin maintaining the library. It was their suggestion that an effort be

made to convert La Retama Library into a County Library.

                “Moved and seconded that the club adopt any move made by other clubs to maintain the library. Carried.


                January 23, 1924 – “Miss Smith made a report from the Monday Club stating that they had promised the library $5.00 monthly for the year. Miss Sarah Caldwell reported the names of different people who were to present the needs of the Library to the different clubs of the city. She reported that Mrs. Richard King,Sr. had promised $5.00 each month. A donation of $15.00 from Mr.I.M. Alexander was reported.

                “Opportunity was given for each member of the club to make donations.

                “The place of librarian was discussed. Miss Smith expects to leave the city and a new librarian must be elected to fill her place. Two applications were discussed and it was moved to

leave the matter open until next week.

                “The librarian asked permission to order new supplies. Moved that she be granted permission to order supplies. Carried.

                “Moved that we place the matter of support before the fraternal organizations, also. Carried.

                “Moved that the Publicity Committee take charge of publishing a list of donations as the promises come in. Carried.


                January 30, 1924 – “Miss Julia Caldwell reported that no one had spoken to the Alturian Club about the library move. The president instructed Miss Caldwell to take up the matter.

                “Miss Katherine Redmond read a letter from Mrs. Mateer, presenting to the library a “Liberty Bond” with accrued interest.

                “Mrs. Wood reported that the daily papers had been willing to publish anything for the interest of the library.

                “Moved that the bill to the Chivers Book Binding Company be pain if it was found that it had not been paid previously. Carried. The president announced that the matter of a librarian

was to be settled. Moved that Miss Wilhelmena Born be elected Librarian. Carried.


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                February 27, 1924 – “Mrs. Derry explained to the Club, Mr. Haltom’s pan to give 2% of all money taken in at his sale to La Retama Library if he girls would advertise the sale. A

motion was made to accept Mr. Haltom’s plans. Carried.


                March 26, 1924 – “A motion was made that our budget for the La Retama Library be presented to the members of the Commercial Club that some action might be taken by them. Carried.


                November 26, 1924 – “There was a discussion of the proposed conference of the representatives of all the clubs in the City and all others interested for the purpose of formulating plans for the continuance of La Retama Library.


                December 10, 1924 – “Miss Sarah Caldwell, chairman of the Library Committee told of the meeting held Thursday night , Dec. 4th for the purpose of finding means of financing La Retam

Library. It was decided that La Retama Club should continue to sponsor the Library for the present, keeping in mind htat at some future time the city or county would propably assume this responsibility. It was suggested that for the maintenance of the Library at present, that an effort be made early in Jan. to secure eight hundred patrons to the Library who would contribute

three dollars ($3) each. It was considered that this amount, twenty-four hundred dollars would give for the Library operating funds for the coming year.  It is to be understood that this three dollars donated does not confer membership. The foregoing report was approved in a motion made by Miss Edna Rudolph and seconded by Miss Julia Caldwell. To carry out this plan, the motion proposed by Miss Julia Caldwell and seconded by Miss Rudolph that Mr. Ralph Bradford be made campaign manager for the drive was passed.

                “Miss Sarah Caldwell further reported that Mr. Westervelt had promised that he would give $3,000 towards a library building if nine other men would agree to do likewise. It was re-

commended that the club thanks Mr. Westervelt for this manifestation of his good will and generosity.

                “As a result of the publicity given the Library’s need for money incident to ReciprocityDay, Miss Sarah Caldwell stated that she had received from a Judge at Sinton a check for $5.00

for the use of the Library.


                December 17, 1924 – “ Miss Sarah Caldwell, chairman of the Library Committee reported an interview with Mr. Bradford, secretary of the Chamber of Commerce in regard to raising funds

for La Retama Library. As Mr. Bradford gave no definite answer, no definite action or vote could be taken upon this matter by the club.


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                January 7, 1925 – “The business of the afternoon was opened by a report from the Chairman of the Library Committee to the effect that no further progress had been made as the Commercial Club had not met and that a new campaign manager must be appointed as Mr. Bradford had declined the managership.

                “A general discussion followed in which a suggestion made by Mrs. Oscar Koepke as to the best means of raising money for the Library was taken up and put in the form of a motion by Miss Edna Rudolph as follows: that La Retama hold what is known as “Buy a Book Week” the first or second week of Feb. to raise money for the Library. Motion carried.


                January 15, 1925 – Miss Sarah Caldwell, the chairman of the Library Committee reported that the Library Committee had met and that plans had been discussed as to the best way of carrying out “Buy a Book Week.” It was decided that two members of LaRetama should be appointed as joint campaign managers to perfect the plans. The names of Mrs. Ann Wood and Mrs. Oscar Koepke were suggested by the committee. The suggestion was put in the form of a motion by Miss Caldwell that Mrs. Wood and Mrs. Koepke be appointed. The motion carried.

                “A bill for new books purchased at the C.C. Book Store for the Library by Miss Born, the librarian was presented by Miss Bagnall. A motion was made and carried that the bill be paid.

                “A letter was read by Miss Sarah Caldwell from Albert Lichtenstein Jr. stating that he was presenting La Retama Library with a number of children’s books. A motion was made that a letter of  thanks be sent to Mr. Lichtenstein. Motion carried.  


                January 21, 1925 – “Miss Caldwell again reported that the Commercial Club had not met.

A motion was made by Miss Caldwell that the club wait until they received the answer from the Commercial Club before any steps be taken to raise the necessary funds. The motion carried.

                Mrs. Wood and Mrs. Koepke then made their report on the steps taken by them to start the publicity Campaign.

                A motion was made and seconded that the publicity campaign be started at once. Motion carried.


                January 28, 1925 – “Miss Sarah Caldwell reported that is was time to renew all of the magazines at the La Retama Library and asked a report from library treasurer who stated that at present there is $209 on hand. A motion was then made that the library treasurer pay for the renewal of magazines for the library. The motion carried. Miss Caldwell then told the club that a gift of $19.90

had been presented to the La Retama Club by Mrs. Thomas Bell.

                “We then had the report of the Campaign managers as follows:

Mrs. Oscar Koepke reported that they had begun work in earnest and that the papers had shown a splendid spirit of cooperation.

                A motion was made by Mrs. Allison tha La Retama go on with the financial campaign. Motion carried.

                “Miss Sarah Caldwell then made a motion which was seconded by Miss Smith that a definite date be set for the campaign. Motion carried.

                “A motion was made by Mrs. Koepke and seconded by Mrs. Fore that the drive for funds for the library be held Feb. 16-21.


               January 28, 1925 (continued) – “A motion was made and seconded that the price of a book during the drive be $1.00. Motion carried. A motion was made and seconded that a prize of $3.00 (three dollars, two dollars and one dollar be offered high school pupils for the most books sold. Carried


                February 4, 1925 – “Chairman of the library committee reported that the Commercial Club had not met yet, but that they would meet tonight (Feb. 4th) and would then report their decision to the library committee.

                “Mrs. Koepke reported: 2000 tags for “Buy a Book Week” would cost $8.50; 1000 dodgers, $4.75 or 3000 for $10, 2000 for $7.50.

                Moved we hear report item by item. Carried.

                Moved by Miss Sarah Caldwell we adopt this part of report.

Carried. Moved we order 1500 tags and 2000 dodgers. Carried

                “In Mrs. Allison’s and Mrs. Koepke’s report it was suggested we have someone present the proposed plan of an essay (about the library) on Friday at chapel hour. Moved adoption of re-

port. Carried.

                “Suggested the president appoint committee to select judges.

                “Moved Mrs. Koepke present the subject to Mission High School. Carried. Mrs Koepke asked Miss Carroll to appoint two pupils to sell tickets at High School.

                “After a lengthy discussion it was moved and seconded that the second part of Mrs Koepke’s report  concentrate work into 5 days limit and have volunteers from club at library each

day, be accepted.

                “Mon. and Tue. Business men be asked from 12-1 and 4:30 to 6 and poster committee continue its work so posters can be placed. Carried.

                Moved that Fri. morning we start our advertising-commence with an editorial in paper on that morning and have it announced at the different churches. Carried.


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                February 11, 1925 – “There was a report of the campaign managers. Mrs. Wood reported that Mr. Edwards had said he would make the moving picture slides for the library free if Mr. Elliott would run the slides free.

                “Mrs. Koepke then explained in full the program for “Buy a Book Week” assigning the members to the territories laid out by the committee.

                “A motion was made that the President and the Chairman of the Library Committee each write an article for the paper on Sunday morning, making it plain what the drive is to be for.

Motion carried.

                “A motion was made that a letter of thanks be sent the Editor of the “Caller” for his interest and cooperation. Motion carried.

                “Miss Sarah Caldwell reported that Mrs. Tompkins had said that the Monday Club would give $50 for La Retama Library and that Mrs. Balnchette and Mrs. Spoonts would each give $100 to

the Library with the understanding that $50 of this money was to be used to buy books they would suggest for the Library.


                  February 18, 1925 – “The bill for the renewal of the magazines was again presented. A motion was made and seconded that the bill be paid. Motion carried.

                “A report of the campaign managers was then made. Miss

Carroll reported that the essays written by the High School

pupils about the need of a library were read for the judges.

                “A motion was made and seconded that a rising vote of thanks be given Miss Carroll and Miss Rudolph for their work with pupils. Motion carried.

                “A motion was made that the prize awarded the High School pupil for the best essay be presented to pupil by judges at the High School.

                “A bill for tags and dodgers was presented by the campaign managers. A motion was made that the bill be paid. Motion carried.


                February 25, 1925 – “A report of the campaign committee was given by Mrs. Koepke, who announced a total of $1,120.90 received so far. Mrs. Koepke moved the adoption of her report,

seconded and carried.

                “Mrs. Allison reported the prizes of $3, $2 and $1 had been awarded the writers of the winning essays, and that the money had been taken from the club treasury instead of the library

treasury. It was moved, seconded and carried that I was proper that the money be taken from the club treasury for their purpose.

                “Miss Sarah Caldwell moved that the club continue to receive and solicit funds for La Retama Library throughout the years. Seconded and carried.

                “Miss Rudolph moved that notes of thanks be sent the judges in the essay contest, and that a general letter to all contributors in the library campaign be written and published in the

Caller. Seconded and carried.


                March 4, 1925 – “A letter was read from Mr. Alexander about the possibility of the Library being made a city library. A motion was made that a letter be sent to Mr. Alexander acknow

ledging receipt of his letter and stating that the Club was taking up the matter and would advise him when we had settled the same.

                “Miss Sarah Caldwell presented a bill of $1.00 for American Library Association. A motion was made that the bill be paid. Motion carried.

                “The monthly library report for Frebuary was presented. A motion was made that the report be accepted.

                “Mrs. George Smith reported that Mrs. Sutherland had kindly offered a room on Starr St. to be used by the Library for one year. A general discussion followed. A motion was made that a

committee appointed to consider the matter. Miss Redmond appointed the Library Committee and Mrs. Smith as the committee to consider the matter.


                March 11, 1925 – “Mrs. Wood read a letter from the Treas. of the Altrurian Club in which was enclosed a check for $50 (fiftydollars) for La Retama Library.

                “The Chairman of the Library Committee reported that Miss Born had stated that she could not act as our librarian any longer 


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               March 11, 1925 (continued) – more, and would request her release just as saoon as a new Librarian could be obtained. A discussion followed in which a report of the Library Treasurer

was asked for im regard to the amount of money on hand. “The Library Treasurer reported $1,397.32.

                “A motion was then made by Miss Rudolph that, 1st, the library be kept open at least two hours longer each day, preferable in the morning; 2nd, that the salary of the librarian be increased proportionally.- that a new librarian be secured who would agree to serve at least one year. Motion carried.

                “A motion was made by Mrs. Wood that a letter be sent Mrs.Sutherland expressing our regret that we could not accept her kind offer of the room under the present circumstances.


                March 25, 1925 – “Mrs. Wood read the resignation of Miss W. Born our librarian. A motion was made that Miss Born’s resignation be accepted. Motion carried.

                “Mrs. Wood reported that the Library Committee had asked Miss Sarah Caldwell to act as librarian until a permanent librarian could be obtained and that Miss Caldwell had agreed to act

as librarian.

                “A motion was made that we accept the Library Committee report.  Motion carried.

                “A motion was made that a letter of thanks be sent Miss Born for her services as librarian. Motion carried.

                “Mrs. Allison reported that two new works had been presented La Retama Library by Mr. C. R. Wharton, author of the books. A motion was made that a letter of thanks be sent Mr. Wharton for the books. Motion carried.


                April 15, 1925 – “Miss Sarah Caldwell told a number of interesting experiences at the library and reported two callers at the Library the first evening the library was open.

                “It was moved and seconded that La Retama Club stand willing and ready to deed the library to the city. After an interesting discussion, the motion was put on the table until Wed-

nesday, April twenty-second. “It was moved and seconded that the Library Committee draw

up the desired provisos and present at the meeting, Wednesday Aprill 22. Motion carried.


                April 22, 1925 – “The Library Committee which was to meet and draw up provisions for turning over the library to the city, suggested the need of further study and advised the postponement

of any consideration until some later time. It was moved and seconded that the report be accepted. Motion carried.


                December 9, 1925 – “The library treasurer asked that all pledges be paid as soon as possible. “Notice to the effort that the library rent would be raised from thirty to fifty dollars effective Jan 1, 1926 was received from Mr. Donigan.


                December 16, 1926 – “The library committee was requested to look for a suitable place to move the library on January 1st. The president appointed a committee composed of Mrs. wood, Mrs.

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                January 6, 1926 – “The library will soon have new quarters attractively arranged in the Lovenskiold Building.

                “From the amount taken in at the concert your President and the librarian purchased two stoves and cleaning implements for the library which cost thirty-six dollars and forty cents, leav-

ing a balance of one dollar and ten cents.


                January 13, 1926 – “Mrs. Curtis Kerridge reported that material had been purchased for the curtains for the new library rooms. The club treasurer was asked to pay the bill of $2.50

for same. The Library Treasurer read the December Library report which was accepted.


                January 20, 1926 – “Mrs. Oscar Koepke reported on plans made by the Campaign Committee. The committee has invited representatives from the civic clubs to a luncheon on Jan. 25th at which time campaign plans will be presented. The week beginning Feb. 1st  the Civic Clubs are invited to visit the library following their noon luncheons. Different members of the club are asked to be at home in the library on these days. On Friday, Feb. 5th a tea is to be given to all the women of the city, issuing invitations through the women’s clubs, organizations of women in the churches and the Parent-Teachers Clubs. Following the tea letters are to be sent out asking for pledges

for the Library. The committees were named. (omitted) The motion was made and carried that the hours for the tea shall be 3:30 to 6:00 P.M.


                January 27, 1926 – “Miss Sarah gave a report from the luncheon of the Library Committee and the business men. The different members who could volunteered to assist Mrs. Wood

during the noon hour for the week when the men would visit the Library. The tea that is to be given Feb. 5th was discussed generally and further committees were appointed.


                February 3, 1926 – “The report of the librarian was read. The library treasurer’s report was given. A motion was made and seconded to adopt the report. Carried.

                “Mrs. Koepke reported that the finance committee were progressing nicely. Copies of the folders and letters to be sent business men were passed among the club members for inspection.

A report in regard to be presented to the council showed that delay in the presentation until Feb. 5 was due to much work due to come before the council Jan. 25 which would cause less atten-

tion to be paid to the petition.

                “A donation of $25 and a new book, “Best Stories of 1925” from Mr. I. M. Alexander was reported.

                “A report of Mrs. Whitley, who accompanied Miss Redmond as guest of the Lion’s and Kiwanis’ Clubs showed both organizations interested in maintaining the library for the coming year.

                “The chairman of the committee for the tea on Feb. 5th reported all plans completed and the expenses $7.95. All members were urged to be in their places on the afternoon of the tea as

indications were that a crowd would attend. A call for dishes,

spoons and silver service was made.


                February 10, 1926 – “The chairman of the refreshment committee for the tea presented a bill for $4.57 which was ordered paid. The committee was thanked for its services and careful-

ness in expenditures. Motion made and carried that the man who helped so faithfully be paid $1.00.

                “It was reported that the Rotary Club responded cordially to the facts when presented by Miss Pfieffer.

                “The Library presented bills for $10.00 for printing and $12.50 for moving. It was moved that the bills be paid.

                “Miss Sarah Caldwell reported that some of the tourists had offered to leave books with the library that they had purchased during their stay here. Miss Pfieffer was asked to attend the Tourist’s Club next Wednesday and ask other tourists for books.


                February 17, 1926 – “The Committee appointed to visit the Tourist Club and ask for books, reported the announcement made to the club and the notice will be placed on bulletin board of tourist headquarters.

                “The committee reported that the letters had all been mailed Blanks for pledges were passed for the Club girls to make personal pledges.


                February 24, 1926 – “The campaign committee reported $325 already received from letters, most of this amount being in cash. "The librarian reported that $50 of the $100 had been spent and that there were 62 new books on the shelves to show for this expenditure. $22 had been donated by the Boy Scouts to put some Boy Scout books in the library, one troop donating the book case for these books.

                “The president told of some rumors that had come to her of the club having turned down some Carnegie offers. These rumors were cleared by some of the members who were in the club at the time of the discussion. It was moved that we have a newspaper article or editorial to clear the rumor in the public minds.Motion carried.


                March 3, 1926 – “The motion was made that the list of contributors to the Library fund together with a note of thanks be printed in the local papers. Motion carried.


                March 10, 1926 – “Mrs. Ralph Devine reported that the  Library committee had held a meeting and discussed several items of interest concerning the Library.


                April 7, 1926 – “ A copy of the letter which will be sent to each patron contributing to the library during the recent drive for funds was read by the president and approved by the club.


                April 14, 1926 – “Because of the resignation of Mrs. Ann Wood as Librarian, the club voted to consider a candidate for that office. The application of Miss Ethel Waddell was read.

A motion was made by Miss Redmond to the effect that the office of Librarian should not be filled at the meeting, but that Miss Waddell be asked to visit the library and learn the work. The motion carried.


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                September 24, 1926 – “La Retama executive committee and library committee met in a called meeting at La Retama Library. Seven members and Miss Waddell, the librarian were present.

                “A motion was made and carried to appoint Mrs. Koepke acting chairman of the library committee.

                “Mrs. Wright met with the committee and gave valuable suggestions concerning the future of the library. Mr. Wright’s suggestion that La Retama Library be run by a board of directors, appointed by La Retama Club and ratified by the CityCouncil was put into the form of a motion and passed.

                “Miss Carroll and Mrs. Smith were appointed to see Mr. Taylor at an early date and secure a bill of sale for the purpose of formerly turning the ownership of the library over to the



                October 6, 1926 – “Miss Carroll gave a report of the interview that Miss Carroll and Mrs. Allison had with Mr. Taylor concerning a bill of sale for La Retama Library. Mr. Taylor advised against making a bill of sale at the present time.

                “Miss Carroll also reported an interview with Mr. Lovenskiold who favored the plan of La Retama Club continuing to receive $100.00 per month from the city and retaining ownership.

of the library.

                “A motion was made and carried to postpone action on bill of sale until the club could investigate matters.

                “A motion was made and carried to table discussion of the Library for one week.


                October 20, 1926 – “After the reading of the minutes of the previous meeting, Mrs. Koepke was asked to read the report of the library committee. The report was adopted.

                “During an informal discussion of the library, the club agreed to ask the library committee and as many others of the members as possible to meet with the City Council on Friday

evening at 7:30.

                “A motion that Miss Carroll be spokesman at the meeting was made and carried.

                “Mrs. Koepke made a motion that a nominating committee be appointed to select a board of directors for the library, the board to consist of the following representatives:

                                La Retama Club                      2 members

                                Laboring group                        1 member

        Educational group                   1 member

        Commercial group                   1 member

        Women’s Clubs                      1 member

       Legal profession                      1 member

                Total                              7 members

The motion carried. A motion was made and carried that the club go on record as being willing to authorize the president and secretary to sign a bill of sale for La Retama Library.

                “The prseident appointed the library committee as a special committee to meet the Council on Friday, Oct. 22 and urged other club members to be present.


                October 27, 1926 – “Miss Carroll reported that a committee had met the previous Friday with the city council and that the Mayor had appointed a committee to work with the club on matters

concerning the transfer of La Retama Library to the city.

                “A motion was made and carried that Miss Waddell be appointed to receive the library check and pay all bills during the absence of Mrs. Koepke.

                “A motion was made the carried that Mrs. Smith be instructed to call meetings of the library committee and committee from the city council.


                November 3,  1926 – “Mrs. Smith gave a report of the meet of the Library Committee with the committee representing the city council. A favorable meeting was reported.


                November 24, 1926 – “It was moved and seconded that the club ask Mr. Taylor to include that nominees shall be selected by the La Retama Club for the library committee and that there

be two members from La Retama Club on this committee. at all times. The motion carried.


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                January 6, 1927 – “A letter containing the resignation of Miss Ethel Waddell as Librarian was read. The resignation was accepted by the club. A motion was made and carried that Mrs.

Ann Wood be elected Librarian. Mrs. Wood accepted.


                January 19, 1927 – “a report of the library work was given through Mrs. Smith, library committee chairman, stating 1st, that Mrs. Wood would be able to list the remaining books                without assistance.

2nd, that Mrs. De Roche had been paid for the library magazines, the library having received a discount of $6.35.

3rd, that a communication from the City Council stating that conditions under which the library is to be transferred to the city, had been received, and that it was to bed to the club and approved by the members and then returned to the City Council. The letter was read and discussed in sections. The motion was made by Mrs.Koepke that we change the report as read, by adding three addi-

tional features, namely:

                (1). The word ANNUALLY on Section III

                (2) That there shall always be two La Retama members

                      on the Library Board.

                (3) That the City Council return names not accepted

                      and the club submit again until a satisfactory list

                      is obtained.


                January 26, 1927 – “Mrs. Ann Wood gave a report from the library presenting both the original and the revised papers concerning the transfer of the library. The revised papers had

been signed by Mr. Taylor, City Attorney.


                February 2, 1927 – “The chairman of the library committee called for a meeting of that committee on Friday afternoon at five o’clock at the library.


                February 9, 1927 – “Miss Sarah Caldwell gave a report from the library committee. She stated that the paper concerning the transfer of La Retama Library from the club to the city had been

signed by the City Council committee and was to be signed by the three members of the Retama committee after which it was to be returned and a bill of sale, recorded at the court house, ob-



                March 30, 1927 – “The motion was made by Miss Sarah Caldweel that we wait until after the election of city officials to press the matter of the bill of sale for the library. The motion car-


                “The motion was made by Miss du Perier that we discontinue opening the library at night and lengthen the afternoon hours from 1:30 to 6 o’clock each day. The motion carried.


                April 13, 1927 – “The motion was made by Miss Sarah Caldwell that the library committee find out from the library treasurer the amount of money on hand and, leaving a balance of $75.00 for an emergency fund, invest the balance in junior books for the summer, which books would be selected by the library committee and librarian. The motion was carried.


                June 22, 1927 – “There was a called meeting of the La Retama Club at North Beach Bath House on Wednesday, June 22, 1927 at six o’clock.

                “There were fifteen members and guests present. “After a swim and a delicious picnis supper the following business was transacted.

                “A list of names to be suggested for the Board of Dir-

ectors for La Retama Library were read and adopted as follows:

                1. Mr I.M.Alexander, representing business people.

                2. Mr. Russell Savage, representing professional people.

                3. Rev. C.H. Storey, representing educational group.

                4. Mrs. Lorine Jones Spoonts, representing civic clubs.

                5. Mr. Oscar Olsen, representing labor unions.

                6. Miss Mary Carroll, from La Retama Club

                7. Mrs. George Smith, from La Retama Club


                August 17, 1927 – “Miss Sarah Caldwell gave a report from thelibrary committee, after which the motion was made that ALL the funds in the treasury be used for new books after all outstanding bills had been paid. The motion carried.

                “Miss Marie Blucher, an associate member, made the suggestion that a notice be put into the paper that anyone desiring to do so might send in a list of worth while books to be ordered for the library, as she had heard of a man who made regular trips to Kingsville to use a certain book in the library there.

                “Mrs. Anne Wood reported that the city, when it takes over the library on September 1st, would have $800.00 with which to run the library until January, after which it would have $1600.00



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                October 5, 1927 – “The librarian made an interesting report on the library, stating that Mr. Russell Savage was chairman of the new board of directors and Rev. Storey was the new treasurer.

She reported that all books for the required readings of the high school had been ordered and that the new board of directors was very enthusiastic over the work.



La Retama Public Library



Mr. Russell Savage, Ch 

Mr. I.M. Alexander  

Rev. C.H. Storey  

Mr. Oscar Olsen (replaced in January 1928

         by Mr. Cottingham) 

Mrs. Lorine Jones Spoonts

Miss Mary Carroll

Mrs. Geo. Smith



Mr. Russell Savage

Mr. I.M. Alexander

Rev. C.H. Storey

Mr. Cottingham (re-elected)

Mrs. Spoonts

Mrs. Roger Penick

Mrs. Oscar Koepke



Mr. Russell Savage

Mr. I.M. Alexander

Rev. Sykes

Mr. Cottingham

Mrs. Richard Kleberg

Miss Sarah Caldwell, relieving Mrs. Penick

Mrs. Oscar Koepke



Judge Birge Holt

Mr. C. E. Coleman

Rev. Sykes

Mr. Geo. Blevins

Mrs. Kleberg

Miss Sarah Caldwell

Mrs. F.R. Allison



Judge Holt

Mr. C.E. Coleman

Rev. Reade

Mr. Blevins

Mrs. Kleberg (re-elected)

Mrs. Partlett

Mrs. Allison


Judge Birge Holt (re-elected)

Mr. Meredith Queen

Rev. Read

Mrs. J.H. Brown

Mrs. Kleberg

Mrs. C.N. Coleman (relieving Mrs. Bartlett)

Mrs. Oscar Koepke



Judge Birge Holt (re-elected)

Mr. Meredith Queen

Mrs. Geo. West Diehl

Mrs. J.H. Brown

Mrs. Birge Holt

Mrs. C.N. Coleman

Mrs. Oscar Koepke



L. H. Gross

I. M. Alexander

Mrs. Geo. West Diehl

D. A. Perry

Mrs. Birge Holt

Mrs. C.N. Coleman

Mrs. Bolin Mahaffey



L. H. Gross

I. M. Alexander

Rev. Wm. Munds

Mrs. Geo. West Diehl (re-elected)

D. A. Perry

Mrs. C. L. Dowell

Mrs. Bolin Mahaffey



L. H. Gross (re-elected)

O. N. Stevens

Rev. Wm. Munds

John B. Wright

Mrs. Geo. West Diehl (re-elected)

Mrs. Luther Terry (relieving Mrs. Dowell)

Mrs. Bolin Mahaffey


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