The first treasurer was Mrs. Charles Tufts
, wife of the founder of Tufts College.
We have not been able to ascertain the name of the first vice-president
, or that of the first secretary.
The following have been the successors of Mrs. Munroe
in office: Mrs. Bradshaw
, Mrs. Fuller
, Mrs. Skinner
, Mrs. Haven
, Mrs. Carvill
, Mrs. G. W. Ireland
, Mrs. Ralph
, Mrs. James Lombard
, Miss Fannie Glines
, Mrs. Eccles
, Mrs. F. B. Burrows
, Mrs. F. E. Borroughs
, Mrs. E. C. Hall
, Mrs. C. H. Pratt
, and Mrs. L. H. Brown
In the early days of the society the meetings were held at the homes of the members.
This was in the days of the chapel, and the basket of work was carried from place to place.
After the building of the first church, which was afterwards destroyed by fire, the meetings were held in the vestry, and supper was partaken of by the ladies present, the gentlemen not putting in an appearance until evening.
At the first supper which the writer remembers, which was subsequent to 1858, all were seated at an ordinary sized extension table, such as could be found in any dining-room.
There were twelve or fourteen in all, our pastor, Rev. B. K. Russ
, being of the number.
Each one carried her own napkin, knife, fork, and spoon, and somebody was sure to have an extra one for the minister.
The crockery was owned by the Sewing Circle
It all went up in smoke with the rest of the belongings of the church.
The meetings of the society have been held once in two weeks, except during July and August.
In the report of the secretary of some years since, we find that ‘the afternoon was spent mostly in conversation and sewing.’
This same report will apply to all regular meetings.
In the days of the Rebellion
the society made many articles for the soldiers, articles sewed and articles knitted.
At that time meetings were held every afternoon.
At the time of the Chicago
fire a number of articles