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[p. 92] as an officer, until her death in 1858. Mrs. Ruth Osgood died in 1869. She is spoken of as ‘Our oldest member’ and ‘one of the first to put her name to the Constitution.’ Mrs. Samuel Joyce and Mrs. Ira Barker were charter members and continued in active service as long as the society existed. Mrs. Joyce was elected president in 1856 and held the position for over forty years. In March, 1874, her birthday was celebrated for the first time by the society, and thereafter, every year while she was able to receive her friends, the occasion was a gala day.

In 1870, the twenty-fifth anniversary of the society was celebrated, and Mrs. Ira Barker read an historical sketch. In 1895, the fiftieth anniversary was held at the house of the aged president and is the last recorded meeting of the association. The secretary, Mrs. Burrell, reported, ‘A few that were at the commencement of our society and have through all these years done what they could’ [were present] ‘and now though the hair is white and the eyes need assistance the same interest is manifested in the cause.’


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