20th Century Club hears program on American author

The recent meeting of the 20th Century Club was called to order by president LaQuita Wisner with the reading of the Collect.

There were 11 ladies in attending. The meeting was held at the home of JoAnn Gregory with Wisner serving as co-hostess. Roll was called by Linda Minyard and minutes were read and approved. Peggy Koen gave the treasury report.

Linda Eifling reported that Kristi Alexander of the Pine Bluff/Jefferson County Historical Museum would be the speaker for the final meeting of the year for 2012-2013. The meeting will be held at Donald W. Reynolds Community Services Building on May 30 at noon.

Wisner reported that the executive officers would meet in April to choose the slate of officers for 2013-2014.

Jeanne Cheek reported on topics available to choose to study for the next two years. After a vote of membership, the subject “Islands” was chosen.

The program was then turned over to Eifling who gave a very informative report on the life of Catherine Marshall LeSourd, who was an American author of non-fiction, inspirational and fiction works. She was the wife of well-known minister, Peter Marshall, who was pastor of the New York Avenue Presbyterian Church and chaplain of the United States Senate.

She was born Sept. 27, 1914, at Johnson City, Tenn. She became a pastor wife, marrying Peter Marshall at age 22. She became a widow at age 34. She became a famous author at age 40. Her first book, “Mr. Jones Meets the Master,” became a best-seller. The book, “A Man Called Peter,” was a popular novel for more than 50 years. Her most famous book “Christy”, written in 1967, which was inspired by the story of her mothers’ time in the mountains teaching the impoverished children of Appalachia, was read by millions and became a much loved and watched TV series. The series “Christy”, Christy: Return to Cutter Gap”, “Christy: Finding Faith”, was also made into movies.

In 1957, she married Earl LeSourd, who was the editor of Guidepost for 28 years. She died in 1983 at age 68 and was buried alongside her first husband.

After Eifling’s report, the ladies then enjoyed a time of fellowship and delicious refreshments furnished by Gregory and Wisner.