20th Century Club hears report on Amelia Earhart


The recent meeting of the 20th Century Club met at the home of Renee Mitchell, with Juanita Findley as co-hostess.

President LaQuite Wisner called the meeting to order with a reading of the Collect. Roll was called by Linda Minyard and minutes were read and approved. Peggy Koen gave the treasurer’s report.

It was brought to the attention of the club that each year the club has sponsored a child from the Angel Tree. Motion was made to give $50 to Salvation Army for an angel and $25 to speaker for luncheon. Motion was second by Renee Mitchell, motion was carried.

It was reported the Norma Caldwell would contact the chairmen concerning Christmas luncheon to be held at the Donald W. Reynolds Community Services Center on Dec. 13 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

As there was no other business the meeting was turned over to Jo Ann Gregory, who gave a report on Amelia Earhart.

Earhart was born July 24, 1897 at Atchison, Kan. At the age of 10, she saw her first aircraft at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines. She was not overly impressed, in fact, she later described it as “a thing of rusty wire and not at all interesting.” In 1920, after riding in her first aircraft (flight that cost her father $10 and lasted 10 minutes) she knew her life was changed forever. She knew she had to fly. Earhart disappeared July 2, 1937, (age 39) over the Pacific Ocean, en route to Howland Island. She was declared dead in absentia, January 5, 1939 (age 41). She was known as the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean and setting many aviation records. She was married to George Putman on Feb. 7, 1931. They had no children.

There are many theories on Earhart’s disappearance. There are a lot of myths and rumors, but we probably will never know what happened to Amelia Earhart. Gregory’s report was very informative and brought about a lot of discussion.

The group then enjoyed a time of fellowship and cake.