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Historical past: Brownwood Backyard and Tradition Membership (1941-1985)


This historical past of the Backyard Golf equipment in Brown County was written by Louise Herdman for the Sesquicentennial version of the Brown County Historic Society books entitled Within the Life and Lives of Brown County. Eighteen of those books within the collection had been printed. The Sesquicentennial version emphasised the historical past of assorted teams and organizations.

The Junior Girls’s Backyard met September 23, 1941 to prepare a gaggle of younger girls to function underneath the Goodwill Committee of the Brownwood Backyard Membership. Initiatives included the ornament of Christmas bushes for the army Service Membership at Camp Bowie, and to furnish altar items for every Chapel at Camp Bowie, every Sunday.

Together with adorning the Christmas bushes, 1200 popcorn balls had been furnished the lads on the Service Heart. Throughout November, 1941 the “Backyard Tradition Membership” was chosen because the title to interchange the Junior Girls’s Backyard Membership, and in April, 1941, a constitution was utilized for the “Backyard Tradition Membership.”

“The target of the Membership was recorded as being answerable for the planting and rising of flowers, in addition to greens, and to take action correctly; to study the artwork of flower arranging; to participate in civic beautification; and to encourage conservation of wildlife.”

On September 1, 1942, the Structure was adopted and the Backyard Tradition Membership turned the State and District Federated. Initiatives for the primary 12 months included the planting and growth of Coggin Park. Redbud bushes had been chosen to mirror a “dwelling memorial.” Flower preparations for the Chapels at Camp Bowie, continued as their mission.

The membership continued to serve within the army capability by serving as hostesses on the Adams Avenue USO, sending cash for the “Seeds for England Reduction Fund,” together with promoting battle bonds and stamps on the Texas Energy and Gentle sales space.

Initiatives continued together with examine in flower arranging, designing, and so on., with many attention-grabbing applications offering information to help of their mission accomplishments. 600 shrubs had been collected at a value of $1,200 for beautification of the Camp Bowie Pink Cross Recreation Space and Rehabilitation Heart.

Initiatives which adopted included the beautification of Junior Excessive and Senior Excessive campuses. Pecan bushes and shrubs and annuals, in addition to bulbs had been planted across the Dwelling Financial constructing at Junior Excessive. The membership supplied crops for the Bowie Hospital camp, in addition to serving as hostesses, adorned the Baptist USO at Christmas, and supplied prizes for Bingo.

Throughout 1945, all applications and actions for the army membership ended, however work continued by the Membership’s devoted members. Necessities had been established for members to supply exercise at their very own environment resembling, the cultivation of quite a lot of iris and planting a winter garden. Pilgrimages started as native excursions to numerous members’ properties and to a number of residents of Brownwood. Research continued within the artwork of flower arranging and applications introduced sharing the wonder and abilities of different nations exhibiting their concepts in each dwelling and backyard.

Clear-up drives had been held encouraging property homeowners to clean-up vacant tons in addition to pain-up and fix-up. Backyard Tradition was additionally answerable for securing decreased summer season water charges, in promotion of their program to beautify Brownwood.

Throughout the 12 months 1948-49 the group authorized the enlargement of their membership roster to 35. Throughout this 12 months landscaping of the pink Cross Constructing was chosen as their mission, and included a rose backyard.

Flower exhibits had been originated and pilgrimages to in-town rose gardens held. The membership entered their yearbook and scrapbook for the State aggressive contest. Their contribution to beautification for the 12 months included 50 redbud bushes to the Texas Freeway Division, to be planted at culvert on Freeway 377 from Brownwood to Brady. Two evergreens had been planted on the authentic entrance to Camp Bowie as a memorial to the lads coaching there in the course of the battle. Backyard examine books had been donated to the Carnegie Library for the use by most of the people. Every member was required to arrange a chrysanthemum mattress together with promoting road numbers for acquiring revenue to make use of of their beautification program.

Extra tasks supplied town with shrubs and bushes for the native park for the Hispanic kids and the design of landscaping for the Memorial Monument for the Veterans of World Battle II within the Metropolis Park on Austin Avenue. One thousand tulips had been planted by the membership in addition to hedges. A Christmas pilgrimage supplied the membership a tour of assorted membership members.

Audio system entertaining the group had been of nice profit to every member. Information obtained included quite a lot of concepts shared which turned priceless to every, in addition to the group involving horticulture, conservation, and flower arranging.

Initiatives continued by way of the years following and are recorded in minute element. Members had been prepared to share the accountability of the numerous beautification areas which had been made attainable by way of their planning and planting. Their love and care in sustaining the rose beds, chrysanthemums, iris, tulips, and so on., had been an ideal contribution to the neighborhood.

Actions of comparable nature continued over the previous thirty years and have resulted in much more contributions to our metropolis due to these devoted members, together with the membership in different backyard golf equipment. Litter management and anti-pollution campaigns have been promoted together with becoming a member of forces with the opposite golf equipment to perform a given mission. The Council of Backyard Golf equipment have three representatives from every of the 4 golf equipment, who meet quarterly looking for data and establishing plans to additional the beautification program for Brownwood. The By-Legal guidelines of the Council had been established previous to 1959, minutes accessible mirror date of October assembly, 1959, as being organizational assembly of the Backyard Membership Council, and approval of proposed By-Legal guidelines.

The 4 golf equipment included: Woodland, 59 Backyard, Brownwood Backyard and Brownwood Backyard and Tradition. There are solely three golf equipment now [1986] within the council. Woodland was consolidated into different golf equipment.

The Council hosted a District assembly on the Vacation Inn in 1963 with 200 in attendance, and 102 attended in 1968. A mission of the Council was established to keep up triangle on Indian Creek Street and Milam Drive.

The Backyard Tradition Membership has traveled to numerous areas resembling Austin, and Fort Value, on their Pilgrimages, to go to gardens, Christmas Fests and even homes. They’ve continued their research by way of tasks and flower exhibits to reinforce the great thing about their neighborhood. Many tasks have been achieved by way of their efforts with most up-to-date together with the previous few years to be “The Yard of the Month in addition to “The Yard of the Week,” in the course of the Christmas holidays. Residents are acknowledged all through town for his or her efforts in making our neighborhood a extra stunning place to dwell, work, and to boost our youngsters. Publicity is supplied for the recipient of the award and gratitude prolonged to them by members of the committee deciding on the yard.

It’s with nice pleasure the members of this group share their achievements on this historical past and appreciation is prolonged their members for the person half they’ve donated to make to make it an gratifying and worthwhile group. Presidents serving since its origin embody:

Mrs WC Osburn, Mrs Gene Porter, Mrs WW Jamar, Mrs Robert Might, Mrs WS Semple, Mrs Gary Value, Mrs Robert Smith, Mrs Ray Romig, Mrs Robert Connaway, Mrs RJ Bittick, Mrs. Charlie Trigg, Mrs. Wesley Smart, Mrs. WG Shroeder, Mrs. Joe Galbrrith, Mrs. Don Johnson,Mrs. JD Williams, Mrs. WE Johnson, Jr., Mrs. Truett Ellis, Mrs. Lydia Bowen, Mrs. Paul Wheelis, Mrs. Raymond Blagg, Mrs. Bert Massey II, Mrs. John R. Gilger, Mrs. Brooke Smith, Mrs. Joe Smith, Mrs. Kirk Wall, Mrs. Ben Denman, Mrs. Bob Eddins, Mrs. John Harkey, Mrs. Conner Scott, Mrs. Billy Dippel, Mrs. Gary Mitchell, Mrs. Clyde Dean, Mrs. Harry Thomas, Mrs. Paul Waldrop, Jr. Mrs. Man Eads Mrs. LL Lawson, Mrs. Allen Spence, Mrs. Arnold Herdman, Mrs. Ray Taylor, Mrs. HH Stephens, Mrs. William Hamilton.

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