The History Corner
by David Mostardi, Club Historian
Once Upon A Hillside: 25, 50, 75 and 100 years ago
Business Meeting: President Whitney told the sad news of the death that day (Feb 5) of
Mr. Earll H. Webb, an honorary member and early active member of the Hillside Club.
Mr. Frank M. Todd reminded the members that it was largely because of the effort and
interest of Mr. Webb that the club exists.
In the organization for the Community Chest for Berkeley, the campaign for which will
occur in April, Mr. W. F. Morrish has been appointed on the Budget Committee, and Mr.
Charles Keeler has been selected as a member of the General Committee, representing
the Chamber of Commerce.
Director’s Meeting: The President reported that the deed had been recorded placing the
club property in the name of the Hillside Club, such record being made 20 December
1922, 4:52pm, Liber 271, page 390, Official Records, Alameda County.
Social Meeting: Prof. E. T. Williams, out of his great fount of knowledge in Chinese
History once more made the Hillside Club happy to have him one of them. His ability to
entertain, and also to give to his listeners some of the results of his study and travel,
makes Prof. Williams always appreciated as a speaker. His talk was followed by
pantomimes and recitals, charmingly given by Mrs. Vernon Smith, who was
accompanied on the piano by Mrs. Wheeler. The Lyric Trio, consisting of the Misses
Ulsh and Miss Dorothy Dunn, were heard in several numbers, which were received with
particular enthusiasm on the part of the members and their guests.
Fireside Meeting: The Dramatic Activities Section will present a gay and sparkling
English Comedy by Lonsdale, entitled “The High Road.” A large and interesting cast has
been assembled for this reading on the stage. For a very hilarious and amusing evening,
you and your guests are cordially invited to attend.
Evening of Music: With pride, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Dempster present four Artists from our
own membership. Harriet Bradley Mors will give us a vocal group, Pauline G. Smith a
group of violin selections, and Helen Saylor Sizer and Margaret Howard Goard will
present numbers for two pianos. These four musicians warrant a large attendance of
members and their guests.
International Relations: The Section will present Mrs. W. W. Douglas, Chairman of the
Foreign Relations Section of the League of Women Voters. Mrs. Douglas will review the
accomplishments of the United Nations. If you found newspaper reporting of the U.N.
inadequate or if you just plain “got lost,” Mrs. Douglas can help you.
Fireside Meeting: Frequent recent references in the media to “The Energy Crisis” may
make us question what it actually is and what it means to all of us. The Hillside Club is
fortunate to have one of its own members, John Pierce, present this subject with slides to
show how and why it developed, and what effect the possible solutions will have on our
International Relations Section: We have all been hearing much about multi-national
corporations recently. Now we will have a chance to hear some of the good they are
accomplishing. Mr. Frank Barich, from the Public Relations Department of Standard Oil
Company of California will give us a picture of worldwide oil operations, the people
involved, and the many good-neighbor aspects of their activities.
The Club’s archive of printed monthly newsletters ended with the May 1994 issue. If you
know of a source for any newsletters between 1994 and the Club’s renaissance in the
early 2000s, your historian would love to hear about it!