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History Corner - February 2023


The History Corner

by David Mostardi, Club Historian

Once Upon A Hillside: 25, 50, 75 and 100 years ago


February 1923


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.


February 1948

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.


February 1973

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

everyday lives.


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.


February 1998

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!

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