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Yankton Press & Dakotan
October 18, 1941 (Evening); p. 6, col. 1

SOCIAL EVENTS and CLUB NEWS

Social Events & Club News p6 c1BY MISS DALE SPEAR
Society Editor
Phone 477

Miss Mary Kay Flynn Married Thursday in Sioux City

In a quietly performed private marriage ceremony, Miss Mary Catherine Flynn, WNAX employe [sic] for the past year and a half, exchanged nuptial vows with William W. Pezdirtz of Minneapolis on Thursday of this week, October 16.

The wedding took place at nine o’clock in the morning in the Cathedral at Sioux City, home of the bride’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. T. A. Flynn, and officiating at the single ring service and nuptial mass was the Rev. Msgr. T. Coughlin.  Autumn flowers of variuos hues, chrysanthemums and bittersweet were used in bouquets decorating the church and chancel for the wedding and creating appropriate atmosphere was soft organ music throughout.

Miss Mary Jane Scott of Sioux City, intimate friend of the bride, was bridesmaid attending the couple along with Joseph Pezdirtz of Des Moines, younger brother of the bridegroom and student at the University of Michigan.

For her wedding the bride chose to wear a kahki [sic] green silk crepe afternoon frock, with accessories in brown trimmed with fur to match her coat.  Her bridesmaid wore an ensemble in rust and brown.

A breakfast for the wedding party and members of the two immediate families was served at the Colonial Room of the Mayfair Hotel following the ceremony.

The bride received her BA degree from the University of Iowa and following her graduation was employed in the continuity department of radio station WNAX here.  Mr. Pezdirtz, the son of Mr. and Mrs. J. F. Pezdirtz of Des Moines, Ia., also received his bachelor of arts degree from the University of Iowa, and is now employed with the Minneapolis Star Journal.  Mrs. Pezdirtz was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta sorority while in college, and Mrs. [sic] Pezdirtz was a Sigma Nu fraternity brother.

The couple will make their home at 305 West 22nd street in Minneapolis.

Fountain Rebekah Lodge Well Represented At District Meeting

Fountain Rebekah Lodge No. 12 was represented by 14 Rebekahs including members of the degree staff, who attended the 46th semi-annual district meeting of Rebekah lodges held in Lake Andes Thursday.  These local women made the trip by bus and took in all sessions of the afternoon and evening.

Yankton women attended along with representatives from Wagner, Springfield, Tyndall and Scotland, other towns in district No. 17.  The entire district group numbered in the vicinity of 75, entertained Thursday by the Lake Andes lodge.

District Officers Named

Business and lodge matters took up a greater part of the day, and officers were elected and seated as follows: Mrs. Maud Wilson, Wagner, president; Mrs. Grace Hjerrald, Yankton, vice president; Mrs. Dawes, Wagner, secretary and treasurer; and Mrs. Nellena Poole of Wagner was appointed district warden; Mrs. Annabelle Gill of Lake Andes was appointed district conductor.

Along with Rebekahs from the district who were in attendance, were Mrs. Kathryn Vanden Berg of Corsica, assembly conductor and Mrs. Clara Van Tassel of Iriquois, assembly secretary.  These both were introduced for talks on lodge work during the afternoon, and again spoke briefly in the evening.

Lodge Contest

Conducted by the district president, Mrs. Pearl Stevenson of Lake Andes, was a contest on lodge procedure in the afternoon, with each lodge represented for competition.  The assembly officers, acting as judges, announced the following winners: Mrs. Horner of Wagner, first; Mrs. Grace Hjerrald, Yankton, second.  These both received prize awards, and smaller gifts were presented others who took part.

Yankton’s main representation on the day’s program was taken by Mrs. LeRoy Withee who gave two humorous readings in the afternoon, and by the degree staff who put on the ritual in the evening.

The entire group was entertained at a six o’clock dinner down town, and during the evening program, Mrs. Gill, Noble Grand of the Lake Andes lodge, presented the two visiting assembly officers with gifts from the district.  After other evening program features, a midnight lunch was served to bring the session to conclusion.

CLUB CALENDAR

SATURDAY — No Woman’s Club meeting, Pioneer Day.

MONDAY — B.P.W. jumble supper at Carnegie Library, 6:30.  Review of “Berlin Diary.”
A.A.U.W. Literature and International Relations group meets for 7:30 dessert with Bessie Burgi, Hudson apartment 1.  Della Reich and Mrs. Inez Rathgeber, hostesses.  Harriet Jenney, topic.
Girl Scout troop No. 6 meets after school in the Scout Nest.  Girl Scout troop No. 4 meets after school with leader, Mrs. Peter Johansen, 207 Locust.
American Legion Auxiliary meeting, 8 p.m. in G.A.R. hall.

TUESDAY — Lutheran Daughters meet in church parlors, 8 p.m., Dora Nissen and Louise Serr, hostesses.
No V.F.W. Auxiliary meeting.
Girl Scout troop No. 3 meets after school in the Scout Nest.

WEDNESDAY — Congregational World Service group meets in Pilgrim Hall at 2:45.  Paul R. West to present discussion of shifting population in the country.  Mrs. George Eisenach, devotions.
Girl Scout troop No. 5 meets after school in the Scout Nest.

Official Visitors Attend Woman’s Relief Corps Meeting Yesterday

The regular business meeting of Phil Kearney Woman’s Relief Corps yesterday afternoon was marked by the presence of several department officers and out of town visitors who attended along with the official inspector, Carrie Thompson of Aberdeen.

Department President Mickie Fowler and department treasurer Carrie Lewison were accompanied to Yankton yesterday by Mrs. Myrtle Fowler, all of Vermillion, and Ethel Mertz of Aberdeen, department junior club director was another official present.

Mrs. Natalie Anderson, local president, presided at the meeting during which the visitors were escorted to the front and introduced to the Corps for talks on their respective duties.  Inspector Thompson told the group of other corps she has visited in her tour of the state, giving special mention to the Hot Springs solders’ home.  Mrs. Fowler as department president, told about the national convention held in Cleveland, Ohio, and junior director Ethel Mertz gave explanation of junior club activities and ways to organize such groups.

During the routine business session, the local president appointed Mrs. Jenney O’Shea as Red Cross chairman of the corps.  Regular reports included $30 in general relief expenditures, $16 for child welfare since the last meeting, and 40 sick calls made.

Fridays’ meeting was largely attended, and in honor of the visitors, a social hour with lunch was enjoyed in the G.A.R. hall parlors at the conclusion of business.  Mrs. Hazel Valentine and her committee were hostesses.  Tables were attractively appointed with favors in keeping with the Hallowe’en season, and the visiting officers, past presidents of the local corps, and Mrs. Natalie Anderson, president, were seated at the head table.

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