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Happy Circle Club (Milton Township, Wood County, Ohio) - MS 986

Introduction | Agency History | Scope and Content | Series Description | Inventory


The records of the Happy Circle Club from Milton Township, Wood County, Ohio, were donated to the Center for Archival Collections on May 19, 2003, with the cooperation of H. Irene Trumbull. The collection consists of minutes, rules and regulations, officer and hostess lists, a club history and newspaper clippings, dating from the Club's beginning in 1929 to 1979.

No restrictions exist on the research use and duplication of this collection. The manuscript register was prepared by Ann Bowers, September 2003.

Agency History

The Happy Circle Club first organized on March 1, 1929, when twenty-three women met at the home of Mrs. Jay (Sadie) Pugh to "form a club of sociability and usefulness." After some consideration, the name of Happy Circle Club was chosen for the group and meetings were set for the first Thursday of each month. From this original twenty-three, within twenty years, the Club had grown to a membership of fifty-two women.

The women would meet most of the day, spending the morning making comforters for the needy, lap ropes for soldiers in hospitals and similar charitable projects. A lunch would be held followed by the business meeting. Monies raised would be donated to such worthy causes at the Red Cross, Polio Fund and the Cancer Fund. Over the years, showers were held for family weddings and births. Ice cream socials and Christmas gift exchanges were included in the Club's many social activities.

Scope and Content

The records of the Happy Circle Club document the activities of this women's rural social organization, including charitable work and celebrating family events of the members, including weddings and births of children and grandchildren. The minutes, available from the Club's organization in March 1929 until 1962, document the day long activities of the women when they met once a month. Financial reports within the minutes document the monies contributed for the charitable work as well as support of the members' families. Minutes are not available after 1962.

Various record books documenting officer lists, meeting hostesses, rule and regulations of the Club complement the minutes and date from 1943 to 1973, although the dates are somewhat scattered. A few news clippings and a club history complete the collection.

Series Description


Arranged chronologically
Includes a narrative of each meeting--where the meeting took place, those attending, charitable work completed, business meeting details and lunch or dinner menu.

Includes a revised list of the rules and regulations of the Club

Arranged chronologically
Includes lists of officers and hostesses


Handwritten history (also in typed form) written in 1949 by a member.


Newspaper articles of Club celebrating its 50th anniversary.


Box 1


  1. Minutes, March 1929-August 1933
  2. Minutes, September 1933-February 1937
  3. Minutes, March 1937-January 1942
  4. Minutes, March 1942-February 1945
  5. Minutes, March 1950-February 1952, a few scattered minutes from 1953
  6. Minutes, March 1955-March 1957
  7. Minutes, April 1957-November 1958
  8. Minutes (two volumes-one a duplicate but also includes news clippings of meetings 1965-1966), December 1958-April 1962
  9. Rules and regulations-revised (includes club history by Bertha Underwood dated March 1949), January 1949
  10. List of members, committee members and hostesses, 1943-1955
  11. List of officers, 1961-1972
  12. List of hostesses, 1969-1973
  13. News clippings, 1979

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