WOMEN’S MISSIONARY SOCIETY AND LADIES’ AID

Originally, the ladies of the community belonged to two church organizations, the Women’s Missionary Society and the Ladies’ Aid. Quite often the membership of the two was made up of essentially the same ladies, but the aims of the two organizations were different.

The W.M.S. was a study and worship group. Each year

V they had a different study book on the missionary work of

the church. They were not a money-making organization. However, they did have to pay for a few expenses such as cards and fruit baskets to shut-ins and expenses of that nature. They also had to send to the Head Office, each year, an amount that depended on the number of their members. In order to cover this they each paid a 50¢ membership every year and sometimes a dime for each meeting. At special meetings such as World’s Day of Prayer or the Thank Offering, they took up a special collection. In addition, they had mite boxes which they took home to put coins in through the year as they felt able, and these boxes were returned at certain meetings to add to a missionary fund.

A part of the W.M.S. program was to answer the roll call with a Bible verse containing a word that had been given out at a previous meeting. Examples of these words might be “promised”, “faith”, “prayer”, “believe”, etc.

The minister’s wife was quite often an asset to the organization by giving opening or closing prayers, offering her home for meetings and giving talks. But mostly the ladies took turns at the devotional part of the meeting and in presenting part of the current study book, as well as filling the various offices of the organization themselves. One of the officers was a Temperance Secretary who gave an article on Temperance at each meeting. They also had a Friendship group that looked after the sick and shut-ins or bereaved with cards, flowers, fruit baskets and visits. The local C.G.I.T. affiliated with the W.M.S. at a special meeting and took part in the program and gave a donation of money.

The W.M.S. had a special magazine, “The Missionary Monthly”, and articles and programs contained in it added to the meetings. Sometimes visiting missionaries would be invited to speak at a meeting at which time neighboring W.M.S. groups were invited to join the local ladies and contribute items to the program. A special lunch would be served. The W.M.S. ladies also attended conferences and Presbytery.

On reading the minutes of these old meetings, I was impressed with the talent these ladies possessed for participating and planning as well as their conscientious effort to help the missionary work. Mrs. M. N. Scott was the first president of the W.M.S., organized in Eden 50 years ago. i

The Ladies’ Aid existed to look after the church and'the manse and provide such things as a caretaker for the church, new furniture, mattresses or curtains for the manse as it was needed. (Each minister received a free furnished manse as part of his salary.) The ladies met and cleaned and painted the manse regularly. Another expense was the wood for the church furnace. To cover these expenses this organization held teas, bazaars, church suppers and made quilts.

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On January 1, 1962 the W.M.S. and Ladies’ Aid or Women’s Association, were merged and the United Church Women (U.C.W.) became the Official organization of the church ladies.

Special mentiOn should be given to both Mr. and Mrs, R. H. Scott for the wonderful records they kept of our early church. Mrs. Scott was also a faithful leader of the younger people in such organizations as Mission Band, Explorers and Sunday School. Mr. Scott followed Mr. Robert Chatwin as our Sunday School superintendent, followed in turn by Irwin Pierson.

EDEN WOMEN’S INSTITUTE By Elsie Graham

This Canadian organization was founded at Stoney . Creek, Ont. in 1897. It came about when Adelaid Hoodless spoke to a group of women about the need for better living conditions for women and children of Ontario. It was a social as well as educational outlet for them.

This new organization was a non-political group. and was well received. It has expanded into the Associated Country Women of the world, thus almost every country is involved. '

Manitoba is divided into districts, and until afew years ago we were in the Portage district.

Our organization had its beginning in 1950 with 34 chartered members. Marj. Currie was our first president. Our meetings were held once a month, most of the time in the community hall as our membership one year numbered 50, thus homes were just not large enough.

We catered to weddings, school banquets, etc. and I (

house-cleaned our local hall, organized bus trips, and visited other W.I.’s.

In the late 1960’s a number of our members retired to Neepawa, thus it was hard. for us to have meetings when our group was divided. We carried on until October, 1977, when we discontinued having our meetings on account of low attendance.

BASEBALL

In the 1900’s Eden baseball team started as the Eden Baseball Dynasty. In 1905 they won the Mountain League and the Dinwoody Cup.

From this there were many teams and players but no league until 1950 when the Neepawa and District League was formed.

In approximately 1935 W. J. McLaughlin taught school in Eden and a new area in sports began. Mr. McLaughlin with his fine coaching abilities led seniors and juniors, boys from Grade 4 and up, teaching them sound fundamental baseball techniques. It was his influence that made Eden a baseball force, one to be reckoned with for many years. Even after his death, his students carried on as players, coaches and managers. ~

In 1940 a new Eden baseball team got started when J. W. McLaughlin took three players from Mountain View. Cliff and Allan Kilburn and Harold McLaughlin; three players from Eden, Ted Smithson, Arnold Newell and r. Ken Kennedy; and three players from Arden, the ' McGorman brothers, namely, Mel, Gordon and Claire..- Bill Jackson was bat boy.