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Monday, March 5, 2018

What was the Occasion for this 1957 Dress Up Day? End of WCTU Era at SLI?

The article below, "S/L Assembly and W.C.T.U. Worked Hand-in-Hand in Temperance Training..." raises a question in the comment section at the close of the article. Nancy Sellar wants to know, as do I, if we know the date that the W.C.T.U. building became Stoody Chapel? My research had only revealed that the W.C.T.U. lasted into the 1950s, though at a vastly reduced presence. The photo above, shows us that it was "Stoody Chapel" by 1957 and raises the question of whether or not the occasion for the period dress worn by those in this photo was the occasion for officially declaring the W.C.T.U. building as Stoody Chapel? By extension, the next logical question is about the date the Chapel became the John Stoody Memorial Hall? 

Would you like to know who these people are? See the comment section below where Jack Small does a yeoman's job of identifying them.


  1. I am intrigued by the new picture just posted from 1957. The lady in the front row with the flower in her hair was Kitty Stackhouse, and her husband, Rev Willis Stackhouse I believe was in the left side back row. They lived in the house directly south of Doug & Nancy Wilson's. Kitty was a beloved figure in the institute, & quite a character. She is the only person who would drive across the legal road but really a dirt path from their home across the back of our property and down another road on the map only beside our cottage, It used to drive my father crazy (she was not a slow driver!). The lady in the 2nd row with the white dress and dark vest was Ruth Booth. Ruth lived with Walter Ward & his wife at Janes & Genesee. She was the housekeeper but had some relationship to Mrs Ward, possibly sister or cousin. She did a lot of secretarial work for the institute. And in accordance with our conversation last week, I remember when my older son was little, I asked Ruth if I could show him the playhouse. She graciously got the keys and gave Jeff a tour. She outlived both Wards, and lived there alone for a few years. She too was a dear lady. The lady next to her was Gladys Dailey. Gladys was a soloist at Epworth for years, and was our next door neighbor for years in that run down place that is right next to Chapman, but really back from Janes. The elderly lady next to her looks familiar, but I can't put a name to her. I have sent an email to Nancy Sellar for her interpretation of this. The girl at the end of the first row - I wonder if it could possibly be Joanne Brocklehurst. She is younger than me, & I was 18 in 1957. Her mother, Edith was organist at Epworth, so it could be her.

    1. Thank you so much for sharing your vast memories of the folks who made up the Silver Lake Institute throughout the years.

  2. Thanks, Jo, for your valuable input into the historical record of SLI.