Monday Afternoon Club met May 5 for the final meeting of the organization year. The group enjoyed a catered lunch with food and decorations in the spirit of Cinco de May. Outgoing President De Odell summarized the programs given centering on Hoosier Hodgepodge.
Kimberly Wagner gave a commentary of the history of Cinco de Mayo. Napoleon tried to establish domain in Mexico but withdrew when the United States began to help Mexico after its own Civil War. May 5 celebrates the date of a Mexican victory in 1862 with vastly fewer troops. The United States celebrates Cinco de Mayo much more than Mexico. In Mexico the stores and offices stay open for business while many communities in the United States hold festivals and parades to mark the day.
Author Eleanor Lahr spoke of her preparation in writing “Angels Along the River.” Influenced by “Follow the River” from Indiana author James Alexander Thom, Lahr decided to research the trials of Mary Draper Ingles who escaped from Shawnee Indians by following the Ohio River from Virginia to her home in Kentucky. While not athletic previously, Lahr trained for six months to build strength and endurance. She began her trek in September 1987 to walk the 500-mile journey. Carrying a blanket and hatchet, as did Mary Ingles, she walked for 43 days at she retraced the journey. Enduring blisters and broken bones, her experience was not as primitive or dangerous as Mary Ingles’ 1755 escape, still she had to contend with nature. Waiting for 25 years to publish her story, she contacted descendants of the Ingle family to share her interest in the story of their family. She met both approval and disapproval from various members and finally decided to publish as a record of her walk.
In attendance were Vicki Bubalo, Sue Colbert, Martha Corn, Helen Dashnaw, Sue Garrett, Diane Gill, Carol Gregory, Kathleen Harris, Maxine Killion, Kitty Lawson, Bonnie Miles, Betty Norris, Gayle Otsby, Jodi Parsons, Bev Summers, Sally Young, Julie Bassler, Joyce Gee, Janet Goodwin, Laurinda Walker, Pat Williamson, Mary Lou Gottwald, Mary Jane Wirts and guest Dee Wells.