Lillie (Mrs. Sam W.) Rankin Administration
CORPUS CHRISTI TIMES,
Tuesday, Dec. 13, 1949
By MAURINE EASTUS
Times Women’s Editor
The warmth, friendliness and
traditions of Christmas were combined as Mrs. Sam Rankin, one of Corpus
Christi’s oldest native daughters, entertained with the annual Christmas
dinner for the Woman’s Monday Club last night in the Terrace Room of the
Robert Driscoll Hotel.
The Monday Club was organized in
1897. None of the chapter members remain on the rolls, but there are
numerous members from the early years, and now daughters of members are
carrying on the tradition of a club which helped pattern the Texas
Federation of Women’s Clubs.
Someone laughingly remarked last
night “Everything the Monday Club does grows to be a tradition.” The
daughters carrying on for their mothers is one of these traditions. Mrs.
French Smith, this year’s president, is the daughter of Mrs. A. M. French,
who lacks only from February 14, the club’s birthday, until July, being a
charter member. She was unable to be present.
For Mrs. Rankin’s dinner party last
night, the Terrace Room had been arranged as both dining room and drawing
room. As the hostess greeted her guests, she was wearing two corsages, one
an orchid on her shoulder, and the other a coronet of orchid blooms and
silver ribbons fastened at the back of her head, above the combs with which
she draws her silver hair back quite smooth. Both corsages were gifts, and
Mrs. Rankin couldn’t decide which, so she wore both.
Source: Woman's Monday
Club 1897-1949 Scrapbook #1, p.25