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As It Was: Oregon South Coast Women Enjoy Lunch, Circa 1924

Here’s a glimpse into life, circa 1924, on the Southern Oregon Coast:

The setting is a reception and lunch in March 1924 hosted by the Women’s Club of Langlois, Ore., for visitors from the nearby Port Orford Civic Improvement and Ladies Aid clubs.

Nearly 30 Port Orford guests arrive, take their seats inside a banquet hall decorated in spring-time green, yellow, and white.  Bouquets of daffodils and narcissus line the tables together with yellow crepe paper flowers filled with limes and mints.  Each place setting has a tiny, handmade booklet with a joke or funny story inside, which members shared among themselves.

The lunch consists of roast chicken with dressing, mashed potatoes, and gravy, a Waldorf salad, olives and pickles, followed by coffee and delightful cakes.

Speakers focus on work being done by different women’s clubs of Portland, Salem, and other cities of Oregon, followed by great applause.

The women then jokingly learn to sing in the Siamese language and play charades.

The visitors depart about 4 o’clock, enthusiastically expressing appreciation for the afternoon so filled with liberality and kindness.

Source: "Reception and Luncheon at Langlois." Curry County Reporter, 27 Mar. 1924, p. 1

Laurel earned a Bachelor’s degree in Geography from Humboldt State. Her research efforts as a volunteer for the Curry Historical Society produced numerous newsletter articles and exhibits and earned her a reputation as a seasoned local history buff. Laurel is the author of "Renderings from the Gold Beach Pioneer Cemetery", a 50-page booklet containing a walking tour and snippets about the lives and times of folks buried there. She is also a contributing writer to Oregon Coast Magazine.