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Monday, November 7, 2016

THE VERY BEGINNING IN THE FIFTIES

A BRIEF HISTORY OF 
THE MISSOULA UU FELLOWSHIP

A group of Missoula women met during the Fifties to organize a UU Fellowship.  After a number of false starts, the group finally got the venture off the ground.  Earlier there were no children and they seemed to need this cement.  Each asked one other person, to bring in newcomers.

They met at the house of Katharine Jones in early November of 1961.  Mrs. Jones was a long-time member of the Church of the Larger Fellowship.

The group included, in addition to Katherine,
Pat Gannett (now Pat Taber)
Joan Christopherson
Ada Feldman
Marilyn Rusoff

The group met at Katherine’s home twice.  A few new women attended the second meeting.  (Lois Abbott, Mrs. Alf, and Vernie Linn).  Then they decided women can’t do it alone so they invited the men to join them.  The third meeting was held at Mrs. Alf’s home and was attended by the Rushes and Hughes from Hamilton and the Logans from Charlo.

In the spring of 1962 the group started meeting at the YWCA on Orange and 4th.  In the fall of 1965 they acquired the Fiedler house.

Dick Gannett was the first Chairman.  Lois Abbott was one of the early Chairpersons.  Also Bob Martin.  Other names were Leo, Mel, Ray, Mary Taylor, Len Porter, Rush Boehlmer.



(The author of these notes did not sign the document.)

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