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100 years of Presbyterian Women


Spirit Lake Presbyterian Church Worship Service Sunday at 10:30 a.m. FM Radio 88.1, Live Facebook. Sunday School at 9:30 a.m. All welcome. Pastor Dick Poppen speaks on KWAT radio Sunday at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday Youth Group from 6 to 8 p.m. as weather permits.

Visiting Cork and Illdena on Saturday were Dorothy Haug, Willow Lake, Kathy Murray, De Smet, and Duane and Doris Poppen from Aberdeen.

a farewell to spirit lake presbyterian women

The Spirit Lake Ladies Aid began October 1922 at the home of Tillie Poppen. The charter members were Mrs. Ralph Uphoff, Mrs. Elsie Sprang, Helen Sprang, Mrs. Tillie Poppen, Mrs. John Sprang, Mrs. Albert Wubbena, Mrs. Elso Sprang, Mrs. Folkert Poppen, Mrs. Adam Poppen, Mrs. Otto Poppen, Grandma Russell, Mrs. Anton Poppen, Mrs. Roy Russell and Mrs. Henry Hendricks.

The members met in their homes, and over the years the organization furnished for needs of the church and parsonage, Sunday School, many missions and needs throughout the area and beyond.

Dues were $1.20 a year and still remained the cost to the end.

Spirit Lake Women were well known for their annual chicken supper each fall. Many years ago, one was even held in a tent. The cost for the chicken supper that first year in 1936 for an adult was 35 cents, and children ate for 15 cents, which of course has changed over the years and prices rose.

The group purchased 100 chickens, 200 pounds of potatoes, 15 gallons of beans and made 75 pies (apple and pumpkin), along with salad, buns and more.

A bake sale was also added, featuring home-made items.

An addition to the church was made in 1979. The aid contacted the famous “Gospel Four” of De Smet to provide music for those attending the supper. About 500 people attended the supper that year, and with other donations and funding for the new addition, it was well on its way.

Over the years the name changed to Presbyterian Women. They still served the Greater Presbyterian Women’s Organization, mission pledges, needs of the church, funerals and other needs in the area.

Funding came from chicken suppers, farm sale lunches, greeting cards and donations.

Today, only five members exist... Marian Cramer, Linda Poppen, Margaret Kinder, Dianne Larson and Illdena Poppen.

Due to lack of ability to meet, as members have aged and are unable to attend the meeting, along with the decrease and lack of funds, a decision was made to discontinue the organization.

The remainder of the funds was made to the yearly donation to Presbyterian Mission and the Spirit Lake Church.

It is with great regret that I, Illdena Poppen as president and treasurer, Linda Poppen as secretary and others say goodbye to this long and lasting organization.


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