The Henry County Master Gardeners’ Club meeting was called to order by president Victoria Ard at 5 p.m. on Nov. 28 at the Henry County Extension Office.

Members present also included: Jane Sinnema, Myra Sasser, Brenda Dean, Donald Dean, Kim Prowett, Judy Davis, Donna Hodge, Cynthia Summers, Paul York, Cathy Crouch, Alice French and Ranson Goodman.

Goodman asked club members to keep up with the submission of their hours rather than wait until the end of the year. He will be happy to help anyone with entering hours into the database.

Goodman stated that he will submit an article to The Post-Intelligencer to inform the community of Master Gardener classes.

Plans for the Master Gardener Christmas dinner were discussed. The party will be held on Dec. 12 at the Extension Office.

Ard mentioned that the Master Gardener day for Helping Hand will be Jan. 22. Items may be brought to the Enoch Building before 9 a.m. on the day of the event (the building opens about 7 a.m.) or the afternoon before the auction (recommend going 2:30-3 p.m.).

Additionally, items may be dropped off at the Extension Office, which will deliver them to the Enoch Building.

There will be no traditional meeting next month — rather, the club will have the Master Gardener Christmas dinner.

COLONIAL DAMES

Capt. Charles Barham Colonial Dames XVII Century Chapter held its November meeting at Tom’s Pizza and Steak House.

President Joy Bland called the meeting to order. Vice president Pat Boals gave the invocation, followed by the patriotic ritual.

Boals led a memorial service for member Josephine Murphy, who died July 25.

National defense chairman Geraldine Sykes gave a timely message on China’s role and influence in the world today.

China is building up its military forces, which is a threat to all countries in that area, as is their dependence on the crude oil and energy supplies that come through the South China Sea.

Members were reminded to look for the many items in their home that say, “Made in China.”

Susan Gould presented the program “Women of the Mayflower.” There were 102 passengers on board the Mayflower, including 56 men, 18 wives and 28 children.

The voyage was difficult, as the women had to do the regular household chores, but in a very confined area. Necessary for survival, the living arrangement became a communal method.

Cooking, housekeeping, raising children and doing laundry for the colony would fall to four women and the older girls among the children.

When the first harvest festival came, the Indian friends of the Pilgrims came bringing 91 to the feast, making a total of 140 that were fed and served for three days by four married women and five teenage girls.

The chapter’s Christmas tea will be Dec. 16.

UDC

Members of the Paris chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy heard a program titled “The Last Call,” presented by Sandra L. Paschall, at their Sept. 16 meeting at Paris city hall.

Sgt. Richard Kirkland served in Co. E., 2nd South Carolina, Kershaw’s Brigade, McLaw’s Division, Longstreet’s Corps.

After the Battle on Marye’s Heights near Fredericksburg, Va., Kirkland could not sleep that night. The battle was fierce and long.

The sounds coming from the field where the federal soldiers fell were weird and terrible, mainly cries of “Water! Water!”

Pleas for help, prayers, curses, names of loved ones and more continued throughout the night.

When daylight came, 19-year-old Kirkland requested permission from Gen. Joseph B. Kershaw to give water to the wounded men.

Kershaw reminded him of the risks, but allowed him to go.

Throughout that December day, Kirkland made repeated trips to give water to federal soldiers who were no longer his enemies. They were human beings suffering alone on the cold ground.

Kirkland died a year later at Chickamauga during a desperate charge of Longstreet’s veterans.

In other club news:

• Susan Pemberton presented portions of the historian general’s program, “Formation of the Confederate Navy.”

• David Ellison of Fort Heiman SCV Camp 1834 presented a medal of appreciation, certificate, letter and scrapbook to Julie Wilson.

• Stephanie Tayloe, Henry County archivist, told the club that 300 books of Virginia and North Carolina history were donated to the Henry County Genealogy Library.

• Plans for the division convention to be held Oct. 13-14, 2018, at Paris Landing State Park were discussed.

A full-page ad listing the current members and their ancestors will be placed in the convention program.

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