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Pleasant Valley Literary and Debate Society

Cindy Lee Gettle has in her possession a composition book with the minutes of the Pleasant Valley Literary and Debate Society from 1912. The composition book is in poor condition as the pages were damaged when someone laminated some of the pages. The book belonged to her great grandmother, Flora Mae Williams Reedy. She has generously donated her transcription of the book.


? represent words that I can not make out.
spelling is as in the book

Pleasant Valley Debating Society Jan 19, 1912 for the purpose of electing officers. House called to order by Ben Fairless after which the following officers were elected.
Ben Fairless, Pres.
John Bolten, Vice Pres.
Flora Williams, Sec.
Minnie Houx, Ass. Sec,
Charles Lewis, Treas.
Mrs. Jim Lewis ?
The following committee were appointed by Pres:- Program Co? 
Ruby Williams 
Bulah Lewis
Ethel Snider
Alice Reedy in pencil and has Mineral Wells Texas below her name
Minnie Houx constitution + by law ?
Mr. Snider
Mr. Adkins
W. A. Jordon
Charlcie Harrington, journalist

No further business came before the house ? and second was made to adjourn Society to meet again Feb 2, 1912
Ben Fairless Pres
Minnie Houx, Ass. Sec
Negro Poter by Charlie Lewis
Sixteen by Annie Gill
Kentucky Watermelon by Lawrence Lewis and Keling?
Jordon/Bill Nie? on horn.
Journalist by Charlcie Harrington
Negro School by John Bolton

Febuary 16, 1912 Pleasant Valley Debate Society met Friday night Feb 2, 1912. with a large number of members present. The society was also well pleased to see so many visitors. Membership was offered to any one who might wish to join the society and four new member were enrolled. The program was successfully carried out. The journal was real in good, different members of the society sending them in. The subject resolved that women should have equal rights with men. Good talks were made on both sides. The judge sent in their decisions in favor of the affirmative. The subject for the next debate was chosen and the debaters were appointed by the president. The critics report was of the critics absence. No business matters to come before the house motion + second was made to adjourn, society to meet again Friday night, Febuary 16, 1912
Ben Fairless Pres
Minnie Houx Sec.

March 15, 1912 Pleasant Valley Literary and Debate Society met March 1, 1912 with a large number of members present. Also was pleased to see such nice jolly crowd present. Membership was offered to any one who wanted to join the happy band afterward receiving 8 new members. The journalist report was not heard because of her absents. The critics passed menny nice compliments on the program and made a nice talk to the boys. No father business to tend to the motion was made and seconded to adjourn. The society to meet again March 15, 1912.
Ben Fairless Pres.
Flora Williams Sec.


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