The following minutes of the Wild Flower Society of Elk Run were written
by my grandmother, Mildred Mudge, from 1910 to 1912. The formality of the
notes adds to the humor of a bunch of kids having a picnic. It all sounds
The first annual picnic of the White Rose Club was held in M. A. Mudges grove called Woodland Glen on Wed. June 22, 1910.
They Gathered at the Glen at 10 o’clock.
It was a lovely day but rather warm, Mr. Mudge had made a table for the children and after the club got there they began setting it.
At about 12 o’clock they all sat down to a tempting dinner consisting of sandwiches, pickles, boiled eggs, potato salad, cake, pie, oranges, and lemonade. After dinner some of the children waded in the creek while the rest sat on the bank and watched them.
Then they all played I spy but it was too warm and they then gathered
once more around the table and ate peanuts kindly furnished by the Hulslander
At four o’clock we all went home having spent a delightful day. The next picnic will be in O. W. Smiths woods, Ivy Lodge.
Those present were Lilian Smith, Irene Smith, William Smith, Lawrence Smith, Addie Welch, Mildred Mudge, Harold Mudge, Helen Mudge, Harold Welch, Fern Hulslander, Maysel Hulslander, Eva Hulslander, Theron Hulslander, Faye Calkins.
The second annual picnic of the White Rose club or the Wild Flower society was held in O. W. Smith’s woods at Ivy Lodge on June 15, 1911.
They gathered at the Lodge at 10 o’clock.
It was a good day with the exception of a small shower soon after we reached there. We went into the stone house during the shower.
Afterwards we went over in Sperry Richmond’s field and picked strawberries. We ate lots of berries then and took some to the Lodge and had them for dinner. Mrs. Smith sent us some sugar specially to eat with them.
At 12 o’clock we spread our dinner under an elm tree and ate our dinner. We had sandwiches, potato salad, cake, Lemon pie, strawberries and lemonade.
After dinner we told each others fortunes with daisies. Then we all went for a walk in the woods. At 4 o’clock we went to Mr. Smith’s house and rested a few minutes and then we went home. The next picnic was decided to be held in H. H. Hulslanders woods, Beechwood.
Those present were Lilian Smith, Harold Mudge, Mildred Mudge, Maysel Hulslander, Rex Chamberlain, Irene Smith, Eva Hulslander, Helen Mudge, Fern Hulslander, Lawrence Smith, Theron Hulslander and William Smith
The third annual picnic of the Wild Flower society was held in H. H. Hulslander’s woods at Beechwood on Thurs. June 13, 1912.
It met at Beechwood at 10 o’clock.
It was a nice sunshiny day. We went for a walk soon after reaching there, that is the girls did. The boys put up a swing and amused themselves with that.
When we returned from our walk we laid our dinner out under a tree.
The dinner was enjoyed by all present. It consisted of sandwiches, pickles,
cake, mince pie, oranges and lemonade. Dutch cheese was kindly furnished
by Ruth Mudge. The society signed their names to a paper asking her to
make the cheese. After dinner we took another ramble and on our return
we sat under a tree and visited. At four oclock we returned to the house
feeling that we spent a happy day together. The next picnic is to be held
in a grove near Nelson Holly’s.
Those present were Lilian Smith, Marian Holly, Fern Hulslander, Mildred Mudge, Irene Smith, Margaret Holly, Maysel Hulslander, Harold Mudge, William Smith, Leonard Holly, Eva Hulslander, Helen Mudge, Laurence Smith+, Theron Hulslander.