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TitleProgressive Club
DescriptionPages of notes taken by Knox College Professor of Sociology, J. Howell Atwood from an interview with Mrs. Eva Solomon. These notes detail the history and activities of the Progressive Club, a service and social group of African American women in Galesburg, Illinois. A list of club members is given. Atwood conducted extensive research from 1930-1960 about the Galesburg African American community.
Subject (LCSH)African American women -- Societies and clubs; National Association of Colored Women;
Named PersonSolomon, Eva; Green, Bertha; Booker, Dayse; Christberg, Mary; Carter, Emma; Nyphone, Helen;
CreatorAtwood, Jesse Howell;
IdentifierJ. Howell Atwood Manuscript Collection (box 8)
CollectionStruggle and Progress-African Americans in Knox County, Illinois (Knox College)
Date Digital2010-04-23
TranscriptMrs. Eva Solomon (1)
The Progressive Club

Org. as the Woman's Improve-
ment Club by Dayse Booker
at the house of Mary Christberg
Nov. 7, 1909. Membership of
24 married women -- 12 fr.
Baptist Ch. & 12 fr. the Allen
M.E. Miss Emma Carter
served as 1st Pres. In Sept. 1915
it changed its name to Progressive
Women's Club. Owing to the
org. of other churches here they
removed the denominational
limits in the by-laws.
Object was study & social
uplift. Individual & comm-
unity service.
Motto: "Do unto other as you would
have them do unto you"
Colors white & gold.

Progressive Club (2)

Opened a reading room for men
& boys at 10 Pub. Sq. 2nd floor
in the spring of 1910.

Mothers Day is their church
day - take charge of the evening
Given largely to the support of
Allen of Chapel & the new parson-
age (begun in 1934). Gave money
for the nails. Took over responsibility
for a debt in parsonage for over
$150. Placed Helen Nyphone
in the school for the dumb at
Jacksonville in 1927. In 1916
there were 2 col. men who died
here who were buried at public
expense without any respect. Since
then 9 homeless persons who died here
[characters "are" crossed out] have recieved Xth burial
because of the club's work. In one

Progressive (3)

case we got in touch with a
man's brother who came to get
the body.
A circus left a fellow here in
the hospital. He died & we provided
a complete funeral for him. We
look up his people if possible.
Furnish Bible & tobacco for hospital
patients. We see that transporta-
tion is provided [characters "for" crossed out] where that is
needed. In one case we had to
go to Mayor Murceu[?] to get a death
certificate for one man. He was
reported to have had an abnormally
small stomach & suspected that
the doctor wanted to send the body
to Chicago for study. The clock
in Allen Chapel & the large Bible
were gifts fr. the club. They
held membership in the Nat'l
Assn. of Colored Women for years
until the basis of membership
was changed. [characters "Then" crossed out] also off.
with Ill. Fed. of Col. Women

Progressive (4)

and were charter members of
the Dist. Assn. of Colored
Women. This they entertained
in Mar. 1921, & in 1928.
Won a prize in Monmouth for
an antique exhibit - 120 years old.
Rec'd the loving cup given at
Quincy in 1935 for raising the most money
for the meeting[?] of the minutes [characters "of the" crossed out] Dist. 2nd
place in contest in Springfield
in 1936 for the best essay on the
Constitution of the United States
also the New Deal. Always
been rep. at the Dist. State &
Nat'l conventions. [illegible characters crossed out]
All important offices of the Dist have
been held at some time by local
members. State offices have been
held several times.
The reading room was kept
open for 18 months. It was used some
but the use hardly justified its
being kept open. This put us in debt.

And the debt caused a
loss of members. Then [characters "we" crossed out] was the
time the Bapt. Ch. was being
remodeled & their members
naturally felt that they owed
their support to this program.
So we reorganized in 1915.
[characters "about" crossed out] Later about 1919 we put
the membership limit at 15.
We have since lost several
by death. Now there are
10 -- all members of Allen --
church officers & interested
in the church.
Mrs. Annetta Huff Pres.
Elizabeth Rogers Vice P.
Mollie Crew Treas.
Alberta Green
Alberta Allen
Mary Lyons
Sadalia Lewis
Margaret Lyons
Hattie Milburn
Sophronia Brown
Eva Solomon

Progressive (6)

We have a Junior dept. org.
July 10, 1935 with 11 girls as
members. Work & Play is the
object. Held membership in
the Cont'l Dist. Assn. of Col.
Pres. Amanda Belle Brown
V.P. Ella May Crozier
Secy. Violet Fleming
Treas.Louise Welcome[?]
Mary Brown
Martie [Brown]
Margaret [Brown]
Dorothy Butler
Katherine Williams
Sylvia Smith
Herline Campbell

Mrs. Eva Solomon is
supervisor & Bertha green
is asst. supervisor.
Physical Descriptionhandwritten on 8.5 x 5.25 (half) sheet
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