MINOT – The Minot Historical Society met May 10 at the Minot Town Office when the speaker was Wilma Irish, who appeared in costume as “Mercy Lovejoy.”

Mercy Lovejoy, after the loss of her husband, was sent to the “town farm” with her children. Irish spoke of some comical situations and happenings at the town farm and involved society members in her talk.

She spoke of the year 1816 when there was not much summer and everything that was being raised for food froze in the gardens. It created a situation where all families were short of food and if a chicken was missing, a neighbor would be accused of the theft even if not guilty.

Irish also described an old-time home funeral, which was usually held in the front parlor of a home.

In other business, the society is working on a policy for the videos which it is making of people who can relate town history. A request was made for the society to purchase a flag. Larry Fields will see about getting one donated or purchased. Photos donated by the Poland Historical Society were accepted. Barbara Driscoll also donated newspaper clippings.

There was more planning for the July 16 public supper to be held at the West Minot Grange Hall from 4:30 to 6 p.m. as a fund-raiser for the society. Roast pork will be served.

The 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 14, meeting will be at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Lodge in West Minot. A tour of their flower garden and seeing his train display will be the program. Everyone is encouraged to bring lawn chairs, and refreshments will follow the meeting. Everyone is invited.

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