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January 9, 2012

January 9, 1900

The Poultry Monthly issues, collected in a Volume 23, and published in Albany, New York, had several interesting items, in 1901. There was an advertisement for a cat show:

The Wellesley Club of Rochester, N. Y., will hold a cat show, January 8, 9 and 10. There are 53 classes for different colors and breeds. First prize, $4; 2nd prize, $2, besides eight B. C. C. medals and numerous specials. The object of this show is to raise money for a charitable purpose, and the profits of the show will go to that object. It is hoped it will be well supported. Mr. E. N. Barker, Albany, N. Y., will judge all classes.

and there was a notice posted by an "educated woman," for employment. Her current situation and the desired position were described thusly:

[She has] excellent recommendations as to character and capability, of wide experience in various lines of work. She is capable of managing a household without supervision, of acting as seamstress, doing clerical work, etc., and wishes to locate on an up-to-date poultry farm of good capacity, in order to get an insight into the work as a whole. She is willing to help wherever needed, asking only moderate compensation with a home for her four-year-old girl, among refined people. It is significant that she looks towards poultry keeping as a permanent business, a means of making a home and earning a livelihood. Any one interested, who can give good references, and means business, can learn further particulars by addressing the Editor.

And, this notice about cat club officers being elected. I include it, not just because of the historical interest since cat clubs were new, in the early 20th century, but because of the description here of what were conceived then, as the job of a cat club.

The second annual meeting of the Beresford Cat Club was held at the club rooms March 30, and the following officers were elected:
President, Mrs. Clinton Locke; first vice president, Mrs Charles Hampton Lane; second vice president, Mrs. P. A. Howe; recording secretary, Miss Lucy Johnston; corresponding secretary, Mrs. Albert E. Michelson; treasurer, Mrs. Edward Tolman; board of directors, Mrs. J. H. Pratt, Mrs M. Fisk-Green, Miss L. L. Fergus, Mrs. B. P. Robinson and Mrs. Vincent E. Gregg. The treasurer's report showed money received from all sources. $1,714.53; money disbursed, $1,114.38, leaving a balance in the treasury of $600.15. iiie club is free from all debt. The membership numbers nearly 300, over 100 of whom are non-resident members in all parts of the United States, Canada and Mexico. The club has taken up the humane side of the work and nominated Mrs. M.Fisk-Green, assisted by Miss Bessie Saul and Miss Edytha Gregg, whose duties will be to find homes for homeless cats, and to dispose of such as are sick and maimed.
The new officers may certainly be dubbed a corps of workers. The stud book Is the largest in America and bids fair to be a good-sized book of useful and necessary information to a breeder. We find the first volume a great help and shall welcome another.

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