Happy 75th birthday Rotary - Estherville Rotary, that is.
In Thursday's Rotary program, George Shadle told how the Estherville Rotary was chartered March 28, 1938 with the first meeting March 25, 1938. There was a charter night celebration April 22, 1938 with over 200 attending, including Rotarians from Algona, Pocahontas, Spirit Lake, Fairmont, Minn., Humboldt, Forest City, Emmetsburg and St. James, Minn. The Algona Rotary Club sponsored the event.
Founding members included:
n G.W. Thompson, lumber yard owner and investor.
n K.J. McDonald, president of Iowa Trust Bank.
n J.P. Clark, physician and surgeon.
n Francis T. Shadle, grain elevator owner.
n Jno. E. Greig, elevator owner and farmer.
n Deemer Lee, newspaper owner.
n Forest Stith.
n Henry Mahlum, funeral home director and furniture store owner (a combination more common than not in those days, since casket manufacturers also made furniture).
n Stanley Ewen, dentist.
n John Lyman, oil jobber.
n J.W. Morse, attorney.
n N.J. Lee, judge.
n H.L. MacMillan, veterinarian.
n F.R. Everds, road construction.
n Delbert Hinsch, Emmet County State Bank.
n Hubert Schrodt.
n L.E. Stockdale, loans and investments.