The Crystallization of a Dream
Realizing the necessity of a home for the clubwomen of Navarro County, Mrs. W. Kirke Steele called a representative group of clubwomen to her home in May 1937, and launched a discussion of the subject which had been a dream of local women for more than half a century. Within a short time, the home of the late Mrs. H.E. Kinsloe, pioneer citizen of Corsicana, was presented to the local Club House Association as a permanent home by the devoted granddaughter, Mrs. Edward W. Kelly of Houston. Mrs. R.L. Hamilton wrote the letter that resulted in Mrs. Kelley’s gift to the club women of Navarro County.
Appreciative of the generosity of Mrs. Kelley, Corsicana clubwomen immediately planned a campaign for memberships for Kinsloe House. The proceeds were used to remodel and equip the club house as a cultural center of community life.
At this time the Association has a membership of approximately 250 members and ten affiliated organizations. Thus, today the dream of Corsicana clubwomen is a glowing reality as Kinsloe House, with its varied and interesting program, continues to take its place in the cultural life of the community.
By Mrs. Lynne A. Wortham