Travelers Club, a Faribault Institution: From Rememberings of an 83- Year Old Grandma, By Margaret G Weaver AKA Peg Weaver, p 61-62 "Pete and I were invited to join Travelers' Club, an old, prestigious Faribault organization of about thirty members, mostly couples. Traditionally the heads of the Episcopal and the State Schools were members. Dinner was followed by one or two members presenting papers on assigned topics or a musical program. The gala Christmas banquet was always held at one of the Episcopal schools with a musical program in which I often participated. One year I presented several solos, one with a cello obbligato which I had composed, including a few double stops, for a French art song, Cher Nuit by Bachelet. Doug Lyle, the string instrumental instructor in the Faribault Schools, played the cello.
The members of Travelers' Club with larger houses were selected for meeting places, which made ours a prime candidate. When we first belonged, the host and hostess entertained by themselves, which was no small task, having thirty people for a rather elaborate dinner, no casseroles or simple food. Later when two couples hosted, we entertained with the Agerters, the Craigs (until they moved to San Antonio, Texas), the Hultquists (until they moved to Anoka). At our house, Tom, at about age four, pointing to Reg Kramer, exclaimed in rather a loud voice, "Oh, you're bald." Not cracking a smile, Reg ignored the remark. I really didn't enjoy this entertaining and did not see the necessity of having a dinner precede the presentation of papers. Frequently after meetings at our house, some of our close friends, such as, the Craigs, Silvi, Hultquists, Martha Robbins, Mary Horstman, would stay for drinks. One time a phone call from Dagmar Engberg inquired if I might have found her teeth! She explained that she had removed her upper plate and wrapped it in Kleenex, but had not found it when she returned home. Would I please look for it. So all of us hysterically searched the waste baskets, and what-not. No teeth. The following morning Dagmar called that she had found them. After a Christmas meeting at Mary Horstman's, Ed Silvis, who was then a new member and was rather easily embarrassed, referred to Basil Rathbone as "Rasil Bathbone".When we belonged to Travelers', the members included (as best as I can recall): Shattuck faculty - Jean and Nuba Pletcher, Mary and Richard Kingham, Frances and Brad Craig, Peggy and Ken Agerter, Reg and Ethel Kramer; St. Mary's faculty - Maggie Robertson, Martha Robbins after Maggie Robertson resigned as Headmistress to many; St. James faculty - Mary Horstman; State School and Colony - Ed and Dagmar Engberg, Eva and Heinz Bruhl; State School for the Deaf - Dorothy and Howard Quigley: Superintendent, Faribault Public Schools - Laura and Willard Cross - Superintendent of the Faribault Public Schools, Lillian and Bob Norman, after Willard Cross resigned; Bern and John Foster, Fan and Ben Cowperthwait, Effie Haessley, Helen and Wayne Hultquist, Isabella and Rod Kiekenapp, Mary and Wayne VanKirk, Marge and Ed Silvis, Rita and Burt Orr. "
Recently I discovered some Photographic slides from 1968, labeled by my mom, #4213 "Family and Friends, Travelers Club Lavender Inn, March '68 Reg Kramer, Burt Orr, Izz Kiekenapp, Barbara Kinney, Bob Reed, Peg (Weaver). Rod Kiekenapp.
1967 Slide #4213, with back row facing, Reg Kramer, Burt Orr (back to camera), Isabell "Izz"Kiekenapp, Barbara Kinney (back to camera), Bob Reed with glasses, Rod Kiekenapp, (back to camera) and Peg Weaver. I think the man in the foreground is Dr Heinz Bruhl.
1967 Slide #4214, Behind (as above) Reg Kramer, Barbara Kinney (back to camera), Izz Kiekenapp, Rod Kiekenapp (back to camera) Bob Reed standing, brown jacket?, Peg Weaver, and in front labeled by Peg Weaver "Bob Speckhals, Mrs Martin (Beryl Martin, Judge Martin's wife) , and EJ Engberg.By Paul H Weaver
1967 Slide #4215 Burt Orr in front, in back Eva Bruhl, Stu Kinney (standing) and Helen Reed, Also in front on right, Barbara Kinney in blue plaid, and Rod Kiekenapp.