The Kinnikinnick is our club flower.
Only to women who have spent long winters in the high country can come the realization of what those snowy months can mean, especially to mothers shut in by four walls with little children.
There were dances; it is true; but no daytime recreation. Before the coming of powerful machinery, roads were not plowed out as they are now; horse-drawn sleighs broke out their own roads. There were few telephones; no movies; no radio; no television. Was it any wonder that neighbors sometimes got to imagining things about one another? Once in a while things got so bad they didn’t speak.
Cabin fever, some people called it. Before spring snows were melted and the first anemones peeked through, most of the women felt at least a little bit depressed. Day and night, sometimes, snow would fall for nearly a month. Often this meant solitude, sometimes great loneliness. Summer visitors can have little conception of it.
Sensing this atmosphere one year, Mrs. Mary E. Lyons felt that something should be done about it. With this in mind she got a group of women together at the home of Mary Lyons Cairns, and in September, 1912, formed the first Woman’s Club at Grand Lake.
The real need was to promote a friendly social relationship; and with the forming of the club this need began to be fulfilled. For more information and the full history, please visit the Grand Lake Historical Site