Brainiac knows it’s not usually considered polite to ask a lady her age but when she comes right out and tells you? Well, that’s OK, isn’t it?
We’ve been a fan from afar of the Barber City Women’s Club since first spotting it years ago on Rancho Road in Westminster. The small house that belongs to the club looked so old-fashioned, and the idea of local women’s clubs, which flourished in communities everywhere for decades in the 1900s before shrinking in more recent years, seemed like such a warm throwback to a simpler time.
So, of course, we wanted to help spread the word about the Barber City Women’s Club turning the Big 9-0 once we learned about it from Brainiac reader and club member Karen Collacott a few days ago.
“We are celebrating our 90th anniversary this month with an open house on Sunday, September 17, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.,” Collacott wrote in an email. “The public is welcome, free of charge. We will serve light refreshments and have lots of fun things to look at.
“We will have examples of what we do, the charities we support, a little about our history and the beginnings of Barber City and how it has developed,” she continued. “The charming ladies of our women’s club will be on hand to answer questions and share stories.
“If you could put a word in your paper to invite the public to come, that would be awesome! In that way, we can reach out to those who may need us.”
We could, and would be more than happy to do so – you’ll find the event and the club at 14046 Rancho Rd. in Westminster – but we also managed to chat with Collacott on the phone this week and find out a little bit more about the history of the club.
It got its start in 1927, of course, when Barber City was a small agricultural community, harvesting mostly lima beans and alfalfa, with dirt streets and one major intersection. The Barber City Women’s Improvement Club was founded to make it a bit more civilized, and set about getting electricity and water and eventually paved streets provided for its residents, Collacott says.
“So finally they were feeling civilized and after a few years they decided, ‘Hey, we need a club house!’” she says. The dues…