WEST WIMMERA MAIL - March 20, 1914
MEMORIES OF THE PAST. GYMBOWEN AND WEST WIMMERA PIONEERS SOCIAL
One of the most successful social functions yet held in Gymbowen took place in the Mechanics Hall on Wednesday, 11th instant, in the form of a pioneers' social. Although steady rain set in at 5.30 over 200 persons attended and without doubt 50 or more folk were deterred by the rain. Sociability was a marked feature from the start to the finish. The committee and especially the president (Mr. A. RICHARDS) and the secretary (Mr. F. MUEGEL) deserve the greatest praise possible in the way in which the arrangements were carried out. It is hoped that this movement will become an annual affair, for the more we of the present generation reflect, the greater should be our respect for the men who fought their way into the heart of Australia and opened up our country. Probably we will never know the extreme hardships they suffered.
Some of the oldest inhabitants present were Mrs. RYAN, 76 years ; Mr. W.A. ROBINSON, 84 ; and Mr. Thos. LEAR, 86. At six o'clock in the supper room of the institute, a nicely prepared dinner was partaken of by all present. The ladies of Gymbowen district had spared no time or trouble to complete the catering arrangements. At 7.30 the hall was packed to receive the evening part of the entertainment.
Mr. A. RICHARDS, in occupying the chair, said it was a pleasure to preside at such a social gathering. As there was a long program, he would commence at once by reading apologies from the following :-- Mrs. KEEPING, snr. ; Messrs. J.C. HAMILTON, J. SUDHOLZ, J. McCLURE,
A. COMPSTON, S.G. KNIGHT, W. McBEAN, A. RODGERS (member for Wannon), and J. THOMPSON (member for Dundas).
Overture, pianoforte duet, Misses S. RICHARDS and M. McCARTHY. Humorous recitation Mr. A. SCHINCKEL.
Mr. R.G. McCLURE said he had much pleasure in being with Gymbowen folk once again. He could speak of as far back as 1874. The older he got, the more respect he had for the sterling value of a generation almost gone. Many of his old friends had crossed the bar, but it did not alter the fact that they were the men of the right calibre. He was sure there was still plenty of pioneering work to be done by the rising generation.