Yelm Book Club Celebrates 100 Years


Betty Wilcox, one of the founders of Wilcox Farms, started a book club with friends and neighbors in Yelm in 1921.  In those years before televisions, books were very important to people. Wilcox, an avid reader, thought it was very important for people to share good books they had read.

The group would meet in member’s homes and members would take turns giving a review of a good book they had read.

The club has continued through the years with some of the members being three generations from the original members. The book club still uses the same format and every year prior to Christmas a luncheon is held.

This year, on Wednesday, Dec. 15, a 100-year celebration was held in Judson and Betty Wilcox’s home, which is now a museum. In all, 14 members attended the event.

Susan Wilcox and Myrna Weston organized the celebration with readings from several books on the early days of the Wilcox Farm by Betty Wilcox’s granddaughter Virginia Beekman, and Beth and Kathy Wilcox.

They all hope the book club will continue for another 100 years.


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