Collection: Helen Weir
Scanned by Alice Walter
Charter Members of the Happy Hooking Club
Organized on April 12, 1940
Left to Right: Gracia Judkins, Buna Cooper, Evelyn Weir, Mary Andrews, Ruby Woodyard, Julia Mae Green, and Lenore Doyle.
Known at first as the “Happy Hookers”, they changed their name later to the Hoxie Hooking Club for obvious reasons.
The Hoxie Hooking Club was active from 1940 – 1988.
In the late 1930’s there was a Methodist Minister named Harry King. His wife designed and hooked rugs. She belonged to two rug making clubs. One was in Batesville and the other in Jonesboro. She was instrumental in teaching some of the ladies in Hoxie how to hook.
Although Mrs. King was never a member of the “Happy Hookers” she was their inspiration. There were seven original Hookers, pictured above.
Some time later, they enrolled five other members to increase their total to twelve. They wanted to have their meetings once a month. Each member drew a month at the last meeting of the year and they were responsible for having the meeting at their home. Some months were designated as special and there would be pot luck dinners on those months. Dessert and coffee, tea, or soft drinks were served at other times and any new hooked items were displayed.
Other members through the years 1940 – 1988 included:
Nita Allen, Retha Campbell, Lorene Case, Frances Cossil, Winnie Cato, Isobel Cochran, Lanita Dickerson, Lovis Downing, Strawdie French, Joann Gardner, Jean Gleghorn, Elsie Glover, Shine Goodrum, Joyce Green, Edna Haley, Inez Harris, Bertha Hefley, Hazel Howell, Mary Hutton, Helen Jackson, Kathryn Lady, Willie Lawson, Virginia Madsen, Margie Mills, Nina Pennington, Nancy Phillips, Exa Recker, Imogene Riggs, Lou Saunders, Idonna Sorrell, Hyacinth Tabor, Lorene Taylor, Alice Walter, Edith Sue Warden, Blanche Weir, Edna Rose Weir, Helen Weir, Marie Weir, Hazel Whisler, and Selma Woods.
At Maxine Bracy’s estate sale in Walnut Ridge a few years back, Lesa and I purchased a hooked rug by charter member Buna Cooper that was given to Mrs Bracy by Helen Weir. We have it displayed in our family room.