Article Image Alt Text

Friendly neighbors create an enduring recipe for a long history

Following the end of World War II, the sons of the Iona farmers returned home to take over the family farms. Some brought home wives from other states such as Texas, Tennessee, and Indiana, and some found wives from the nearby area.

Time to socialize with neighbors was limited to times when farming wasn’t too busy. The resourceful wives, however, found other opportunities to connect and become acquainted. In 1949, a few women decided that a club was the solution and scheduled an organizational meeting. Sixteen ladies arrived at that first meeting, and the Friendly Neighbors Club was born.

Now 70 years old, the club is still going strong. Through the years, members have moved, some have passed away, and new ones have joined, but the fellowship has continued through it all.

They decided not to become affiliated with any county or state organizations and made their own decisions about what they would do and how they would organize their group. Three of those original members are still alive -- Lillian Lane, Inez Kenzy, and Pat Kenzy.


To read more please log in or subscribe to the digital edition


Ainsworth Star-Journal

921 E. 4th St.
P.O. Box 145
Ainsworth, NE 69210
PH: (402) 387-2844
FAX: (402) 387-1234

Valentine Midland News

146 W. 2nd St.
P.O. Box 448
Valentine, NE 69201
PH: (402) 376-2833
FAX: (402) 376-1946

Gregory Times-Advocate

119 E. 7th St.
P.O. Box 378
Gregory, SD 57533
PH: (605) 835-8089
FAX: (605) 835-8467