Branch & Unit 85 History
LAFRA 1938-39 LAFRA 1940 Branch & Unit 85 1960s
(Excerpts transcribed from handwritten 1938-1939 Unit 85 history). In April 1938, Helen Eminger, a member of the Ladies Auxiliary Branch 21 found out through different sources that there were several eligible men and their families living in the San Gabriel Valley who were members of the Fleet Reserve Association. She was positive if there was a Valley Branch near, that most of these men would join. Helen Eminger discussed her idea with Madge Currier of Alhambra and plans were made to start a branch. With the assistance of J. A. McDonald former Sec. Of Branch 21 and M. L. Pulley, attached to the Los Angeles Recruiting Station, Mrs. Eminger secured the names and addresses of approximately 150 eligible men. She personally contacted a number of these men and received their assurance they would join if there was a branch nearby. Late in May 1938, 150 cards were sent out inviting all eligible men and families to the Eminger home at 1738 Charlotte Ave, San Gabriel for a picnic on Sunday June 5. On that occasion 78 people signed her guest book, several of whom had driven over 50 miles to be present. Mrs. Eminger had invited Officers and members from Branches 21, 39, 43. Among those present were Jesse Cowles National President FRA, Martha Stickel National President of the LA, Lieutenant Jack Kennedy USNR, and Mr. Morrison who helped organize the first Branch in Philadelphia. All these people spoke on the importance of the FRA and expressed their happiness at seeing so many present and interested in starting another branch. To Helen Eminger, therefore Branch 85 owes its existence and the Ladies Auxiliary owes a distinct debt of gratitude. Thank you Helen Eminger, for a good job well done. Mary C. Pulley, Historian August 21, 1949 Minutes of meeting. Minutes of meeting held by Branch 85 Fleet Reserve Association on Sunday August 21, 1949, Odd Fellows Hall, corner of Newmark and Ramona, Monterey Park, California. Meeting called to order by Shipmate President Sense at 1:45 pm. Meeting opened in regular order. Reports of committees made and accepted. Report of Treasurer read and all bills paid. No deferred business. Report on hospitalization. Motion made to give delegate shipmate Temple to National Convention, $50 (Annapolis, MD). After prolonged discussion it was moved that Shipmate Temple be reimbursed after convention. Shipmate Temple said this was OK and it was passed. The picnic was discussed after which the meeting adjourned and all hands went below for refreshments. Charles J.A. McDonald, Secretary
Branch & Unit 85 History
LAFRA 1938-39 LAFRA 1940
(Excerpts transcribed from handwritten 1938-1939 Unit 85 history). In April 1938, Helen Eminger, a member of the Ladies Auxiliary Branch 21 found out through different sources that there were several eligible men and their families living in the San Gabriel Valley who were members of the Fleet Reserve Association. She was positive if there was a Valley Branch near, that most of these men would join. Helen Eminger discussed her idea with Madge Currier of Alhambra and plans were made to start a branch. With the assistance of J. A. McDonald former Sec. Of Branch 21 and M. L. Pulley, attached to the Los Angeles Recruiting Station, Mrs. Eminger secured the names and addresses of approximately 150 eligible men. She personally contacted a number of these men and received their assurance they would join if there was a branch nearby. Late in May 1938, 150 cards were sent out inviting all eligible men and families to the Eminger home at 1738 Charlotte Ave, San Gabriel for a picnic on Sunday June 5. On that occasion 78 people signed her guest book, several of whom had driven over 50 miles to be present. Mrs. Eminger had invited Officers and members from Branches 21, 39, 43. Among those present were Jesse Cowles National President FRA, Martha Stickel National President of the LA, Lieutenant Jack Kennedy USNR, and Mr. Morrison who helped organize the first Branch in Philadelphia. All these people spoke on the importance of the FRA and expressed their happiness at seeing so many present and interested in starting another branch. To Helen Eminger, therefore Branch 85 owes its existence and the Ladies Auxiliary owes a distinct debt of gratitude. Thank you Helen Eminger, for a good job well done. Mary C. Pulley, Historian August 21, 1949 Minutes of meeting held by Branch 85 Fleet Reserve Association on Sunday August 21, 1949, Odd Fellows Hall, corner of Newmark and Ramona, Monterey Park, California.  Meeting called to order by Shipmate President Sense at 1:45 pm. Meeting opened in regular  order. Reports of committees made and accepted. Report of Treasurer read and all bills paid.  No deferred business. Report on hospitalization. Motion made to give delegate shipmate Temple to National Convention, $50 (Annapolis, MD). After prolonged discussion it was moved that Shipmate Temple be reimbursed after convention. Shipmate Temple said this was OK and it was passed. The picnic was discussed after which the meeting adjourned and all hands went below for refreshments. Charles J.A. McDonald, Secretary
Branch & Unit 85 1960s