Dover women form helping societies

Dover women formed the North Ridge Thimble Society to raise funds for the Lewis District School on Detroit Road.

The women of Dover have a rich history of serving others. 1885 was the beginning of the North Ridge Thimble Society. They would sew, but they also held bazaars as fundraisers for the Lewis District School on Detroit Road.

In 1899, The Helping Society was formed. As the name implies, they were in the business of helping others in need. By 1905 they bought land and a building was erected on Center Ridge Road. This ladies' organization played an important role in the life of many.

They visited the homes of those who were ill and assisted the family with household chores, clothing and food. Fundraising during this time was mainly done by putting on plays and later card parties, style shows and bazaars.

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Volume 3, Issue 11, Posted 3:23 PM, 06.01.2011