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Candids from Questers fall conference

FOUR PRESIDENTS — Local Questers Chapters De-He-Wa-Mis, Edwin M. Stanton and Bezaleel Wells served as hosts of the Ohio Questers Fall Conference held Oct. 10-11 in Steubenville. Participants included, from left, Becky Swickard, Edwin M. Stanton Chapter president and conference chair; Mary Jane Ighnat, De-He-Wa-Mis Chapter president; Ohio Questers President Jennie Lyons; and Eileen Krupinski, Bezaleel Wells Chapter president and “First Ladies” program presenter at the Oct. 10 reception. -- Janice Kiaski

STEUBENVILLE — “Let Ohio Women Vote” was the message on the program cover for the Ohio Fall Conference of Questers held Oct. 10-11 in Steubenville with three Jefferson County chapters of Questers serving as hosts.

Those chapters and their presidents are the Edwin M. Stanton Chapter No. 1412, Becky Swickard, conference chair; De-He-Wa-Mis Chapter No. 479, Mary Jane Ighnat; and the Bezaleel Wells Chapter No. 1474, Eileen Krupinski.

On Oct. 10, convention attendees toured Nelson’s Fine Art and Gifts at 980 Lincoln Ave. and the Jefferson County Historical Association Museum at 426 Franklin Ave. A reception for Ohio Questers President Jennie Lyons was held that evening at Historic Fort Steuben with Krupinski giving a presentation on First Ladies, concentrating on those from Ohio.

Events on Oct. 11 centered around a morning business meeting at Froehlich’s Classic Corner in Steubenville; a harvest sale of silent auction items with proceeds benefiting restoration and preservation; and a luncheon and program with Jefferson County Common Pleas Judge Michelle Miller as the featured speaker, her talk on the women’s suffrage movement.

The convention welcomed Questers from Ohio’s 19 chapters. Other local chapters include the Hetty Elizabeth Beatty No. 1419 and the Sternwheelers Chapter No. 1418, both of whom served as co-hosts when the last local convention was held.

“The theme for this is we are celebrating 100 years of women’s suffrage. We are using the colors they used, which are gold, white and purple,” Swickard had said. The national website notes, “Questers are curious, enthusiastic and imaginative with a desire to learn new things — someone who is excited by historical sites, antiques and the study of past events that still resonate in our present lives and experiences. Thus our motto — It’s Fun To Search And A Joy To Find.”

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