In 1915, four intrepid ladies gathered around a cozy fire in a home overlooking the Lower Shaker Lake. Having lived near this parkway that surrounds the Shaker Lakes and the northern branch of Doan Brook, these ladies were very familiar with the conditions that existed there and the neglect of the area by the Park Board. Individual complaints to the chairman of the Park Board were ignored, but he finally said, “Why don't you ladies organize? If you were to come to us as the representatives of an active and influential organization, I think I can promise you that your request will receive more attention from the Board.”
So Mrs. James H. Rogers, Mrs. John Ranney, Mrs. Henry Gardner, and Mrs. Harry J. Crawford organized. They were all planning their own gardens and decided a garden club would be a most appropriate way to spark the Park Board's interest. Therefore, Mrs. Rogers invited a number of women who lived near the Lakes to attend a meeting to discuss organizing such a group. Although only ten women showed up, they went right to work suggesting the name of the group should be the Shaker Lakes Garden Club.
Our historian is sifting through boxes of archives to find a selection of photos, stories and clippings to share in honor of our 100th anniversary. Here is a sampling:
Click here to read the history that was written for Shaker Lakes Garden Club's 80th anniversary in 1995.
Banner photo by Lee Warshawsky