A thumb-nail history of the city of Houston, Texas, from its founding in 1836 to the year 1912 Page: 142
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142 A THUMB-NAIL HISTORY OF
drawn from the library for home use. At that
time there were between eight and nine thousand
volumes in the library. In her report for the municipal
year ending February 29, 1912, Miss Ideson
says: "The circulation from the main library
amounted to 102,580 volumes, an increase of more
than 8,000 volumes over the circulation of last year.
In addition to the above 5,177 books have been distributed
through the other distributing agencies."
There were in the library May 1, 1911, 81,678
volumes. During the year just closed there was a
net gain of 3,657 volumes making the total number
of volumes in the library May 1, 1912, 35,426.
The officers of the Houston Lyceum and Carnegie
Library Association are: Mr. E. L. Dennis,
president; Mrs. H. F. Ring, vice-president; Mrs.
I. S. Meyer, secretary; Mrs. E. N. Gray, treasurer;
Mrs. E. Raphael, corresponding secretary, and
Miss Julia Ideson, librarian.
The Ladies Reading Club, organized in 1885 by
Mrs. M. Looscan and Mrs. C. M. Lombardi, is the
oldest and largest of Houston's purely literary
The Ladies Shakespeare Club was organized in
1890 with Mesdames E. Raphael, I. G. Gerson, I.
Blandin, Blanche Booker and Misses C. R. Redwood,
Lydia Adkisson and Mary Light as charter
members. This club has kept its organization and
has been in active existence since its formation.
Another Shakespeare Club was organized in 1904
by Mrs. A. G. Howell, Mrs. J. W. Lockett and
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Young, Samuel Oliver. A thumb-nail history of the city of Houston, Texas, from its founding in 1836 to the year 1912, book, 1912; Houston, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth24649/m1/158/: accessed June 23, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .