Continuing story of Lillian Hormel

Published 10:23 am Sunday, March 19, 2017

Mrs. George A. Hormel was active and vital in her religious endeavors.

ADH, Dec. 2, 1909

Headline “Kaffee Klatch”

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“The Women’s Missionary society of the Central Presbyterian church will enjoy a social afternoon Friday afternoon, Dec. 3, from three to five o’clock, at the home of the president, Mrs. George A. Hormel.

“A cordial invitation is extended to all the ladies of the church and their friends. Coffee will be served in true Dutch style by young maids in costume.”

Because I am curious, I had to research what was meant by “Dutch style” coffee service. According to the 1922 published book “All About Coffee” by William H. Ukers, M.A., “The Dutch roast coffee properly and make it well.” He wrote that the coffee was served in individual pots or in demi-tasses on a silver, nickel or brass tray. A miniature pitcher of cream, often whipped, was served alongside. Three squares of sugar and a glass of water were to be offered each guest as well. Yum!

ADH, June 14, 1909

“Presbyterian Church”

“Children’s Day at the Presbyterian church was appropriately celebrated at the morning service. The church had been prettily decorated in green and white and the program, under the direction of Mrs. George Hormel, Miss Kate Todd, and Miss Cora Dovenburg, was exceptionally well carried out. A good offering for Sunday school missions was made …”

ADH, Feb. 27, 1909

“Missionary Meeting”

“The Woman’s Home and Foreign Missionary societies held their annual meeting at the home of Mrs. W.E. Sloane Saturday afternoon.

“A large attendance was present. Six new members were received. After the business and program refreshments were served. The following officers were elected:

President-Mrs. G. A. Hormel

1st Vice President-Mrs. Wm. Todd

2nd Vice President-Mrs. Geo. Robertson

Secretary-Mrs. Gus Ward

Secretary Literature-H.G. Hormel

Treasurer-Miss Jane Todd”

She also believed in the mission of the Young Women’s Christian Association. Upon presenting her beloved home to the organization in October, 1927, she said “we may each summer, when we return, hear the words of happy girlhood here, and have the satisfaction of knowing that through this home, you women of the Board of the YWCA are planting the ideals of higher living the hearts of the girls of Austin.”

Mrs. Hormel’s beliefs, Christian principles and participation in her faith led to her lasting legacy in our community.

Hearth & Home Series — Drumming for Life and Mind

10 a.m., Tuesday, March 21

Presented by the Austin Drumming Circle

Drumming can be done anywhere, with anyone; it is very universal and utilized by many cultures, intended for community, healing, and increased energy. Free

Kids Music In Motion

10 a.m. to  11:30 a.m. $2 per child ages 2 to 8

Saturday, March 25

Explore and interact with music performed by the Silver Winds Flute Quartet. Doors open at 10 a.m., music begins at 10:30 a.m. Please register at or at the HHH.

Second annual Spam Kids Fest

10 to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 8

Free ongoing activities throughout event for families.

Crafts, live music, interactive presentations, games, Spam brand characters, and more