In the early 1900s, when the Crescenta Valley was sparsely populated and social events were scarce, women often gathered in homes, bringing along sewing to do as they visited.
One afternoon in the spring of 1911 a group of women met to form an organization. Their intent was twofold: to improve the community, and, even more important, to have a social outlet. This gathering was the beginning of the La Crescenta Woman’s Club, which is just concluding a year of centennial celebrations.
At first, the women named themselves the Crescenta Club. They met every other Thursday in the homes of members, discussed books and current events and chose philanthropic projects. They also drew up by-laws and assessed themselves dues of 25 cents each month. The first president was Mrs. Joseph Hawkins, as noted in a 1953 Ledger article.
Some of the early meetings were held in the auditorium of the local school, according to Ellie Pipes, a 47-year member who has compiled a notebook filled with newspaper articles about the club.