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Sorosis hears from prison guard & warden

December 8, 2012

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Sorosis met Dec. 3 2012 at the Heard Memorial Club House with 26 members and seven guests present . President, Betty Sue Viterna, opened the business meeting. Minutes of the Nov. 19 meeting were read and approved.

Jean Gallagher, Civics Department Chair, introduced Bill Green, retired guard, and Mike Groose, retired Warden, from the Missouri State Penitentiary in Jefferson City who presented A Look Inside the Big House. Prior to the 1790s, there were no prisons in this country. Each county did it’s own hangings. The Missouri State Penitentiary is the oldest prison West of the Mississippi built in 1836. It has housed many infamous criminals and has been described as the “Bloodiest 47 acres in America”. The largest population of prisoners was 5,300. It took 565 uniformed officers and 300 general staff to operate this prison. Today there are 19 prisons in the State of Missouri. In the year 2011-2012 there were 19,100 people who toured the old prison.

Jackie Fike asked for reservations for the Christmas Luncheon planned for 17 December at a cost of $12. The program, ‘Tis the Season, will be a musical program to be presented by the State Fair Community College Vocal Music Department lead by Director Ron Sayer. Members are urged to bring canned or paper goods for the Salvation Army collection.

It was announced that Woody Swearingen, Heard Memorial Club House Trustee died Nov. 30, 2012. Memorial services to be held Saturday, Dec. 15 at 10 a.m. at Calvary Episcopal Church.

Cookie hostesses were Judy Parkhurst and Carolyn Sperry.

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