|The Dorcas Society|
Estimate date of photo 1921
Photo Taken: Kohlman home Kenosha County, Wisconsin
Check-mark above ladies head in back row is Esther Kohlman (Mrs. Knute) Stangberg.
Name on back of photo says "Stangberg"
(Photo Courtesy of Joe Fonk)
One Dorcas Society was founded in Douglas, Isle of Man in December, 1834, as part of the community's thanksgiving for being spared from an outbreak of cholera. Other Dorcas societies were established by missionaries in the Americas in the early 1800's. Dorcas societies were at their height in the 1800's.
"I am writing to you about the photo of the Dorcas Society, posted on May 28, 2015. The Dorcas Ladies Aid society was an auxiliary of St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Kenosha. It began in 1895, just three years after the congregation was organized. There were monthly meetings, and the ladies also served at church suppers and festivals to raise money to help defray church expenses."
(Provided by David Kullman, November 2016)