Illema Club

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Illema Club

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The Illema club was organized in 1901 by Mrs. Edwin Sharpe, Mrs. Frank LaWall, Mrs. J.W. Clare, Mrs. Stanton Warburton, Mrs. John L. Mills and Mrs. W.B. Coffee. The name Illema is taken from the first letters of all of the founding members' first names, although they kept this a secret in initial appearances in the Tacoma Daily News. The group met biweekly at rotating houses around Tacoma. The group appears to have always had a literary focus rather than social or philanthropic. The final recorded meeting was on September 25th, 1977. The club colors were green and white and the club flower was the white carnation.


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Written by Andrew Weymouth, 2022




Tacoma Daily News (Published as THE TACOMA DAILY NEWS) - November 7, 1903 - Page 17. p. 1.
Tacoma Daily News (Published as THE TACOMA DAILY NEWS) - October 24, 1903 - Page 14. p. 1.
Tribune (Published as Tacoma News Tribune and Sunday Ledger) - September 25, 1977 - Page 61. p. 1.
Tribune (Published as The Tacoma Sunday Ledger SUNDAY NEWS TRIBUNE) - February 27, 1949 - Page 46. p. 1.

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