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#1 flournoy

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Posted 11 August 2007 - 11:24 AM

Do any Forum participants know of the Worthian Club, or Last Man's Club?

According to newspaper accounts from the 1940s-1960s, the Worthians were 33 men who began meeting weekly for a luncheon at the Worth Hotel. Eventually, they wearied of securing guest speakers, and made a pact to meet only once a year. A loving cup was passed among them, each member serving as its custodian for a year. The cup would go permanently to the man who outlived them all.

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The local group, which evidently formed in the 1920s or earlier, grew from the American Business Club.
Their only officer was nicknamed "Horse Fly."
Wives were finally invited to attend in 1956. Very progressive, those Worthians.
Newspaper items at the FW Public Library do not contain the full, original roster.

In 1969, an obituary in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported 15 Worthians still standing. It would be great to interview a Worthian's descendant who remembers, has early photos, and/or inherited the prize. I have read the library clippings, and will go back to microfilmed newspapers and check the WPA Writers' Project index; meanwhile, I would appreciate any related information, referrals, etc.




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