Monday, October 3, 2016

Amanuensis Monday: Myrtle Vanevery Deutsch and The Seekers

Amanuensis: A person employed to write what another dictates or to copy what has been written by another.

I continue my project to transcribe family letters, journals, newspaper articles, audiotapes, and other historical artifacts. Not only do the documents contain genealogical information, the words breathe life into kin - some I never met - others I see a time in their life before I knew them.

Below I transcribe a newspaper article from the St. Louis Star and Times mentioning my grandmother, Myrtle Vanevery Deutsch (1900-1951).

The St. Louis Star and Times
January 24, 1940, p. 21

The Seekers Club

"The Literature of the Old South" will be the subject of study at the meeting of The Seekers Club, tomorrow morning at the home of Mrs. C.B. Hamilton, 7148 Dartmouth road. Mrs. Martin L. Deutsch will review "In Old Virginia," by Thomas Nelson Page. Mrs. Harry Hughes will give "Col Carter of Cartersville," by F. Hopkinson Smith.


1. This article was found in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch archives. I haven't found much information about The Seekers Club, though there are several articles describing various book review meetings, all on different themes, as well as other social gatherings. This is the only clipping I've found in which my grandmother is mentioned, so it's unclear for how long she was a member.

2) My grandfather's middle initial was 'J', but I have found incorrect middle initials to be a common newspaper error. There was only one Martin Deutsch in the St. Louis area.

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