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The Marshall Writers Guild, which was organized in 1995, meets monthly on the 3rd Thursday at 1:00 p.m. in the meeting room of the Marshall Public Library. All interested writers are welcome. Dues are $15. In addition to this monthly opportunity to network on markets and marketing and to share written work (often to a prompt), the Guild publishes an annual anthology.

With the objective of encouraging young writers, the Guild sponsors writing contests at Bueker Middle School, Slater Elementary/Middle School, and St. Peter Catholic School, and offers a grant to a Marshall High School senior chosen each year. More Information and names of award winners

A seminar or workshop, open to area writers, is held each spring.

Dateline: 1 January 2024. Guild officers serving two year terms are
President: Sharon Eiker-Dyer
Vice President: Sean Rea
Secretary: Rev. Mary Williams
Treasurer: Carole Kays Schaefer
These officers with past president Edward Richards comprise the Guild board.

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Life in the Sixties
The years during the 1960's were full of highs and lows in my life. I was in college, which I loved. I joined Alpha Phi and became president, leading the sorority to political power on campus. I enjoyed working backstage on college plays, and there is where I met and lost my first love.

This was the time my mother became ill and died a week after my twentieth birthday. My father soon remarried, and we moved into a larger house with a blended family. After years of adjustment, our parents gone, we are still a family.

The early sixties were like the show "Madmen" on TV. At work I was paid less then the men. We wore girdles and high heels. I had a principal, male, of course, who would tell the women how to dress and remind us to refresh our lipstick. It was strange then and unacceptable now. One boss even patted me on the head and told me the men would take care of one problem. I wouldn't put up with that now. I was right, they were wrong in this case. Miss Meek, one of the first female principals, asked me if they had ever admitted it and apologized to me. That never happened.

The sixties were actually days of Jackie Kennedy dresses and pill box hats. The hippie years and styles did not happen until the very late sixties and seventies. I went from romantic and naïve to awareness of reality. I worked in politics and loved the effort and action, but I left when I realized what we now call 'pay to play' was the norm of the day on all levels from local to national in both parties. Most of the men in power had a well bred politically advantageous wife for public occasions and an arm candy mistress the rest of the time.

I was a supporter of the Vietnam War until I figured out we weren't supporting a democracy but another corrupt dictator. Most people had no idea except some vague domino effect notion. A friend married a young lady from Iran who was so happy our CIA had put the Shah back in power because it made her father in Iran rich. She ended up going home for a visit and staying. The family survived the revolution and continued their lifestyle in Paris. I recovered from my surprise about the CIA. Castro was a hero supported by the American people and government, then suddenly a villain.

I married, moved to Marshall, worked in Sweet Springs, made new friends some of whom are still friends today. My husband, who had already served in the Army, was at Missouri Valley College on the GI Bill. At the end of the sixties life changed again. My husband graduated, we decided to stay in Marshall, and began to plan a family.

Penelope Brooks Callaway Athon


Hippie Days? We were there.
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