No one is quite sure when the women began cooking for the Lions Club weekly meetings at the old Howell Memorial Methodist Church in Dickinson. They all agree it was decades ago. Yet, one thing is very clear in the mind of church member Phraulene Deats: After several years of preparing meals on a small, four-burner gas stove, Phraulene Deats, along with, Therese Deats and Cleo Deats Harrison, went to see Walter Hall at Citizens State Bank about a loan to buy a commercial stove.
“He said he couldn’t loan money to women,” Phraulene Deats said. “And I asked, ‘Why not?’ We had quite a time of it, but in the end, he gave in.”