Porterdale Mill on the Yellow River
NAMED for: Oliver S. Porter, Mill Owner



Porterdale Women's Club

The Club Had Their Own Named China.

Photo Provided by Kay Piper. Click on Photo to Enlarge.


John Porter asked the Bibb to secure the services of a social worker for the village. Miss Martha Dupree was sent from Macon, Georgia, to fill this position. The needs of the village were so great that she asked a group of the ladies in the village to meet with her to make plans for organizing a Mother's Club. The club was organized in May 1915, with thirteen charter members. (Do you know the names of any of these thirteen ladies?) The object of the club was to furnish food and clothing for the needy. Clothes were made from material donated by Mr. James Porter. A linen closet was established to lend sheets and towels to the sick. This club is known today as the Porterdale Woman’s' Club.

If you know the names, and dates if known, of any of the ladies that belonged to this club please email me at:


Click HERE to view a Recipe Book published by these ladies in 1958-1959


Adams, Agnes    
Allen, Sarah    
Beam, Effie    
Bennett, Claire    
Bohannen, Mildren    
Boyd, Effie    
Brooks, John Mrs.    
Brooks, Ruth    
Brown, Mary    
Buckalew, Ines (Sowell)    
Burch, Allie Cleo (Tut)    
Cason, Lois    
Cason, Ruby Lee    
Christian, Euphie    
Costley, Nona Mae    
Criswell, Mae    
Crowell, Jayne    
Digby, Eddie Lee Mrs.    
Gates, Bertha    
Gattis, Susie    
Grier, Louise    
Hammonds, Pauline    
Hardeman, Helen    
Hardeman, Pauline    
Hertwig, Meredith    
Hewell, Lille Mae    
Hinton, Dodie    
Hinton, Louise    
Hooper, Kathleen    
Ivey, Dora    
Jarrett, Sally Buckalew    
Jaynes, Clussie    
Jaynes, Ruth    
Jeffries, Daisy    
King, Ruth    
Kitchens, Della    
Lord, Mildred    
McGibony, Marie    
Middlebrooks, Shirley    
Mitchell, Beth    
Moore, Grace    
Norton, Eudell Moore    
Owens, Callie    
Parker, Lucille    
Rogers, Estelle Bowman    
Shaffer, Ruth Hewell    
Sharpton, Sarah    
Shaw, Lucille Ivey    
Sowell, Sallie (Morrow)    
Wheeler, Janie    
Whitesell, Frances Davis    
Whitfield, Lois    
Wilkerson, Katherine