The Mayville Tuesday Club has scheduled its annual Reciprocity Day Salad Luncheon to begin Tuesday, May 6 at 12:30 p.m. at the Mayville Methodist Church, 81 S. Erie St., across the street from the Mayville Library.
Committee members Sandy Deribish, Annabel Weise, Carlene Karl and Shirley Burnett remind club members to bring a special salad or dessert. Beverages will be supplied.
Music by Psalmady, a vocal group from Sherman, will be the entertainment after lunch and a short business meeting.
Chautauqua County Historian Michelle Henry told the history of Sarah Sinfield, a Dunkirk woman who enlisted in the Civil War. Henry also answered many questions from the Tuesday Club members.
Tuesday Club members who will attend are asked to let any or the committee members, or President Dianne Goodrich, know what food you will bring. Any further questions will be answered by calling Goodrich at 753-7472.
The April meeting guest was Michelle Henry, Chautauqua County historian, who told the tale of a very courageous Civil War woman. Born in England in 1823 and later moved to Dunkirk in the U.S.A., Sarah Sinfield became well-known for her service during the war. As a matter of fact, she was the only woman enlisted in the war.
Having cared for many soldiers in all kinds of weather, eventually Sara's husband, William, was wounded in the Gettysburg battle and was unable to fight anymore. He was sent to a Rhode Island hospital and Sarah went with him, which was the first time she was paid for her work.
Eventually, William became the Dunkirk assistant lighthouse-keeper. He received $16 a month pension and Sarah, $16 a month. Sarah died in 1894 at the age of 70, the cause being that "she was worn out." She was buried in the Forestville Cemetery.