In February, 1896 they adopted a constitution and bylaws. Shortly after, they adopted the motto "Higher Knowledge and Better Morals," the flower Sweet Alyssum, and the colors purple and gold to signify wisdom and love. Later a seal with a lighted torch over an open book was designed and accepted. Although that seal has not survived, we have redesigned what we think it looked like and included it on this site.
During the early years, the Ladies Literary Society held many events open to the community. Professional entertainers presented lectures, music or evenings of recitations. Over time, the membership grew too large to meet in homes of the members. They rented the Masonic Hall, defraying the expense by asking each lady to donate five cents each month. This soon changed when they voted to charge each member $.25 a year, payable semiannually.