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Laureate Alpha Omicron holds meeting

By Victoria Advocate
Jan. 26, 2012 at midnight
Updated Jan. 25, 2012 at 7:26 p.m.


Laureate Alpha Omicron Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi met recently in the home of Frances Smith. Co-hostesses were Carolyn Prichard, Betty Mercer and Delores Kaspar. Loretta Johnson presided.

Mrs. Kaspar presented the program on her grandmother, Otilda Brod, an enterprising and energetic woman. After raising eight children, Mrs. Brod divorced her wandering husband and set out to make her own way in the world by opening up a group of small boarding houses in Pasadena. The men boarders - usually people beginning new careers or starting new lives - stayed from three to six months, though some stayed for years. Just before World War II, Mrs. Brod opened her diner to boarders and "outsiders" alike, serving mounds of country cooking served family style. When Mrs. Brod opened the place, it was only a few feet from the Pasadena train depot, serving what was then a city of 3,400.

Mrs. Brod was born in 1891 and died in 1966. The diner was sold several times and many VIPs had eaten at the diner, including Harry S. Truman and Lyndon B. Johnson.

Mrs. Kaspar ended her program by reading a fifty-plus year-old article in the Houston Chronicle about the boarding house and diner.

Members voted to donate to the Beta Sigma Phi Endowment Fund. Upcoming events include: a spaghetti supper Jan. 21; a sweetheart dinner Feb. 16 at the Sky Restaurant - a city-wide social for honorees.

The next meeting will be Feb. 7 with Sue Lynn Hatcher hosting.

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