Lasagna luncheon benefits McElhinny House

Fairfield Women?s Club will host a lasagna luncheon from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday at the McElhinny House.

The menu will include meat lasagna or vegetable lasagna, various salads, breadsticks, dessert and beverage.

Carryout and deliveries are available and can be faxed to 472-0866 or phoned to 472-5762 or 641-919-5761. The deadline to sign up for a delivered meal is 4 p.m. Sunday.

Tickets are $10.

All proceeds from the luncheon will be used to maintain the historic McElhinny House.

The McElhinny House was Fairfield?s first showplace. It was built for pioneer merchant Robert McElhinny in the 1850s. After he died in 1878, the house remained in the family for 69 years before it was sold. At times it was closed and vacant, while at others, it was rented as a rooming house and a private home.

After the family sold the house, it had various owners, including the Fairfield school district that used it as an elementary school until 1931. In 1933, the women?s club, through a $10,000 bequest from the estate of McElhinny?s daughter Elizabeth to purchase a club house, bought the home.

Since then, not only has the Fairfield Women?s Club meetings and activities been held in the historic house, but it has been the setting for parties, weddings, anniversaries, receptions, reunions, meetings and many other events.