This letter was written by E. Crane Watson in 1899, recounting how Parowan celebrated the Relief Society's Birthday on March 17th of that year:
I wonder if there are any who care to read of the unpretentious ward of Parowan, or rather the Relief Society of this ward? At all events we feel that we should be rendering an account of ourselves, consequently we will write of our celebration on the 17th of March.
At 2 p.m. we held a program - meeting, the time being occupied by a number of the elderly sisters speaking on the object of the Relief Society, etc., etc., some very appropriate recitations by the younger sisters with some well chosen songs and sentiments, making those present feel like saying, 'it is good to be here.'
In the evening the organization gave a ball, the members of the society contributing a dainty lunch and chocolate; this also was a decided success socially and financially, for besides all expenses we raised the ten cent fund for the General Board which is $15.20, having a membership of one hundred and fifty two members.
Many of our members are young mothers whose first duty is to guard and guide the precious jewels an indulgent Parent has entrusted to them, hence our average attendance is not large, yet there is a certain magical link that seems to chain us together so that whenever we aim for anything in righteousness we are sure to gain it.
May the love of God abide with every such organization the world over, with wishes that our dear little organ, the 'Exponent,' may be enabled to spread the glad tidings of Relief Society labors.
E. Crane Watson "