Mandarin Store and Post Office
Held annually in March
Agnes Grace Jones, “Miss Aggie” as she was affectionately known, was the daughter of Edith and Walter Jones. She was a resident of Mandarin from 1898 until her death in 1992 at the age of 94. Miss Aggie was an independent, strong-willed, confident woman who possessed a deep sense of community and a charitable heart. Part entrepreneur, part community activist and part social worker, she had the business acumen to run a successful grocery, the organizational skills to become Mandarin’s Postmistress and a reputation for helping her fellow man in time of need. She was the last of her family to live in the Webb/Jones farmhouse which is located in the Walter Jones Historical Park.
“Miss Aggie” Day is celebrated and an award is given annually to a resident who has contributed to the Mandarin community in the areas of business, civic, educational or charitable accomplishment. The candidate’s contributions may be specific deeds or an accumulation of actions over a period of time. Recipients need not be “experts” in any particular area but might be known or recognized for their sense of community, their caring attitude or individual accomplishments.
The Mandarin Museum & Historical Society will accept nominations for this award from any interested party and will make a determination as to the suitability of the nominee under the established criteria. The recipient will be notified prior to the award announcement and will be asked to participate in publicity activities and related media coverage. Miss Aggie Day, which honors the recipient as well as Agnes Jones, will be held at the historic Mandarin Store and Post Office.
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2018 RECIPIENT: Donald Bowden
We were pleased to award Don Bowden, Mandarin’s Frog Man, with the 2018 Miss Aggie Award. Three years ago the mysterious Frog Man came to MMHS and offered to help raise some funds for the schoolhouse renovation by selling a few painted frogs. He then asked if we’d like to keep selling them in the Mandarin Museum gift shop…and as they say, “the rest is history!”
Don has contributed greatly to his lifelong home of Mandarin, generously donating over $55,000 to MMHS over the last three years through the sale of frogs, each made by hand by him alone. This donation is a gift to the whole community with recent sales going towards the Museum Expansion Fund as well as general support for programs and activities. He has also brought joy, a lot fun, and a sense of community to all those who have purchased a frog or painted their own at a painting party.
Learn more about his amazing contribution and our frog painting days at the museum.
Thank you, Don, for your very charitable giving and for the deep love of your community!
Past Miss Aggie Award Recipients
- 2003: Kate Monson
- 2004: Karen Roumillat
- 2005: Rhonda Reese
- 2006: Mary Ann Southwell
- 2007: Mary Kimisnski and Bonnie McNultey
- 2008: Jane Cooksey
- 2009: Susan Earnhart
- 2010: Alice Stanley
- 2011: Elizabeth “Betty” Wolfe
- 2012: Virginia Barker
- 2013: Emily Lisska
- 2014: Linda Levin
- 2015: Sandy Arpen
- 2016: Sarah Bailey
- 2017: Susie Scott