President Paul Ray opened the August 15 meeting of the Vandalia Area Historical Society by asking each of those present to name their “must see” TV program. This was unexpected and generated some interesting answers and comments. Then Charlene Teague reported the following donations.
Carolyn McBride donated a copy of “The History and Families of Ralls County.” Vicki Hopke donated a centennial dress worn by her mother, Betty Davis. Theresa Teague donated a Brownie Scout Handbook, a Junior Girls’ Auxiliary Manual, a Sunday school and church record form the First Baptist Church for the school year 1952-53 and a certificate from the Vacation Bible School dated June 17, 1955, all belonging to her daughter, Regina Ann. Virginia Howdeshell donated a picture of the 1939 Ely-Walker Baseball Team and a croquet mallet made by an unknown person in Vandalia. Leon Schwab donated a Friendship quilt given to his wife, Charlotte, by the teachers and staff upon her retirement from the local school system. A picture and history of this quilt will appear in The Vandalia Leader at a later date. All of these items are greatly appreciated and add to our museum.
Charlene also asked for information regarding the year that one or two blocks of West Washington St. was blocked off and corn was dumped there because the bumper crop had filled the local elevators to capacity. She asked that anyone with this information or a picture to contact her at 594-3026.
After regular reports were read and accepted the discussion turned to Prairie Days. We will sponsor the Corn Husking Contest again this year. The museum will be open from 9 a.m. till 8 p.m. on Saturday.
A couple of ideas for projects were briefly discussed with a committee appointed to pursue the possibilities and report at the next meeting, which will be held at the Genealogy Library at 6:30 p.m. on September 12. Everyone is welcome. The meeting adjourned at 8:15 p.m.