President Paul Ray opened the February 17t meeting of the Vandalia Area Historical Society by asking for new discoveries and donations. Charlene Teague showed the group a copy of the marriage license of Douglas DeWitt Hudson and May Bomar, dated March 22, 1919, recorded at Audrain County Courthouse.
The group also saw a copy of a postcard showing a school for African American children with students and teachers posed along an outside wall.
This card, postmarked at Vandalia in October 1911, was addressed to Mr. Henry Scott in Chicago, Ill., and signed by his niece, Ella Lee Oma Scott whose father had put an X on the sleeve of her white dress to identify her.
Charlene said she was told that this school was located in the area of the swimming pool. Any information regarding Mr. and Mrs. Hudson or this school would be very much appreciated. The copy of the postcard was brought in by Marie Haught. Earl Henderson sent in a May 1940 issue of The Vandalia Leader listing the names and numbers of men for Vandalia’s first draft. Pam Harris sent in a “Brother of the Brush” button from the Vandalia Centennial. All of these items are much appreciated. Charlene also reported that as a result of the Leader’s article, “Home Town Heroes,” about Vandalia native, John Daniels, his schoolmate, Vernon Renner of Springfield, Mo. visited him at the Veterans’ home in Mt. Vernon. Neither of them had known of the other’s whereabouts. Hopefully, this exposure will encourage others to come forward with similar stories.
Paul Ray reported on the progress of the Cornerstone Project, thanking the volunteers for their work in demolishing the inside of the Carter and Hudson buildings.
On March 3rd and 17th there will be two work shifts, 8:30 to 12:30 and 12:30 to 4. For information or to volunteer contact Paul Ray at 314-724-2020 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Plans for the Corned Beef and Cabbage Dinner were completed. This event ill be held Sunday, March 18 at the Hotel from 11 – 2. Advance tickets, at $10, will be available at Hickman’s IGA and the Library. Tickets at the door will be $12. Children under six are admitted free.
Tours of the “Expanding Museum” are being planned.
Donations received for the Cornerstone Project were noted with appreciation.
After setting the next meeting date for March 16, the meeting adjourned at 8:15 p.m.