President Paul Ray opened the January 16 meeting of the Vandalia Area Historical Society by asking for new discoveries or donations. Charlene Teague reported that Harold Williams had donated a small box of cardboard caps for milk bottles from the Brandon Dairy in Farber, two old hair clippers and one of the first electric razors with attached cord. The latter is quite an oddity. These donations are greatly appreciated. Charlene also reported that, on two separate occasions, a man came into the museum asking about the Dougherty Osteopathic Hospital. Both said they had been born there and one gentleman had his birth certificate with him. It was signed by Mallie Fueque as Registrar. They were shown the building and they were going to take pictures.
She also reported that another Vandalia class ring had found its way home. At “Morning Coffee” at the Cupboard, Eddie Horton mentioned that upon reading the article in The Leader, he remembered that, some years ago, he had found a 1989 Van-Far class ring with the name “Brandon” on it and had completely forgotten about it. After some conversation, Charlene made a couple of phone calls and the ring was returned to its owner, Brandon Wright. Another ring mystery solved.
After regular reports were read and accepted, the discussion turned to the Card Party to be held at the Museum on Saturday, January 23. Final details were shared and everything seems ready to host a fun evening. Even the weather forecast seems favorable, at least for now.
After setting the next meeting date for February 20 at 9 a.m. at the Genealogy Library, the group adjourned at 10 a.m. for refreshments. Everyone is welcome to attend our meetings. The museum will be closed until about April 1 but visits can be arranged by calling Charlene at 594-3026 or Pat at 594-3999.