President Paul Ray called the September 19 meeting of the Vandalia Area Historical Society to order and asked for new discoveries and donations.
Charlene Teague reported the following donations from Mary Lou Gramley: a small (pocket- size) metal match holder, a New Michigan School Homecoming Program dated August 23, 1928, a picture of the 1941 Vandalia High School graduating class, a Vandalia Mail article noting the 50th wedding anniversary celebration of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Schulz, an undated obituary of Charles A. Schulz, and a book, “Consumers’ Guide”, about the beginning of Sears, Roebuck and Co., including a reprint of parts of the 1909 Fall Catalog which was very interesting reading. For example, men’s silk ties were for .19 to .49 cents, men’s dress shirts were .69 cents, and an upright piano for $89. Paul Ray donated four bows and a wheel hub from a covered wagon. All of these items are appreciated and add much to our museum.
After regular reports were read and accepted the discussion turned to Prairie Days. The Museum and Genealogy Library will be open on Saturday from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m. with regular hours on Sunday from noon-3 p.m. The Historical Society is again sponsoring the Corn Husking Contest with ribbons for each division. Sign-up will be at the museum. There is no entrance fee. A two-volume set of Vandalia History Books, donated by C.E. Grain, will be raffled off. Tickets, $1 each or six for $5, will be available at the museum desk.
It was noted that the Genealogy Library’s collection of High School yearbooks is missing copies from 1982 to 2002. We also don’t have copies from 2011 forward. Should anyone have such books they would like to donate, they would be most welcome.
Eleven descendants of Jim McPike, Aaron’s brother, visited the museum recently, looking for information regarding a statue of Aaron McPike, which they thought had been here.
A family member, living in Palmyra, has a picture, a copy of which she said she would send us. If anyone has any information regarding this matter, please contact Charlene or any member of the Historical Society. This is a most interesting bit of information.
A group of Retired Teachers of Pike County toured the museum on Friday, September 12. Anyone interested in such a tour should contact Charlene Teague at 573-594-3026 or Pat Trower at 573-594-3999.
Discussion of possible fundraisers centered around a card party with the date set for Saturday, January 17 at 7:30 p.m. Details will follow.