The Vandalia Area Historical Society met at the Hudson Building on October 18 at 6:30 p.m. President Paul Ray opened the meeting by asking for new discoveries or donations.
Charlene Teague reported on donations of a candy case from Kent and Linda Bramel; an assortment of old glass bottles from Bobbie Sutton; two NARCO Hats from Mary Andrews, a Ted Mottaz yardstick dated 1963, a Wallace Hardware yardstick dated 1958 celebrating 26 years at 210 North Main, four wooden nickels from Vandalia Drug, a Centennial Brothers of the Brush pin, and a rate card with a picture of the Vandalia Banking Association circa 1903 from Dottie Lang; two pictures of building and remodeling of the First Assembly of God Church from Claudine Lybarger; a Van-Far majorette uniform from Vickie Coose Thompson; a small vegetable slicer and small utility scale from Donna DeTienne; a signed picture of Bill Hungate as a candidate for Congress from Carolyn McBride; a copy of the by-laws of the Vandalia Odd Fellows Lodge 335 dated 7-9-1875 from Mary Lou Gramley; a pair of ladies lace-up shoes, probably from the mid 1800s, from June and David Willis; a silver cake plate from Bobbie Sutton, and a scrap book made by Ruby Smith and donated by granddaughters Debbie Moore and Marsha Kay Perry.
All of these items are appreciated and add much to our museum. A thank you card was received from Kate Becker thanking us for displaying the 1838 tax assessment record.
After regular reports were read and accepted, the Genealogy Committee reported on their progress and is to bring a list of needs to the next meeting. The group was advised that permission had been received from the VFW Post to put plaques at both ends of the Veteran’s Memorial in the Library Park, honoring our military who died in the line of duty.
The committee is also in the process of obtaining biographical information on those we are honoring for a booklet.
Charlene Teague reported that she had conducted a tour for the Retired Teachers of Audrain County and they were very impressed with our museum.
She also reported that she had been contacted by a lady from Wentzville trying to find the Logan Family Cemetery. Anyone having any information regarding this family or cemetery is asked to contact Charlene at 573-594-3026.
Plans for a card party fundraiser in January to include food and a silent auction were discussed and a committee was formed to work on this.
The meeting adjourned at 8:15 p.m. after setting the next meeting date for November 15 at the Hudson Building.