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Heritage House Highlights – November 30, 2016


Memorials for the late Roy Brammeier have been received from the following: Sally Pruett, David and Flo Luechtefeld, Lloyd and Donna Hackstadt, and Herb and Ruth Lange. There were a number of unnamed cash memorials as well.

Artifacts Received

Cherie Ellis of Jefferson City, MO has given us an antique silver butter dish and knife, a souvenir of the reunion of the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR), Civil War veterans, held here in May of 1897. The dish features a separate basin under the butter plate for either cold water or ice chips to keep the butter cold. There is a picture of this group posed on the south porches of the Washington Hotel hanging in the Poos hallway. We did a feature article of this event in the Fall/Winter 2005-2006 edition of this newsletter. The dish is also at the Poos House.

Bill and Kathy Davis have given the Poos House two antique school desks and an antique Singer treadle sewing machine, which is now in the Poos bedroom.

2016-2017 Officers Elected

New board members and officers are elected annually in September. This year’s board is made up of Audrey Ostendorf, Judy Hevner, Audra Galliano, Susan Gyorkos, Charlotte Simonton and Ruth Lange, with new board members Donna Davis, Dennis Shemonic, and Jackie Bening.

Officers elected by the new board are Audrey Ostendorf, president; Susan Gyorkos, vice-president; Donna Davis, treasurer; Charlotte Simonton, recording secretary; and Judy Hevner, corresponding secretary.

Fall Fundraisers

Our popcorn kettle and deep fryers were kept hot this fall at several venues. At our local Wheat Festival we grossed $2,089.00, despite a total rain out on Friday evening. A week later we cooked up about 65 gallons of apple butter, which we will sell through the year at $5.00 per pint and $8.00 per quart. This product is for sale at the main museum and at Green’s Decorating Center. At the Lebanon Fall Festival were sold $585.00 worth of kettle corn, an the next day at the Du Bois Fall Festival we grossed $915.00 in potato chips. At the local chili cook-off we sold $329.00 worth of potato chips. And at our final outing, the Pinckneyville Threshermen’s fall show, we grossed $1,070.00 over three days in popcorn and chips.

In Dues Time

As we head into a new year we are reminded that our annual membership dues are coming again. Our annual membership dues are still only $10.00 and have been for the past 34 years or so. Inflation hasn’t hit here. The dues help in maintaining our properties, which now number four, including the former Moehle bank building. Members receive four issues of our newsletter per year and also have the privilege of voting on museum issues.

50-50 Raffle to be Held Again

You will again find twelve 50-50 tickets in this issue. You may fill in the information, clip them out and send them to Heritage House at P.O. Box 305, Okawville, IL 62271. The tickets are still $1.00 each, six for $5.00, or twelve for $10.00. Be sure to include your remittance with the tickets.

Tickets will also be sold at the Festival of Trees in the Community Club building during Stroll hours. Be sure to return the tickets in plenty of time for the winner’s name to be drawn on Sunday evening, December 4.

Heritage House Highlights

Continued From The November 23 Edition