BICENTENNIAL PLANNING MEETING – JANUARY 19, 2015

BICENTENNIAL PLANNING MEETING VILLAGE OF ROCKFORD January 19, 2015   Present was Norm VanTilburg, Dee VanTilburg, Roy Thompson, Mona Thompson, Twyla Hayes, Marie Miller, Mike Schumm,  Barb Pedroza, Greg Pontsler, Marty Lentz, Lowell Beougher, Curt Beougher, Beougher and Jeff Long. Norm led the meeting and reviewed the October 20, 2015 meeting. Twyla reported the RADC would be involved in the mural. Marie had information on the prepping of wall to allow the painting. Bryan Sutton and the RADC would do the prep work which consist of power washing and after sufficient drying apply a concrete sealer, a primer coat, and a finish coat. There was talk of murals in Union City, Kalida, Ottawa, and Delphos. Jeff is to get the size of the building and get info to Twyla to pass on to the artist. The artist would get a feel of the history of the community from us and present ideas as to what the mural should contain.  The name of the artist is Mike McKeevers and would be able to attend our next meeting to go over the process and develop a cost. It was agreed and Twyla accepted to be the Chairman of the mural project as she is most knowledgeable about the concept. It was discussed that the artist would talk with Ed Kuhn, Parkway art instructor, on ways to get his students involved. Jeff to contact the Fire Department for verification that the fire house wall could be used for mural and commitment on definite amount of years the mural could be there. Another possibility for the mural could be Dave Salway’s building. Previously we had discussed a year round celebration with varying events. Norm asked for event ideas from those present and the following were mentioned. Creating the world’s largest birthday cake New Years Party at the community building making it a Grand Ball, selling set amount of tickets to kick the celebration off Throwback baseball game highlighting the baseball history of the Village Celebration of the oldest man/woman of the community A play or program on the history of Rockford, possibly done by the Lion’s club as they do a successful variety show yearly Have school kids and community people write essays on what Rockford means to them that could be read on the radio A statue tour in the Village, Roy is looking into this A Grand Parade Movie nights, maybe...
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Shanes Crossing Chronicle, December 2014

NOTES FROM THE PRESIDENT As most of you know, our town will be celebrating their bicentennial in just five years. Our society has had a couple of meetings of community members to discuss ideas we each have on ways to celebrate this great event. At our next meeting, to be held on January 19, we will form an executive committee that will guide the entire event. We are asking that all interested people to attend the meetings or let us know what projects to include in the celebration. We have discussed the possibility of a large mural on the South side of the firehouse. We have generally agreed that it needs to be a year long celebration. The next meeting will be held on January 19 at the museum, at 7:30 pm.   NEW ITEMS We have been able to obtain from the home of Velma Schumm the old butter churn that her parents used to churn butter once a week and bring to Rockford to sell. We also have her sewing machine that still works with a date of being manufactured in 1906.   Many of you know of the Frysinger house on South Main Street that was called the ‘Big House’ and was built by Cale Frysinger around 1908. This house had a grand ballroom on the third floor and we now have the piano from there on display. We understand that they had musical events about every Saturday night in the ballroom. We are looking for pictures of the ballroom. Can you help?   Former Rockford resident, Joe Howell, donated a small book printed in 1840, titled ‘The Life of Peter’. This is now the oldest book we have in the museum.   Thanks to Mike Schumm we were able to get a poster at an auction that advertises the annual ROCKFORD CARNIVAL, Aug. 10-15, 1939 sponsored by the Firemen and Legion. The poster also states that “Beginning Tuesday Harry Kaffenberger, noted parachute jumper of Ft.Wayne will present a free act at 7:30 each evening, including a Delayed Jump, Double Jump, and the Human Torch”. Do you know where he landed?   MEMBERSHIP DUES Enclosed you will find a form to renew your membership for another year or become a member of our society. We thank you for your support.   WE WISH YOU A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR...
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Shanes Crossing Chronicle, July 2014

NOTES FROM THE PRESIDENT Since our last meeting we have been busy with many activities with the society. Early in May the Parkway third graders had their field trips to the log house and the museum. We appreciate everyone who helped with this event from baking cookies and those who helped with the presentations including the four high school students. One of the students, Ashleigh Baughman, also completely replanted our herb garden at the log house. Ashleigh did this project as a girl scout project and a special thanks goes out to her.  In June we sponsored the community garage sales in conjunction with the Community Days. We thank Roy Thompson for getting the women to show their spinning crafts during community days.   NEW ITEMS We have gotten numerous items donated to the museum. From Velma Schumm we have acquired her sewing machine which was manufactured in 1906 and she had continued to use until she went to the rest home. We also got the butter churn her parents used to make butter from their dairy herd and bring it to sell in town. We also got some of Velma’s ‘old’ hand sewn clothes. We have received some old books such as: The Home Formulary which was available from the C.N. Mallory and Son Drugstore of Rockford. Also some school readers have been donated by Fred Vann. An old two door toaster belonging to Bessie Searight was donated by her grandchildren Jean Ireland and Ron Searight. Awhile back Melville Gehm donated an old Crosley 706 Show Boy Radio that was in the attic of the house in which his family lived for 60 plus years and Steve Thompson had tried to get it to work, but had no success. Bill Walls gave us a picture of the old horse drawn huckster wagon of Merkle and Egger of Chattanooga, Ohio. The driver was Oscar (Brownie) Heffner.   BICENTENNIAL As you know, Rockford will be celebrating their Bicentennial in about five years. We have been discussing some activities we would like to see at this time. We are now going to get more people involved and we are inviting all Rockford businesses and organizations to begin planning for this event. On August 18, at 7:30 in the museum, we will have a planning session for all that have an interest in this grand event.   NEXT MEETING The next regular...
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Shanes Crossing Chronicle, February 2014

Notes From the President It has been a very cold and snowy winter and every one in Northwest Ohio is thinking of spring and the society will be preparing for the spring and summer activities. New Items Just recently, Bob Ransbottom, son of Olen, gave us a framed display of some of the Christmas cards that Olen gave to the customers on his milk delivery route. These cards each have a holiday poem on them written by “Ranny”. Here is a sample: Dear Friends: It’s hear again      You know what Season’s Greetings      The best we’ve got. May Christmas be happy      And the New Year, too, We are hoping to serve you      All year through. No jingle of bells      Just the squeal of the brake From Monday to Saturday      We hope you all take. Milk in the carton,      That keeps it pure By Tom, Bob, or Ranny      Delivered to your door. Your Meadow Gold      Cow Pokes From the Ransbottom Ranch Next Meetings Our next meeting will be on Thursday, February 27, 2014, at 7:30 pm. This will be just a business meeting without a guest speaker. We have a number of items to discuss including: A need to dust and re-arrange the displays. Third grade students visiting the log house and the museum in May. Interviewing some of the elderly of the community. Begin forming some committee’s for the Bicentennial of 2020. Our March meeting will be held on Thursday, March 28. Our guest speaker will be Harrison Frech, longtime Parkway teacher. Harry has done extensive research on our founding father, Anthony Shane. He will be presenting some of his further studies including Anthony’s wife Lamateshe, who was an Indian from the Delaware tribe and is known as the fore mother of our...
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Shanes Crossing Chronicle, December 2013

NOTES FROM THE PRESIDENT This has been a rather slow fall for the society as we have had our usual monthly meeting with guest speakers. Our attendance has been great with 60- 70 people attending out meetings. We want to thank Lucas Minnich, social studies teacher at Parkway Hish School, who encourages his students by giving extra credit by attending and then more credit for each guest they bring with them. We have had one student who brought mom and dad, grandma and grandpa, and two siblings. He was a good enough student that he probably did not need the credit to get an ‘A’. NEW ITEMS Mike Burns donated some booklets and catalogs he found in one of his buildings that are from the J B Dull & Son Hardware which was located in the building. Included was Seneca Stock Book and numerous catalogs (dated 1910-1911) from the De Laval Cream Separator company. Cream separators were priced from $40-$160. Charlene Hawk gave us a booklet that was recently published and lists the Veterans of the War of 1812 from nine counties of NW Ohio including Mercer County. A set of salt and pepper shakers was donated from the family of Fred Kern. We received a number of pictures from the estate of Mary Ann Michael Harria who worked in the local Rockford Telephone Company as an...
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Shanes Crossing Chronicle, February 2007

Notes from Norm Van Tilburg, President, 419-363-2998 Since the holidays, we have been very busy at the museum, With the help of the town workers, we now have the ceiling tile replaced in the main showroom. This has really dressed-up the ceiling. We still get items donated on almost a weekly basis. A couple of weeks ago we received some pictures from the Esther Buel family which included some one room school pictures and a very nice picture of the creamery in the late 1800’s run by the grandfather of the late Olen Ransbottom. This week, Ted Bollenbacher dropped off some of his grandfather’s WWI equipment. Since the last letter, many of you know, we received a sizable inheritance from the Janice Reisher Brands estate. We are in the process of investing the largest share of the $140,000 so the interest will pretty much keep the museum going for many years. We still have a few small projects we hope to get done soon. Below is the news item which was posted on www.parkwayindependent.com Former Rockford High School Graduate Bequests Money to Local Historical Society Pictured are Murph Knapke and Norm Van Tilburg. A check from the Janice (Risher) Brands estate is being presented to Norm VanTilburg, president of the Shanes Crossing Historical Society. The amount was over $140,000. The late Janice Brands graduated from Rockford High School, and spent 25 years as a bookkeeper for the Rockford D P & L office. Kanpke is executor of the estate. HELP WANTED Shanes Crossing Historical Society Looking for Museum Volunteers for the 19th Great Ohio Bicycle Adventure Every year, a group known as the Great Ohio Bicycle Adventure (GOBA) spends a week touring part of the state learning about Ohio. This year they will be starting in Celina on Sunday, June 17, 2007 and riding to Van Wert via Rockford, Willshire and Ohio City on that day. The morning stop in Rockford is expected to be between 6-10 a.m.. Bicyclists will be stopping for breakfast refreshments, rest, and places to visit. The new museum will be open for them. There could be as many as 3000 riders and their family members bicycling through. Some say we could have as many as 5000 riders. Contact Norm VanTilburg at 419-363-2998 if you can help with greeting and serving refreshments. More details will be forthcoming as this event is planned locally by Tafani...
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