Shanes Crossing Chronicle, December 2006

Notes from Norm Van Tilburg, President, 419-363-2998 The first weekend of December brought well over 200 visitors. Positive comments were made and there were even some that had items they wanted to share. I want to thank everyone who helped to get the museum ready to open by painting the walls, installing showcases, shelving, and storage cabinets. There were others that sort through materials to see what all we had and many who helped by setting up the displays. I also want to thank those who helped at the open house by greeting visitors, baking cookies, making drinks, and keeping the refreshments available. We used well over 20 dozen cookies. We have found that the work in a museum never ends. After the holidays we need to start the inventory process. We hope to get a good program for this process and have everything computerized. Also this winter, with the help of the town workers we will replace the ceiling panels with the ones we salvaged from the old school. It seems that every week we get a new item to show. We now have a nice sign on the front on the building with our name ‘ROCKFORD VILLAGE HALL & MUSEUM’ displayed with lights on at night. Jane Now submitted the name for the...
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Shanes Crossing Chronicle, May 2006

NOTES FROM THE PRESIDENT Many things have happened since the last letter. We have been able get our building painted on the inside and the town has put new offices in for the police department. The town offices have been moved and everything is working fine for them. They are very happy with the amount of room they now have. The items the historical society had stored above the old town hall were moved to the new building by one of the vo-ag classes from school. We now need to inventory every thing and begin to get them organized to see how to lay out our displays. We were able to get an advanced painting class from school to paint a mural on the North wall. This mural depicts a main street scene of Rockford in the early 1900’s. This class has just recently put the finishing touches to this project. On the back of this page is a partial copy of this mural. As the school year ends this week we will now be able to get some items from the old school building before it is torn down. One of the main items we will get are the three large trophy cases which we will place on our walls for displays. We will also get some storage cabinets and tables and chairs. After seeing how everything fits together we hope to have a dedication sometime this fall. NEXT MEETING With graduation and Memorial Day activities being this weekend, and some members being out of town, we will not have a meeting this month. We will plan on meeting again on June 22. In the mean time stop by the ‘old lumber yard’ and see the progress that has been...
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Shanes Crossing Chronicle, February 2004

SCHS PRESIDENT’S DESK Much of the ice has melted off the roads and driveways. It is surprising that there was not more broken bones from falls on the ice. We are looking forward to spring and hope the warm weather continues. Everyone says that spring is one day closer. The sign for the Works Cemetery (now a Little League diamond) has been put together, and we will place it when the ground thaws, and we have a good day to pour cement. Our thanks to Bill Beerbower and Bill Now for help with this project. At the community Christmas Walk, the theme for the display of decorated trees was Ohio Bicentennial. Madge Shock helped put together our “88 counties” tree, which won first...
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Shanes Crossing Chronicle, December 1999

SCHS PRESIDENT’S DESK It is certainly hard to believe that December is here. The society has had a successful fall with good attendance at its meetings and another successful heritage dinner. We want to thank Jane Now, Kay Thomas, Nancy Thomas, and others for the work they did in putting together another great dinner. These ladies also organized asnother town garage sale. If you have passed the log house recently you may think there has been litle work done to it, but the men have spent many hours weatherproofing the logs. They have continued to work on the chimney. They think the work will never be finished. We haven’t had many donations recently, but in early December I received two sweatshirts from the Jerry Schaadt family of Rockford which we can sell and keep the proceeds. We also received on the same day a letter from Mary Ann Coppage of West Hartford, Connecticut. Mary Ann is the daughter of Carl and Catherine Hawk and was born and raised in Rockford. She sent three postcards she found at an antique show in Sarasota, Florida. These cards show the original school in Rockford, a class picture of room #3 in 1908 at this school, and the prsent Colonial Rest Home of south Main Street when it had a very small tree in front of it. We thank these people for these donations. The Christmas Walk on December 5 was a rainy day, but the log house was warm and dry. Roy and Mona Thompson organized the food table with homemade cookies and hot cider. Considering the bad weather we had a good number of people visit during the afternoon. Now is the time to pay your dues for the year 2000. For only $5 per person you can become a member. If you do not have a membership form, you can contact the president for...
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Shanes Crossing Chronicle, September 1999

SCHS PRESIDENT’S DESK The WWW II tribute during Community Days was a great success. The response from the veterans was tremendous as they brought memorabilia for display and many were available to talk about their war experiences. We thank Mike Bruns for organizing this event. During the summer the log house has been getting some finishing touches with the logs being treated for insects and weatherproofed. We are still waiting for the chimney to be completed. Also the grounds committee has been meeting to complete plans for the display of memorial bricks, walkways, etc. During Community Days we had a preacher’s coat from the early 1800’s donated by Ned and Kathy Myer. Opal Huffman and her family also donated some old clothing. Included were two dress straw hats worn by W.B. ‘Billy’ Frysinger, a pair of leather ‘leggins’ worn by Dr. Wickerham during WWW I, and many items worn by Mrs. Irene Wickerham. We thank these people for their donations. Our next meeting will be held at the log house at 7:30 on Thursday, September 23. Jim Bowsher of Wapakoneta will be our speaker. Jim always has a very entertaining and informative...
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Shanes Crossing Chronicle, July 1999

SCHS PRESIDENT’S DESK The Shanes Crossing Historical Society reports that its effort to commemorate the Rockford Area’s W.W.II Veterans, during Rockford Days (June 18-20, 1999) was a great success. We had many visitors from near and far. Thank-yous go out to Mike Bruns, who spent many hours preparing for this event, as well as the willingness of the Veterans and their families to share their mementos with the community. All branches of the service were represented in pictures, uniforms, guns and miscellaneous memorabilia brought from that great conflict. We would have liked to have had a memento from every person who participated in W.W.II, but none are forgotten for their sacrifices for us. Many Veterans lingered in the Shanes Park Community Building to reminisce of the difficult time. We were also pleased to hear that some had not spent much time, over the years, talking about their experiences. This event seemed to add some closure for them. In an effort not to neglect mentioning anyone, we will not list the names of all the volunteers that helped prepare and run this event, but much thanks goes out to them. We also appreciated all those who assisted in having our log home open for tours. The memorabilia on display added to the charm of the cabin. In addition, many thanks go out to Connie Sell and the SCHS members who donated to, planned and planted the fragrant herb garden adjacent to the log cabin. A wonderful “map” of the garden layout, complete with descriptive uses for the herbs, delighted many. Nothing is possible without the support of the community and many, many thanks go out to all those who took the time to honor their families, neighbors and friends by visiting the W.W.II display and the log...
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