Volume 13, Issue 1
From Glynn Marsh
As we look forward to 2011, let us be thankful that the national economy seems to be improving. In recent months, commentators on TV and writers in newspapers are concentrating more on upbeat and positive stories rather than negative happenings. We are hopeful that the job and housing markets will improve soon and that businesses will start again to make profits and hire more workers. Some of our members have been affected more than others by the economy. I wish those persons and everyone else a more prosperous New Year.
The Historical Society continues to do well in spite of rough economic times. All pledges to the RTHS Building Fund (BF) are being met, and additional members are stepping up and making generous donations. Be sure to check the “Honor Roll of Donors” the next time you visit the History Center to see if your name is on the list! Other donations to the BF are being made in memory of RTHS members who have passed away. The most recent contributions honor the memory of Shirley Kern who died earlier this month. Our sympathy goes out to Shirley’s husband Bill and other family members.
Society board members met in December to discuss a tentative calendar of activities for 2011. As most of you know, our organization is education oriented. We always try to select a history topic that will be of general interest to everyone. This next year will be the sesquicentennial of the start of the Civil War, and for that reason the board has recommended highlighting, in programs and displays, the role of Randolph Township residents in the war. A straw vote of members at the December meeting showed they liked this topic as well. Many said they had relatives who served in the war and would be willing to share their stories and read from personal diaries and letters at our Wednesday evening meetings. These history round table discussions should be very interesting and informative. Why not plan on attending each month?
I also want to tell you of a marvelous and unexpected donation of thirty-two personal diaries that came to the Society in early November. They record the daily lives of D. W. Waymire (and his descendants) who settled on land east of the Stillwater River (in what today is Butler Township). The diaries were written by two generations of Waymires and cover the years 1867 -1954. You can read more about these diaries in the Family Tree column.