Volume 13, Issue 3
From Glynn Marsh
Much has happened with the historical society since our last newsletter. Just as the April issue of “Randolph Times…” was being mailed out, our Vice-President, Karl Schroeder, passed away at the Hospice of Dayton. Karl was a long time member and strong supporter of our Society. He and wife Wilma, both lifetime members, were always quick to volunteer their services when work needed to be done around the museum. Karl helped erect the office cubicle walls that we use in the main floor exhibits area, and he and Wilma’s donation of tables, storage cabinets and other furniture items from Mack Memorial Church helped furnish our building. Karl’s help and cheerful demeanor are sorely missed. Wilma continues to be a valuable asset on our Board.
Richard Weimer has been selected by the Board of Directors to complete Karl’s term as Vice President. Past board member, Bob Lodge, has agreed to serve out Dick Weimer’s term on the Board. The Society is fortunate to have experienced members who are willing to help in trying times.
On a lighter note, the Civil War programs planned by RTHS for this year, which is the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the Civil War, are being well attended and enjoyed. So far the programs have included Paul Dewey’s video of a Civil War re-enactment in Indiana, followed by Rex Maggert’s lecture on “The Hundred-Day Soldiers.” The May program featured “Readings from the Civil War Diary of George W. Eby,” with Glynn Marsh playing the role of Eby and Kay Dawson that of his sister Hannah. Sue Cummings served as narrator. In June, Cummings shared stories of her Civil War ancestors and read excerpts from her Darst relatives’ Civil War letters. All these programs have been tape-recorded and Kay Dawson has converted them into typed pages. A booklet (which also will include the August and September programs) will be made available later in the year as a Civil War reminiscences booklet. A pre-order form will be included in the October newsletter.
On July 16 from 2-5 p.m., local members of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, William T. Sherman, Camp No. 93 in Dayton, will set up their tents on the lawn next to the RTHS History Center. Their “Living History Program” is something you won’t want to miss. It is being held in conjunction with our 3rd Anniversary Gathering and potluck dinner. [Read more about both on the Special Events Page of this website.]