|Alan Spohnheimer opened
by greeting everyone, giving short synopsis of how group began (this is
their third meting) suggesting we form a plan of what our objectives and
projects might be for going forth, time line of meetings and when / where
they will occur.
Alan would like to share in the future some of the
things Ames Historical group is doing, that Hamilton County history folks
might replicate, making us more effective with information gathering and
securing its preservation, as well as facilitating an avenue for education
on the history of our county.
Alan suggested we go around the table, introducing
ourselves, the area/community where we live, and what particular corner
of interest or expertise we have to bring to the group.
Lyn Vandebrake passed her business cards around.
Having recently been hired by Farm News, Lyn would like contact information
for stories on centennial and heritage farms, Hamilton County good cooks,
history on old barns/old buildings, and people of interest for feature
Pat Juon has relatives who were here before Hamilton
even became a county. Her husband grew up on a farm in Jewell,
farming for 41 years. Her mother, Sarah Holt, wrote the history of
Randall. Pat lamented she didn't ask more questions of her mom before
she passed away, but still has access to invaluable information.
Kenn Outzen knows about towns in Hamilton County that
are no longer around. He also told an interesting story about person who
brings buffalo hide, deer antlers and artifacts for educational talks.
Kenn said Jewell has the history of all of their downtown buildings.
Janet Adix, Administrator of Ellsworth Museum, a wealth
of information, and retired from 32 years at post office. Janet
has a notebook filled to the brim of Ellsworth buildings, pictures, history
that she brought with her. Also some of Lincoln Township.
She told of an upcoming garage sale to feature antiques, April 30.
These need to be sold for the lack of space to keep them.
Alan Spohnheimer said he would like to see folks take
pictures of Hamilton County farms, especially barns. He used to live
in Randall (as well as Ellsworth), now resides in Ames, and attends the
Ames history group. Alan is a retired school teacher, is proficient
in web site building, and has other talents he is willing to use for the
benefit of the group. Alan also has some historical things with their
place of origin rooted in Randall. Alan made suggestion of
having a meeting schedule that solved the winter cancellation problem experienced
this year. Meetings could be held March - July - and October,
or thereabouts. This would give the group three meetings per year.
Alan also mentioned the need to keep meetings precise, not too long, with
an objective of getting things done/accomplished. Not lasting too
long, but not cutting it too short either, as some in the group drive quite
a distance to attend. Everyone agreed. Round-table
Wayne Romp volunteered to host the next meeting sometime
this summer. Discussion continued with it noted that there
are conflicts in the summer schedule with several towns having special
events already on the calendar. June might be better than July, it
was decided. Discussion continued with October and November,
with the point being made, the meetings shouldn't interfere with holiday
activities, to ensure everyone possible could attend without schedule conflicts.
Discussion became a round-table talk with several contributing.
Wayne Romp volunteered to have the next meeting at
his place, June 18, Stanhope. This confirmed. More on
this coming through email alerts, to be sent by Debbie Caudle.
Wayne used to be a photographer (with an amazing title! Ask him personally
about this !) Wayne has two books, and brought them with him, sharing
with the group; Stanhope History, compiled by Dee Weir, Stanhope Librarian.
A third book is in the making, and these all to be combined.
A price of $65 was quoted as what this might have cost. Round-table
discussion mentioned a fund raiser in Stanhope might help cut the cost
any one organization is having to cover.
Ketta, not a member of the group, was attending this
meeting representing the Kendall Young Library, by invitation from Nancy
Kayser. Ketta gave a report from the library on the space available.
They are no longer taking doll collections, as beautiful as they may be,
because there simply is not any more space. They do not have space,
time, or staff to do anything with history. They are not a
museum. Ketta said this emphatically, but was very nice, simply stating
a fact. The library has hired a lady, Casey Vance, who might be doing
Hamilton County history coordination. Casey is expection her first
child, news to Ketta, which may limit Casey's involvement temporarily,
or at some point when the baby arrives. The library is in the
process of scanning pictures of Hamilton County and Webster City.
Lindsey (not present) is Teen Librarian, Ketta said. Teens
are working on a new Ap that gives one history when locking onto a picture
of a certain building. Ketta not sure how far into this
project the teens are. These are middle schoolers.
|Nancy Kayser wants to
do more projects. Is interested in tourism. Nancy does a lot
of volunteering. Round table discussion began.
From Pat: Nile Cottington took pictures and has
history of barns.
From Nancy: McMurray Hatchery, Extension Service,
Farm Bureau all celebrate 100 years in 2017. Also Hamilton
County Fair, she said.
It was mentioned Dick Steffan, retired history school
teacher, who was not present (and might still be in Quebec), has lots of
things relevant to Jewell.
Nancy brought cookies from Hyvee that were gluton-free,
supplied coffee and water.
Meeting adjourned 11:45, with some lingering, talking