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Published: Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017 9:53 a.m. CST • Updated: Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017 9:55 a.m. CST

Colfax Historical Society

The Colfax Historical Society Nov. 20 meeting was called to order at 7:01 p.m. by President Kevin Williams and he thanked everyone for coming. Members present were Kevin and BJ Williams, Karen Russell, Norma Warnock, Larry Daft, Don and Joyce Jessen, Macie Rorabaugh, Stanley Daft, Larry Hurto, Doug Garrett, Joe Otto, Randy Marchant and Keith Hidok. Minutes of the Oct. 16 meeting were read and approved. Treasurer’s report was presented and approved.

Joe stated that the Jasper County Historical Museum is looking for people affected by the flood of 1993. They are making an exhibit about the flood and the Newton High School students want to interview people from Colfax and the surrounding area whose homes were flooded out, did sandbagging, etc. This will involve 20-25 people. The JCH Museum will open May 1 and the exhibit will be ready for viewing at that time.

Joe will be speaking about the Red Bridge at the JCH Museum from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 13 during the Brown Bag lunch. He is also available to any group who would like to know more about the Save Red Bridge project, anywhere or anytime in January or February.

Joyce was assured the “Go Fund Me” account will not affect our ability to apply for a grant so she will share more information at the next meeting.

Macie gave an update on the Soup Lunch, Cribbage and Checkers Tournament. Peggy will help with the food and volunteers will be needed to help with the games, work in kitchen, set up and clean up. Macie will start advertising in January and it will be from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 11. The Soup Lunch is open to the public, with a freewill donation and starts at 11:30 a.m. and then the registration, with a small fee to play will begin at 1 p.m. There will be prizes.  

Kevin stated the William Ashley Sunday program entitled “His Story” and book signing will be scheduled next year sometime.

Joe said Peggy, Larry H. and Caitlin did a great job decorating a tree with Colfax items in a prominent space at the Jasper County Museum for their Christmas Open House to be from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2 and Sunday, Dec. 3.

Kevin gave the military permanent display program to Randy for discussion at their AMVETS meeting. He also reported that the final report on the RDP grant was submitted and we will now receive $2,005.62 from that grant.

Macie reported the fall decorations will be removed after Thanksgiving. It was appreciated and we thanked her and her mom, Marcia, for volunteering to help with the very nice display.

We were sorry to hear Angie Cogley wants to resign from being our manager of rentals at the end of the year. She said it has been too time consuming for her now and she had only intended to do the job for a little while. She has done a great job and we really appreciate all of her work. We will now have to secure a replacement.

Larry H. suggested we contact Colfax Main Street about a space to sell some of our gift shop items, along with brick and membership forms at Colfax County Christmas Saturday, Dec. 2. Joyce and Don will help with this project. Joyce also wants to do a raffle of a Luther bean pot and will be checking into the permit that is needed.

The museum will be open on the second Saturday of the month, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 9. The volunteers from 10 a.m. to noon will be Randy Marchant and Keith Hidok and noon to 2 p.m. will be Joyce Jessen and Larry Hurto. Admission is free.

Next meeting is at 7 p.m. Dec. 18.  It is open to anyone who would like to attend.

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