Extension club visits county history center

Friends and Neighbors Extension Homemakers Club traveled to Stahl’s Restaurant in Ewing for their August meeting.

Fifteen members and one guest, Bill Bateman, gathered for lunch.

After lunch, Rhonda Kidwell opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance and club creed. Ruby Nicumm, gave pray and devotions from an article written by Johnnie Erickson Taba on “Body Parts.”

Donna Abner read the secretary’s report and took roll call with all answering “ What was your favorite subject in school?” Shirley Sears gave the treasurer’s report.

The meeting then adjourned and everyone traveled to Jackson County History Center across from the courthouse in Brownstown.

Bill Day, a retired past principal and teacher, gave a tour of various buildings and the information that is stored for people to come and review and see. The library has more than 300 family histories on file and computers that can be used to find ancestry information. The use of the computers and materials for research, which includes cemetery, death and court records, are free.

Day also gave a tour of the center’s grounds and talked about future plans. The grounds has a livery stable, log house, jail, trading post, bridge, Revolutionary War Museum, with more to come. Day said in 2016, Jackson County and Brownstown will be 200 years old, and the state also will be celebrating its 200th birthday that year.

Next meeting will be at 1 p.m. Sept. at Carol Bobb’s home.

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