We continue to have our “Show & Tell” at each of our regular Historical Society meetings. At the September meeting, Roy & Mary Lou Haney brought an unusual item and asked everyone try to guess what it was. No one guessed correctly. It was a long pole with what looked something like a garden spade on the end. The handle had a grip that allowed you to turn it. Several of us guessed it as a post hole digger. It turned out it was an ice digger for cutting hole in ice for ice fishing. The spade or spoon type end would then be used to scoop out the ice after you hand-cranked the hole! Mary Lou researched it and said they were somewhat “rare” and she was thinking of selling it. It was a fun time guessing. Please continue to bring your “Show & Tell” items to each meeting, even if we have a program scheduled. Thank you!

ANNOUNCEMENTS
THE RONALD REAGAN BIRTHPLACE – Oct. 31, 2012 is the last day for the 2012 Season. To schedule a visit after this date, please contact: 815-622-8705 or 815-499-4770 to schedule a tour. http://www.tampicohistoricalsociety.com/R_Reagan_Birthplace_Museum.html

The TAMPICO CHRISTMAS IN THE COUNTRY committee has selected the 2nd Saturday in December – Dec. 8, 2012 – for the annual Tree Lighting and Royalty selection festivities. In conjunction with this, the Tampico Volunteer Ambulance Service is making plans for a Chili Supper following the Crowning Ceremony.  The Committee wishes to Thank Kay Lancaster and Denise Mickelson for all the time and effort they have provided over the years as they helped with the Festivities and the Giving Tree.  We are in need of suggestions and volunteers as we proceed with plans for this Annual Celebration.  Please contact Joan Johnson @ 815-622-8705 or Shirley Lester @ 815-499-4770
Thank you.

TAMPICO AREA HISTORICAL SOCIETY WEBSITE – www.tampicohistoricalsociety.com  The website is paid for by the Village of Tampico, for which we are very grateful!  The Village has their own website http://www.tampicoil.com/
October 23, 2012, 6:30 p.m. – TAHS Board meeting. We will meet just before the regular meeting.
October 23, 2012, 7:00 p.m. – TAHS regular meeting. Program: Veterans will tell of their experience on the HONOR FLIGHT trip. Please join us. 815-622-8705

UPDATE ON WHITESIDE COUNTY HISTORY BOOK
Due to many requests from those researching family histories  we have extended the deadline for submitting family stories for the new Whiteside Co. History and Families Book to Dec.1st. If you haven’t sent your family’s story you still  have time to have it  included.  Whether your family has lived in the county five months or five generations, we want your story.

Over 200 articles have been received along with 195 pictures.  While most replies were from Whiteside Co., we have received articles from residents living in all parts of the U.S.  Many have ordered the book.. Libraries and Historical Societies also have placed orders.  Staff member from universities in Grand Forks, ND and New Haven, CT have submitted stories and ordered this publication.

The book is available through pre-publication sales only.  A limited number will be printed.  It will be an attractive 81/2″ by 11″  book,  beautifully bound in swirl-grained leatherette with a gold stamped seal depicting the Morrison depot.  The cost is $54.95 plus $6.50 for shipping.  Local residents may choose to pick up the book and avoid the shipping fee.  Please make this option known with your order.  Send orders to:  Whiteside Co. Histories and  Families Book,  Whiteside Co., Genealogists, PO Box 145, Sterling, IL 61081.

Brochures notifying  residents of the Dec. 1st deadline have been mailed.   Histories of local churches and schools are now being accepted.  There is a discounted charge of $75 for 1/4 page, $85 for 1/2 page and $125 for a full page in the book.  We are sure you will want your church or school to be included in the special section of the new county book.

Visit from Ronald Reagan Trail Board Members – https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/S14zmUQ_8znb1dCiY0czftMTjNZETYmyPJy0liipFm0?feat=directlink
Click here to view all photos in Ronald Reagan Birthplace Album: https://picasaweb.google.com/105896818813466091326/RonaldReaganBirthplace
September 21, 2012 – Docents (Guides) from the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, Simi Valley, CA: visited  Ronald Reagan Birthplace & Museum and the Tampico Area Historical Society. They were very impressed with what we had to offer, including photos that they did not have! Photos taken by Ron Sharp, Sr.: https://picasaweb.google.com/105896818813466091326/SimiValleyDocentsVisit2012?authuser=0&feat=directlink

CALENDAR OF EVENTS –  http://www.tampicohistoricalsociety.citymax.com/page/page/22558.htm

WEBSITE UPDATES FOR AUGUST & SEPTEMBER, 2012
Our “What’s New”? page offers direct links to each new entry for the month. http://www.tampicohistoricalsociety.citymax.com/Whats_New.html
PICASA WEB ALBUMS – https://picasaweb.google.com/105896818813466091326

EMMONS FAMILY ALBUM – https://picasaweb.google.com/105896818813466091326/Emmons?authuser=0&feat=directlink
Barb Chandler submitted two more photos for the Emmons Family Album – Nancy Booth Emmons & Nancy Cora Emmons

OBITUARIES – http://www.tampicohistoricalsociety.citymax.com/Obit_Index.html
1943 – Anthony Lauff, St. Mary’s Cemetery, Tampico
1943 – JOhn Yonk, Manlius Cemetery
1943 – Bertha Gertrude (Wetzell) Elgin,
2012 – Bernadine Elgin, Tampico Memorial Cemetery
2012 – Howard C Rasmussen, Tampico Memorial Cemetery
1988 – Grace Bos, Sharon Cemetery
1918 – Mrs. Margaret Rieger, Sharon Cemetery
2012 – Margaret E Johnson, Greenville/Fairfield Cemetery, New Bedford
2012 – David E Gerdes, South Elkhorn Cemetery in rural Milledgeville.
2012 – Howard C Rasmussen, Tampico Memorial Cemetery
2012 – Doris May (Hostetler) Gerdes, Fairfield A. M. Cemetery, Tampico
2012 – Dora Fay Hostetler, Fairfield A.M. Cemetery, Tampico
2012 – Curvin Kropf, Fairfield A.M. Cemetery, Tampico
2012 – Dorothy Etheridge, Yorktown Cemetery
2012 – Lawrence J Rajnowski, Cremation
1881 – William Booth
1911 – Mary J (Wood) Glassburn, Tampico Memorial Cemetery
2012 – Kirk Williams, cremation

MESSAGE BOARDS – http://www.tampicohistoricalsociety.citymax.com/Message_Board.html
Emmons burial
Mack
Purcells and Brenners in the 1850’s and 1860’s
OTT information
Copyright & Your Society

RESEARCH REQUESTS
Surname: CHRISTIE
Surname: SCHWNENDER/SWENDER, YOUNG

BIOGRAPHIES – Whiteside County, 1908 – http://www.tampicohistoricalsociety.citymax.com/Whiteside_Co_1908_Biographies.html
Martha A John (Requested by J. Soren) – http://www.tampicohistoricalsociety.citymax.com/articles/article/1994603/167146.htm
William W Davis (Requested by J Soren) – http://www.tampicohistoricalsociety.citymax.com/articles/article/1994603/167147.htm
William Detweiler (Req. by J Soren) – http://www.tampicohistoricalsociety.citymax.com/articles/article/1994603/167163.htm
J. L. Myers (Req. by J. Soren) – http://www.tampicohistoricalsociety.citymax.com/articles/article/1994603/167161.htm

ILLINOIS SOLDIER’S & SAILOR’S HOME AT QUINCY – Admissions of Mexican War & Civil War Veterans 1887-1898 – http://www.tampicohistoricalsociety.citymax.com/IL_Soldier_Sailor_Home_Quincy.html
John McCauley – http://www.tampicohistoricalsociety.citymax.com/articles/article/1731723/167305.htm

ARTICLES & LOCAL HISTORY  http://www.tampicohistoricalsociety.citymax.com/Articles_Local_History.html
Sharon Cemetery – Submitted by Robin Pardus

I have been very fortunate to have a helper for the last few month to help organize upstairs in our Family History Library & Research Center. She has really helped put a dent in our filing! Her time is getting more limited to help, so I’m still looking for helpers. An hour or two a week would really help get things in order. I was amazed at all the “finds” up there. We’re very fortunate to have this building and a place to archive our history. Our membership is very low, especially for local people. Please consider joining our Historical Society. We welcome anyone of any age, but really hope to appeal to a “new, younger generation” to carry on for us. http://www.tampicohistoricalsociety.citymax.com/Membership_Donations.html

Visit us on Facebook for a “snapshot” version of our website: https://www.facebook.com/groups/tampicohistoricalsociety/?fref=ts

Denise McLoughlin
Family History Coordinator
www.tampicohistoricalsociety.com

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