Noteworthy Reported Nov. 3, 2013
Published: 11/1/2013 | Updated: 5/19/2015

n October meeting: American Legion Auxiliary Unit 37 in Quincy held its monthly meeting Oct. 2, with 18 members in attendance. One new member, Martha Campbell, joined the auxiliary. On Sept. 29, the auxiliary had its fund raising supper at the American Legion Hall, with more than 50 people served. It was discussed and decided to make a donation of $100 to "Out of the Darkness" which is a suicide prevention program. The auxiliary also donated 82 stuffed animals to three different charities in Quincy. The pancake breakfast at Applebee's was to be held Oct. 12. Ideas for a fundraiser were discussed. A white elephant sale was suggested for early spring 2014. Nov. 9 is the Veteran's Day parade and the auxiliary is going to participate. The auxiliary will serve the annual Thanksgiving dinner Nov. 26 to the residents and their families at the Veterans Home in Quincy. Food will be prepared at the coffee shop and is free to all residents; others will pay a nominal fee. A good turnout is expected. Nov. 21 is the Adams County meeting, which will be held at the American Legion Hall in Quincy. The meal will consist of barbecued or plain pork, mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans, assorted salads, assorted desserts, rolls, butter and coffee. The cost will be $8 per person. The American Legion Auxiliary will prepare the food. The auxiliary will have its usual stocking stuffer for all the veterans at the Veterans Home in Quincy for Christmas.


  n Class reunion: Unity High School Class of 1963 held its 50-year reunion June 15. The group toured the memorabilia barn of Gary and Rosemary Brickman, former schoolmates who live near Ursa, and also toured Unity High School, with Mrs. Sue Woodruff, secretary to Principal Bill Dorethy, as the guide. The group then went to American Legion Post 823 near Mendon for dinner. Dick Spohr was the emcee, and Kent Grimes gave an invocation. Classmates recognized were Lynda Stanbridge, came the farthest; Kathleen Poling Knapp, lives closest to Unity High School; Jeanne Ertel Estes and Bob Rogers, tied for first RSVP; Sharon Shaul Eberle, most grandchildren; Jerry Woodworth, most great-grandchildren; and Betty Beckman Gronewold, married the longest. Classmates attending were Pat Reardon Trautvetter, Loraine; Jean Cramsey Frericks, Quincy; Betty Beckman Gronewold, Ursa; Joyce Schulten Reckers, Quincy; Linda Seals Pierceall, Hannibal, Mo.; Diana Guthrie Simon, Coatsburg; Marcia Rhine Johnson, Quincy; Donna Cook Meyer, Topeka, Ill.; Milton Woodworth, Ursa; Jerry Woodworth, McDonough, Ga.; Velma Voorhis Holm, Seguin, Texas; Sheryl Harms Reinhard, Spring Hill, Fla.; Thelma Parrick Howell, Quincy; Carole Torbeck Roberts, Abingdon; Donna Miller, Quincy; Kent Grimes, Speedway, Ind.; Kay Priepot Jackson, Ewing, Mo.; Kathleen Poling Knapp, Mendon; Sherri Tieken Powell, Camp Point; Sharon Shaul Eberle, Ursa; Florence Lubker Martens, Carthage; Bonnie Schafer Conover, Mendon; Zelda Christ Smith, Quincy; Bob Rogers, Loraine; Lyle Beeler, Mexico, Mo.; Jerry Hull, Quincy; Kenneth Sharp, Taylor, Mo.; Jerry Miller, Ursa; Dean Hemming, Ursa; Kenneth Niekamp, Dunlap; Terry M. Evans, Smithville, Mo.; Sharon Ehmen Jenkins, Warsaw; Ed Reckers, Quincy; Dick Spohr, Atwater; Dale Simon, Coatsburg; Loren Hieland, Quincy; Donna McCabe Moller, Quincy; Lynda Stanbridge, Gilbert, Ariz.; Jeanne Ertel Estes, Marshall, Texas; and Darrell Baker, Vincent, Ala. Sharon "Cher" Ehmen Jenkins, Florence Lubker Martens and Donna Miller were on the Reunion Committee. The next committee will be Bob Rogers and Dick Spohr.

n Lunch meeting: The Dorothy Quincy Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution met for a luncheon Oct. 19 in the Women's City Club, followed by a regular meeting. Regent Anna Hecox led the opening ritual with Wanda Cosgrove, chaplain pro-tem. Hecox read the president general's message for Vice Regent Mary Ridder and also gave the Indian Minute and told about attending the 175th anniversary of the 1838 Potawatomi Trail of Death March from Indiana to Kansas. The caravan spent time in Quincy, stopping at the log cabins on Quinsippi Island. Hecox and Roma Weir attended the service there. Darla Norton, National Defense chairman, gave that message, and reported that everyone must be careful with WiFi and public computers especially, and to be careful about scams and to always back up devices. Linda Hughes reported that she and Hecox took down the Constitution displays from John Wood Community College and Ridders. She also told that there had been a web site for Constitution Week USA. Mary Esther Florea, flag chairman, gave the flag minute and told about a personification of the young nation titled "An Emblem of America," published Sept. 4, 1798, by John Fairburn in London. The meeting reconvened after lunch. Hecox introduced Illinois State Regent Pamela Bork, who presented her talk on "Our DAR Ties." She said that the ties that bind are to God, home and country. The spinning wheel on the symbol of the DAR was an actual wheel belonging to the grandmother of the designer of the pin. The color is blue and white representing George Washington's staff, and symbolizes honor and loyalty with scripture. She mentioned the founders of the DAR: Ellen Washington, Mary Smith Lockwood, Ellen Hardin Wallworth and Mary Docha. Within eight years, the small group that began DAR grew to 23,000 members. The monument to the founders was placed on April 17, 1929. The National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution is a society founded on service -- patriotic, historical and genealogical -- and continues with those efforts today to promote education and patriotism with knowledge. In part, the DAR was formed to heal wounds of the Civil War. In 1942, the 77th Congress passed the Flag Code, and the DAR has traditionally furnished the flag for the House of Representatives. DAR members have donated 16 million hours since World War II. The Veterans Day parade was discussed and members will decorate a vehicle. Registrar Mary Triplett reported that papers for one new member are pending at national. She also reported that all schools have been contacted about the Good Citizen Award. Sara Colgrove, history chairman, reported that papers are due to her by Dec. 1. Phyllis Smith, veterans chairman, reported on the Advisory Committee meeting she and Weir attended. A memorial for deceased member Vivian Hoener will be sent to the state regent's project. Hecox reported the grave marking for deceased member Mary Goodson will be at 1:30 p.m. Oct. 27 at LaBelle (Mo.) Cemetery. Bork will be honored with a donation to her project. The next regular meeting is Nov. 16.

n Winter activities: The Quinsippi Unit of Home and Community Education met Oct. 1 in the Farm Bureau basement, with Judy Caspermeyer, Doris Ann Dolan and Joann Hochgraber serving as co-hostesses. Members brought donations of canned goods to be delivered to the Madonna House by Linda Hinkamper and Dolan. Lucy Nelson was the honoree in the Member Spotlight for October. President Glenda Cox called the meeting to order and introduced new member Pat Bell, brought by Judy Milfs. Honorary member Betty Geisendorfer was welcomed. Twenty-nine members answered the roll call question, "What is your favorite vegetable?" A group of eight members and two guests attended the Sept. 16 play, "Sylvia," at the Quincy Community Theater. Rosie Eickelschulte reported on the second vice president's meeting, where discussion included various ways to get new members. Judy Caspermeyer reported on the Walk Around Adams County project and encouraged members to participate. Quincy Steamboat will be the site of the Nov. 7 activity where members will make holiday desserts and appetizers. Margie Bernhardt reported that Caspermeyer was cookie angel for September, bringing 10 dozen cookies to the Veterans Home. Lucy Churchwell reported that the book club's current book is "True Grit." Paula Baker encouraged members to report all volunteer hours each month. Dolan reported that the Kiddie Bazaar will be Dec. 7, and members will each bring a minimum of 10 gifts to the November meeting. Hinkamper reported that 223 toiletry items were received in September and will be delivered to the Ronald McDonald House in St. Louis. Amy Looten sent out a special version of the Acorn newsletter highlighting special activities for October. Sally Dedert presented birthday gifts to Dolan, Looten, Heather Ator and Joyce Hoskins. "Happy Birthday" was sung to all four ladies. Looten was winner of the 50/50 drawing. The next meeting will be Nov. 5 at the Farm Bureau, with Hinkamper, Cheryl Drew and Baker serving as co-hostesses.

n Pike County cemeteries: The Nancy Ross Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution met Oct. 8 at First Baptist Church in Pittsfield. The program was on cemetery preservation. Speakers were Bob Norris, Lincoln Project Board of Directors; Chris Harris, volunteer at Pittsfield Public Library; Sarah Bernard, head librarian at Pittsfield Public Library; D.J. Westmaas, volunteer; Dawn Cobb, Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, Springfield; and Hal Hassin, archeologist, Illinois Department of Natural Resources. Norris, a native of Nebo, spent 30 years visiting cemeteries, focusing on Revolution and Civil War cemeteries, and told stories that he gathered from his research. Harris worked with Westmaas and Bernard to find, visit and restore Pike County cemeteries. GPS has assisted them in locating 24 sites. There are 156 cemeteries listed in Pike County and Harris and his partners have visited 133. Harris' goal is to find all Pike County cemeteries and update the county's cemetery books. There is a large Pike County map at the library that can be used to find cemeteries that have now been found. Cobb presented "Understanding Burial Grounds." Hassin explained the progression from when wood and stones were used as headstones, to sandstone.

n Class reunion: Quincy High School Class of 1948 held its 65th reunion Oct. 4-5 at the Pier Restaurant. On Saturday night, with Kenneth Laaker as master of ceremonies, a special ceremony was held to honor the memories of 150 deceased classmates. During the memorial, bagpipe music of "Amazine Grace" was provided by bagpiper Cleve Barkley. Classmates attending were Theda Blake Boll, Ramona Bowder Hochgraber, Claire Dittmer Myers, Cleone Edgecomb McClelland, Dick Ertel, Ralph Genenbacher, Carol Ginster Lyter, Minnie Jo Glanzman Glisan, Bob Havens, Bob Hesse, Pat Hostetter Wardlow, Donna Hull Tappe, Bob Jording, Pat Kerkering Maguire, Iona Kirtright Barry, Ken Laaker, Melba Loos, Jane Miller, Ted Morrison, Josephine Nixon Mallory, Jerry Ohnemus, Shirley Pfirman Powers, Jim Steinkamp, Don Tenhouse, Joe Thomas, James Thompson, Elizabeth Walton Timpe, Betty Westenfeld Williams and Nancy Winters, all of Quincy; Bob Bickhaus, Macon, Mo.; Bernadine Bracy Hummel, Louisville, Ky.; Betty Bracy Myers, Sumter, S.C.; David Cray, Rock Island; Mary Lou Eggeson Wilson, Windermere, Fla.; James Elmslie, Kirksville, Mo.; Milli Fleer, Rockford; Bob Herrick, Brentwood, Tenn.; Don Holmes, Augusta; Charles Jarvill, Pekin; Stanley Quinn, Lisle; Paul Smith, Seattle; Shirley Tenk Seib, Moro; Leroy Vahle, Arnold, Calif.; and James Voth, Granger, Ind. Members of the Reunion Planning Committee were Ken Laaker, Cleone McClelland, Carol Lyter, Pat Wardlow, Minnie Jo Glisan, Bob Jording, Ted Morrison, Joe Thomas and Claire Myers. Every two months the class meets at the Elks Lodge for lunch, always on the third Wednesday. The next luncheon will be Nov. 20.

n October meeting: The Gem City Unit of Home and Community Education met Oct. 21 at the home of Jo Boone. President Darlene Kerber opened the meeting by asking for the roll call. All members were present, along with honorary member Carlene Rouse, who has been a member since 1944. The minutes and treasury report were read by Boone and were accepted. Kerber had received a letter of thanks from the Illinois Veterans Home which Boone read. During the meeting, members signed Thanksgiving cards to be taken to the home at a later date. Second Vice President Alice Rakers collected membership dues. Kerber asked for volunteers to work at the Kiddie Bazaar on Dec. 7. Boone reported that she had gone to the cardmaking for soldiers on Oct. 15. Betty Gebhardt gave the lesson on "Cooking With Fresh Garden Produce." The November meeting will be held Nov. 12 in the Farm Bureau basement, following the countywide lesson on Africa.


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