The April (12, 2018) meeting of the Pittsville Area Historical Society was called to order by President Chris Buchanan. The secretary and treasurer reports were presented and approved.
Book 8 of the Story of Our Lives series was the first item of old business. It will include stories of Babcock area residents, Phillip McKeel, Deanne Fessler, Leonard Seebruck and Dorothy Sowatzke. Since Babcock is celebrating it 150th anniversary, the book will also include pictures and history of the area.
There was discussion of a pie testing fundraiser to be held in early summer. The pies would be cut into smaller pieces to enable people to sample many different varieties of pies. A decision was tabled until the May meeting.
Marlene Neve presented the proposed budget for 2018. It was discussed and approved for the year.
The society would like to erect an old bar (barn) on the property in the future. There was a discussion about how this could be achieved. Many other projects will have to be completed before we tackle such a large project.
Five dates for the Day of Scranton School have been finalized. The Pittsville classes will be here on May 10, 11 and 16. Oak Grove School from Wisconsin rapids will be here May 21 and 24.
Outdoor projects were discussed. The fence will be painted as soon as weather permits. No new flower beds are planned but the exiting beds will be worked on during the summer. The special project for the year will be to work on the steeple flooring and touch up the outside paint.
Motion to adjourn.
The March 8, 2018 meeting of the Pittsville Area Historical Society was called to order by Vice President Gloria Dibble. The November 2017 minutes were read by secretary Mary Czaja. Marlene Neve presented the treasurers report. The 2017 audit was completed and she handed out copies of the proposed budget for this year to be voted on at the annual meeting. A motion to approve the report was approved.
The soup and sandwich luncheon that was held on January 28 was the first item under old business. It was a success so it will be on the agenda for next year. There were three types of soups, a hot or cold sandwich and numerous types of pies to choose from. A few suggestions were made on how to improve it for next time.
Book 8 in the Stories of Our Lives series will be coming out this spring. It will feature stories from the Babcock area.
New business items included the date for the annual meeting. It is scheduled for 1:oo p.m on April 12, 2018. A slate of officers will be presented and the proposed budget will be finalized and approved. All members are encouraged to attend.
The date for the spring cleaning is April 5 weather permitting. Bring your brooms and rakes and join us.
Three classes have been signed up for Scranton School this spring. The Pittsville third graders will be attending on May 10, 11 and 16.
There was discussion about fundraisers for the coming year.
A motion to adjourn was approved.
The November 9, 2017 meeting of the Pittsville Area Historical Society was called to order by president, Chris Buchanan. The September and October secretary’s minutes were read by Mary Czaja. Marlene Neve presented the treasurer’s report. Jan Patrick moved to accept the report and authorize Marlene to pay all outstanding bills. Accepted.
Lisa Paulson, a Community Program Servicing Specialist with the USDA Rural Development department, came for an inspection visit last month. She sent a letter complimenting the members for a job well done and that we are meeting the grant requirements that were put in place when Scranton School was moved and restored.
A number of new business items were discussed. Christmas decorating will be done after Thanksgiving and before the Christmas in the Center celebration. We will participate by helping the children create ornaments.
A soup and sandwich fundraiser was discussed. It will be held at Pinecrest Supper Club on January 28, 2018 from 11:00 to 2:00 p.m. The menu will consist of three soups and your choice of a hot or cold sandwich. Various varieties of homemade pies will be offered for dessert.
The museum if now closed for the winter months and will reopen in March.
Motion to adjourn.
The October 12, 2017 meeting of the Pittsville Area Historical Society was call to order by president, Chris Buchanan. The treasurer’s report was read and approved.
Old business included a report by Mary Czaja and Joanne Wilkinson about the outside work. They are doing fall cleanup in the gardens. The rain barrel is in place. A self guiding garden brochure will be ready for next year.
We are in the process of designing a business card for the organization. Office Max has offered to print it.
New business included discussion about various fund raisers for next year. Members will think about ways to raise revenue and to provide a community event if possible.
There was disccusion about a Facebook page. It was decided to table it for now.
Motion to adjourn
The September 14, 2017 meeting of the Pittsville Area Historical Society was called to order by President Chris Buchanan. The secretary and treasurer reports were read and approved.
Old business: Mary Czaja reported the plant sale was a success. A special thank you to the Pittsville community for supporting this fund raising event.
The drawing for the TV that Brittany Bredl from Spikes Cafe donated was also held on September 9. All proceeds from these events will be used to enhance exhibits.
Book 7 of the Stories of Our Lives series is out and for sale at Baum’s Mercantile and Laura’s Corner Cafe. The cost is $9.00 for each book in the series.
New Business: Mary Zdun reported that all business memberships have come in. There are three new business members. Their support is vital to the monetary well being of the organization.
We will be open on Sunday September 24 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Motion to adjourn.
The August 10, 2017 meeting of the Pittsville Historical Society was called to order by President Chris Buchanan. The secretary and treasurer reports were read and approved.
Chris Buchanan reported that the concrete work on the northwest side of the museum will be done next week, weather permitting. Dick Woiak will help with the project.
The new computer needs some tweaking. Jan Patrick will check on it and try to have it resolved by next Thursday.
Book 7 of the Stories of Our Lives series is almost ready to go to the printer. The Lois Potts and Evelyn Horn stories are finished. A few extra pictures from the Lambert family will complete it.
Two fundraisers were discussed under new business. Brittany Bredl donated a 24″ flat screen color TV with a DVD player to be raffled off. It can be seen at Spikes. The ticket cost is one for $5.00, three for $10.00 and seven for $20.00. The tickets are available at Spikes. The drawing will be held September 9. All proceeds will go to the museum.
A plant sale will be held in conjunction with the all city garage sale on September 9. Many plants around the museum need to be divided. Stop by the gardens to take a look at the plants in the beds. One of our favorites might be for sale. Museum members are also donating plants for their gardens. We are asking community gardeners to help out if they have plants that need to be divided in their yards. Please bring them to the back door of the museum by Friday, labeled with the name and color. Fall is an excellent time to transplant. You will get a large plant for very little money. The leftover plants will be donated to the Wood County Master Gardeners for their plant sale in Marshfield at Maple Fall Fest on September 16 and 17.
Their was a discussion about a memorial for deceased members of the historical society. Many ideas were discussed.
The military area is being recognized. A wall will be constructed that will display some of the smaller items better. The museum exhibits are constantly being evaluated and new items added. Stop in to see your areas history. We are open each Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and the last Sunday of the month from 11:00 to 3:00 p.m.
The July 13, 2017 meeting of the Pittsville Area Historical Society was called to order by President, Chris Buchanan. The secretary and treasurer reports were read and approved.
Old business included a report by Mary Czaja on the gardens. Signs have been printed and a brochure is being compiled by Joanne Wilkinson for a self guided tour of the grounds. It will tell a little bit about the history of the gardens and the plants that are included in each. The 2017 Master Gardener class toured the gardens on July 13.
A thank you note is being sent out to Pat Schmidt for the work that he did on the steeple. He put a new louvre, built the steps and railing for the entrance and fixed an area in the back that was broken when it was moved to the site. The building will finally be finished this summer.
Rubert Schiller’s old woolen baseball uniform was donated to the museum by his daughter, Deb. It is from the mid to late 40’s. He played in the Wood County baseball league. A display will be developed featuring it and other baseball memorabilia.
The museum will be open on Sunday, July 30. Mary Zdun and Sharon Christensen will be the docents.
Under new business: There was a discussion about a plant sale at the museum during the September all-city garage sale on September 9 from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.. Many plants in the gardens need to be divided and will ask members of the community for donations. The leftovers will be taken to the Master Gardener’s plant sale at Maple Fall Fest in Marshfield on the following weekend.
Motion to adjourn.
The June 8, 2017 meeting of the Pittsville Historical Society was called to order by President Chris Buchanan. The secretary and treasurer reports were read and approved.
TLD Lettering completed the lettering that we are planning to use to identify the buildings and memorials that are on the grounds.
Thank you to the volunteers that stepped up to help with the Scranton School Days: Jim Holland, Harriet Broom, Marge Hinrichsen, Elaine Brunner, Kathy Skon and Pat Coulthard. We could not put on the program without the extra help from these people.
The renovation work on the steeple will resume this summer. The garden in front of the building has been created as a Memorial Garden to Mary Garrels. The cedar shakes on the steeple, school and PowWow booth will be sprayed by Miller Roofing Services. These buildings need some extra upkeep this summer. If anyone in the community would like to help with any of these projects, contact Chris Buchanan or any member of the Historical Society. We will be happy to put you to work.
We will participate in the parade on July 4th. There was discussion on how best to depict this year’s these “Honoring Those Who Served”.
The May 11, 2017 meeting of the Pittsville Area Historical Society was called to order by Chris Buchanan. The secretary and treasurer reports were read and approved.
Outdoor signage was discussed under old business. The memorial signs will be completed this summer. The Pittsville Forefathers sign in the front of the museum will be put up as soon as all of the materials are ready.
Six of the 10 books in the Stories of Our Lives series are completed. Book 7 will include the stories of Evelyn Horn, Lois Potts and Alma and Del Lambert. Books 8 – 10 have been planned out and are in various stages of development.
We would like to thank everyone who attended our spaghetti dinner at Pinecrest Supper Club on April 23. There was discussion about holding it earlier in the year in the future.
The docent schedule for the summer months was set up under new business. The museum is open from 12:00 to 3:00 p.m.
on the last Sunday of the month from May through September.
The steeple is scheduled to be completed this summer. We will need to have a carpenter do some of the work that needs to be done. Contact Chris Buchanan or Mary Czaja if you would be interested in helping with this project.
There are seven school groups coming to Scranton School this May. Children from Pittsville, Wisconsin Rapids and Nekoosa will have the experience of attending a one-room school for a day. They dress in period clothing, put up the flag and spend the rest of the day as a child would have in the 30’s or 40’s.
The museum will be closed Thursday, May 15.
Pittsville Area Historical Society annual and monthly meetings were held April 13, 2017 at the museum.
Annual Meeting: A slate of officers was presented and unanimously approved. President – Chris Buchanan, Vice President – Gloria Dibble, Secretary – Mary Czaja, Treasurer – Marlene Neve, and Exhibit Coordinator – Jan Patrick.
Christ approved the following committee chairs: Historian – Pat Lippert, Membership – Mary Zdun, Consultant – Chuck Soper, Gardners – Mary Czaja and Joanne Wilkinson.
The Pittsville Record will be the designated newspaper. Associated Bank will be the designated depository.
Monthly Meeting: Seven classes are now scheduled for this spring at Scranton School. Letters will be sent to people who volunteered to help in previous years requesting help again this year. As in the past, a structured full-group class will meet in the morning. Three afternoon breakouts will feature Palmer method handwriting, math the abacus and reading by lamplight. Workbooks will be assembled next Thursday.
A 2017 budget was developed. Memberships continue to provide financial support for maintenance expenditures.
A spaghetti dinner will be served at Pinecrest on Sunday, April 13 from 10:30 to 2:00 p.m. Proceeds from the dinner will be used to finance display work. The steeple was stripped, painted, shingled and a replica of the original cross installed. It still needs louvers built for one opening, a more solid floor and safer steps built. A church pew for inside the steeple donated by Mary Garrels needs refinishing. Proceeds will also be used for better grounds signage.
The meeting was short but productive. The next monthly meeting will be Thursday, May 11, 2017.
The November 10, 2016 meeting of the Pittsville Area Historical Society was called to order by President, Chris Buchanan. The secretary & treasurer reports were presented & approved.
Old business included a discussion about signage on the buildings & memorial gardens on the grounds. The metal sign idea is not going to work out so we are looking into vinyl lettering for the project. This will be worked on during the winter.
Our old computer crashed. Jan Patrick is looking into purchasing a new one for the museum. It was determined that a desktop will work best for our purposes. Bruce Naugle has offered to help with setup after the new one has been purchased.
Book 5 in the Stories of our Lives series is at the printers. It contains the life stories of Jack Frost, Joyce Trachte & Fred Trachte.
New business included a discussion about the Christmas in the Center celebration which will be held on December 10. We will help the children make Christmas ornaments again this year. We will be at the high school from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
The museum Christmas decorations will be put up during the first week in December.
Chris Buchanan reported on the various Veterans Day celebrations that will be held in the area on Friday, November 11.
This is our final monthly meeting until April. The museum will be closed during the winter.
Motion to adjourn.
The September 8, 2016 meeting of the Pittsville Area Historical Society was called to order by President, Chris Buchanan. The secretary and treasurer reports were read and approved.
The museum will be open Sunday, September 25 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Mary Czaja and Joanne Wilkinson will be the docents for the day. The museum was open for two class reunions this summer. It gives the classmates a chance to learn about their hometown history and reminisce about the past.
An open house and reception is being planned for our business members for the evening of September 22. This is an opportunity for us to showcase the exhibits and show how important their support is to the organization.
Books 5 and 6 of the Stories of Our Lives series are being worked on. Many of the stories just need a little extra work to be ready for print. The 2017 calendar is also just about ready to go to the printers. Sharon Christensen, Jan Patrick and others have spent countless hours on the computer to bring history of life in our community.
The summer has been spent maintaining the facilities and crossing items off the To Do List. Our buildings require a lot of maintenance. We try to do most of the work ourselves to save on the cost of labor.
The Stevens Point Christian School will spend the day at Scranton School on September 22. The teacher heard about the program from a Nekoosa teacher who brings her class every year. This is a good opportunity for the students to learn about education in the 1930’s and 1940’s.
The August 11, 2016 meeting of the Pittsville Area Historical Society was called to order by President, Chris Buchanan. The secretary & treasurer reports were read & approved.
Work is progressing on the 2017 calendar. The cover picture was taken. Allan Buchanan brought over his 1914 Model T touring car. The “Old Ladies” dressed in their Sunday best to pose for the photo. The theme for the calendar is transportation from the past decades.
Joanne Wilkinson & Mary Czaja have been working on the memorial garden for Mary Garrels. It is a work in progress. The goal is to have the basics completed this fall.
The wedding exhibit is being remodeled. The museum has received many wedding photos so new shelving has been added to the area to display them. A new mannequin will be included in the exhibit.
The members discussed the need for more volunteers at the museum. There are many jobs to do each time we meet. Some members have an interest in the exhibit area, some like to work outside & some help to cleanup & accession new donations. If you are interested in joining the group, stop in any Thursday to see what we are doing.
There is a continuing water problem on the northwest side of the building. Ideas to fix the problem were discussed. The window wells will be covered, new caulking will be added & a rain barrel will be purchased for the downspout. The cement overlay will need to be fixed.
Motion to adjourn.
The July 14, 2016 meeting of the Pittsville Area Historical Society was called to order by President, Chris Buchanan. The secretary & treasurer reports were presented & approved.
Our Fourth of July float received a second place in the organization category. It was designed to remind people to be proud to vote in the upcoming election.
The museum is opened on the last Sunday of the month from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Docents for the summer months were set up.
Sharon Christensen has been working on the 2017 calendar. The theme is transportation through the ages. The daily news items will be from the 1970’s.
Mary Czaja & Joanne Wilkinson are starting to work on the Mary Garrel’s Memorial Garden. It will be located by the church steeple & will include a large angel. Hostas will also be planted around the steeple to conceal the foundation.
Future Stories Of Our Lives books are in the process of being written. Many of your friends & neighbors have very interesting stories to tell. Other ideas for stories about early cranberry grower families & families that were involved in mossing were discussed.
Motion to adjourn.
The June 9, 2016 meeting of the Pittsville Area Historical Society was called to order by president, Chris Buchanan. The secretary & treasurer reports were read & approved.
Many projects to be completed were discussed. Chris Buchanan finished caulking around the posts on the ramp & cracks in the concrete work. The foundation work on the northwest side of the museum is tabled for now as the contractor has not shown up. He will be contacted again. The work must be finished before winter. The design for the Fred Lippert Memorial metal piece is at Adrian Custom Cuts. It still needs some editing before it is completed.
Under new business: The museum will be open 11:00 to 3:00 p.m. May to September. The docent schedule was set up.
Plans were finalized for the July 4th float. This year’s theme is “Proud to be an American”. We will show our patriotic colors.
The 2017 calendar was discussed. The monthly theme will be transportation through the years. The dates will have news items & memorabilia from the late 1960’s -1970’s.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank the city council members for touring the museum on May 17. They got an update on current projects & buildings. If you are interested in the museum, the building are open Thursdays from 9:00 a.m.. to 3:00 p.m. Docents will be available to answer your questions. The museum grounds are available at anytime for your enjoyment. The gardens are in full bloom right now.
Sharon Christensen is working to update the website. The address is (pittsvilleareahistoricalsociety.org). The site is a good way to find out when the buildings are open, to view the displays & to see the Scranton School Classes.