The November 12 (2020) meeting of the Pittsville Area Historical Society was called to order by President Chris Buchanan. The Secretary and Treasurer reports were presented and approved.
Old Business included a report by Jan Patrick on the progress of the barn project. Both buildings are ready for exhibits. Sharon Christensen and Jan worked on a graph drawing of the shed to determine where the exhibits will be put. Many of the displays from the museum including the tool shed, will be moved to the shed and barn next year. Jan will work on stories and labeling to accompany the exhibits over the winter.
Books 9 & 10 of the Stories of Our Lives series are still on hold due to the Covid crisis. Marlene Neve reported that she will work on the materials that she has on hand. She is hoping to get more information via email. Personal stories will have to wait until it is safe to do face to face interviews.
The new sign is being worked on by the High School construction class. We are hoping to get it and put up before the ground freezes to hard.
New Business included winter upkeep of the museum and property. A volunteer will be in charge of checking on the furnace each month. Someone will be contacted to keep the sidewalks clean of snow. The museum will be closed until spring.
There was a discussion about A Day at Scranton School. We will have to see if the schools are open in spring. Work days will be set up when necessary. Mary Czaja will set a date for Christmas decorating when weather permits. She will contact the others when a day and time are set.
The October 8 (2020) meeting of the Pittsville Area Historical Society was called to order by President Chris Buchanan. The Secretary and treasurer reports were presented and approved.
The barn project was a large part of the Old Business discussion. It is up and ready for interior improvements which will be worked on next spring and summer. Randy Fochs reported that it will be spray painted in the near future. Jan Patrick reported that the Rural Development Association is ready to disperse the money from the grant. Marlene Neve and Jan Patrick will contact the person in charge of the grant . Remaining lumber will be stored for later use in the displays. The contractor is buying back some of it. Randy is cleaning up the outside.
Jordan Rayburn’s high school class is making a new sign for the southeast corner of the museum. It will say Pittsville Area Museum Complex with silhouettes representing the 5 buildings on the top.
New Business was also dominated by the barn project. Wilke Excavation met with Jan Patrick to discuss landscaping. They will repair the ruts on the TDS and hardware store properties this fall. The rest of the landscaping will wait until the spring. All of the buildings will have to be wheelchair accessible. They will work to facilitate drain on the property. They will relocate the flagpole when they are working away from the new barn. The weather vane is ready for the barn shed. It is a rooster created by Scott and Cheryl Adrien and soldered by Dick Woiak.
Marlene Neve took a moment to thank all the volunteers who worked so hard on the barn this summer. This project would not be possible without extra help from volunteers and donations from the community.
(10,2020) meeting of the Pittsville Area Historical Society was called to order by President Chris Buchanan. Treasurer report was presented and approved.
Barn construction is proceeding well. Goal is to see exterior completed by the end of September. Possibility of purchasing a few life size fiberglass animals to inhabit the barn was discussed, a guernsey cow, guernsey calf, holstein calf. Maybe two little pigs could welcome visitors just outside the barn door. Four life=size chickens, three cats and one dog have been donated.
A plant sale is scheduled for Saturday, September 12. Set up will start at 8:00 or a little earlier Friday, September 11. Profit will help finance garden expenditures in 2021.
Most businesses have renewed their yearly memberships.
The Pittsville High School class that manufactures signs has been contacted to construct a Pittsville Area Museum Complex sign. It will be erected in the location where the old one had been.
The museum continues to be open for visitors Thursdays from 9:00 to 12:00 and 1:00 to 3:00. It will also be open Sunday, September 27 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
The August 13, (2020) meeting of the Pittsville Area Historical Society was called to order by President Chris Buchanan. The Secretary and Treasurer reports were presented and approved.
New Business included a report on business Memberships by Mary Zdun. Two new businesses will be added to the list. We are very grateful to the area businesses for their continuing support.
Chris Buchanan reported that we will be hosing a Brat Fry at the Cenex station on Friday, August 14.
Jan Patrick presented the barn update. The grading and cement work are finished and lumber has been delivered. Kauer Construction is set to begin work on August 17.
The museum will be open on Sunday, August 30 from 11:00-3:00. Stop by to see what is happening this year.
Mary Czaja reported that a plant sale is planned for the day of the All City Rummage Sale on September 12. Perennials from the museum gardens, other gardens and garden related items will be for sale. Look for further information about what perennials will be offered in upcoming issues of this newspaper.
The area on the southeast side of the museum is ready for a new sign. It will be constructed by the high school woodworking class.
Motion to adjourn.
The July (16, 2020) meeting of the Pittsville Area Historical Society was called to order by President Chris Buchanan. The Secretary and treasurer reports were presented and approved.
Old business included a report by Jan Patrick on the progress of the barn project. The preliminary work has been done to ensure that construction can begin. Al Behselish from the Hardware Store has given his permission for the trucks to use his parking lot to access the property. TDS has also granted permission for the trucks to use their land. Diggers Hotline has been contacted. Jodi Wilke construction will do the fill and grading as soon as possible.
The southeast corner of the museum is getting a new look. The old sign was taken down to be replaced by a new one which will be constructed by students in Jorden Rayburn’s wood shop class whenever school returns in the fall.
A new landscape plan is in the works.
Book 9 in the Stories of Our Lives series will not come out until late fall. The Covid crisis makes it too difficult to interview people at this time.
The High School Yearbooks from 1980 to present have been digitized. They are on two disks that are available at the library and museum.
New Business included a motion by Jan Patrick to have Marlene Neve open up a new checking account exclusively for the barn project. It will make it easier to keep track of expenses.
The museum will be open on July 26 from 11:00-3:00. Mary Zdun and Lynn Jankowski will be the docents for the day. Masks will be required when you enter the building. There are masks available if you need one and hand sanitizer is available. We will also be open on Thursdays from 9:00-12:00 and 1:00-3:00 and the last Sunday of the month from 11:00-3:00 until the winter months.
We continue to receive donations for the museum and the new barn project They will be accessioned and displayed as soon as possible.
Motion to adjourn.
July 16, 2020
The Annual Meeting of the Pittsville area Historical Society was called to order by President Chris Buchanan at 1:00 on July 16. Secretary and Treasurer reports were presented and approved. The same slate of officers from the past was approved by unanimous ballot. Chris Buchanan appointed the committee chairs for the year. Partners Bank of Marshfield was approved as the Designated Depository for the organization. The Pittsville Record was approved as the Designated Newspaper. Motion to adjourn the annual meeting to be followed by the regular July meeting.
The June 11 (2020) meeting of the Pittsville Historical Society was called to order by President Chris Buchanan. The Secretary and Treasurer reports were presented and approved.
Old Business included a report by Jan Patrick about the barn project. The grant has been approved by the Rural Development Association but we are waiting for the face-to-face meeting at the site when the Covid restrictions are lifted.
Construction will be delayed until this process is done. Book 9 of the Stories of Our Lives series is like-wise on hold because of the quarantine.
New Business includes a report about the gardens by Mary Czaja. The gardens are no longer a Master Garden project. We will self fund in the future. Lindsey Meissner contacted Peg Rademan to give us the opportunity to use any left over plants from the school greenhouse to use in our planters. We are very grateful for the donation. Joanne Wilkinson, Peg Rademan and Mary Czaja will be working on the southeast and east side of the museum this summer. The current sign will be removed to be replaced by a new one designed by the high school. New soil and compost will be added. Watch for our new look.
The museum and school have been cleaned and are now ready for visitors. We will be open from 9-3 on Thursdays with an hour for lunch between 12-1. We will ask that all visitors wear a mask and use hand sanitizer before entering.
Tammy Hardinger contacted the historical society to help with the summer program on July 21 at the park. The program is “Imagine Your Story”. Our portion will be “How Grandma & Grandpa went to school”.
Our Annual Meeting will be held at 1:00 on July 16. A slate of officers will be presented and voted on. The president will appoint committee chairs and other business will be discussed. The public is invited to attend.
The first meeting of the Pittsville Area Historical Society for 2020 was called to order by President Chris Buchanan on March 12. The Secretary and Treasurer reports were presented and approved.
Old Business included a report from Jan Patrick about the Soup & Sandwich Luncheon at Pinecrest on February 16. A total of $1,390.30 was placed in the barn fund thanks to the hard work of the Pinecrest crew and the wonderful community support that we received.
Book 9 of the Stories of Our Lives series is expected to be available to the public this summer. It will include Cranberry Marsh history, early area baseball history and the Capling and Baum family histories.
Mary Czaja reported that all of the Pittsville High School annuals have been digitized by the OCI Yearbook project. Once again, community support was necessary to complete this project as not all of the books were in the museum collection. We will keep one of the disks at the museum and one will be at the library.
The Barn Project dominated New business at the meeting. We are in the process of fund raising now since it is not possible to start construction. Donation jars have been placed at Pittsville Farm & Home, Pinecrest and Blue Bayou. Jan Patrick and Marlene Neve worked on a grant application from the Rural Development Association. Jan has also checked on other grant possibilities. A Breakfast Brunch will be our next fundraiser at Pinecrest Restaurant. It will be held on Palm Sunday, April 5 from 10:00 a.m. –
2:00 p.m. The menu will consist of regular and potato pancakes with sausage patties or biscuits & sausage gravy, scrambled eggs, applesauce, cheese , syrup, butter, cranberry juice and assorted beverages. The cost is $10.00 for adults, children 4-10 are $5.00, children 3 and uncer are free. Now we just have to wait for the weather to warm up and the soil to dry so construction can begin.
The High School’s Tech Ed class will make a new sign for the southeast corner of the museum. That area and the east side gardens are going to be reworked this summer. Chad Durrant has donated bags of rabbit manure from his daughter Sylvia’s rabbit business that will be incorporated into the soil. The Wood Country Master Gardeners Volunteers have allocated funds to help with plant purchases.
The Wisconsin Rapids Grove School third grade classes will attend a day at Scranton School on May 26 & 28. Our year is starting out strong.
The Annual Meeting will be held on April 9 at 1:00 at the museum. The public is invited to attend.
The November 14, 2019 meeting of the Pittsville Area Historical Society was called to order by President, Chris Buchanan. The Secretary and Treasurer reports were presented and approved.
Old business included a final report on the garden work by Mary Czaja. The containers will be filled with evergreens and Christmas decorations put up. The shed is up and weather tight. It will be used for storage over the winter. The rest of the outside painting will be finished next spring along with the various displays that are planned for the space. The group has an evening out to celebrate “a job well done”. Randy Fochs was unable to attend so he was presented with a gift certificate to Pinecrest to thank him for all his hard work.
Jan Patrick reported that bids have been coming in for the barn. The winter months will be used for planning and fundraising. The group is planning a Soup & Sandwich luncheon on February 16 and a Palm Sunday Brunch on April 7; both at Pinecrest. All proceeds will go towards the barn project. There was a discussion about other fundraising ideas. Motion to adjourn,
The museum will be closed for the winter months until April.
The September 12, 2019 meeting of the Pittsville Area Historical Society was called to order by President Chris Buchanan. The First order of business was the Barn Project Raffle. Marge Zdun was invited to do the drawing. First place prize of the Merchants Basket was won by Sherry Kohlbeck. The second place prize of the quilted flag wall hanging was won by Randy Neve. The third place prize of a framed black bear print was won by Bill Frost. Mark Jankowski won the forth place prize of $5o.oo gift certificate from Pinecrest. The $25.00 gift certificate from Pittsville Cafe was won by Chelly Krause and a $25 gift certificate from Cenex gas by Denise Ellis. Thank you to everybody who purchased a ticket. This is a wonderful start to our fundraising effort to put up an early 1900’s barn on the property.
The secretary and treasurer’s reports were presented and approved.
Under Old Business: There will be a school day at Scranton School on September 19. A group of Hone School students from grades 1-6 will attend. There was a discussion about recruiting an extra volunteer for the day.
The museum will be open from 11:00-3:00 on Sunday, September 29. The docents will be Patti Lippert and Chris Buchanan. This would be a good chance to check on the progress of the shed and see the new displays in the museum.
Randy Fochs gave a report on the shed. Progress is being made. He and a group of volunteers will work any nice day within the next weeks. We would like to thank all who have given of their time to this project. He could use more laborers with carpentry experience. Stop over to see the project and offer a hand.
There was a discussion about business membership. Only 6 businesses have yet to respond. We are very grateful to the merchants who donated items or gift certificates for the Merchants Basket first prize in the raffle. We can always count on the merchants and citizens of the area for support.
There was only one item under New Business. We have been contacted by the OCI Yearbook Project. They will once again digitize the Pittsville High School Yearbooks. We participated in this project last. year. They will now digitize the books from 1950 to the present. We will check our collection to see what yearbooks are needed to complete the set and work with the project.
Motion to adjourn.
The August 8, 2019 meeting of the Pittsville Area Historical Society was called to order by President Chris Buchanan. The Secretary and Treasurer reports were presented and approved.
Old business included a report by Mary Zdun that 21 business memberships have been received so far. Business memberships are very important to the organization.
Ticket sales for the Barn Project raffle have been very good so far. They are being sold by Historical Society members and at Baum’s , Horsin’ Around Saloon, Blue Bayou and Pinecrest. The drawing will be held on September 12.
Randy Fochs is in charge of construction of the shed. He has set up work d.ays at the Christensen property and at the museum. The old wood from the barn is being cut to length and hauled to town for construction. The regular Thursday crew will stain the wood for the shed. He will contact a few men from the area to help with the construction. The goal is to finish the shed this year and start work on the barn next year.
New business included a work schedule for the project.
The museum will be open on August 25 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Chris Buchanan and Gloria Dibble will be docents for the day. The museum is also open each Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon and 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Stop by to see the construction and the new exhibits in the museum.
The July 10, 2019 meeting of the Pittsville Area Historical Society was called to order by Vice President Gloria Dibble. The Secretary and Treasurers reports were presented and approved.
The first item under old business was a report that our float won first prize among organizations in the 4th of July parade. The slogan of “Flying High on the 4th of July” was depicted with a hot air balloon. Uncle Sam and members of the group threw out candy and beads for the children.
Randy Fochs reported on the progress of the Barn Project. Jodi Wilke delivered and leveled the gravel for the shed base. The shed will be constructed yet this year and the barn will go up next year. In the mean time we will apply for grants and fund raise to get the money necessary for the project. Raffle tickets are being sold by the members of the Historical Society and are also available at Baum’s Mercantile, Pinecrest Supper Club and Horsin’ Around Saloon. They are $1.00 each or 6 for $5.00. First prize is an area Merchants Basket; second prize is a quilted American Flag wall hanging created by Sharon Christensen; third prize a framed print of a black bear by Doughty; fourth prize $50 gift certificate from Pinecrest Supper Club; fifth prize $25 for Pittsville Cafe; and sixth prize $25 from Cenex. Tickets are on sale until September 12.
Under New Business: The walnut tree will have to be removed before construction of the barn is begun as it will interfere with the barn foundation. The box elder tree behind the school will also be removed.
Business membership letters will be sent out August 1. Business memberships are very important to the organization and we are very grateful for their past and continued support.
Motion to adjourn
The June 13, 2019 meeting of the Pittsville Area Historical Society was called to order by Chris Buchanan. The Secretary and Treasury reports were presented and approve.
Under Old Business: It was a very successful year. It takes 7 people to be on hand each day school is in session. This couldn’t be achieved without a dedicated group of volunteers to help the regular Thursday crew.
We would like to thank Pat Krueger, Marge Hinrichsen, Elaine Brunner, Kathy Skon and Pat Coultard for helping out this year.
Jan Patrick reported on the barn project. The nail pulling the Christensen barn is done and all the lumber is piled and ready to be used on the project. She presented a motion to have the dimensions of the shed be 12′ X 30′. It was seconded by Pat Lippert and approved. She showed a diagram on the shed with a list of items stored there along with the approximate dimensions for the displays.
Construction will begin when a contractor is found. Rancy Fochs and crew will help with the work. There is a black walnut three on the property that will be saved if possible.
We will have a float in this year’s 4th of July parade. The theme of “Flying High on the 4th of July” will be depicted by a hot air balloon with Uncle Sam riding in the basket.
New business included a list of docents working on the last Sunday of the month. The museum is open from 11:00-3:00 on June 30, July 28, Aug. 25 and Sept. 29.
There was a discussion about a variety of ways to raise money for the barn project. A raffle with a Flag Wall Hanging created by Sharon Christensen as First Prize, a painting as second prize, a basket of merchandise and coupons from local businesses, etc was one suggestion. An ice cream social and fashion show were also discussed.
Motion to adjourn.
The May (2019) meeting of the Pittsville Area Historical Society was called to order on May 9 by President, Chris Buchanan. The April Secretary’s minutes were read and approved. There was no Treasurer report for this month.
There will be seven classes attending Scranton School this year. The dates are May 14, 16, 20, 23, 31 and June 4 & 6. Schools attending are from Pittsville, Wisconsin Rapids and Nekoosa. The children receive a new identity for the day. They experience a one room school day just as the children did in the 1930’s. They learn math by using an abacus, cursive writing with an ink pen, and reading by candlelight during the school day.
The barn project is still in the preliminary phase. Letters are being sent out to businesses and organizations asking for donations. We are requesting a grant from the Rural Development Association to see if any funds are available from the state. In the meantime , bids are being requested from local businesses for fill, concrete base, construction and electricity.
The museum is now open on Thursday from 9:00-3:00 with an hour break from 12:00-1:00 . It is also open from 1 1:00-3:00 on the last Sunday of the months of May to September.
The Annual and April meeting of the Pittsville Area Historical Society was rescheduled to April 18 due to the snowstorm on April 11. (2019) President, Chris Buchanan called the Annual Meeting to order. A slate of officers was presented and voted on. The new officers are President-Chris Buchanan, Vice-President–Gloria Dibble, Treasurer–Marlene Neve, Secretary–Mary Czaja, and Exhibit Coordinator–Jan Patrick. Chris also appointed the following committee chairs: Historian–Pat Lippert, Membership–Mary Zdun, Grounds & Gardens–Joanne Wilkinson, Peg Rademan and Mary Czaja, Audit–Pat Lippert and Lynn Jankowski, Acquisitions–Jan Patrick and Randy Fochs, Consultant–Chuck Soper.
The April Monthly meeting followed. It was called to order by President, Chris Buchanan. The Secretary and treasurer reports were presented and approved.
Old Business included a report about progress on the barn project by Jan Patrick. The city granted a variance on the lot line setback. That will enable the barn and shed to be placed on the property without being too close to other buildings. It will enable more handicap accessibility to the buildings. This is just the beginning. There are more items and questions to be addressed before construction can begin. It will be a replica of an early 1900 farm building. The downstairs will have cow stalls, stanchions, drinking cups and mangers that would have been found in barns of that era. No electricity.
Calf and chicken pens will also be in the downstairs area. Grainery steps will provide access to the haymow area which will provide much needed workshop and storage room. This area will be blocked off from the general public for safety reasons. It will have electricity.
The FFA high school students will help with construction projects and conduct tours once the barn is ready. A 20’x13′ shed will house the farm tool display and many larger items that have been donated. A collection of miniature threshing machines has been offered. This will be display in the shed along with many items that are currently in the museum.
A Soup & Salad Luncheon and Spaghetti Dinner have been conducted at Pinecrest Supper Club to help with expenses. Other fundraisers are being planned. We are requesting a grant from the Farm Tech funds to help with this project and will be requesting donations from various businesses and organizations. Watch the paper for progress on this project.
The next couple of weeks will be devoted to cleaning the buildings and getting supplies ready for our Scranton School students. May 14, 16, 20, and 23 have been reserved for classes so far. Spring is always a very busy time at the museum. The gardens and grounds will be worked on as weather permits.
There is a new “To Do” list on the refrigerator for this year. As with many such lists, it seems endless but is necessary to keep us on task. Jan enumerated the items that were completed from last years’ list. Accessioning is up to date, the glass plate negatives have been digitized, obits are categorized and put in the card file box, 38 of the 49 scrapbooks have been indexed. Randy cleaned up one of the old typewriters and hung the minnow net. Lights have been replaced and many labels have been placed in the displays to make it easier for visitors to tour the museum. The goal is to get as much don inside before the barn project gets going.
Motion to adjourn.
The March 14, 2019 meeting of the Pittsville Area Historical Society was called to order by President, Chris Buchanan. The Secretary and Treasurer reports were presented and approved.
Old Business: Chris reported that only 2 deer hunting back tags, 1988 & 2015, were needed to complete the set that Pete Multerer donated to the museum.
Mary Czaja reported that the High School annuals from 1950-1989 have been digitized by the Oklahoma Correctional Institution and returned to the museum. A copy of the CD was given to the High School and Library.
Jan Patrick gave a presentation about how the barn project is progressing. TDS turned down the request for a donation of a portion of their land, as a result we are asking for a variance of the lotlines to easier accommodate the project. The meeting will be held at 5:00 on March 20 at City Hall. She is in the process of gathering bids for fill , concrete, flooring, electricity, and erection of the barn & shed. Grants are being prepared from the Rural Development Association and Farm Tech Days to help finance the project.
A Spaghetti Dinner will be held from 10:30-2:00 on Sunday, April 14 at Pinecrest Supper Club. The profits will be used to fund the barn project.
The infamous “Things To Do List” is to be updated. It will include a list of accomplishments as well as new projects. Each member is encouraged to add to the list. This keeps all of us busy while we are here.
Book 9 of the Stories of Our Lives series is in progress. There will be a general history of cranberry and moss marshes instead of individual families.
New business: The Annual Meeting will be held on April 11 at 1:00. A slate of officers will be presented, the yearly budget, and the official depository and designated newspaper voted on.
Chris reported that a Genealogy group from Wisconsin Rapids would like to tour the museum and Founders Cemetery. She also was asked to see if our group could help the Marshfield Historical Society with their Dairy Fest Weekend festivities.
Motion to adjourn.
The Pittsville Area Historical Society are sponsoring a soup and sandwich luncheon on Sunday, February 17, 2019 with serving from 10:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Pinecrest Supper Club.
Soups: You have your choice of chicken dumpling or creamy broccoli/potato
Sandwiches: You have your choice of ham & swiss on homemade bread or pulled beef on a bun.
Pies: Your choice of apple, blueberry, lemon or pumpkin
Beverages: Choice of coffee, milk or water.
The cost of the luncheon is $9.50 for adults, $4.00 for ages 4 to 10 and free for ages 3 and under.
Members of the Pittsville Area Historical Society met for lunch at Pinecrest Supper Club on January 24 (2019). Late winter and spring activities were discussed. Arrangements were made for a Soup & Sandwich Luncheon to be held on Sunday February 17 at Pinecrest Supper Club. A Spaghetti Dinner and Style Show were also discussed. The money collected will be used for future projects
The November 8, 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.
Under old business, Mary Czaja reported that the grounds are ready for winter. Fall decorations will be taken down and replaced with Christmas before the Christmas in the Center celebration. We will have cookies and hot beverage available for the public by the front door on Saturday, December 1.
Research will continue through the winter months for Book 9 in the Stories of Our Lives series. Members will also be recording scrapbooks that have been donated to the museum over the winter. The recording of names and events into the computer helps us find information when an inquiry is made. Randy Fochs will be working on the museum’s old typewriters over the winter. The goal is to have them in working order so people can see how they worked.
The museum was given a collection of deer hunting back tags. We will be asking hunters and their wives to check if they would have tags from the years 1942-1955, 1984-1989, 1991-2015 to complete the set.
A plan of action has been put in place if we are notified of a chemical spill by the fire department or the office of Emergency Management.
New business: We received information about a service that is available to historical societies and libraries that would digitize high school yearbooks. The service is provided by OCI (Oklahoma Correctional Industries). Their goal is to provide inmates with the job skills necessary to get a meaningful job when they are released. They are currently accepting yearbooks from 1950-1989. A motion was presented and passed that we take advantage of this offer. This will insure that they are computerized so they will be safe in case of a fire or other problem.
There was a discussion about fundraisers to help offset expenses for the proposed barn. Ideas presented included a Soup & Sandwich luncheon, spaghetti dinner, Style Show, and a Lost Arts or “How They Did It” day on the grounds.
Preliminary plans for the barn are being discussed. Miller Roofing Services LLC is dismantling the Christensen barn and members are sorting and piling lumber to salvage as much as possible. Motion to adjourn.
The October 11, 2018 meeting of the Pittsville Area Historical Society was called to order by President, Chris Buchanan. The Secretary and Treasurer reports presented and approved.
The Windows to the Past exhibit is being constructed. Randy Fochs is constructing the individual windows. Each depicts a part of the past that might be lost among the many artifacts in the museum.
The Museum will be open from 12:00-1:30 on Wednesdays and Fridays after the High School Cranberry Tours. Local residents are also invited to stop in.
We are looking for an historical object to be placed in front of the Pitts Family sign on the south side of the museum. Maybe something to do with the cranberry harvest since it is such a large industry in the area.
Chris Buchanan and Marlene Neve are working on a 4’x8′ Christmas card to be placed on the green space for the Christmas in the Center celebration on Dec. 1.
Various avenues are being pursued to bring the concept of a old barn into reality. Motion to adjourn.
The September 13, 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.
Several items of old business were brought up. Book 9 in the Stories of Our Lives is being researched. Members are beginning to interview people about early moss and cranberry marshes. The book will also include stories about the Baum family, Dr. Capling and early baseball teams in the area.
The Christensen barn will be taken down in late October. There was a discussion on how to store the building materials and proceed with the project.
The high school FFA is conducting their cranberry tours on Wednesdays and Fridays during the month of October. The museum will be open from 12:00 – 1:30 after the tours. The tour participants will be invited to continue learning about the area and its history.
The museum will be open Sunday, September 30 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. We are still open on Thursdays from 9:00a.m. to 3:00 p.m. with a lunch break from 12:00 to 1:00. Please stop in to see all the new projects that are currently in progress. Many items have been crossed off the to do list this summer.
Randy Fochs has joined the group. He has already helped with many projects and will help to construct the new Windows To The Past display.
New business included a discussion about raising money for the barn. Suggestions included a spaghetti dinner, soup and sandwich luncheon, style show and tea around Valentine’s Day and a Lost Arts Day during the summer on the grounds.
Motion to adjourn.
The August 9, 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. Marlene Neve reported on the current business memberships. We are very thankful for their involvement in our organization and the community.
Old business included a report about the all-school reunion. Twenty four of the alumni and their guests visited the museum. They enjoyed looking at the exhibits and reminiscing about the old days.
Nine members of the group joined WFLA Lodge 408 City Point at Pinecrest Supper Club to make yellow bows for The Highground. The bows will be put up on utility poles, trees and doors from September 22, Veterans Day, to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the Highground and honor the Vietnam War Veterans.
The museum will be open from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 26 and Sunday, September 30. This would be a good family outing. When was the last time you visited? There are a number of new items and exhibits. We are also open on Thursdays throughout the summer and fall.
Book 8 in the Stories of Our Lives series is out and selling well. It includes the history of Babcock and the lives of residents Phillip McKeel, Leonard Seebruck, Dorothy Sowatzke and Ken and Shirley Kuhlka. The cost of the book and others in the series is $9:00. They can be picked up at Baum’s Mercantile, Laura’s Corner Cafe and Bucks N’ Berries Restaurant in Babcock.
Sharon Christensen is continuing to scan the glass plate photo images into Windows 10. This is a significant collection and we are looking at ways to use it in the future.
Joanne Wilkinson, Peg Rademan and Mary Czaja have been working on outside projects. The picnic tables are painted and the gardens weeded. Next project is to finish working on the steeple and install a picket fence behind it.
New business included a couple of new donations. The Gronski family is donating a player piano and 20 player rolls that belonged to Margaret Gronski. She was a music teacher in Pittsville for many years. Outdated items from the old science room lab have been donated to the museum. This will make an interesting exhibit.
Jan Patrick met with the current agricultural teacher, Lindsay Meissner, about our idea of putting up an old barn on the property. The FFA would like to be involved with the project when it can.
Motion to adjourn.
The July 12, (2018) meeting of the Pittsville Area Historical Society was called to order by vice president Gloria Dibble. The secretary and treasurer reports were presented and approved.
Old business included a discussion about future fundraisers. Plans are going forward for the barn. Arrangements have been made for taking down the Christensen barn. The historical society will be responsible for taking out the nails and piling the lumber. The lumber will be used to erect an early 1900’s barn on the property.
The flatbed scanner has been purchased. It is being used to digitize the early 1900 glass photo plates that have been donated to the museum.
New business included dates that members will be available to make large yellow bows. We are honored to have been asked to help make the bows. The Highground has asked that they be put up along the highways from the end of September to Veterans Day to honor veterans.
Motion to adjourn.
The June 13, (2018) meeting of the Pittsville Area Historical Society was called to order by resident Chris Buchanan. The secretary and treasurer reports were presented and approved.
Old business included a report on Book 8 in the Stories of our Lives series. It will include the history of the Babcock area and will be available for Babcock’s 150th anniversary celebration on July 14. The cost is $9.00 and can be found at the Babcock Cafe, Bucks N’ Berries, and at Baum’s Mercantile and Laura’s Corner Cafe.
A pie tasting fundraiser will be held on June 24 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the lower level of the museum. The members will make their favorite pies. People can try two different flavors. Coffee and milk will also be served. The cost is $5.00. This would be a good chance to check out the museum and see what we have been doing. The museum is also open on Thursdays and the last Sunday of the month.
We would like to thank Tom Gardner of Hay Creek Pallet and Al behselich of the hardware store for the donation of wood chips. We finished staining the fences and the gold chip mulch really enhances the gardens.
The 4th of July parade was the first item of new business. This year’s theme is Pittsville patriotic Pride. There were many ideas on how to best carry out the theme.
The museum received a donation of boxes of glass photo negatives. After much research, Sharon Christensen found a flatbed scanner that could be used to scan these very rare photos. Jan Patrick presented a motion to purchase the scanner. Approved.
An old barn has been on the museum’s bucket list for a while. The Christensen barn needs to be torn down. The materials would be available to be saved for a barn. Jan Patrick will pursue grant possibilities. She showed pictures of an old barn along with a diagram of a possible structure.
Motion to adjourn.
The May 17 (2018) 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 first item under old business was Book 8 in the Stories of Our Lives series. It is scheduled to be sent to the printers in June. It will include the stories of Babcock residents, Phillip McKeel, Deanne Fessler, Leonard Seebruck and Dorothy Sowartzke. Babcock is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year. The book will include pictures of history of “old” Babcock.
We are still entertaining the thought of putting an old barn on the property if it is feasible. It was discussed to build the barn with old barn board that the Amish might be able to furnish.
The pie fundraiser was discussed. It will be held on June 24, the last Sunday in June at the museum. A couple of smaller pieces of pie will be served along with coffee or milk.
Under new business:
The military area will be worked on by Marlene Neve and Sharon Christensen this summer. Floyd Kumm’s uniform jacket and hat will be on display. His name will also be added to the WWII veterans list. Bob Rademan’s uniform will also be added to the area.
Despite the late spring, the fence is getting stained and the gardens are being prepared for summer. New mulch will be added as the beds are worked.
Chris buchanan is including a number of museum items in her garage sale. They were stored in Jackie Cunningham’s shed and need to be removed. There was not enough room at the museum for everything. Money collected will be used for museum projects.
The Pittsville third grade classes have spent a day at Scranton School. The community can be very proud of these students. They were a delight to teach and we hope that they learned something about life in the 40’s.
There will be an All-School Reunion on August 4. The museum will be open from 1:00 to 4:00 p..m on that day. We will also be open each Thursday beginning in June and on the last Sunday of the summer months from 11:00 to 3:00 p.m.
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.