Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Odebolt Museum May 2014 Minutes

May 21, 2014
Members of the Odebolt Historical Museum met May 21, at 7:00 pm with the following members present – Rebecca Ullrich, Marilyn King, Alice Hemphill, Renee Babcock, Steph Fleenor, Margaret Ann Landgraf, Kathy Larson, and Mary Schroeder.  We welcomed Pam Hanson as our newest member.  New members are always encouraged to attend.

Minutes of the previous meeting were read and approved.  The Treasurer’s report was read and approved.  Bills were presented and approved for payment.

Old Business-
Kathy and Steph met with a gentleman about the possibility of renovating the ceiling to the original ceiling.  He said it would be very costly, due to the condition of the tin ceiling tiles.  Kathy also had a gentleman in to look at the carpet.  He shared the carpet is not in any shape at all to be fixed.  Members discussed the carpet needs to be removed and hopefully use the existing wooden floor.  We hope to get this done this coming winter.  We may look into the possibility of seeing if some local groups would like to help in this big project.

Kathy shared that Steph reports that all the Assessor’s Books and Odebolt Chronicles are now digitized.  This is a valuable resource to use for interesting information about Odebolt history.  To view this information – or find a link on the Odebolt website –   A big thank you to the Odebolt Library Board and Steph Fleenor for making this a reality.

New Business-
The A.E. Cook Corn Trophy will be coming back to Odebolt for display at First State Bank from June 16-July 25. Special thanks goes to Don Etler, Dan Etler, John Currie and First State Bank for all their work in making this happen for the Odebolt community.  Sometime in July the museum plans to host Joleen Dentlinger of Early, who will give an interesting presentation on the former Cook Ranch. A book about the Cook Ranch is hoping to be made in the future, so if anyone has any information or pictures to share please contact Kathy Larson at  (Read more about the trophy)

The museum recently received many interesting and beautiful items from the Barbara Adam Searles estate.  The Adams Family will be returning to Odebolt on June 14 to bury Barbara in the Odebolt Cemetery.    Please make it a point to come in and see the new display of Adams Ranch memorabilia.   We are very grateful to the Adams family for their thoughtful donations.

Members were asked to sign up for times to work during Creek Days.  The museum will be open on Saturday and Sunday during Creek Days, June 21-22.  (See Creek Days schedule for times)

Steph reported the need for an updated computer.  She suggested we purchase a new laptop that would be available for use by visitors coming to the museum.  Rebecca Ullrich made a motion to have Steph purchase a new laptop, Marilyn King seconded the motion, motion carried.

The museum has had many visitors in the past few months. Several groups of students from the Odebolt-Arthur Elementary and Middle School have recently visited the museum.  We encourage everyone to visit the museum, there are new items going on display all the time.

The museum will be open on Memorial Day following the Memorial Day Service at the Odebolt Cemetery.  Renee has volunteered be at the museum on Memorial Day.

Many old trophies from the school have been put into storage due to a lack of display room.  It was decided to sell the trophies to individuals who might like a piece of their high school memories. The trophies span years 1959-2005, trophies mainly of sports with a few musical trophies.  A list of trophies will be made available at All-School Reunion, June 20th and also on the Odebolt website –   Trophies can be purchased for $5 and picked up at the museum on Saturday or Sunday of Creek Days.  Other arrangements can be made, if so contact Mary Schroeder –

Steph brought up the need to have a form in place for individuals/families to fill out and sign when they donate items to the museum.  She will get a form developed and have it viewed by the city attorney and present it at our next meeting.

Several organizations and individual have recently made monetary donations to the museum – Faith Lutheran Church, Ingleside Club, Ruth Kelly Estate and Lois Siebrecht Estate.  The museum appreciates these donations, allowing us to continue to display the rich heritage of the Odebolt community.

The next meeting of the Odebolt Historical Museum will be August 27, 2014.

Mary Schroeder       

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