Monday, September 29, 2014

Odebolt Historical Museum Minutes

September 24, 2014
Members of the Odebolt Historical Museum met Wednesday, September 24th at 7:00 pm with the following members present – Pam Hansen, Eleanor Petersen, Marilyn King, Kathy Larson, Thelma Schroeder, Verna Mae Schwaller, Steph Fleenor, Renee Babcock, Alice Hemphill, JoAnn Scott, and Mary Schroeder.  We welcomed Joyce Flink as a visitor to our meeting.

President Kathy called the meeting to order. The minutes of the previous meeting were read and approved.   The treasurer’s report was presented and approved.

Steph reported that she purchased a new laptop computer for use at the museum.  It is all set up with access to the internet.  Thanks to Sac County Mutual Telephone Company for their help in providing us with internet access.

Kathy shared we received a generous memorial from the family of Barbara Adams Searles.

Old Business –
Steph presented members with the document, “Deed of Gift”, which will be used in the future with items that are donated to the museum.  She reminded members to please call or email her when new items are given to the museum.  This will allow the inventory to be kept current.

Kathy reported the Cook Corn Trophy was very well received by all that had the opportunity to view it at First State Bank. A big thank you to all that help provide cookies and drink the evening Joleen Dentlinger presented her Cook Ranch information.  Kathy received communication from Dan Etler that enough money has been raised to get the book started and printed. Thanks to generous contributions from current landowners of the original Cook Ranch, members of our communities, and the Sac County Board of Supervisors, Joleen will be able to start writing the book about the Cook Ranch.  She expects the book to be completed in two years.

The museum had many visitors over Creek Days. Over 180 people came in to see all the museum has to offer. 

Kathy talked about the need to remove the carpet in the museum.  Members feel it needs to be removed and hopefully the original wooden floor can be used.  Members were asked to see if they know of anyone who would be willing to remove the carpet.

Mary reported 11 school trophies were distributed during Creek Days.  The list of trophies is available on the Odebolt website –  Interested individuals can contact Mary Schroeder – for more information.

New Business –
Kyle Hustedt is in the process of writing a second book about the Adams Ranch.  Kyle wrote the first book while he was in high school and since then has gathered new pictures and information for a second book.  He is looking for funding to write and print the book. He plans to write an article for the Odebolt Chronicle in the near future, explaining the book’s contents and scope.    Museum members unanimously agreed to donate money to the writing of the second book at a later date.

Kathy thanked Renee for the wonderful window displays she puts together. Renee is planning a window display for National 4-H week coming up the end of October.  If any member has items to add to the window, please contact Renee.

 Kathy thanked members who have opened the museum to the many visitors we have had in the past few months.  Pam Hansen agreed to add her name to the list to be contacted when visitors would like to come to the museum.

Kathy shared she has a current list of school yearbooks that are for sale (  The yearbooks can be purchased for $10.  She also shared several display cases were moved to allow room for the Cook Ranch display.  Thanks to the able bodied men who moved the cases.

Kathy reported that she was contacted by members of PEO, Chapter DS about using the museum as part of a fundraiser. They would like to use the south window to place a large Christmas tree as part of their “Tree of Tributes” fundraiser.  They would like to have the museum opened the evening of Sunday, December 7, to allow people to share in the planned activities.  A motion to allow Chapter DS to use the museum for their fundraiser was made by Verna Mae Schwaller, seconded by Mary Schroeder.  Motion carried.

Members then discussed this would be a great time for the museum to decorate for the season.  A time to decorate will be planned later.

Pam shared two pictures she would like to donate to the museum.  The pictures are of their family business, which will be celebrating their 90th anniversary in 2015.  Rex Chevrolet is the oldest business in Odebolt.

The next meeting will be in the spring, just in time for spring cleaning.
Mary Schroeder

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