Earlville Community Historical Society

A historical review of Earlville Illinois

Railroad Presentation

At the November 3rd meeting of the Earlville Community Historical Society, Terry Norton of Grayslake presented an interesting program on the impact of the Railroads in the development of Earlville and other communities in our area.  Terry and his wife, Joyce (Wold) Norton are railroad enthusiasts and entertained our members with many stories and photos of their travels.

2019 Calendars On Sale Now!

Orders for the ECHS 2019 Calendar can be placed anytime after October 1st . Last year we underestimated the interest in this project, so we have started out with a much bigger order than before in an effort to make sure everyone gets one. This calendar includes completely different pictures from the 2018 calendar plus a few mystery items to challenge your memory!

The calendars are $15 each (plus $2 postage for each calendar ordered). Checks can be made out to the Earlville Community Historical Society and sent to PO Box 683, Earlville IL 60518 (please add “Attention: Calendars”). Include the number of calendars and complete contact information including your email address so that we can confirm your order. The calendars are also available at a Sandy’s Shear Magic and First State Insurance as well as the Museum during business hours.

These make great Christmas gifts so be sure to get your order in soon!

Museum Building Improvements

During late summer and early fall Museum volunteers worked at improving the appearance of our storefront in downtown Earlville. In August repairs were made to the exterior of the shed next to the Museum, and a new coat of paint was applied to brighten it up. Thanks to Larry Maly and Norman Peterson for using their carpentry skills on some very hot days. In September, the large front window was replaced, and the facade was repaired, sealed and painted.

We’re grateful for the donations and volunteerism of Jamie Pelz, Dave Hake and Bill Mitchell. The Museum could not be sustained without the generosity of our friends and members.

EBA Christmas Festival Dec. 2nd

The Earlville Business Association will be sponsoring their 2nd Annual Christmas Festival in Dodge Park on Sunday afternoon, December 2nd , 2018.

Santa will be arriving and greeting the children in the shed next to the Museum. Zink Photography will be providing free pictures with Santa again this year. There will be lots of activities planned and treats to eat, so mark your calendars now! More details to come!

Ducky Derby Fundraiser Big Success

Our first annual Ducky Derby was held on Sunday, September 16, 2018, at the Earlville Country Club. A crowd of approximately 75 spectators watched as the ducks were launched off the bridge by ECHS volunteers. There was very little current in the creek due to a recent dry spell (and made worse by an industrious beaver who had built a dam just before the launch area). As the ducks were launched the dam was broken to help “boost” the duckies along. It took 37 minutes for the first duck to travel through the “S” curve and cross the finish line.

The First Place went to Katie Bevier from Wheaton, Second Place to P.R. Hughes, Earlville, and Third Place to Larry Hindle, Hillsboro, IL. (purchased for relative, Albany Kinderway). Our goal was to sell at least 200 ducks, and, in the end, 290 were purchased making this a very successful fundraiser. Thanks to everyone for your support!

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