Category: News


Stan Meloy, ECHS VP, Dave & Helen Michelsen, Rich Goodbred, Pres.

We have always been fortunate to have the support from our members and community whether its the extra couple of bucks you drop in our donation crock, or a “keep the change” when purchasing a calendar, buying a membership, or including us in your annual donation or as a memorial for your loved one.  However, Christmas came early this year when Dave and Helen Michelsen came forth last month and wrote a check for $6,363 to the Historical Society to pay off the mortgage owed to the Pioneer State Bank!  This year, in particular, with fundraisers and other events being cancelled, we are so grateful.  Earlville is a great place to live, and we hope that our Museum continues to reflect that!


If you lived in town prior to 1985 you will remember the fire whistle that would blow in order to summons the firemen to the station.  In addition to that important job, the whistle was also blown regularly at 7am. 12 noon, 1pm, 6pm and 9pm.  As kids, many of us depended on that whistle to inform us when to report home for lunch and dinner, and to leave our friend’s house and get home at night.  The whistle was removed in 1985 and has been stored in Bob Goodbred’s shed ever since.  It came home to the Museum this week.


During the summer we finally were able to finish up some improvements to the little shed to the south of the Museum.  Many of you will remember it as Charlie Biehl’s woodworking shop.  A new roof and new floor were installed creating a space that can now be used as a display area.  It’s a perfect space to feature our Agriculture display including items used on the farms long ago, the grain elevators, hemp mill, blacksmithing, livery stables, dairies, trucking and more.


Over the past year(s) we have compiling information on Earlville houses, businesses and families.  If you are doing a genealogical search or just looking for interesting facts about these subjects, please stop in and let us show you.  We have enlarged maps and photos of the downtown areas and could really use your help in making this resource more complete.  We’re looking for copies of family trees, obituaries, information about your business or a business that your parent, grandparent may have had.  Please stop in!  We know you won’t be sorry!


The 2021 ECHS Calendars are on sale until we run out!  Take a trip down Memory Lane or learn something that you didn’t know about our community.  As usual, the calendar is chock-full of vintage pictures of people and places in Earlville.  They sell for $15 each.  If you wish to purchase one (or  more!), contact us by mail (ECHS, PO Box 683, Earlville 60518) or via email at (  There is a $2 per calendar charge for shipping.  These  make great Christmas gifts but are in limited supply and go fast – so get your order in now!

WE’RE OPEN FOR BUSINESS AGAIN – But “by appointment” only for now!!

THE MUSEUM IS OPEN BUT BY APPOINTMENT ONLY!!  We are excited to welcome you, but, due to Covid-19 we are asking that you call for an appointment first.  This way we can provide the safest environment for our volunteers and our visitors.  When you visit we are asking that you wear a mask and practice social distancing to protect our volunteers and other visitors.  We also ask that you not touch any of the items or displays.  Can’t wait for 2021 to get here and hopefully an end to the pandemic. We’ve missed you!  To schedule an appointment, call Anna at (815)985-3763 or Kris at (815)252-9380.