Category: News


                                                                        It is with much gratitude that we accept a donation from the Shirley (Frisch) Bauer Family for $10,000.  In addition, Shirley’s family directed memorial donations to the Museum and also the proceeds from her household sale for a total in excess of $14,000.  Shirley and her family are long-time residents of Earlville.  She was an active member of ECHS until her health kept her from participating.  We will miss all of her wonderful stories and knowledge of the community.

Pictured to the left – Larry Maly, ECHS Director; Stan Meloy, ECHS VP, Michael Bauer, Derek Bauer, Bruce Bauer


Museum Building Project!

Exciting things are happening at the Museum!  We have LONG needed a restroom on the first floor of the building for our visitors as well as our volunteers, and it’s about to happen!  A small addition has been added to the west end of the building to house a fully handicapped restroom to the north and a small kitchenette on the south.  The project is nearly complete!  Thanks to everyone for their donations!!


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.


So many more interesting items have been added to our Agricultural display!  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!