Local History Class at East Central
The Local History Class at East Central College promises to offer a great trip through history as an all-new slate of presentations will be offered this spring. Classes will be held every Thursday evening in March and April from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m in the Regional Training Center (the one-story building off to the left away from the main campus). Walk-ins will again be accepted for $10 per evening as space allows. To sign up for the class, contact Sharon Witte at the college (636-584-6529). We expect a great turnout. Don't miss this one! The cost is $50 for all 16 presentations
March 7, 2013
7:00 p.m.: Cathie Schoppenhorst, former curator of the Warren Historical Society, present Historic Interpreter at the Boone Monument Farm, will present "The Four Families Who Lived on the Boone Monument Farm from When it was a Spanish Land Grant to the Present". Those families are the Bryan, Griswold, Dickhaus, and Stemme families. The emphasis will be on the Bryan family who lived there the first 39 years, and the Dickhaus family who built the brick house and lived there 91 years. Both families are heavily connected in Franklin county.
8:00 p.m.: Armin Klemme, retired minister, will present "100 Years at Zion United Church of Christ--Union"
March 14, 2013
7:00 p.m.: Joe Sonderman, acclaimed author of several books on Route 66, will give the second part of his "Route 66 in Franklin County" presentation. The first part was presented in the 2012 class.
8:00 p.m.: Sue Blesi, local author and historian, will present "Two Little-Publicized Shootings". One concerns a teacher who went berserk and committed murder. The other involves a preacher who also went berserk and was shot by his own parishioners!
March 21, 2013
7:00 p.m.: Ben Brown, retired history teacher, will present "The Dyson Men: Six for the War of the Rebellion". It is a narrative of six Dyson brothers from the Japan area who joined the Missouri State Guard, only one of whom survived the war. Brown will feature a first-hand account from Roby Dyson's Civil War letters.
8:00 p.m.: Steve Claggett, president of Four Rivers Genealogical Society and an active researcher, will present "German Immigrants in 19th Century Franklin County", based on biographies of Germans like Gert Goebel and Frederick Muench. He will tell how they lived, married and buried.
March 28, 2013
7:00 p.m.: Carol Radford, president of the St. Clair Historical Society, will present her research on "Earliest Churches in Franklin County".
8:00 p.m.: Marc Houseman, Director of the Washington Museum, will present "Friendship, Love and Truth, the History of Odd Fellowship in Franklin County".
April 4, 2013
7:00 p.m.: Diane Disbro, Branch Manager for Scenic Regional Library, says a newspaper is a mirror that reflects both events and attitudes in a community. She will present "What the Washington Missourian reported about Women During the Second World War".
8:00 p.m.: Sue Blesi, local historian, will present some of the "Memories and Memorabilia of Rural School Teacher Cora Roussin Thoming". Mrs. Thoming taught in numerous schools in the county and fortunately, saved everything!
April 11, 2013
7:00 p.m.: Terry Wilson, who was a Franklin County Commissioner for 12 years and founder of the Veterans' Hall of Fame, will present "A Selection of short Civil War Biographies".
8:00 p.m.: Kevin Wolff, who is a descendant of John B. Busch, will present "The John B. Busch Family and Home".
April 18, 2013
7:00 p.m.: Walt Larson, former mayor of Washington and past Washington Historical Society president, will present "The Owens Family (of Washington) and a Connection to Abe Lincoln".
8:00 p.m.: Mark Lause, who is a history professor at the University of Cincinnati and a native of Franklin county, is the author of Price's Lost Campaign (and 6 other titles). He will discuss "Price's Raid in Missouri".
April 25, 2013
7:00 p.m.: Norman Grannemann, who works for U.S. Geological Survey in Lansing, Michigan, will present "Pivotal Events in the Civil War in Franklin County", concentrating on the vote not to join the Confederate States and the killing of James Barnes. A native of New Haven, Grannemann spent his early years on a farm his grandfather bought in 1902.
8:00 p.m.: Janet Daniel and Therissa Schlemper, long-time members of the Meramec Valley Genealogical and Historical Society will present "The Civil War Comes to Pacific", an overview of events surrounding Price's Raid in their community.