March 28, 2023

Club News

Baxter Garden Club

Seven members and one guest of the Baxter Garden Club toured Lavender Life Farm at Pleasant Hill June 28. Members enjoyed learning how to grow and care for different varieties of lavender. The gift shop had many nice lavender theme items. The group ate at Goldie’s afterward. The next meeting will be July 16 when they will tour a flower garden at Grinnell.

Baxter Garden Club

Baxter Garden Club participated in the Baxter Fun Days parade and memorabilia from 70 years was displayed at the library for its historical display.

Four members and one guest toured Fonda Benson’s flower garden July 16. They also attended a farmers’ market and visited the Jacob Krumm Preserve and the Uhlenhopp Arboretum.

Colfax Historical Society

The July 25 meeting of the Colfax Historical Society was called to order at 7 p.m. by President Kevin Williams and he thanked everyone for attending. Members present were: BJ Williams, Shawn Cogley, Karen Russell, Cindy L. Van Dusseldorp, Stanley Daft, Aaron Bartholmey, Bill Hansen, Judy Sullivan, Don and Joyce Jessen, Doug Wilson, Larry Hurto, Charlet Daft and Rachel Wilty. Minutes of the June 20 meeting was read. Treasurer’s report was presented.

Larry H. received a letter from Ken Barthelman, executive director of Jasper County Historical Museum sharing information about the Geisler-Penquite Foundation grant. It is an invitation only grant. Since Colfax Historical Museum wasn’t active when they started giving out invitations, maybe they will take a look at it now.

Kevin will meet with the new Colfax-Mingo Superintendent Timothy J. Salmon July 27 to give him a tour of our museum and talk to him about the Joe Laws recognition.

Shawnhas the information ready to submit to the IDOT about placing a sign by I-80 onthe Cogley land and will put it in the mail today.

We still don’t know when the IDOT will begin working on replacing our culvert.

Kevin will check on the vandalism at Karlyne’s building and get a cost to fix, then reassess what we want to do.

Shawn will be grading the ground in front of our building so it can be mowed.

Aaron will make a list of the dates of the trophies before we, possibly, donate them to Cardinal Trophies and Awards in Newton.

Karen will check with Doug Garrett to get information about the Boy Scouts doing projects. We would like them to help repair the Log Cabin.

The family of Jean Ray has donated a license plate with the recognition of him being a Prisoner of War for 4 years in World War II. We will place it in the museum.

A big thank you to Stanley and Shawn for mowing, Megan Morrisey for weeding the flowerbed, Brandon Cogley for refinishing our front entry door and to Doug, Kevin and BJ for cleaning up after sewer problem.

We will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the second Saturday of the month, Aug. 13. The volunteers will be Kevin and BJ from 10 a.m. to noon and from noon until 2 p.m. will be Don and Joyce. Admission is free.

We are open on Sundays this summer from 2 to 4 p.m. and continue until before Labor Day. We do need more volunteers to help out.

Next meeting will be at 7 p.m. Aug. 15. It is open to anyone who would like to attend.