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County historical society reaches 50

Published: Saturday, April 12, 2014 1:15 a.m. CDT
The Carroll County Historical Society was organized in 1964. In 1968, "Carroll County – A Goodly Heritage" was published. Helping with the project were (seated, from left) Howard Woessner and Edward Turnbaugh, both of Savanna; E. George Thiem of Evanston; and William Petty and Fay Christian, both of Mount Carroll; and (standing) Florence Turnbaugh of Savanna; Elizabeth Wise of Lanark; Allen Polhill of Milledgeville; Marie Kersey of Shannon, Marie Derrer of Mount Carroll; Helen Evans and Louis Rabun, both of Savanna; Kenneth Whitney of Chadwick; and Russell Rahn and Harold Horner, both of Lanark. Photo from the publication.

MOUNT CARROLL – The Carroll County Historical Society will have an open house in celebration of its 50th year after its annual meeting at 1 p.m. June 22 at the Owen P. Miles Museum, 107 W. Broadway.

Visitors will be able to tour the historic Italianate home and view the collections of memorabilia from more than 100 one-room schools, see medical supplies from early physicians, and tour the military room.

The society was organized in 1964. Its first officers were Larry Roberts, president; Fay Christian, vice president; Florence Turnbaugh, secretary; and Kenneth Whitney, treasurer.

In 1968, the society published “Carroll County – A Goodly Heritage” after they gathered and collected information about the past.

Today, the Carroll County Historical Society continues its mission to sustain general interest in the county’s history and to encourage historical research and preservation.

It owns and operates the Miles museum, as well as the Oakville Complex.

For tours or more information, call 815-244-3474.

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