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Former industry star of program

Published: Saturday, July 5, 2014 1:15 a.m. CDT
Mike Smith (from left), John Mitchell, Dana Fellows, Terry Gaskill, Bob Johnson, Don Lester, Larry Berge, and Alice Grimes were guests at the monthly Tampico Area Historical Society meeting. They were all associated with the former Northwestern Steel & Wire Co. in Sterling. Photo submitted by the society.

TAMPICO – The Tampico Area Historical Society met June 24 at the historical building, 119 Main St.

Dana Fellows, adjunct instructor at Sauk Valley Community College in Dixon and director, of information technology, at Whiteside Area Career Center in Sterling, gave a program on the history of the former Northwestern Steel & Wire Co. of Sterling.

The society’s next meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. at Tampico Memorial Cemetery, state Route 172 and Tampico Road. Mike Chandler will demonstrate the use of a dowsing rod to find buried and sunken graves.

There will be a potluck at 6 p.m. Aug. 26 at the Tampico Community Building on West Market Street. Those attending are asked to bring a dish to pass and their own table services. The program will be on the Green River Ordnance Plant, presented by Duane Paulsen and Pat Gorman, president of the Lee County Historical and Genealogical Societies.

The group also will meet at 7 p.m. Sept. 23 at the historical building. Robert Andersen of the Manlius Historical Society will give the program.

For more information, contact Joan Johnson, president, at garyjoan@thewisp.net or 815-622-8705 or tampicohistori calsociety@gmail.com for Denise McLoughlin, family history coordinator.

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