The October 19, 2015 meeting of the James A. Garfield Historical Society, held at the Mott Building on Main Street, Garrettsville, covered a wide range of topics including :
The warm reception of the organization’s display at the recent Chamber of Commerce Business Showcase and the coming presentation to be given at the Garrett House on November 7.
The work of the Collections Committee in cataloging collection items in the Past Perfect data base, including pictures and descriptions and developing a reference system for locating the information.
Gene Semplak reports that the window updating and repair project is nearing completion.
The Mystery of Our History program/presentation has been rescheduled for November 8 from 1:00 to 4:00, focusing on a number of mayors—and their wives—of Garrettsville and what they accomplished during their terms in office admission for the peek into the past will be $10 and will be suitable for all ages; no PG ratings here!
Persons interested in history of Freedom Township will be meeting for now without the leadership of Dolores Reed who is dealing with a loss in the family.
All history-minded persons are urged to be collecting oral histories of family and community members who may possess recollections of people and events which could be lost.
Bear Necessities is helping the Collections Committee with sorting and offering items, such as old books not relevant to local history or residents, on e-Bay.
The new projector is in and available for programs to be presented to or by the group.
Some *Garrettsville Strong books are still available through the Society.
New postcards featuring historical scenes or local pictures of interest have been created by The Silver Frog digital/pictorial services and are available at the Mott Building. The Buckeye Block—before the fire—is one photo available. They are priced at $1.00.
Secretary and author Pam Montgomery gave an interesting presentation on Garrettsville money. In the course of researching her *Garrettsville Strong book, she found that the topic had been investigated by an gentleman named Steven Wilson and paper money had been printed by various banks, not just the federal government, from 1863 to 1935, the Federal Reserve came into being in 1913 to end all that and the nation went off the gold standard. The local currency was issued by the First National Bank of Garrettsville under charter # 2034. If you’re living in a Century Home, check the attic for leftovers.