Long time JCHS Board Member Ralph Grapner passed away unexpectedly at his home on January 28, 2016. Ralph had been a JCHS Board Member since 1998, and served as JCHS treasurer for many years. he was in charge of food preparation and chief cook for our festival for the past 13 years.
Ralph was also a member of the Salamonia VFW, Museum of the Soldier, Portland American Legion Post No. 211, a charter member of the Portland optimist Club, the Indiana Morgan Horse Show, and the Morgan Gold Cup Regional Horse Show in Columbus, Ohio. Ralph recently retired from the Jay County Fair Board after serving for 39 years. He was also inducted into the Indiana Association of Fairs Hall of Fame.
He was a veteran if the U.S. Army serving in Korea. Ralph owned a flower shop and later the Vernon Schmidt Garage and Jayland Food Service.
He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Rosie (Schmidt) Grapner, a daughter, Chris Dugan, three grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, and one great-great-granddaughter. Two sister, Donna Moden, Celina, OH and Imogene Lawhead, Portland, also survive.
Services were held on January 30th, with military honors conducted by the American Legion Post No. 211.
Winter is the season when we have fewer visitors at the museum and when volunteers are working to rearrange displays. This year we will be moving more items into our new addition and renovating other areas.
However, when weather permits, the Jay County Historical Museum will be closed on Mondays. The museum is open from Tuesday through Friday at 10 to 4:00 PM.
Monday and Saturday the museum is open by chance or by appointment.
A new display already in place is about the local Grange. Stop by and see this in the library showcases.