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In Memory

Freda Baughman, the last surviving charter member of the Jay county Historical Society, passed away on June 20, 2017, at age 90.

Freeda was born on July 1, 1926, in Jay County, the daughter of Thomas and Gladys (Hudson) Hart.  A 1944 graduate of Poling High School, she married Jerry Baughman in 1945.  He pass away in July, 2015.

Surviving are three daughters:  Pamela Gillett (husband Jim), Margie DeVoss, and Claudia Jones (husband Richard).

Freda was instrumental in starting JCHS in 1967, and was active until recently.  Her daughter, Claudia, is following in her mother’s footsteps by now serving on the JCHS Board of Directors.  Freda will be missed.

We Love Our Volunteers

Janice is our “VOLUNTEER EXTRAORDINAIRE” at the museum.  Recent visitors have commented about how well organized our genealogy library is.  We can thank Janice for that!  We have also been told that Janice should have a microphone fastened to her at all times because she is a wealth of historical knowledge.

Janice goes above and beyond the call of duty to help those doing genealogy research, as well as helping with other museum records.

When someone comes in to do research and Janice isn’t here, give her a call, and she will probably arrive in a few minutes.

The “Jottings from Janice”  and “Vital Records” columns which appear in our newsletter each month are also Janice’s work.  At the beginning of this year, she turned in both columns for all of 2017.  That’s being prepared.  She also keeps track of the books available for purchase in our museum store and updates page 11 of each month’s newsletter.

We have many very devoted volunteers at the museum, but few can top the devotion shown by Janice Stucky, “VOLUNTEER EXTRAORDINAIRE”!

New Displays Taking Shape at Museum

Several new displays are being featured at the museum this month.  Visitors are welcome to visit during regular hours of 10 to 4, Tuesday through Friday.

Two items have been added to the museum’s collection recently.   Two years ago, Glen and Chris Bickel of Ft. Wayne had donated gold framed photographs of Civil War soldier Francis (Nate) Bickel and his wife, Lydia Theurer Bickel.  They have now given a framed Civil War medallion which belonged to Nate.  These items are displayed in our genealogy library.

Robert G. Holley of Muncie, Indiana, delivered a stove that was used by his parents, Orville and Lelia Holley, to provide heat for their kitchen.  The stove, manufactured by Manchester Foundry Co., Manchester, Indiana, was purchased in 1949.



July Picnic

The Annual Picnic at the Museum will be held on Tuesday, July 25th, at 6:30 PM.  Meat. drinks. and table service will be furnished.  Those attending are asked to bring a covered dish to share.

Steve McClung, whose artwork is currently on display, hopes to briefly discuss his pictures and his love of painting.


Museum Hours

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.