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Volunteers Honored at the Fair

Each year at the Jay county Fair, the Cincinnatus League honors senior citizen by bestowing upon them Lifetime of Service Awards.  This year Paul Martin, Bob Vance, Lee Newman, Helen Martin and Judy Zearbaugh were honored.

Bob Vance is on the JCHS Board and is a past member of the Portland City Council and Jay county Boys’Club Board.  He was also a trustee of Asbury United Methodist Church, and served as trustee chairman for many years.  Bob is now a member of the Jay County Council and the Green Park Cemetery Board.

Judy Zearbaugh serves as a board Member and treasurer of JCHS.  She is also treasurer of the Cincinnatus League and the Jay County Humane Society.  As a member of Asbury United Methodist Church, Judy sings in the choir, plays handbells, has served as a Sunday School teacher, helps prepare meals, and is a money counter each week.

Congratulations and thank you to these five seniors who devote much of their time to volunteerism.


New Displays at the 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.


A display, “End of an Era”, will be featured with items from Marsh Supermarket which had their beginnings in Salem in southern Jay County.  Another display was prepared of photographs, articles, and items from Redkey’s history, including Redkey High School.  A collection of items from the former Indiana Glass Company, which were donated by the John S. Esparza family will also be on display in the Domestic Arts Room.  John was employed at Indiana Glass in Dunkirk for 30 years, from March, 1972, until March, 2002.

Also, featured are wedding dresses and bank memorabilia, from the collection of Cheryl Myers, from past and present Jay County banks.

Items that have recently been donated to the museum include a Civil War medallion, given by Glen and Chris Bickel of Ft. Wayne, and a cast iron stove from Robert G. Holley of Muncie.


Let there be Light

For those who have had to squint to find friends and family in the senior composites hanging in the front hallway of the museum, those days are over!  Thanks to Randy Loyd for installing new lighting on the ceiling.  The new LED light strips make it much easier to see the pictures than the three small bulbs on the wall .  Also look for improved lighting in other areas of museum.

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New Books  & CD Available

Three items by Jay County native John Sherman are now available for purchase at the museum.  “Home-Stories of a Childhood Told in Poems” is a CD featuring a collection of poems that provide reflections on his childhood home on a small Jay County farm.  Many of these poems are included in his book, Marjorie Main-Rural Documentary Poetry from the 1940’s to 1960’s, which sells for $9.  The CD sells for $15.

War Stories” A Memoir of Nigeria and Biafra is a book which began as a journal kept by Sherman while he was a member of a food/medical team operated by the International Committee of the Red Cross during the Nigerian Civil War in the 1960’s.  It sell for $10.


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Officers Elected for 2016

board, 5-12-16

Jay County Historical Society, Inc. officers for 2016 were elected at the board’s December meeting.  Larry Hiatt and Kay Locker will be serving as co-presidents again this year.  Carter Leonard will be vice president.  Jane Spencer was re-elected as secretary and Judy Zearbaugh as treasurer.

Pictured are the 2016 board of directors seated from left, are Karen Resler, Claudia Jones, Judy Zearbaugh, Kay Locker, Jane Spencer, and Janice Stucky.  Standing, from left are Phil Rager, Larry Hiatt, Bob Vance, Carter Leonard, Larry Bubp, Rob Weaver, Blake Watson, Sylvia Morrical, and David Frasher.

Following the sudden death of Ralph Grapner in January, at their February meeting, the JCHS Board elected Claudia Jones to replace him for the rest of his term, which ends in December 2016.

If you have questions, concerns, or suggestions, please feel free to contact any of the above board members.  Should you wish to appear before the board, please contact the museum to be placed on the agenda.

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Legacy Calendar

2016 Historic Legacy Calendar had been registered as a Bicentennial Legacy Project by the Jay County Historical Society.  Each day of 2016 will have a tidbit of Jay County history and each month will feature an historic picture of a Jay County location.  An 1864 Jay County map is also included.  Janice Stucky has done the  research and preparing of this calendar.  It would make a nice Christmas present to some one from Jay County.


The calendars are on sale at the museum for $10.00.  If you prefer to have it mailed, also include $3.00 for postage and handling.  

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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.


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