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2016 Holiday Happening

“Christmas in the Good Old Days” is  the theme for the 12th annual Holiday Happening luncheon  being held Saturday, December 3, 2016 at St. Joseph’s Center in Adams.

The event invites individuals or groups to decorate their own tables of 8 guests in the Christmas in the Good Old Days theme or a theme of their own choosing. Participants vote for their favorite decorated table to select winners of the Peoples Choice Awards. A nice luncheon is served to participants at the decorated tables by volunteer students and entertainment is provided.

 
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"Blue Christmas" 2010 Holiday Happening table

“Blue Christmas” 2010 Holiday Happening table

 

 

 

"Peachy Table" 2010 Holiday Happening table

“Peachy Table” 2010 Holiday Happening table

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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2016 Cemetery Tour

cemtour2016cemtour2016-038Saturday, October 1, 2016. Once again, the stories of the people buried in Adams County cemeteries, came alive through the “spirits”  representing them at the Adams County Historical Society’s popular Cemetery Tour. This year the society revisited the Mount Repose, St. Leo’s and East Arkdale Cemeteries.

This Action Team project was aided by a grant from Thrivent Financial.

Edwing Olson (Doreen Olson told the story) Edwin Olson, Doreen's father farmed the land that his ancestors first settled on in the 1850s.

Edwin Olson (Doreen Olson told the story) Edwin Olson, Doreen’s father, farmed the land that his ancestors first settled on in the 1850s.

Hans Chritian & Hilda Amelia Pedersen (portrayed by Lonnie Lecy & Jodi Helgeson) The Pedersens were early settlers of Strongs Prairie

Hans Chritian & Hilda Amelia Pedersen (portrayed by Lonnie Lecy & Jodi Helgeson) The Pedersens were early settlers of Strongs Prairie

Frank Skotzke (Barbara Weade told the story) Frank Skotzke was killed in a WWII ship sinking and his body was lost at sea. A plaque in his family's plot memorializes him.

Frank Skotzke (Barbara Weade told the story) Frank Skotzke was killed in a WWII ship sinking and his body was lost at sea. A plaque in his family’s plot memorializes him.

Inez Sweet (portrayed by Morgan Peters) Inez Sweet was an active community member and one of the Adams County Historical Society's founding members.

Inez Sweet (portrayed by Morgan Peters) Inez Sweet was an active community member and one of the Adams County Historical Society’s founding members.

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Maude Decorah (portayed by Stephanie Klopotek) Maud Decorah was a basketry artist who made the basket on the ground in the picture. She was a member of a famous and large Ho Chunk family

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George & Nellie Bingham (portrayed by Harry Davis & Pat Sorensen) The Binghams were Friendship pioneers. Mr. Bingham was called ““The most important man in the history of Adams County that no one knows about.”

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Frank & Louise Nowachek (Dennis McFarlin told the stories) The Nowacheks were local business people who owned several businesses in the county: the Adams Opera House, the Dellwood Pavilion and the Palace of Pleasure at the fairgrounds.

 

Helen Fogarty (portrayed by Hariet Dehlinger) Helen Fogarty with her husband Donald built and operated a landmark gas and service station in the 1930s & 40s.

Helen Fogarty (portrayed by Hariet Dehlinger) Helen Fogarty with her husband Donald built and operated a landmark gas and service station in the 1930s & 40s.

Elsie Ewing Barnes McVey (portrayed by Sandy Pheiffer) Mrs. McVey was the wife of railroad promoter "Apple Tree" Barnes and was one of the first female postmasters

Elsie Ewing Barnes McVey (portrayed by Sandy Pheiffer) Mrs. McVey was the wife of railroad promoter “Apple Tree” Barnes and was one of the first female postmasters

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Frederick & Louise Klaus (portrayed by Collin Bays & Erin Pease) Frederick & Caroline Klaus; Adams County pioneers maintained a stage line way-station near Rattle Snake bluff.

Elton & Irene Davis (portrayed by Tom Davis, Jr. & Tobi Davis) The Davises were long time schoolteachers in Adams County.

Elton & Irene Davis (portrayed by Tom Davis, Jr. & Tobi Davis) The Davises, Tom Jr’s grandparents,  were long time schoolteachers in Adams County.

John "Smiley" Desmond (portrayed by Michael Goc) Desmond was an early conductor on the C&NW "400" Streamliner.

John “Smiley” Desmond (portrayed by Michael Goc) Desmond was an early conductor on the C&NW “400” Streamliner.

Charles & Elizabeth Houghton (portrayed by Mike & Sharon Hartz) Houghton's Rock south of Adams is named after them.

Charles & Elizabeth Houghton (portrayed by Mike & Sharon Hartz) Houghton’s Rock south of Adams is named after them.

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Bohemian Hall Stage Curtain Now at Adams County Heritage Center

The Bohemian Hall stage curtain is now exhibited in the historical society’s Adams County Heritage Center. The painting showing a scene from near Prague, Czech Republic was painted by Richard Rose (in Czech: Ruzicka) probably in the late 1920s.The curtain hung for many years on the stage of the Bohemian Hall in Friendship.

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Announcing: K- A Girl’s Life in Friendship, 1905-’06

K – A Girl’s Life in Friendship, 1905-’06:

At “Tea With Katherine”  on Saturday, November 29th young Katherine McGowan (Erin Pease) showed guests around “her” house while author Sharon Hart Addy signed copies of K – A Girl’s Life In Friendship, 1905-’06 and guests enjoyed tea and cakes in the dining room and parlor.

K – A Girl’s Life in Friendship, 1905 -’06

Katherine McGowan lived a story book life and here is the book that proves it. The girl who grew up to be Supervising Teacher of Adams County schools and fearlessly navigated our sandy roads in her trusty Model T Ford was born and raised in Friendship. Her early years shaped the woman she became. They also make for a set of very interesting stories.

Author Sharon Hart Addy has combined historical research and storytelling skill to tell us about one year in the life of young Katherine. Addy has written five stories, each one based on a special day, to describe what it was like to be a youngster in Friendship at the start of the 20th Century.

Katherine anxiously prepares to recite a patriotic poem for Memorial Day. She watches the veterans of the Civil War parade on July 4th, and goes to the county fair, which was just as exciting for a child then as it is today. She celebrates her birthday with a gift she long desired but she also learns that life is not always a party.

Addy shows how the McGowan family coped with the loss of their breadwinner, Katherine’s father and the village’s medical doctor. Katherine’s mother Hattie, her elder sister Nessie and brother Wynn become real people we can all relate to. She also paints a vivid portrait of the little village of Friendship as it entered the modern age. Katherine rides to the county fair in a horse-drawn buggy, but also experiences her first thrilling ride in an automobile.

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Addy is an experienced, published author of children’s literature, but K is not just for young people. There is no age limit on reading  stories as well-told as these are.

Addy has donated her services to the book project. Book production was underwritten by a generous grant from the Easton-White Creek Lions and other donors. That means all proceeds from sales will go to our Society. The book is on  sale now for $10.

Our Heritage Book & Gift Shop (311 Main Street, Friendship) has it fresh from the printer in stock and selling fast.

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ACHS Meetings

The Adams County Historical Society Board of Directors meets except as noted elsewhere at 7:00 pm on the second Wednesday of January, March, April, June, July, September, October and December at the Adams County Heritage Center, 311 Main Street, Friendship, WI.  Meetings are open to the public

ACHS Membership Meetings are held at the same time and place as the Directors meetings on the second Wednesdays of February, August and November.

The ACHS Annual Meeting and election of officers is held at the same time and place as the Directors meeting on the second Wednesday of May.

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2016 McGowan House Tours

The McGowan House is now closed for the season.  Tours may be arranged by appointment.  To make an appointment, stop in at the Adams County Heritage Center at 311 Main Street in Friendship during open hours, or call 608-339-7733, 608-339-6867 or 608-339-2199.

The McGowan House will reopen for tours  May through September 2016 on Saturday afternoons from 1:00 to 4:00 pm;  other times by appointment.  Family and group tours can be arranged in the off season.

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