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Old Settler Sez: Down to the wire

Here it goes one more time for this year! It is time for the Sunday schedule of events and a few comments. Remember the dates, Aug. 1-4 and the theme, “Country Heroes.” Also remember that the community center will be open Saturday for your convenience.

First thing Sunday morning, from 7-9:45, is the Masonic Chuck Wagon Breakfast at the shelter house area. This has been an annual event for many years, with a few exceptions. It was started by well-known Buck Maxwell, who was a descendant of J.W. Maxwell, for whom the town was named.

Next on the list is the All-Community Worship Service at the park grandstand at 10 a.m. The service features the group called Psalm 33:3, and is sponsored by the Methodist church. This group is called by God to sing unto him skillfully a new song. The service is followed by the church stand special Sunday pork loin dinner. Also at 11, there will be softball at the park. At 11:30, the Dan Hartzer Jazz Band, whose music has been enjoyed for many years, will perform. At noon, the museums, with their special displays, open. At noon is the Jeep Exhibition check-in, across Indian Creek northwest of the city park, with the exhibition beginning at 1 p.m. Admission is only $2. Also at 1 p.m. will be horseshoe pitching at the Cliff Kenney Memorial Horseshoe Pits.

Don’t forget the raffle drawing at 1 p.m. at the bandstand. Tickets will be sold at the committee’s special stand, easily accessible to everyone. Stop at the north museum to check out the prizes in the window - there is a great selection.

Be sure to visit the museums this year; they have several special displays for you to enjoy. In the south building, Bob Swanson will have his display of barn pictures (local and regional) and vintage tractor pictures. In the north building, Pat Taylor will show her collection of quilt blocks. Other collections exhibited include area cookbooks of all kinds, aprons for all occasions and essential articles of clothing from the 1800s to the 1940s. Remember, both buildings are air conditioned and handicap-accessible. There is also a machine shed in back of the south museum.

In addition to all of the above, the north building will host the collection of graduation class photos. The first one was in 1891, and there are photos of every class ending in “3,” from 1903 to 1983. They have many more, of course, in the building. The community historical society members are to be highly commended for their many hours of work, their efforts, loyalty, expertise and much more, for carrying on all the magnificent displays of the past. The committee would very much appreciate some new volunteers to come and help share some of the work. Call Jerry White at 387-1227 or Arlene Witmer at 387-8742 anytime for an appointment to see the museum or if you are interest in history and would like to volunteer.

I must be movin’ on and get this to the newspaper office, Lord willin’. Always remember, “Some people live and learn; others just live.”

(Bonnie (Bowen) Schauper is a lifelong resident of the Maxwell area. She has been writing this column for many years about the Old Settler Picnic.)

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