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Historic Effinghams new gift items, the Nov. 22 Effingham fall festival
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Exploring Effingham’s Past 2009 HES calendar. - photo by Photo provided

In these days of inflation with the holidays approaching, it is good to know that Historic Effingham Society has new wares for your shopping needs with the same prices on our gift items as last year.  

“Exploring Effingham’s Past” is the theme of the 2009 Historic Effingham Society calendar.  Our cover features Marlow’s Class of 1929 and its “Bed Tick Bus.”  

Other interesting photographs include: Guyton’s Depot, J. A. Hodges Store from the 1930s, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in the 1920s, The Mars Theatre and a Brinson Railroad Engine from 1909.

Group photos include: Effingham Academy’s 1950 basketball team, John and Addie Neidlinger family, Laurel Hill Lutheran Women in 1960s, Miss Ethel Heidt’s second grade class at Marlow in 1950, 1928 male graduates at Clyo, J. W. Exley Lumber Company’s crew in the 1940s, the Edwards and Arnsdorff families at Johnnie and Lilly’s 60th anniversary in 1957, Leonard and Sonie Zittrauer family, Wash and Willa Kessler family and the Jack and Nina Varnell family. Calendars are still $5 each.

The center of the calendar features the Zittrouer-Seckinger House that has been donated by Mrs. Frances Seckinger and family to Historic Effingham Society. The house is the childhood home of Donald Seckinger and sits just off Highway 119. Funds are being sought for the project of relocating the house to our Living History Site and restoration of this unique 1830s two story farm house. Historic Effingham is a 501-C3 nonprofit organization.  

The Guyton Depot is our 2008 Christmas ornament in our Barlow series. The ornaments are still $16 and all of the other ornaments over the past years are still available. The ornaments are not dated although we offer a new one each year.  

Please drop by and visit our gift shop. We offer a variety of books, a historical cookbook, previous calendars, shirts, prints, note cards, postcards, ornaments and more. Our hours are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. and Sunday from 2-5 p.m.  

Mark your calendar for Nov. 22.  Historic Effingham will have its first “Effingham Fall Festival” from 10 a.m.-6 p.m.  Effingham Museum and all buildings and houses in the Living History Site will be open.

Live demonstrations will be offered including: farm animals, chair caning, flint nipping, cane syrup making, blacksmithing, woodworking, basket making and other crafts. A white elephant, quilt and doll show, along with a bake sale, are planned. Tommy Hall and his band will be among the entertainers with his “Pickin’ and Grinnin.’”

Activities for the children will be offered. All day fun, a variety of food and educational opportunities will be available for a $2 admission fee for ages 6 and up. This is a fundraiser for the Relocation and Restoration of the Zittrouer-Seckinger House. Craft, organizations and public information booths are available. 10 foot by 10 foot spaces are available for $25 by contacting Betty Renfro at 826-4705 or Danny Harden at 754-3083.

On a personal note:  You may not see written columns quite as often for awhile. Pictures will be used to fill in or the column frequency may change while I am being treated over the next few months for cancer. I will make every effort to provide something weekly and we will feature guest columns as provided from other Historical Society members.  

This column is written or compiled by Susan Exley of Historic Effingham Society. If you have comments, photos or information to share please contact her at 754-6681 or email: