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Ice Cream Social Held

Nothing like a dish of ice cream on a hot day.

And, no one is going to argue that it wasn't a hot day Sunday, July 28, 2002, for the Catlin Historical Society's annual Ice Cream Social.

The social following the stirring dedication of the Catlin Lions Veterans Memorial on the grounds of the Catlin Heritage Museum.

Ted and Pat Cundiff

Despite the heat and a few drops of liquid sunshine, the social was a grand success.

The event featured music by Ted and Pat Cundiff of Tilton, demonstrations by area artisans and collectors plus the ice cream, sinfully delicious cookies and cool drinks.

Sue Colwell was chairman of the event.

"A great big thanks to Terry and Nancy Dolan of Pizza Time who provided the ice cream, ice, cups, napkins and spoons," Sue said.

The Cundiffs, who had provided the program for the January 2002 annual meeting of the society, entertained with traditional music on traditional instruments like guitar and hammered dulcimer.

John and Doris Jenkins

Among the artisans were John and Doris Jenkins of Cayuga, Indiana, demonstrating chair caning, and Max Rodrick of Catlin, chip carving.

Ken and Mona Hunter of Allerton returned with their collection of antique toys to the delight of the kid in all of us.

Charlie Dukes and his wife, Grace, exhibited a large collection of military insignia.

Charlie and Grace Dukes

The collection is part of "The Charlie Dukes Museum of Militaria" which they have opened in their home at #4 Kings Drive in Georgetown, Illinois.

The museum features Georgetown's World War II honor roll, a display of more than 7,000 shoulder insignia plus World War II artifacts, histories, albums and memorabilia.

Hours are usually 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays or by appointment. Call first, Grace Dukes suggests, at (217) 662-6825. The museum is open to the public without charge.

Charlie Dukes was a member of Company L, 413th Infantry, 104th Timberwolf Division during World War II. His experiences as a prisoner of war are recounted in his book -- Good Morning . . . But the Nightmares Never End. The book has been so well received that only a few remain to be sold.

In addition to maintaining the museum, Dukes speaks about his experiences to schools and at Veterans Administration hospitals. He is a past commander of the Department of Illinois, American Ex-Prisoners of War.

Ron Smoot

Ron Smoot, a director of the society, manned a table selling chances to win a hot air balloon ride for two lucky people.

The balloon ride is a gift from Larry and Sheila Owen of Danville. At last year's ice cream social the Owens provided tethered balloon flights in a yard next to the museum.

Tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5. The winner will be drawn at the society's annual Ham and Bean Dinner on October 13, 2002.

The balloon ride will be arranged between the Owens and the winner.

The Catlin Heritage Museum, featuring an exhibit of items relating to the service of Catlin men and women in the United States Armed Forces, was open for tours.

Providing tours in the museum were Virginia Wallen, Ron Colwell, Nadine Clark, Terry and Donna Walzer, Esther Hendrickson, Jim and Dorothy Jones, Jeff Monyok, Evelyn Darr, Norm (Short) Taylor and Neal and Kathy Brogan.

Those attending the social also had an opportunity to admire the beautiful gardens created around the museum by Gene and Iris Martin.

Serving the ice cream were John and Sara Cast, Bruce and Patty Boyd, Carol and Fred Rinehart, Steve and Linda Berry, Don and Joan Fleming, Kristie and Matt McGee, Steve Berry Jr., Peggy and Terry Adkins and Rita Monyok.

Kathleen Harby arranged for all the donations of homemade cookies. Members of the Catlin Boy Scout troop and Cub Scout Pack were helpful hands throughout the day, particularly in closing down and putting away.

Tents were provided by TSM.

Max Rodrick

Chip carving

Antique toys

Antique toys



Catlin Historical Society
210 North Paris
Catlin, Illinois 61817