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2003 Ham and Bean Dinner

Ham and Bean Dinner

You couldn't have asked for a nicer day for the annual Catlin Historical Society Ham and Bean Dinner held October 12, 2003.

Temperatures were downright balmy. The sky was crystal clear and blue. There was the faint tang of woodsmoke from Buzz Ritchie's cooking fires.

And the food! Oh, my!

Endless bowls of ham and beans or chili cooked all night over the open fires. Cornbread. Squares of homemade cake. And more.

Mrs. Edna White

Among the good friends visiting on the grounds of the Catlin Heritage Museum was Mrs. Edna White, a retired teacher who taught both in area country schools and at Catlin Grade School.

Mrs. White, a life member of the society, is 102 years young.

A display table showed Iraq war items donated by Brian Adkins and pictures of and memorabilia from Catlin baseball and softball teams.

Many volunteers joined to make the day a success:

Homemade cakes were prepared by Linda Berry, Diane Reddy, Betty Mayerik, Rita Monyok, Lela Mae DeNeal, Barb Huffman, Peggy Adkins and Evelyn Darr.

Cornbread muffins were made by Alma Moody, Freda Reynolds, Diane Reddy, Esther Elmore, Joan Fleming, Rita Monyok, Lorene Sawyer, Darlene Megenhardt and Kathleen Harby.

Volunteer servers

Servers were Sara Cast, John Cast, Alma Moody, Jeff Monyok, Rita Monyok, Ruth Martin, Linda Berry, Steve Berry, Barb Huffman, Curt Huffman, Lorene Sawyer, Patty Boyd, Bruce Boyd, Terry Adkins, Peggy Adkins and Lela Mae DeNeal.

Scouts from Catlin Troop 221 assisted with table cleanup under the direction of Jean Faw, Gayle Biggerstaff and Michelle Carter.

The green and white tent was courtesy of the Vermilion County Conservation District.

The museum was open for tours from noon to 2 p.m. Guides were Esther Elmore, Neal Brogan, Cathy Brogan, Don Fleming, JoAnn Fleming, Dorothy Jones, Jim Jones, Evelyn Darr, Virginia Wallen and Catherine Mitler.

On view
Scouts serve diners
Dinner display
Buzz serves refills

Catlin Historical Society
210 North Paris
Catlin, Illinois 61817