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Madison County Genealogical Society

Minutes of the Meeting - October 14, 2010

The October 14, 2010, meeting of the Madison County Genealogical Society was held at the Edwardsville Public Library.


In the absence of LaVerne Bloemker, MCGS Treasurer, Barbara Hitch presented the financial report for the month of September 2010, as follows:

In the Library

Elsie Wasser, MCGS Librarian, presented the following report.

Marlene Maedge's mother donated 1920 and 1921 Edwardsville High School yearbooks to MCGS We have duplicate copies of the early ones now and all the 1920 through 1940 have been hard bound and are in the closet. Since we have had people cutting out pictures and other items in the past these are not on the regular shelves.

Andrew J. Bozza of Baselton, Georgia, has sent in his family tree and it will be on the shelf soon. He has been in contact with the Society for over seven years and is still working on his family history as he is able but decided to send in what he has so far. So look for the The Bozza Family...Italian immigrant. This family was in the Madison County area for some time as well as Tennessee, Kentucky, Canada, and San Diego, California. When the oldest died while in California, his body was taken back to Nashville, Tennessee, for burial.

An addition to the vertical files are German Alphabet with corresponding English Alphabet that are found in the German churches, these files were donated at the last MCGS meetings.

Randolph Genealogical Society in Steelville, Illinois, has had trouble with complaints about their web site not being up to date. They also want to state that their new address is RCGS, 13 Westood Dr., Steelville, IL.

A Mr. John Robinson was in the library and is trying to trace his family which consists of the following names, John Thompson, Ella Aubuchon, Elisha and Emily Lanham, as well as Frank and Mabel Wheeler. You can contact him at 8 San Isidro, Pevely, MO 73070; phone 636-475-9562, or email him at


Do you have a family member that is interested in (or even obsessed with) genealogy? A membership in the Madison County Genealogical Society would be a very thoughtful gift. A gift card will be sent to the recipient of any gift membership.

The following memberships are available:
Individual/Family Annual Membership $20.00
Patron Annual Membership $30.00
Life Membership $250.00

Contact our Secretary, Barbara Hitch, at, about a gift membership.

October Meeting

On October 14, 2010, the Madison County Genealogical Society meeting was co-sponsored by the Edwardsville Public library as part of a book signing by Cheryl Eichar Jett. Cheryl discussed her new book, Route 66 in Madison County, published by Arcadia Publishing. The book is a nostalgic photo trip on old Route 66 through Madison County, Illinois. The towns included in this trip were Worden, Hamel, Livingston, Edwardsville, Mitchell, Granite City, and Collinsville.

Cheryl had a Powerpoint presentation of many of the photos in her book. The photos were of many of the businesses along the old Route 66: cafes (including an A&W Root Beer drive-in), taverns, service stations, car dealerships, motels, tourist cabins, and trailer courts. There were photos of travelers on the highway, State Police motorcycle patrol, and even a steel mill. Many of the photos were of signs for businesses along the highway, including a barn with the familiar Meramec Caverns paint job. [The owners of Meramec Caverns in Stanton, Missouri, painted many barns along the highways leading to Stanton for no charge to the owners. The catch was that the barns were painted black with large white letters saying "Meramec Caverns, U.S. 66, MO."]

Many of the attendees at the meeting were individuals who had traveled old Route 66, lived in the vicinity of the highway, or had patronized businesses along the highway. Many people had questions and comments during this interesting presentation.

The Madison County Genealogy Society would like to thank the Edwardsville Public Library for their co-sponsorship of this meeting and their generosity in furnishing refreshments.