Society loses charter member

Published 10:15 pm Saturday, May 23, 2009

We have lost one of the few charter members left in the Lawrence County Historical Society. And while we are sad at her passing, we know that Luanne Blagg has put her illness behind her now.

Luanne Blagg and Arthur A. Shafer signed the certificate of authority and adopted the constitution of the society. This was March 9, 1988. She was the statutory agent and then took an officer’s place when the society was reorganized. The historical society was first incorporated in March 1925 with 10 members.

The purpose was to collect and preserve information and artifacts and educate the public concerning the history of Lawrence County.

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When the society was reorganized in 1987, the Colonel Gray house was purchased for the museum. And among those early charter members was Luanne Blagg.

She was involved in the development of such favorites as the church walk, the historical society walk where she portrayed a member of the Yingling family, Underground Railroad activities and much more than we could ever name. She was very dedicated to the museum and the historical society.

Luanne was a nurse by profession and was always willing to help someone.

It is easy to see why we celebrate having known such a wonderful person. She will be sadly missed by her fellow society members and all her friends.

On Saturday, the Ironton High School Class of 1950 celebrated its 59th anniversary.

Our next activity at the museum will be June 27 when the Ironton Garden Club presents “The Perfect Flower Bed.”

Remember that we have many historical books for sale at the museum as well as other items, such as pottery.

This weekend is also Memorial Day weekend. We are looking forward to the oldest, continuous Memorial Day Parade in the nation. Hope to see you there!

Historical fact: In 1922 the new Ironton High School was reopened. The cost was nearly $800,000.