Music program opens museum for holidays

Published 11:00 pm Saturday, October 31, 2009

Opening for the Lawrence County Historical Museum is today and it is beautifully decorated for the Christmas season.

Each room has been assigned to a member to decorate in his or her own style.

Sunday we will be entertained by Jean Kinley, an outstanding pianist of 90 plus years, for the opening of the season. Her concert will begin at 2 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.

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Every Sunday, ending on Dec. 13, you are invited to come and enjoy our local talent. We will have a different program each Sunday. The schedule is listed below:

Nov. 1 Jean Kinley

Nov. 8 Jackie Dufore and Susan King

Nov. 15 Elizabeth Melvin

Nov. 22 The Rock Hill Alumni Band

Nov. 29 Joe and Patty Price

Dec. 6, 5th and Vernon Revival (The Praise Band of First Baptist Church)

Dec. 13 Sharon Bradshaw and the choir from the First Presbyterian Church.

If you haven’t picked up your apple butter, reserved or not, it is ready at the museum. We are open Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m.

We are sorry the reservations for the Christmas tea have been sold out.

Remember when you do your Christmas shopping stop by and see what we have to offer. We have the new books by author, Lori Shafer. Her latest “Ghosts of Lawrence County” is very interesting.

Historical Fact:

Although Lawrence County is known for the Ironton Tanks football team and the Waterloo Wonders basketball team, we have had several baseball players from the county.

Harry Gravin Truby, born May 12, 1870, in Ironton, played his first game at the age of 25 with the Chicago Colts on Aug. 21, 1895.

He played his last game July 14, 1896. His nickname was “Bird Eye” and he also played with the Pittsburgh Pirates. He died March 21, 1852 and is buried in Woodland Cemetery.

Joseph Denk “Joe” Willis was born April 1890 in Coal Grove. He was 21 years old when he broke into the big leagues on May 31, 1911 with the St. Louis Browns.

His last game was June 10, 1913. He died Dec. 4, 1966 and is buried in Woodland Cemetery.

James Edward “Chappie” Geygan was born June 3, 1903, in Ironton. He made his Major League debut on July 16, 1924, for the Boston Red Sox and he played for them for three years. He died March 15, 1966 in Columbus. Although not a baseball player, Ritter Collett from Ironton was an author and sports writer living in Dayton. His major focus was the Cincinnati Reds. He covered every World Series as a sports writer from 1946 to 1990 was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. Ritter died in 2001.

(Thanks go to Elaine Winkler for the above information)