2011-04-07 / Front Page

Ruth Reeder Is FCHS Historian Of The Year

Ernest Shives Jr. discusses postcard collection at annual meeting
By Jean Snyder
STAFF WRITER


Ernest Shives Jr. Ernest Shives Jr. Ruth G. Reeder was named the Fulton County Historical Society’s “Historian of the Year” at its annual banquet held Saturday evening at the Warfordsburg Presbyterian Church’s Faith Center.

Reeder was honored for her many years of volunteer work that includes the sorting and cataloging of the extensive photo collection of the late C.B. Chubb. Society President Dick Miller introduced Reeder by saying “she is no stranger to anyone here.” He went on to cite her many accomplishments on behalf of the society, including her help with sorting and labeling books for the society’s library move from the Fulton House to the county library. She has assisted with the society’s museum as well as with the teas sponsored by the society. She is a member of the board of directors.

Reeder also spent many years as the United Methodist Church’s organist and is an active member of the local alumni association. She is well known for her many submissions of memory joggers to The Fulton County News.


Ruth G. Reeder receives the Historian of the Year award from society President Dick Miller at the Fulton County Historical Society’s annual meeting held Saturday evening. Reeder was recognized for her many hours of volunteer service to the organization. Ruth G. Reeder receives the Historian of the Year award from society President Dick Miller at the Fulton County Historical Society’s annual meeting held Saturday evening. Reeder was recognized for her many hours of volunteer service to the organization. In accepting the award, Reeder said she “felt very humbled by the honor” and thanked those in attendance.

The society’s annual spring meeting also featured a discussion on the recent publication entitled “Postcards of Fulton County.” The book, with postcards collected by Ernest Shives Jr., is a compilation of nearly 80 of Shives’ postcards, some dating into the early 20th century. Shives was a guest speaker at the banquet and discussed his collection. He said at one time, Fulton County had more than 30 post offices, and he endeavored to get postcards postmarked from each one. Shives travels to sales and auctions and also shops eBay for the cards.

Society board member Linda Garber told the audience that she came up with the idea for the booklet while visiting the Railroad Museum in Altoona. She then contacted Shives, who attends the Damascus Church where Rev. Loy Garber ministers two Sundays each month.

During the business meeting, a slate of officers and directors was presented and all were elected on a unanimous ballot. They are Richard Miller, president; Monica Seville, vice president; Ken Keebaugh, secretary; and directors are Ruth G. Reeder and John Mentzer.

During other business, Miller announced that the board voted to conduct fundraisers to restore the exterior of the Fulton County Jail. Members had gone to the county commissioners and asked that the jail be saved from a planned razing to make way for a new building. The commissioners have agreed to renovate the interior of the building if the society will raise funds and direct the renovation of the exterior.

Miller also mentioned that this month is the 225th anniversary of McConnellsburg. He said the society will also be doing another calendar for 2012 and will solicit photos from the public this year. Also, a springtime tea to benefit the Historical Society museum fund will be held in the Fulton House at 11:30 a.m. on April 23.

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