Now Online: Marathon County Historical Society

26 catalog entries for objects from the Marathon County Historical Society in Wausau are now online, including this whimsical lion (above) made by decorative painter Carl Hummel for the Lemke Photo Studio. Many of the Marathon County objects reveal interesting stories about local people, such as this quilt (below) made by members of the Marathon County Homemakers’ Clubs for Vangel Russell, the county’s Home Demonstration Agent in the 1920s. Russell must have been well-liked by club members, who made this special quilt for her as a parting gift when she married John James of Madison in 1928.

A newsletter update on the University of Wisconsin-Extension’s activities in 1925 reveals the popularity of the Homemakers’ Clubs among Marathon County women:
In spite of a heavy shower of rain in the forenoon and another in the afternoon, more than five hundred people gathered at the farm home of Rufus Runke, near Wausau, for the annual get-to-gether summer meeting arranged in Marathon County by Home Demonstration Agent, Miss Vangel Russell. A good program, enthusiastic people, fine music and delightful hosts made the day one long to be remembered. The Women’s Club of the Town of Maine had charge of the day. The program was carried on almost entirely by local talent, Mrs. Nellie Kedzie Jones, the State Leader of Home Economics Extension, was the only speaker from without the county.
From Among Ourselves: A House Organ for the staff of the College of Agriculture 3:18 (University of Wisconsin College of Agriculture, 1925). Via the State of Wisconsin Collection.

Posted by Emily Pfotenhauer.

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