The Moniteau County Historical Society met at St. Paul's Lutheran church Nov. 11 for its annual dinner meeting. The meeting was called to order by President Pam Green. James Albin gave the table blessing.
Following the meal the special guest was recognized and
spoke to the large audience. Mark Rehagen in full costume including top hat and beard as Abraham Lincoln was the special guest and spoke to the group in detail about his life and times. He began by telling about his early years being born in Kentucky and moving to Illinois at a young age. He related the facets of his early education and earning his law degree. Then on to his election to the legislature and the Presidency ending with the Gettysburg Address. He answered questions posed to him from the audience.
The business meeting began by the approval of the previous minutes and treasurer's report.
A brief report on the building project was given by Paul Jungmeyer.
Nancy Martin noted raffle tickets are for sale with the drawing to be held at the chili supper next year.
The Spirit of Manitou Award was awarded to Carl Gatlin for his work on the building project. He was unable to be present.
President Green expressed special appreciation to members who had served as directors and officers for the past two years. They were Carl Gatlin, Raymond Hader, Sharon Murphy, David Jungmeyer and Bettie Saunders.
She also honored Carole and Richard Schroeder for all their many years of service and long hours of work for the society as membership and museum committee chairpersons.
The election of officers was held with Dottie Gump elected president; Pam Green secretary; Paul Jungmeyer vice president; and Shirley Elliott as treasurer. The Board of Directors elected were Rich Green, Harold Haldiman and Gail Hughes.
An auction of donated pies was held with funds going toward the building fund.
The next meeting will be in January and the program will be "Show and Tell" when members bring an item of historical interest to the meeting and tell its history.