This Week at Eckhart Public Library – May 31-June 4

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Eckhart Summer Read is in full swing! If you haven’t registered yet, visit the Eckhart Public Library Campus! You will receive a water bottle as a gift for registering, and then you will begin earning prizes and chances for prizes as you read materials checked out from the library – including books, magazines, graphic novels, manga, and audiobooks! You can also earn prizes and chances at a grand prize when you research at the Willennar Genealogy Center!

If you still haven’t registered by Friday, you can register at our Eckhart Summer Read Ice Cream Social Kick-Off, which is from 5-7 p.m. in the Library Park. But even if you have registered, you can still visit and have some delicious ice cream!

  • Library Closed: Eckhart Public Library Campus buildings will be closed in observance of Memorial Day on Monday, May 30. The library will reopen with regular hours on Tuesday, May 31.
  • Time-Travelers Camp: Join presenter Ryan Lengacher for a five-day camp traveling through Indiana history! This camp is open for children entering third through sixth grade. Registration is required by calling 925-2414 ext. 120 or emailing reference@epl.lib.in.us. June 1, 2, 3, 6, & 7. Choose 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. or 1:30-3:30 p.m., Close Community Room.
  • Family Program – Music in the Park with the Sock Rockerz: Join us for a fun musical group! All ages are welcome. In case of inclement weather, we will meet at the Presbyterian Church. Thursday, June 2, 10:15-11 a.m., Library Park.
  • Lunch in the Park: In partnership with DeKalb Central schools, lunch will be served through the Food Service Summer Program. Lunch is free for children 1-18. Thursday, June 2, 11:30-12:15, Library Park.
  • Knifty Knitters: Beginning and experienced knitters and crocheters are welcome. Struggling with a problem pattern? Help is available from this group! Thursday, June 2, 6-7:45 p.m., Main Library.
  • Eckhart Summer Read Ice Cream Social Kick-Off: Kick off Eckhart Summer Read with a tasty treat! Come enjoy ice cream and toppings in the park, get signed up for Eckhart Summer Read, and play some fun outdoor games. If weather doesn’t cooperate, the Ice Cream Social will be in the Close Community Room. Friday, June 3, 5-7 p.m., Library Park.
  • Book Walk: Join us at Eckhart Park beginning on June 4 for our Book Walk! Take a stroll and read a book together!
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Goodviews: Guardians of the Galaxy

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Ever want to see popular music of the 80s thrown into space? This movie is right up your alley. Guardians of the Galaxy opens up with a young boy Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) in the hospital listening to a mix tape his mother made for him. The rest of his family is inside the hospital room and his mother is trying to get him to open up a gift. He refuses, despite her pleas, and his grandfather gets mad when he runs out of the room. Eventually young Peter runs out of the hospital entirely, knowing his mother has died, and he’s abducted by aliens.

Fast forward years in the future and you not only get good music with an addictive beat, you get to see Star Lord in all his glory exploring a planet. Who is Star Lord? Star Lord is Peter Quill, and he hates being called Peter. He’s exploring the galaxy alone, basically acting as a scavenger. Star Lord comes across something that gets him into a heap of trouble, making him a target by police and bounty hunters like Rocket Raccoon (Bradley Cooper) and his buddy Groot (Vin Diesel).

While the three trouble makers are fighting over the prize, the police swarm in and arrest them! In prison they get into more trouble, meet a slew of odd characters (including Drax the Destroyer played by Dave Bautista), and pretty much break all the rules to get away from evil people.

One of the most raved about characters was Gamora (Zoe Saldana) because she’s part of the main five characters, yet there were stores that didn’t want to carry items with her on them. It raised a lot of questions and brought controversy about strong female characters and female heroes.

Will the five characters make it out of this alive? Will you see Chris Pratt attempt to dance battle his way out of trouble? There’s only one way to find out.

Heather: I hadn’t heard of this movie before seeing it, and I’m glad for that. A friend decided on the movie and I laughed incredibly hard at it. The characters are absolute gold and the soundtrack is wonderful.

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Throwback Thursday: The (St. Joe) News

Willennar Genealogy Center’s collection is full of Throwback Thursday potential, so let’s get our #TBT on!

DeKalb County has published quite a number of newspapers over the years, from the Corunna Headlight to the Ashley-Hudson Times to the Butler Record-Herald. Today let’s take a quick look at one of our county’s newspapers in its early years: St. Joe’s News.

The News

According to John Martin Smith, the News became a subscription paper on March 2, 1877, “following ten years of intermittent publication.” A bit of trivia: this was also right around the same time Butler’s Record was first published.

The News was first managed by Mort E. Olds, who was both editor and publisher, and the paper was made available as a free handout every Friday at the Case and Olds General Store in St. Joe.

St. Joe News Excerpt

Excerpt from March 2, 1877 issue

Although it was free, patrons who wanted to read it still needed to “subscribe,” which they were encouraged to do by calling ahead of time and leaving their names—otherwise they might not get a paper come Friday!

The early issues of the News largely featured poems, jokes, “locals”/personal ads, and plenty of advertisements for items found at Case and Olds. In the late 1870s, at least, the store must have had its own press for printing
the weekly news—and for its heavily advertised card-printing services.

Mort E. Olds continued to run the paper until 1900, when Lloyd W. Yeiser took his place. The publication switched hands multiple times after this, eventually going to Ted E. Haberkorn Jr. in 1948. Haberkorn served as both owner and editor until the News was closed down in 1984. Having moved a long ways since the days of the Case and Olds printing press, the last several issues of the news were printed off using a Xerox copier.

If you would like to see the ways the News changed over time, we have issues from 1877-1888 and 1905-1984 available on microfilm here at the Willennar Genealogy Center.

Want to see more local history? Feel free to search our online photo database, or head on over to the Genealogy Center’s official Facebook page.

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This Week at Eckhart Public Library – May 23-28

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It’s almost the most wonderful time of the year – Eckhart Summer Read time! The library staff and volunteers are gearing up for a great summer as we go On the Move!

In fact, the first day to register for Eckhart Summer Read is Thursday, May 26. People of all ages – children, teens, and adults, as well as genealogy researchers – will receive a gift when they register (while supplies last), and then can earn incentives and chances to win grand prizes during Eckhart Summer Read, which runs through Saturday, July 16.

You can pick up your tally sheets and reading materials on Thursday, May 26, as well, and everything you read while we’re closed for the Memorial Day holiday (Friday, May 27, through Monday, May 30) counts! You can start picking up your incentives on Tuesday, May 31.

For more information, and to find out about the variety of activities we have for all ages at the library this summer, pick up an Eckhart Summer Read booklet on the Eckhart Public Library Campus or visit our website.

Here’s what’s happening at the library this week:

  • Creative Writing: All writers 18 and older, no matter what genre, are encouraged to attend. Group members share their writing and participate in writing exercises. Tuesday, May 24, 6:30-8 p.m., JHG Room.
  • Better Off Read Book Club: This book club will read and discuss “The Blessing Way” by Tony Hillerman. Pick up a copy of the book at the Information Desk. Thursday, May 26, 10:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m., Jeremiah’s Brewed Awakenings.
  • Super Happy Fun Time – End of School Celebration and Teen Library Open House: Children in kindergarten through fourth grade will celebrate the end of the school year by making smoothies and playing games. Children finishing fifth grade will walk to the Teen Library for an open house! Come learn about the books and programs the Teen Library offers. Enjoy a snack from the snack café and an activity that teen library patrons have enjoyed in the past. Thursday, May 26, 3-3:45 p.m., Secret Garden.
  • Tabletop Game Night: Come play tabletop games! Bring your favorite board game, card game, tile game, or other game, or join in a game with other people. Thursday, May 26, 6-8 p.m., Close Community Room.
  • Library Closed: Eckhart Public Library Campus buildings will be closed in observance of Memorial Day on Friday, May 27 through Monday, May 30. The library will reopen with regular hours on Tuesday, May 31.
  • Register now for Time-Travelers Camp: Join presenter Ryan Lengacher for a five-day camp traveling through Indiana history! This camp is open for children entering third through sixth grade. Registration is required. June 1, 2, 3, 6, & 7. Choose 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. or 1:30-3:30 p.m., Close Community Room.
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Goodviews: Coraline

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The movie Coraline is based on the book of the same title by Neil Gaiman.

In Coraline you find a girl who has trouble trying to get her parent’s attention. Dad’s always working on something and mom’s too busy doing other things like cooking and cleaning. So Coraline starts to explore the house. She finds a door and despite warning from a feline friend she goes through the door to find another world. Her other mother and other dad.

Suddenly Coraline finds herself fighting to stay with her real family. Her other mother is very pushy in wanting her to stay. She can even pick her own button eyes.

It takes the help of her feline friend, her neighbor boy, and all the brain power Coraline can muster to avoid being trapped in the other world, but will she make it home with her eyes in tact?

Heather: This is a fantastic claymation style movie with dark moments. It’s a great watch for Halloween or if you just want a slight spookfest.

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Throwback Thursday: Sweet-Orr & Tug-of-War

Willennar Genealogy Center’s collection is full of Throwback Thursday potential, so let’s get our #TBT on!

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Remember this picture? We featured it in one of our earliest Throwback Thursday posts as part of a series of “unexpected finds” in the John Martin Smith Collection.

Now, back when we posted it, it really was an unexpected thing to find. Who were these men? And why were they playing tug-of-war with a pair of pants? Unfortunately the photograph didn’t come with any identifying information, so we still don’t know the answer to that first question.

But, I might finally be able to answer the second.

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We recently came across this advertisement in the John Martin Smith Collection. The ad, which was distributed by Patterson Bros. & Olds of St. Joe, features “the famous Orr Pantaloon Overall,” which was manufactured by Sweet, Orr, and Company.

The company was founded in 1871 in Wappingers Falls, New York, by Irish immigrant James A. Orr and his nephews, Clayton and Clinton Sweet. They produced a variety of work clothes, including pants that began to get quite a reputation for their durability. Supposedly, customers kept sending letters to the company about how their Sweet-Orr pants (or coat) had saved them from fires, drowning, falling from great heights, and more.

Naturally, Sweet-Orr began to use these customer testimonies in their advertising, complete with dramatic copy and illustrations. There was only one problem—no one believed the advertisements. The stories sounded just too amazing to be true.

Not to be deterred, the company thought up a new plan: the dramatic advertising was pared down, and a new campaign was developed to demonstrate the durability of Sweet-Orr pants and overalls.

Company representatives began visiting factories and work yards, promising Sweet-Orr pants to any six men who could pull a pair apart in a game of tug-of-war. No one ever managed to do it, and the demonstration became iconic, eventually becoming the company’s logo in 1880.

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Back to the photo in question:

While we can’t say for certain if the pants in the mystery photograph are Sweet-Orr, or if the man refereeing was with their company, it does seem fairly likely that the picture was inspired by Sweet-Orr’s memorable demonstrations.


Want to see more? Feel free to search our online photo database, or head on over to the Genealogy Center’s official Facebook page.

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