ELLINWOOD —Donors for the Ellinwood Community Mural were honored at the Cake and Cobbler Reception at the annual meeting of the Ellinwood Community Historical Society March 4 in Ellinwood. 117 donors contributed over $5,000 in amounts from $10 to $500 for the mural featuring the history of Ellinwood on the Old Santa Fe Road. They were shown the plaque to be affixed to the building at Main and Santa Fe Ave where the Ellinwood Emporium is now located. It has names of all who donated a “bucket of paint” contribution ($25) or more toward this community project sponsored by the Ellinwood Historical Society.
The Senior Center was decorated with flowers of the Santa Fe Road and other typical items found along the trail including a model of an 1860s Tyrolean flax wheel and a 45/70 Springfield rifle. A “Thank You” cake was decorated with an image of the mural. Peach, blueberry, rhubarb, cherry, apple, mixed fruit and black apple cobblers and pies were served. Former President Mary Jo Cunningham gave a review of the three main projects of 2013: cemetery road signposts, the mural by artist Tim Conway and Abendbrot. President Joyce Schulte told of coming plans for the society. Treasurer Robert Yarmer demonstrated a recently purchased sound system to be used for coming programs. Other officers for the coming year are vice-president Judy Hayes and secretary Theresa Ruyle. A number of photos of old Ellinwood scenes were viewed.
Long serving retiring officers, President Mary Jo Cunningham and Secretary Treasurer Yvonne Stephenson were given a gift of appreciation for their work with the society.