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Polk Historical Society seeks information about those attending Polk High School

Published November 18. 2011 05:01PM

Norman Burger, president of the Polk Township Historical Society, passed out lists of graduates from the three-and-four-year high schools in Polk Township at the Nov. 7 meeting. He has started gathering information and wants help to complete the list of everyone that graduated between 1912 and 1960 when Pleasant Valley High School opened.

He has found the names of 500 graduates and has information about 145. It was garnered from family, the Internet or individuals. The information is filed in four notebooks covering the timelines of 1912 to 1936, 1937 to 1945, 1946 to 1954 and 1955 to 1960.

The information he has gathered is on spreadsheets and new information will fill out the pages.

"People have already said they would like copies so we have to consider a book or CD," said Burger.

He warned the potential researchers to be careful of two people who have the same name. Even if only one piece of information is added it is another piece of the puzzle, he said.

The lodge in Kresgeville has been cleaned up. It had mold problems after the damp, hot summer. Ernie Foucault said a dehumidifier should be purchased for summer use. Mold will not be a problem in winter.

It is expected a good one will cost $200. It will be self-draining and self-restarting in case of electrical stoppages.

He was authorized to buy one after researching prices if he finds what is needed.

The Chestnuthill Township 250th anniversary will be culminating in March 2013. Burger wanted to know if Polk wants to get involved because the four townships, Chestnuthill, Polk, Eldred and Ross, were all part of Northampton County at one time and Chestnuthill was the first to be split off.

Ross Township was split off Chestnuthill when enough people lived in Ross that they wanted to be a separate township. Monroe County was formed in 1836 and Polk 10 years later. In 1851 Eldred was split from Ross.

Chestnuthill Township Historical Society has spoken with its supervisors and received preliminary support.

Burger wants to go to the other three townships and get their opinions. Foucault agreed to go with him, and one Chestnuthill Township supervisor will also go.

Fire companies, churches, gun clubs and other organizations will be contacted.

Burger would especially like to find more documentation about the West End. He said a committee has to be formed to provide its collective wisdom.

A book by Gary Bruch told how the township evolved from the original settlers, but it only tells part of the story. Burger said there should be plans for another book.

Election of officers returned the same people to office for another term.

The December meeting will be a Christmas banquet at the Villa Rosa on Monday, Dec. 5. Payment of $22 should be made to treasurer Patricia Foucault by Nov. 18. The next regularly scheduled meeting will be in February.

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