Friday, November 13, 2009


About fifty gathered at the Lake Odessa Museum on Thursday, November 12, to begin the holiday season. The annual "Christmas Memory Trees" were the feature with nine trees filled with over 500 ornaments in memory of loved ones. The list of each name was read as the ornaments were hung by volunteers, family members and friends. This beautiful program helps remind us of the memories of those passed on as we celebrate the greatest gift of LOVE at Christmas. The trees will remain on display throughout November and December and anyone is welcome to have an ornament placed on the 2009 tree. For more information contact the Society or come see the display at Christmas 'Round The Town...Nov. 27 and 28.

Thursday, November 12, 2009


The 18th Annual Christmas 'Round The Town craft event will be held Nov. 27 and 28 in Lake Odessa. The Lake Odessa Museum is stop number #12 on the list and will feature local crafters plus our own DEPOT GIFT SHOP, BAKE SALE, MEMORY TREE DISPLAY and other special features. This is a wonderful time to get into the holiday spirit plus spend time at the museum with lots to see. There are many other stops in the area and lots to see and do. Watch this blog for more updates soon!


A big thanks to Tony and Jodi for "creating" a great dessert for the recent Autumn Dinner at the Museum. Cannoli was the feature with the fillings including: almond, vanilla, chocolate and pumpkin. What a treat and a perfect way to end a perfect evening! was good!

A NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM! wasn't like the movie!! was a great time of dining, conversation and enjoyment at the Lake Odessa Museum. A good crowd was present for a five course meal that "filled" everyone to the top! It was great to see some new faces and many others who faithfully support the efforts of the Society. Thank you to all who worked to make this happen and thank you to all who supported this annual fund raiser.

Monday, November 2, 2009


A recent donation to the Lake Odessa Museum has sparked some interest in a direction that was not expected. The Medical Profession was honored at this year's Depot Day and a Society member brought in a large stack of prescriptions that local doctor's had signed over the years. The prescriptions were in an old cigar box which had been kept in excellent condition. After going through the prescriptions and studying the historical value of these...the empty cigar box was set down. Later, in picking the box up, a surprise was discovered. The cigar box itself was a product of an early Lake Odessa cigar maker! The "risque" label, as seen above, noted that the maker was A. J. DeVoe. Inspection of the Lake Odessa Centennial History did not reveal any information concerning this business or the cigar maker. At this time, there is very little information but records are being sought to help fill in the blanks. It is a great piece of Lake Odessa history and will be on display soon at the Museum....come and see it!!


These three photos were taken from the album of George Morse. They were taken in the early 1920's of the Lake Odessa Boy Scout Troop on a camping trip. There is no identification on these but depict a wonderful era of excitement. There are very few records concerning the early days of the Boy Scouts in Lake Odessa. Most history comes from reports in the newspaper. Perhaps with some research more on this trip could be found. Does anyone have any information of this group in the
1920's...or know of anyone who would have been a scout at that time? Let us know any information that may help out!


What a view! This picture was taken of the Grand Trunk caboose from the lift that was used in painting the cupola of the depot. It is rare that we see it from this angle and it the grounds look pretty impressive! The painting of the depot has slowed down considerably due to the weather. The cupola is finished and the coat of light green paint has been completed. The trim still waits its final coat. A lot of work has been accomplished and thank you to all who have put in so many hours!