JONESVILLE — The Jonesville Historical Society met Thursday night to discuss future events, elect a new president and vice president, and take a few minutes to remember its previous president, Judy Wolfe, who died last Thursday morning.
“Tonight, I wanted to get together just to have a little time to remember Judy and say a pray about her,” said Becky Wood. “That way, she knows that we’re her friends. I wanted it to light up her room and show her that there were people who really loved. I remember when I saw her with her family that last night I heard her say ‘I’m ready to go.’ The last two weeks, she was just willing to say what she meant from her heart with everybody.”
Wolfe’s last wishes were to be cremated and that the historical society would continue to work towards finishing the memorial park.
“This committee, to me, is one of Judy’s family. I think we need to do our best to pursue some of the requests that she has spoken of,” said Billy Joe. “I really appreciate Judy. The last time I spoke to her in the hospital on Monday, she looked up at me and recognized me and I just about lost it. She said, ‘you’re so kind.’”
“I will always remember what she said to me at our last meeting. She looked at me during the meeting and said, ‘I am so proud of you,’” said Virginia Wagoner.
Wolfe asked Charles Mathis to download and edit her Jonesville Trails and Tales series and make it into a book to raise money for the history center.
The historical society also is looking for homes for Wolfe’s two dogs.
As Becky Wood reflected on Wolfe’s ambitions, she said, “First thing I thought of this morning when she went away was what in the world will God do with her. She’s one of those people who takes over and gets things done. She’s just going to have to tie her to a corner. I just had the craziest thoughts. All I know, if we don’t keep it together, she’s going to haunt me.”
“I think we need to focus on this building and the contents that have been here. I hate to see it close up. We need to keep it going,” said Joe.
Wood made a memorial at the welcome center that remained there through the weekend. She was voted as the new president of the Jonesville Historical Society, while Carrie Martin was voted in for the vice president position.
“I’ll be glad to take up the reins, but I can’t do this alone,” said Wood. “I’ll need a right-hand man.”
The society also discussed a few future projects to raise funds for the society and the memorial park.
“The main goal will be to raise money to pay our bills to keep the museum open, invite the schools to come down here and explore Jonesville’s history, and finish getting all the veterans’ names for the veterans park to finish what Judy started,” said Wood.
The society is considering having a Jonesville Jingle Jog for Judy in the town of Jonesville in January where everybody will jog through the town with lights and bells.
The society also looked into the idea of having field trips for school students to come visit the museum.
“I think it would be a good thing for somebody to go to the school boards and try to encourage the teachers to bring some kids down here in small groups and teach them about the history,” said Wood. “These kids have no clue that there was a racetrack over in Jonesville. The kids would go ‘are you kidding? That use to be here?’”
Members were reminded that it may be hard to have students come down for a field trip due to the limited number of field trips students receive in a year.
“They are only allowed so many field trips a year, just to let you know. It’s worth a shot to try it anyways,” said society secretary Allison Leads. “Or we could take it to them. That would be way easier. Have an assembly over there. You’re going to have to do it in the library part or the cafeteria part to give people enough space. Or we could have an open house one evening where they come here.”
Plans for a Christmas Bazaar with a bingo game, a silent auction, and market along with a chicken stew also are being made possibly for Nov. 19.
Troy Brooks may be reached at 336-258-4058.