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Opinion

PRAIRIE FLOWERS: "Acres of thanks"

To the Editor:

On behalf of the DeKalb County Historical-Genealogical Society, and the committee that worked for more than three years to produce the recently-released county history book, “Acres of Change,” I would like to thank the numerous organizations, businesses, and individuals responsible for the endeavor. This venture has taken more than three years from the concept to fruition, and it would not have been possible without the generous support of the many donors. 

The DeKalb County Community Foundation, DeKalb County Historical-Genealogical Society, and the Douglas C. & Lynn M. Roberts Family Foundation provided grants.  

Gold sponsors included Castle Bank N.A.; Hintzsche; Ideal Industries Inc.; Yvonne Johnson; In honor of Joiner History Room, DeKalb County Archives; Ken Spears Construction Inc.; KishHealth System; Ronald G. Klein; Lehan Drugs; Martin, Goodrich, & Waddell Inc.; Terry & Sherrie (Tuntland) Martin; Dr. John W. & Jane D. Ovitz; State Representative Robert Pritchard; Resource Bank, N.A.; The National Bank & Trust Company; and Helen (Lyons) Traglia. 

Silver sponsors included Forge Resources Group/DeKalb Forge; In memory of Elroy E. “Al” Golden; Debra & Roger Hopkins; Katz Family Foundation; Ray & Carol Larson; John & Marge Rey; Kay & Barry Schrader; and Sally Stevens. 

Donors also included many Friends of DCHGS. In-Kind Donations included Blackhawk Moving & Storage Inc.; Klein, Stoddard, Buck & Lewis LLC; Nelson Multimedia Inc.; and Shaw Media.

A group of about 25 volunteer authors met monthly over the duration of the project. We were fortunate to have received the leadership and expertise of our editor, Kate Schott.  I would like to thank the authors, volunteers, photographers and the proofreaders for the extensive amount of effort on the successful endeavor.

Terry Martin

Book Committee
chairperson

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