Thursday, September 18, 2014

Old Settlers' Day Reflections

Old Settlers' Day Past
The caption on the photo above, which is on display at the Henry County Historical Museum, indicates it was taken at the 70th Anniversary of the founding of Bishop Hill. The Old Settlers have held many, many celebrations honoring the history of this community. This year’s Old Settlers’ Day program was especially poignant.

Randel J. Anderson, Our Last Postmaster

The keynote speaker, Randel Anderson, delivered a brief history of mail service in rural Bishop Hill, citing all our preceding Postmasters and the contributions they made. This long list ended with Mr. Anderson’s own name and years of service; he is the current and, and sadly, the last Bishop Hill Postmaster. He will officially retire on September 30, 2014. Due to nationwide cutbacks by the USPS, the hours of operation of the BH Post Office will be reduced to half days and the position of Postmaster will be retired. His presentation was met with applause and expressions of gratitude from the audience. 

The day was sunny and warm and both the dinner and program were enjoyed by all. A dedicated group of volunteers keeps this event going and growing. A delicious chicken dinner was prepared and served by some of Bishop Hill's finest cooks. Nearly 100 supporters and friends attended. Participants travel to this annual event from distances near and far. They come to reflect on the past, enjoy the fellowship, and share thoughts on shaping the future of Bishop Hill. The simplicity of this ritual and the sincerity of this generous group is what launches and sustains lifelong friendships. Missed it? Add the date to your calendar for next year: September 12, 2015. If you’d like to be part of this “in crowd,” join the Bishop Hill Old Settlers' Association today. Use the contact form at right to request an application. New members are always welcome!

The Bishop Hill High Society Band
Preparing For The Feast
Chicken, Chicken, Chicken
Tables Ready For Guests
Serving A Delicious Meal
The  Room Was Filled With Diners
Warm Pie In A Sunny Window
The Hardworking Cleanup Crew
Knock On Our Doors. New Members Are Always Welcome!