Elida residents plan to showcase town’s history

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer

One hundred years of history will be on display in several venues during the Elida Centennial on Friday and Saturday.

Good’s Feed Store will be the site of an art show that will showcase work from artists that have lived in the area over the past 100 years, said Debrah Smith, organizer of the art show.

The show will be open on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Punch and cookies will be served for those visiting the art show. Smith will be dressed in period clothing for the event. Items on display include quilts, paintings and sculptures. None of the items will be for sale, said Smith.

“It’s going to be an old timey art exhibit,” Smith said. “We’re looking to make it as fun as can be.”

A vintage style show will showcase fashions over the past 100 years. The show will be held at the Elida School at 2 p.m., said Jene McDowell-Evans, committee chairperson for the event.

Each decade will be represented during the style show. Entertainment will also be offered during the program that pertains to the decade being represented, McDowell-Evans said.

Highlights of the style show include several articles of clothing that have been passed down through the generations of families in the Elida area. One such piece is a wedding skirt made of muslin. The skirt was worn by Lucy Fortenberry who married Jim Waide in 1874. Fortenberry is the great-grandmother of Bill Halliday, Elida resident who has since passed away, McDowell-Evans said.

Layered in tiers with hand tatting between each layer that ties the skirt together, the wedding skirt was made sometime between1860 and 1874. The dress will be worn in the style show by Halliday’s great-niece Dana Wood, McDowell-Evans said.

“It’s very pretty and in very good shape to be that old,” McDowell-Evans said.

A linen two-piece suit, made by Ruth Tillinghast-McCowen in the 1920s will also be featured in the style show. The two-piece jacket and skirt are trimmed with elaborate handi-work. Other pieces that will be included in the style show include a 1940s-1950s style square dance dress, a 1950s baseball suit that was worn by an Elida student at one time, and a bathing suit from the 1950s, McDowell-Evans said.

A .22 rifle that belonged to McDowell-Evans father Dab McDowell will also be carried during the portrayal of earlier decades, she said.

“The style show gives a little insight into how things have changed from the 1900s to the 2000s,” McDowell-Evans said.