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Doris Yelley
Thomas Hormann

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If you know about the recent death of a former Venice resident who is not listed here, Please send us an email at: venicememories@yahoo.com
Former Venitian, author to attend Reunion 2018

Roger Peach is scheduled to attend the 2018 reunion and you will have the chance to buy a copy of his new book and have him autograph it for you.

He graduated with the Class of 1968 at Venice High School and he and his classmates will be honored that night on their 50th anniversary.

Roger's book "Swamper Tales - Life and Times of a Fair Circuit Cow Boy" is a non-fiction work about his teenage summers helping to show cows and bulls at county fairs. "Swampers" refers to the people who perform the most menial tasks connected to showing cattle.

Roger, who currently lives in Columbia, IL, is donating the profits from up to 10 copies of his book sold at the reunion towards the costs involved in producing the annual reunion.

He worked as a newspaper reporter and professional writer until he retired. He said this book was in his head for a while and upon his retirement he decided it was time to put it on paper.

  Hurry!   Hurry!    Read All About It!

A new feature begins today that will allow readers a glimpse into how life was in Venice 90 years ago.

Front pages of {The Venice Herald}, which was published from 1926 to 1928, will be available periodically for your perusal.

If you want to read entire (four pages) issues of the weekly newspaper, all three years of the papers are available on our set of Venice History DVDs. The newspaper files can only be accessed using a computer. You can find ordering information for the DVDs HERE .

CLICK ON THE NEWSPAPER at left to read selected pages and a story about Fr. John Brockmeier who was its publisher.


Donations of Venice memorabilia
gladly accepted for archiving

The Venice History Committee is given various items from time to time and we are happy to archive just about anything related to Venice for posterity and share with the Venice community.

The types of items that could be donated to the committee include (but are not limited to) yearbooks, anything Crippled Childrens Ball related, high school play programs, graduation and baccalaureate programs, graduation diplomas, sports or music letters, Red Devils sports memorabilia, Venice Homecoming or St. Mark's Bazaar related, anything related to Venice politics or any old photos or negatives. Each item will be apporpriately marked and attributed to the donor, if the donor approves. Anonymous donations will also be accepted.

Recently, we were excited to receive a beer bucket from a Venice Crippled Childrens Ball and a program booklet from the 1983 Ball. These items were donated to the committee by Phil and Lynn Daniels.

Please let us know if you have anything you may want to donate to the committee. The easiest way is to send an email to: venicememories@yahoo.com. You can also contact an officer to arrange a donation or to ask questions about donating. You may also leave a message at (618)917-4316 and someone will contact you.

We can also photograph or scan items to share with our Venice community, if you don't wish to part with your Venice memorabilia. Contact us at the above email address to make arrangements at your convenience.

More information is available on our "Submissions" page by clicking HERE..

Hall of Fame bound
Henry brothers to be inducted

TWO Venice High School basketball stars will be following their high school coach into the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame.

Brothers Ron (Class of 1974) and Mike (Class of 1975) Henry are among the players being honored as 2018 Hall of Fame inductees. Their coach at Venice High School, Rich Essington (VHS Class of 1967) is himself a 2014 inductee as a player to the Hall of Fame. He was the first inductee to the HoF from Venice.

"I wanted to share the news that Ron and I have been blessed to be inducted into the Illinois Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame. Of course, it couldn't be possible without God, family, coaches, teammates and great support from the people of Venice and surrounding areas. It is the climax of a wonderful career of playing basketball," Mike Henry said.

THE Hall of Fame inducts players, officials (referees), media members and friends of basketball in addition to basketball coachs, both high school and college levels. All Illinois championship teams, both high school and college, are automatically inducted into the HoF.

Mike Henry played center for the first Red Devils team to win the Illinois High School Association state basketball championship in 1975. That team and the 1987 VHS championship team are both in the HoF.

AFTER high school, Mike played basketball at Lincoln Trail Community College and McKendree College; Ron played at Kansas State and he also played at McKendree.

The second HoF inductee from Venice was Erwin Claggett (VHS Class of 1991), who was inducted in 2016 and who also coached the last season of Red Devils basketball in 2002-03.

The Henry brothers will be inducted during ceremonies on Saturday, May 5, in Redbird Arena at Illinois State University, Bloomington-Normal. The event is open to the public and tickets are $40 per person. If you are interested in attending, you can contact Mike Henry at mikesgr8ful@aol.com to make reservations no later than March 15.

A Hall of Fame museum is being planned for Pontiac, IL, sometime in the future.
Dues for 2018 gladly accepted now

If you are not a Lifetime Member and have not yet paid your dues for 2018, they are now being accepted.

Please send your check for $5 (for a single person or a couple) made out to the Venice History Committee to: Venice History Committee, 917 Washington Ave, Madison, IL 62060-1344.

There is also the option of paying $50 for a Lifetime Membership, which also covers a single person or a couple.


Is it "DUCK" or "DUKW" ?
Keep watching here!

The latest Newsletter and minutes for the last meeting are available- click HERE.

We have missing rings

We are looking for VHS class rings for classes 1963, 1965, 1975, 1976 and 1977. If we are able to photograph rings from these years, it would result in a continuous string of rings from 1957 to 1978. Of course, any ring from any year is very much appreciated. If you have a ring from these years, please contact us at venicememories@yahoo.com

Photos of the Fatima shrine dedication are available for viewing, click HERE.

Farewell Mass booklet now available
The booklet handed out at the Farewell Mass at St. Mark Church on Sunday, October 30, 2016, is now available for viewing and download. Click HERE.

Membership dues DEAL!

If you pay your $5 annual dues now, you will be paid up until Dec. 31, 2018. Pay now and your covered, all for ONLY $5. You can also eliminate the hassle of paying annual dues by becoming a LIFE MEMBER for only $50! Memberships, both annual and LIFE, are for yourself and your spouse (if applicable). As a paid member of the Venice History Committee, you are not only supporting the group's work to preserve the history of Venice, but you are able to vote on all matters that come before the group at regular and annual meetings.

Click on the MEMBERSHIP link on the next page to get the form to send with your dues check. Please make out checks to "Venice History Committee."



2017 Reunion photos are online

The photos taken by official reunion photographer Percy Guest, VHS Class of 1979, are now online and available to view and purchase.
Click on the "Reunion 2017" link on the home page (the one with the Committee's "V" logo in the center) to see the Class of 1967 members who attended the reunion and for the links to Percy's website.



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