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Vinton County Historical and Genealogical Society honors Barbara Litter

June 10, 2012

By Megan Exline

Commoner Journal staff writer

Carolyn Kurnot gives Barbara Litter an award for her generosity and service for the Vinton County Historical and Genealogical Society. (Photos by Megan Exline)

McARTHUR – The Vinton County Historical and Genealogical Society held a reception at Alice’s House to recognize Barbara Litter before she moves to Sandusky.

Litter first got involved with the historical society in 2000, during which time the society was meeting in the dark basement of the memorial building.

“Mark and Sharon came down to the historical society all of the time and then they’d stop at our house afterwards. So I went with them one time to the meeting,” Litter said

“Barbara must have felt sorry for us for not having a better place to meet. She said she had a house that she would give to use if we wanted it,” Sonny McWhorter said during his speech.

The society took ownership of the house on Dec. 20, 2000, and named it Alice’s House after Litter’s grandmother.

The house was completed after the Civil War and Litter has been associated with the house since her family first moved there in February of 1939, when Litter was in second grade.

The reception was held in the parlor room, which was dedicated to Litter. Members of the society revealed a black plaque that now hangs above the fireplace.

The parlor room at Alice's House was dedicated to Barbara Litter.

“Today we are going to dedicate the parlor room in her name because we want to honor her with something that will always stay in the house after she moves away,” McWhorter said.

“So Barbara, on behalf of the Vinton County Historical and Genealogical Society and all of its members, I want you to know how much you are appreciated for your help, kindness and support you have given us. Please come back and visit us any time you wish,” McWhorter said.

“We will miss you, your smiling face, your stories,” Carolyn Kurnot said in a speech addressed to Litter. “We promise and vow to you that we will continue to cherish this house, that we will use it as you envisioned, to collect and to preserve the history of Vinton County.”

The plaque reads “The Barbara Litter Parlor, with sincere appreciation for her gracious generosity and support of the Vinton County Historical and Genealogical Society. Dedicated on June 9, 2012.”

“Thank you, that’s wonderful,” Litter said about the dedication.

Litter plans on having her furniture moved on Tuesday and should be in Sandusky by Wednesday. She said she is moving in order to closer to her family.

“I have no family here anymore, my mom has been dead for 15 years and I don’t have to stay here to be with her anymore, so my son, my granddaughter and then my grandson (is coming home from Germany) and we’re going to live together,” Litter said.

Sandusky is about a four-hour drive, 185 miles away from McArthur.

“My son’s health is bad, too. I’ll live 30 miles away from him instead of 200,” Litter said.

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