Elk Township Historical Society open house Saturday

Elk Township Historical Society will hold an open house from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11, at the Museum and Community Center located at the four corners in Scandia.

Children have always been an important part of community life in Elk Township. In the 1830s, there were 12 schools listed in the township to reach all the children — the former Scandia School still stands today and is preserved for all to enjoy.

For such a lightly-populated township, multiples were abundant. A set of triplets was born in Elk Township on June 24, 1924, to Albert F. And Esther (Swanson) on Priest Hollow Rd., with Dr. Charles H. VerMilyea attending. All three girls, Rachel, Rhoda, and Romaine, are deceased today, but many of the triplets’ nieces and nephews attended Scandia School and a few still make their homes in Scandia.

Another set of triplets, Ben, Lily, and Abby, born to Neal and Karris Pennington lived the first few years in Scandia. Twin girls, Dora and Donna, were born to Eric and Dorothy (Jeffords) Anderson on Scandia Rd. Twin Dora survives and attended Scandia School in the late 1940s. John and Rae Gardner, sons of Rae and Virginia Gardner, also grew up in Elk Township and attended Scandia School in the 1950s. John lives here today. Two former Scandia School students also had multiples, including Kelly (Patty) VanCise and Tracie Moreland (Bob) Quiggle. Both couples have twin girls and the VanCises reside in the community.

The public is welcome to attend the open house, and tour guides will be available to answer questions. There is no entry fee for the museum, but donations are appreciated.