Note to readers: Barry Schraders DeKalb
County Life column will appear every other Tuesday.
Sounds too weird to be true, but DeKalb County Historian
Sue Breese produced the proof by showing us a badly battered
LP record at the County Historical-Genealogical Society meeting
earlier this month.
The vinyl record was a recording by Bob Dylan and had been
found on a VAC bus loaned to Fairdale right after the April tornado.
It was later learned that the record had been retrieved from
a tree in town along with other debris lodged there.
Now heres the weird coincidence: On that disc is
the song Blowin in the Wind. Breese hopes the
owner will come forward so they can return it, instead of adding
it to the Joiner History Room archives.
A lot of other intriguing and revealing facts were shared
by the panel of archive volunteersAnn Marie Babich, Bud
Burgin, Marcia Wilson, along with Breese. It was surprising to
learn that they have collected and loaded online some 35,000
obituaries from county residents over the past century or more,
and still have an estimated 35,000 to add as time permits. Using
the computer system supplied by the county they have logged in
15,000 line items, many of them photographs that can be scanned
and purchased from the archives.
The easiest way to access the online data base is go to
the Joiner website at: www.joinerhistoryroom.org
Bud Burgin explained that each county treasurer
Members of the Joiner History Room staff giving the
presentation are from left: Ann Marie Babich, Marcia Wilson,
County Historian Sue Breese, and A.A. Bud Burgin. (Barry Schrader
photos)This closeup of a battered vinyl record found after
the Fairdale tornado has the name Bob Dylan and one of his songs
Blowin in the Wind on its label.