Hanover Historical Society shares family heirlooms at annual meeting

Virdene Otto, Galva, explains an heirloom photo of his grandparents, Heinrich

Johann and Katherine Otto and their 16 children, at the annual Hanover Historical

Society meeting. He is wearing an 1875 vintage hat which was worn by his wife’s

great-grandfather on his wedding day. His wife’s family has direct ties to the

James brothers.

“Family Heirlooms” was the program as the Hanover Historical Society met on Sunday, January 12, at St. John Lutheran Church, near Hanover Village.  Those attending were asked to bring a family heirloom and tell its story.  The heirloom items varied from old toys, memorabilia from a family store, jewelry, furniture and tools. Vernon Winterhof demonstrated some unusual hand tools used in carpentry, and Suzanne Winterhof shared guidelines to help preserve these treasures.

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