This looking back features the Runkle Family Singers of St. Paris. The photos are from a 1923 promotional brochure outlining “A Tentative Program” that could be presented by the Runkle family which would be suitable for Chautauquas, Churches, and organizations of various kinds. The brochure includes photos of Mr. & Mrs. Glen Runkle, their daughters Harriet & Helen and their sons Roderick, Norman, & Dick. Later Dick Runkle formed a dance band which included his son and his sister Harriet and her sons. The Dick Runkle Orchestra performed locally in the 1960s.
On Sunday, February 6 at 2 p.m. in the museum at 809 E. Lawn Ave., Marty Reich and Dan Walter will present a related program focusing on local jazz history. Click here to learn more..
The Champaign County Historical Museum is a not-for-profit organization that depends upon donations and dues to preserve, protect, archive and display the artifacts that tell the Champaign County story. The free public museum located at 809 E. Lawn Ave., Urbana, is open to the public Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Looking Back at Champaign County
The Champaign County Historical Society strives to highlight historical people, places and events throughout Champaign County. If you have photos of historical significance that you believe would be of interest to Champaign Countians, please Contact Us.