On Sept. 10, the Traer Salt and Pepper Shaker Gallery had extra-special visitors, when the Heartland Salt and Pepper Shaker Club met in Traer, gathering at the Traer Memorial Building and the Gallery. Thirty-seven members from six states (Nebraska, Michigan, Missouri, Minnesota, Illinois and Iowa) gathered for this meeting, specifically held in Traer so members could visit the Gallery. Several members stayed in our local motel, the catered lunch came from a Traer business, with dessert from another. (They were so impressed with our community and its businesses. Several even commented on our fine Memorial Building.)
Of course the highlight of the day was their visit to the Gallery. Several Iowa members had already visited this summer, and they were delighted to see the Gallery again. The members' comments were so favorable, and many of them confided that they would like to return. The meetings for this group (held four times per year) are moved around, and the President said they would like to have the meeting in Traer again in a couple of years.
One of the Michigan members, Jean Rowe, decided she wanted to bring us a set of shakers as a gift for the Gallery. She started to look through her shakers, turned a set over to check out the bottoms, and on the bottom was stamped or printed "Traer, Iowa". She was amazed! She has no idea why that stamp is on the shakers, nor do we. Of course, that was the set (a squirrel and stump) she brought to Traer and presented to us. Ask to see it the next time you visit the Gallery. Strange things do happen!
Ruth Rasmussen of the Traer Shaker Gallery, left, was presented a set of shakers from Jean Rowe of Michigan at the Heartland Shaker Club meeting in Traer Sept. 10. Rowe had found the words “TRAER IOWA” stamped or printed on the bottom of this set of shakers, so thought she should return them to Traer. No one knows why the town and state was printed on the bottom of the shakers.
Other groups visited the Gallery in September, bringing our visitor total to 157 for the month. Iowa visitors came from Hudson, New Virginia, Indianola, Marshalltown, Grinnell, Tama, Iowa City, Traer, Wellman, Kalona, Lisbon, Dysart, Cedar Rapids, North Liberty, Melbourne, Ankeny, Janesville, Clutier, New Hampton, Cresco, Montezuma, Lake Ponderosa, Newton, Aurora, Gilman, Toledo, Dubuque, Maxwell, Waterloo, Marion, West Des Moines, Des Moines, Ames, LeClaire, Vinton and Waverly.
Out of state visitors signed the book from Roseville, MN; Rochester, MN; Boulder City, NV; Omaha, NE; Lincoln, NE, Gretna, NE; Lebanon, MO; Bloomington, IL; Dowafiac, MI; Brashear, MO; Louisville, NE; Coldwater, MI; Maplewood, MN; Warrenburg, MO; Hastings, MI; New Brighton, MN; Topeka, KS; Rapid City, SD; Lincoln, NE; St. Paul, MN; Weston, MO; Scottsdale, AZ; Dewey, AZ; Woodburg, MN; Caneyville, KY; Davis, CA; and Fall City, WA.