Jeanette Donachy, president of the Historical Society of St. Marys and Benzinger Township, commented on the recent activities of the society during the groupâ€™s 48th annual banquet held Sunday evening at the Diamond View Restaurant. The banquet commemorated the founding of Sancta Marienstadt on Dec. 8, 1842.
Donachy began by remarking that she was glad those in attendance could make it despite the weather conditions.
The Historical Society of St. Marys and Benzinger Township is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, and during the organizationâ€™s 48th annual banquet on Sunday night, members paid tribute to the societyâ€™s founder, Charles "Charlie" Schaut. The event marked the 129th anniversary of Schautâ€™s birth.
Bill Conrad, banquet emcee, said Schaut provided an invaluable contribution to area residents.