HJ/EDHerald Journal, Jan. 2, 2006

When were you born? Calendar has answer

By Liz Hellmann
Staff Writer

It is said history can come back to haunt you, but Pat and Don Thurk of St. Bonifacius discovered that it can also surprise you.

Pat and Don Thurk own Thurk Brothers in St. Bonifacius. One day, someone dropped off a calendar from 1924.

A calendar dating back that far is a rare find in itself, but what made it special was who made the calendar.

Each month is stamped with the name F.F. Logelin, Don’s grandfather.

“Someone just brought it in to us one day,” Pat said. “I wasn’t here so I don’t know who it was, but they must have known that F.F. Logelin was Don’s grandfather.”

Pat believes F.F. was a nickname, and stands for Frank Felix. F.F. Logelin owned the hardware, farm implements and auto supplies store in St. Boni at that time.

The calendar was apparently a gift to his customers. It is a Sacred Art Calendar, complete with beautiful color pictures depicting different Bible stories.

Every month has its own picture, and below each picture it reads:


“It is kind of an antique piece of history, I’m sure there aren’t any of those around,” Pat said.

For those not interested in history, an old calendar may not sound that interesting, but it actually is somewhat of a psychic calendar.

On the back page, there is a reference calendar that can calculate the day of the week anyone was born between the years of 1800 and 2002.

The calendar is called Ropp’s Perpetual Calendar, or Ropp’s 200 Year Reference Calendar.

“That was the thing that was unique about it,” Pat said. “It had been calculated many, many years ago, before computers and everything.”

The back page also includes descriptions of each of the paintings, which all have a religious theme. These descriptions also include the name of the artist.

The calendar is in amazing shape, with only a few water stains and tears to show for having successfully survived world wars, the Depression, flower children, and everything else up to this point.

The Thurks aren’t sure what they are going to do with their little piece of history quite yet.

“It would be nice to frame it, but then, you wouldn’t be able to look through it,” Pat said.

Another possibility is to donate it to the St. Boni Historical Society for future generations to enjoy.

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