Being shy and quiet isn't easy but somebody's gotta do it around the Lakeside Historical Society. Volunteer, Marcella Williams fills the bill. With all the chatter and reminiscing going on around the history center, Marcella mostly listens; but on the rare occasion that she speaks, everyone turns to hear her profound words. Years of wisdom usually flow forth.
Marcella is a dedicated volunteer and she heads up the "Archival Committee" that meets every Wednesday at the history center. Sorting, filing, cutting, pasting, reminiscing and story telling are just a few of the things the committee happily does. Marcella admits that she doesn't know how she got the title of "archivist," somehow it just evolved.
Marcella moved to Lakeside in 1929. She is one of the charter members of the Historical Society, dating back to 1972 when Gene Clausen, the Principal of Lakeview School, got about a dozen folks together to form the Lakeside Historical Society. He had been given a couple of scrapbooks and photos from Flossie Beadle and thought a historical society should be formed to keep the history preserved.
Marcella said she started cataloging the information. She also got a lot of Flossie's collection from Genevieve Barker and Rose Emberly (Flossie's daughter). They gave Marcella huge boxes of Flossie's newspaper articles. Marcella said "Flossie did a lot of research, she wrote things down on scraps of paper, napkins, envelopes and whatever she had at hand. I spent over two years sorting them out."
That's when the idea came to Marcella that Lakeside should have a history book of its own. Thus, "The Legends of Lakeside" was conceived. Marcella gives a lot of credit to (Back Country Newspaper) woman, Mary Lou Turner for encouraging her. The printer, Marge Logan, had always wanted to do a book so she gave a lot of help too.
Word went out to all of Lakeside that the Historical Society was wanting family histories and information about businesses and organizations. Many interesting stories were submitted by the town folk. Marcella's Committee met in her patio sorting and putting the stories into categories. She spent many late hours at night compiling the information for the book.
Mostly the biographies were written by the families. Marcella made a few corrections but she wanted to keep them as originally written. When some families didn't submit their history Marcella penned them.
Olga Puhn joined forces with Marcella later and was very helpful in doing research; she helped ''til the bitter end. Their goal was to get it finished in time for the 100th birthday of Lakeside, the 1986 Centennial.
That year they had the book published and ready for the annual Home Town Reunion. They had 3,000 copies printed