This look back features the Runkle Family Singers of St. Paris. The photos are from a 1923 promotional brochure outlining “A Provisional Program” that could be presented by the Runkle family and would be suitable for Chautauquas, churches and organizations of all kinds. The brochure includes photos of Mr. and Mrs. Glen Runkle, their daughters Harriet and Helen and their sons Roderick, Norman and Dick. Later Dick Runkle formed a dance group which included his son and sister Harriet and Sons. The Dick Runkle Orchestra performed locally in the 1960s.
On Sunday, February 6 at 2 p.m. at the museum at 809 E. Lawn Ave., Marty Reich and Dan Walter will present a related program focusing on local jazz history.
The Champaign County Historical Museum is a nonprofit organization that depends on donations and dues to preserve, protect, archive, and display artifacts that tell the story of Champaign County. 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 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Pictured are male quartet Runkle and female trio.
The Dick Runkle Orchestra performed locally in the 1960s.
A brochure promotes the talents of the Runkles.