ST. JOHN | The St. John Historical Society will hold its next meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the conference room of the St. John branch of the Lake County Public Library.
After an election of officers at the December meeting, this year's leadership includes President Don Gulden, Vice President Darlene Adams, Secretary Helen Wein and Treasurer Nancy Speichert.
Serving his first term as president, Gulden has been a Northwest Indiana resident since 1970 and a St. John resident since 1989. Married for 31 years to Barbara Gulden, owner of Barb Gulden American Family Insurance in St John, they have three grown children, Ryan, Ashley, and Troy.
Gulden is employed by ESW Inc. in Crown Point. His past community involvements include Schererville soccer club officer, youth coach for soccer and basketball, St. John the Evangelist Men's Club and Dyer Lions Club.
New to the vice presidency, Adams is an eight-year resident of St. John and a member of St. John VFW Post 717 Ladies Auxiliary, where she volunteers for many events. She enjoys spending time with her children and grandchildren as well as playing tennis and dancing.
Helen Wein is a lifetime resident of St John and she and her brother, Joe, are the fourth generation living on the family farm on Joliet Street. The farm was settled by their great-grandfather John Wein in 1849 and they are direct descendents of the Hack family who founded the town of St. John. This is Wein's fourth year as secretary.
Starting her first term as treasurer, Nancy Speichert has been married for 38 years to Mark Speichert, and they own Ottosons Industries, a hydraulic cylinder repair shop managed by one of their three sons. They also have a daughter and three grandchildren.
When Speichert was born, her parents were living in St. John with her grandfather, but she grew up in Griffith and graduated from Griffith High School.
Her ancestors, the Scherer and Portz families, settled in St. John in the mid-1840's and she has been tracing her family roots for more than 40 years, even traveling to Germany to visit villages her paternal and maternal ancestors called home.
Historical society membership is $5 for an individual, $10 per family and $15 for business and professional members. St. John History Books are available from the society for $20 and note cards are $6; they can be purchased at the St. John Town Hall, 10955 W. 93rd Ave.
The public can visit the Historical Society Room in the Town Hall during regular business hours Monday through Friday.
If interested in joining the historical society, email Gulden at firstname.lastname@example.org or attend Tuesday's meeting.