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Southern Wisconsin Singing

Plum Grove Church, Folklore Village Farm,
Dodgeville, Wisconsin

Saturday, November 10, 2001

The fifteenth annual Southern Wisconsin Sacred Harp Singing was held on Saturday before the second Sunday in November. The class was called to order by Jim Page leading song on page 31t. Joyce Anderson led the morning prayer.

Leaders: Dick Dunagan 68b; Val Dunagan 171; Julie Vea 318; Jan Ketelle 36b; Jim Helke 196; Johanna Fabke 163t; Hans Guttmann 270; Joyce Anderson 59; Francis Gurtz 212; Marjorie Benwitz 195; Michael Moore 131t; Kathy Kaiser 85; Doug Stapleton 485; Becky Browne 362; Paul Wyatt 71; Melanie Hauff 352; Scott Schroeder 155; Martha Henderson 442.

A business meeting was held in which Johanna Fabke was elected Chairman.


Julie Vea called the class to order leading song on page 106. Leaders: Johanna Fabke 350; Gary Gronau 222; Lisa Grayson 528; Jim Page “Nebraska”; Jenny Willard 392; Mike Veech 385t; Christine Stevens 542; John Bailey 218; Colette Miller 547; Jim Crawford 523; Joan Yeatman 143; Steve Parker 515; Marcia Johnson 340; Lee Steinmetz 242; Jeanette Nelson 475. Joyce Anderson led the prayer before lunch.


Jim Page called the afternoon session to order leading song on page 49 (t? b?). Leaders: Johanna Fabke 114; Janet Fraembs 217; Ted Mercer 145t; Peggy Brayfield 455; Ted Johnson 383; Eleanor Haase 99; Carol Crawford 117.

The memorial lesson was held with Dick Dunagan leading song on page 448 (t? b?) for the sick and shut-ins: Virginia Evans, Don Baker, and Stephanie Rubin—Illinois; Ev Yoder—New Mexico; Regina Weber and Orrin Lueck—Arizona; Anita Stephens—Iowa; Jason Brittain and Charlie Derleth—Missouri; Marian Fuller Archer and Bob Scorgie—Wisconsin; Philip Page, Jr.—New Jersery.

Janet Fraembs talked about death, saying in part, “For me, Sacred Harp songs help me to accept the fact that we are all mortal and will all die—to look it full in the face and accept it as a part of the cycle of life. But God’s love and care for us will not die, and our love within the community of singers will live on.” Francis Gurtz led song on page 178 for the deceased which included: Matthew Ettinger and Stan Ellis—Florida; Freeman Wootten—Alabama; John Storms—Minnesota; baby Summer, Buddy Nelson (Jeanette Nelson’s dad), Morris Phillips, Jule Renard, and Elise—Wisconsin; Tera Alston and Sally Murphy—Californai; Jerilyn Schumacher, Susan Kimmelman, Paul Samuelson, and Hollis Sigler—Illinois; Gene Munce (Jenny Willard’s father)—Idaho.

Leaders: Connie Karduck 498; Judy Hauff 426 (t? b?) (in memory of Freeman Wootten); Julie Vea 26; Jim Helke 170; Bettina Pietri 47t, Hans Guttman 480.


Leaders: Carol Enseki 66; Becky Browne 276 (in response to September 11); Jan Ketelle 306; Gary Gronau 181; Lisa Grayson 448t; Michael Moore “David”; Marjorie Benwitz 273; Kathy Kaiser 29t; Doug Stapleton 107; Camilla Hansen, Jim Page, and Colette Miller 162; Paul Wyatt 569 (t? b?); Melanie Hauff 216; Scott Schroeder 299; Lora Bloom and Martha Henderson 282; Jenny Willard 564.


Dick Dunagan brought the final session to order leading song on page 378b. Leaders: Mike Veech 271t; Christine Stevens 454; John Bailey 192; Jim Crawford 522; Judy Hauff 373; Marcia Johnson 504; Joan Yeatman 34b; Steve Parker 82t; Peggy Brayfield 48b; Terry Hogg 457.

Announcements were made, and thanks were expressed to the food coordinators, Julie Vea and Carol Enseki; and the Arranging Committee, Paula Goode, Jim Page and Joyce Anderson.

Johanna Fabke led song on page 62 as the closing song. Joyce Anderson dismissed the class with a prayer.

Chairman—Johanna Fabke; Secretary—Val Dunagan.