Twenty Years of Historical Society Bakes Sales Idea of the Sheltons
Bob and Ethel Shelton were newcomers in Glen Ellyn and immediately became involved in the newly formed Glen Ellyn Historical Society that was developing Stacy’s Stagecoach Tavern Museum. After he became President of the Historical Society, Shelton looked for ways to earn money that would combine with the early days of the town. What better project to appeal to the Village residents than an old fashioned Bake Sale.
The Sheltons joined with the Glen Ellyn Farmers Market and for twenty years or more the Bake Sales have been a steady fund raiser for the society. Shelton passed away several years ago, but his wife Ethel has been one of the loyal workers who have continued the Historical Society Bake Sales.
By using local newspapers to publicize the baking ability of the contributors to the Bake Sale, the reputation for scrumptious pies, pastries, fruit breads, and other baked goods has grown. Three Fridays, July 15, August 5, and August 19, the committee of Ethel Shelton, Jean Jeske, Marilyn Burdett, Rocki DeVoy and Marlene Fenske wait on enthusiastic customers at the 2011 Sales. The fruit pies are the most popular item and customers come back every year to purchase the Italian apple, Door County cherry, Michigan blueberry, pecan, rhubarb, strawberry pies and this year’s big seller, the Four Berry Fruit Pie. The goal is to earn $2,500 for the summer. The last Bake Sale at the Glen Ellyn Farmers Market is Friday, August 19. Bring the family, we even have rice-krispy treats.