Waterville Historical Society

your connection to the past

The Waterville Historical Society collects, preserves, provides access to, interprets and fosters an appreciation of history that has an impact on the Waterville, Ohio and surrounding area.

Meet the 2018 Board of the Waterville Historical Society


                                     Jim Conrad

President: Jim Conrad is serving his third term as President.  In addition to giving programs for the society and other organizations, he continues to conduct summer walking tours of both downtown and uptown Waterville, as well as tours for local third graders.  His main goals for this year include making better use of our historic campus and saving the Sargent House from the ravages of time. 

                                       Jim Stoma

1st Vice President: Jim Stoma, as part of his duties develops programs for the Historical Society and serves as Chair of the Building and Grounds Committee, directly working on building maintenance and renovation when feasible.  A key member of the SOS (Save Our Sargent) Committee, he has spent the great part of the last year seeking contract estimates to determine the feasibility of restoring the building.  In addition, he annually organizes the Attic Treasures Sale, which will be held in June in 2018.  His coordination of the WHS Christmas Dinner and was a successful finish to the 2017 program schedule.  He has already begun program planning for 2018. 


                                    Rose Kandik

2nd Vice-President: Rose Kandik, Membership Chairperson. Coordinated “Pioneer Arts” event at Roche de Boeuf festival several years and will mentor/assist anyone willing to take over the position. She enjoys creatively designing flyers, signs, information cards (posted in restaurants), etc. as well as helping with the newsletter. Always seeking help on “Special Events,” Rose looks to find new ways to fulfill our mission while raising needed revenues.

                                        Kathy Saco

Recording Secretary: Kathy Saco ~ Since joining the Society in 2011, Kathy has served as a docent in the Robbins House Museum, chairman of the Constitution Revision Committee and corresponding secretary for the Board. She currently serves as the Society’s recording secretary and is looking forward to serving on the Museums and Historic Sites Committee. 

                               DeAnna Bradley

Corresponding Secretary - DeAnna Bradley, a lifelong Whitehouse resident with a 35+ year career with the Anthony Wayne schools has been elected for the coming year.  She credits her father’s recounts of experiences in World War II and the influence of an Anthony Wayne teacher who “brought history alive” for her as her motivation to become involved with the historical society.  Mrs. Bradley has already charmed several years of third grade classes at the Waterville school with WHS’s “Suitcase Museum” presentation, and had several roles as ghosts in the Ghostly Encounters series

                                     Gary Waugh

Treasurer: Gary Waugh has updated the books for the historical society with spreadsheet information that is presented monthly. He handles the mail, pays bills and keeps the board apprised of its financial status. He was instrumental in planning for the WHS Foundation as well as creating the ability to pay for a variety of donations through the website.

Board of Directors at large, serving for three years (2018 through 2020)

                                      Scott Duncan

Scott Duncan has worked tirelessly on many historical society functions over the past years from managing the Society’s ice cream fundraisers and parking at the Wakeman building for the Roche de Boeuf festival to volunteering his skills in restoration and cleanup of buildings and grounds.

                                  Julia Wiley

Julia Wiley, an attorney and Current President of the Fallen Timbers Battlefield Preservation Commission has served on a number of Boards. Her hands-on history experience started with local history research in Putnam County, OH, and architectural history and preservation field work in college.  She has been actively involved in a number of living history projects, including the War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission, Finding the Fort Project for Fort Jennings, and most recently, the Preservation of the Anthony Wayne Mural; the relocation of a 15' x 25" mural that was almost 90 years old from its original place in the People's Savings Bank in Downtown Toledo.  

Board of Directors serving a three year terms ~ 2016-2018

                                       Bill Albert

Bill Albert was an active participant in the 50th Anniversary Committee, organized the first official event in December 2014, and has assumed responsibilities for a number of other events with new and interesting ideas. Bill has participated in RDB Day for many years. 

Charles Larkins, III,  has been a Waterville City Council member and chair of the Parks and Recreation Committee.  A retiree with the Lucas County and Ohio Turnpike Commission, Mr. Larkins has been active in his church and other volunteer organizations. 


                              Charles Larkins, III  

Board of Directors elected to a three year term~ 2017-2019

                                  Tyler Madeker

Tyler Madeker, employed by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, who with his wife Nicole recently relocated to Waterville. He states that he always had an interest in history and loves the historical attributes of Waterville and the surrounding area. He also enjoys collecting and studying early American antiques and furniture. 

Board of Director elected to a three year term ~ 2017-2019

                                         Molly Good

                                       Molly Good

 After a six year career with Heartland, Molly  Good began her role in Business Development in August 2016 for the Heartland Centers in Northwest Ohio.  Her primary job responsibilities are to engage the communities in which she works and develop relationships with new and existing business partners.  In addition to her responsibilities at Heartland, Molly is a member of the Board of Directors at Waterville Area Chamber of Commerce and the committee chair for Waterville Historical Society’s Special Events and Public Awareness Committee.  Molly resides in Whitehouse with her husband, Landon, 18-month old daughter Josslyn Grace, and their two dogs, Schroeder and Nolan

Standing Committee members, appointed positions:

                                  Bob Chapman

Bob Chapman, Chairperson of the Museum and Historic Sites Committee is an active member who assists with the building and grounds and also volunteers in the Wakeman Archival Research Center. Bob has served as a docent during open houses and Third Grade visits. He arranges the special exhibits at the Robbins House museum.

                                     Verna Rose

Verna Rose, Chairperson of the Archives Committee has organized the Archival Research Center at the Wakeman Building. She has led the search and creation of the WHS website and Facebook. Verna and her husband John have authored five books on Waterville.  They have volunteered countless hours to staffing the archives and assisting visitors with research and responds to numerous local genealogy questions.

                                     Karen Wiggins

Karen Wiggins, Committee Chairperson of the History and Publicity Committee. She has been a Waterville resident since 1957 and retired after 40 years with the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library system.  Her last 6 years were spent as Manager of Waterville Branch and she credits Lois Waffle, long-time manager, as one of the reasons she became a librarian.  She is replacing Phyllis Witzler who has retired.

P.O. Box 263,  Waterville, OH  43566            whs43566@outlook.com

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